The CIF has a proud heritage of providing equitable athletic competition for more than 1,600 high schools in California. Since its beginning in 1914, the CIF has grown to become the largest youth agency in the nation, serving more than 838,000 young student-athletes each year who participate in the interscholastic athletic activities of California’s secondary schools.
As a problem-solving organization, the CIF retains its original responsibility to enforce the rules, but has expanded its duties to include much more. The CIF offers educational programs in coaching education, parent education, and has adopted the principles of Pursuing Victory With Honorsm (a character education program) as the cornerstone of the organization.
California has trained more coaches than any other state and has continued to expand, adapt, and modify its educational programs to better serve the needs of schools across the state.
The CIF also is a service organization to its more than 1,600 member schools, providing awards, honor programs, and distributing information on up-to-date health and safety issues.
The CIF is organized under the State Department of Education and is governed by the CIF Federated Council, which consists of high school superintendents, principals, athletic directors, educators, and allied organizations. Ten semi-autonomous, geographical Sections make up the CIF.
Former CIF member-school athletes include Jackie Robinson, Tom Brady, Lisa Fernandez, and Misty May-Traenor