Scholars & Champions
The History of Long Beach Poly


Scholars & Champions: The History of Long Beach Poly is the complete and definitive history of Long Beach's oldest high school, and a comeback story that's unique in public education.


The book features an exclusive foreword written by Long Beach Poly legend and American icon Billie Jean King.


By Mike Guardabascio & Tyler Hendrickson

Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for more than a decade, and has had his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He’s the co-founder and editor of, and has won numerous statewide awards for his coverage of the city. He’s the author of two previous books for the History Press: Football in Long Beach and Basketball in Long Beach, written with Chris Trevino. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and children, Vincent and Maya. He can be reached on Twitter @Guardabascio or via email at:


Tyler Hendrickson was born and raised in Long Beach and graduated from Poly’s PACE program in 2007. He spent five years as a sportswriter at the Gazette Newspapers and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and is currently an Associate Athletic Communications Director at his alma mater, Long Beach State University, where he earned his BS in Business Management and his MA in Sport Management. He can be reached on Twitter @STylerRoth or via email at: