Members of the John Muir High School water polo and football team were in attendance at Monday’s City Council meeting as the council honored the championship teams.
Gordo and District 1 City Councilmember Tyron Hampton presented the team with commendations.
“We’re pleased to recognize the water polo team for their great achievement,” Gordo said. “Today, we celebrate them for winning the championship.”
John Muir High School has not had a water polo team for 15 years. When the school regularly fielded a team, the Mustangs never advanced to the CIF finals.
The school revived its water polo team this year.
Several alumni got together two years ago and started a water polo camp for middle school students.
As the camp progressed, there was enough excitement from the camp to get some talented freshmen into the John Muir program.
The team went all the way to the CIF Southern Section Division VI finals and defeated Hemet.
The Mustangs football team traveled to Irvine to support the team, and was inspired by that victory to bring home its first CIF championship since 1989, defeating Hemet in the CIF Southern Division X Championship.
Gordo, Hampton and several community members banded together to help the team with travel arrangements and warm up jackets.
“The football team has made Pasadena very proud,” Gordo said.