Centaurs start league play vs. Samohi; Halftime to honor 1978 champions

40 YEARS FROM HISTORY—The headlines say it all as the 1978-79 Centaurs won a CIF football title. That team will be honored Friday night. Newsletter cover courtesy of Stephen Finley



The 4-1 Culver City football team will battle Santa Monica in its first Ocean League game Friday night at 7 p.m. inside the Jerry Chabola Stadium on the Culver City high school campus. It will be a special night because the school will honor their only CIF championship football team at halftime. Some of the players and coaches from the 1978 team will be on hand to commemorate this extraordinary occasion that took place 40 years ago.

“It’s going to be a great night for the Culver City community,” said Culver City head coach Jahmal Wright this week after practice. “Culver City high school has had a lot of great football teams over the years, but this team is special because they won the championship.”

To make the night a complete success the Centaurs must beat Santa Monica. “The team is ready for league play,” said Wright. “ We have been preparing for this moment and we are excited and we are ready for the challenge.”


Centaurs start league play vs. Samohi;  Halftime to honor 1978 champions


  1. On behalf of the 1978 Culver City High School (CCHS) Football CIF Championship team, thank you to CCHS Principal Dr. Lisa Cooper, Athletic Director Tom Salter, and Head Football Coach Jamal Wright (Class of 1995) for honoring the ’78 Centaurs last Friday evening. The exceptional treatment was more than appreciated as teammates, Head Coach Dick Billingsley, and our Principal Dr. George Bloch celebrated the 40th anniversary of our school’s only CIF Championship. We all agree that it’s time for a second title, and it appears that the 2018 version of the Centaur Football Squad is poised to do just that. Great win over Santa Monica, I do believe that you “earned their respect.”

    Lastly, thank you to those that put in a great effort to locate our teammates and cheerleaders, and invite our alumni to this amazing event especially Kevin Ryan (Class of 1979), Desi Johnson (Class of 1979), Tim Boatwright (Class of 1980) and the scores of other Centaurs who once again came together, bonded, and cheered the Centaurs on to VICTORY!!


    Lou Lichtl (Class of 1980)