29 Palms High School is a member of the De Anza League.
Towards the end of the season our qualifying varsity athletes will compete at our league championships to see who will attend CIF Prelims. Prior to last season (2006-2007) TPHS competed IN THE LARGEST LEAGUE in the CIF Southern Section. The Southern Section is the largest CIF section in the state with over 500 member schools.
It was a 10 team league consisting of only TWO peer divisional (CIF Division IV) schools (Big Bear and Notre Dame Riverside). The De Anza "super" league was a 10 team behemoth consisting primarily of division 3 schools with a few division 2 schools. Former members included Vista Del Lago (Moreno Valley), San Jacinto, and Great Oak (Temecula). The league champions were determined on an invitational style format as opposed to the dual system we currently use.
Former De Anza League Members (by enrollment):
Great Oak (3125) I
Cathedral City (2851) I
Serrano (2790) I
Vista Del Lago (2530) II
San Jacinto (2291) II
Beaumont (2140) II
Banning (1191) III
Notre Dame Riverside (589) IV
Silver Valley (544) IV
Aquinas (370) IV
Lucern Valley n/a T&F
Now, the DAL consists of 5 schools.
29 Palms (935) IV
Big Bear (927) IV
Desert Hot Springs (1975) III
Desert Mirage (1787) III
Yucca Valley (1649) III
CIF-SS Prelims is a divisional event, among peer schools (enrollment). The top 9 marks from this event advance to compete in Southern Section CIF Finals.
CIF-SS Finals is like FOUR MEETS in one. All four divisions (I, II, III, IV) meet here and decide their All-CIF members as well as their TEAM championships. This is one of the GREATEST MEETS NATIONWIDE! The top 9 overall marks (from all 4 divisions) advances to the "masters" meet.
CIF Southern Section Masters is where the state qualifers are determined. Typically the top 6 go, however there are standards to attend the state meet.
The CIF-STATE meet is divided up into two days. Friday is the prelims, where Saturday is the finals. Saturday determines the individual and team state champions.
SS - refers to southern section
For more information on CIF and the "road to state" head to the California Dye Stat site
or the CIF Southern Section website