Most High School Baseball State Championships
For over 100 years, high school baseball has been a rite of spring around the United States — with teams, coaches and players staking claims to be the very best in their state in hopes of putting their names alongside those who came before them while also giving those after them something to aspire to.
In that time, high school baseball dynasties have come to define careers for all involved, and in some cases, they turn teenagers into household names before they make their way to Major League Baseball careers.
And what's the one thing that will guarantee people won't forget who you were? Winning a state championship. These teams have the most high school baseball state championships of all time.
16. Proctor High School — 14 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Proctor, Vermont
State championships: 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969-71, 1974-76, 1994-97, 2000
Notable coaches: Bob Ward
Notable players: Elmer Bowman, Ryan Carter, Bob Greene
Bottom line: There's not a ton of history on high school baseball in Vermont, but there is quite a bit on a single season in Proctor High's history when the Phantoms ran the table in 1965-66 by winning state championships in boys soccer in the fall, boys basketball in the winter and boys baseball in the spring. Even more amazing? Proctor lost just one game across the three sports the entire year, and it was in basketball.
Proctor is one of two schools from Vermont to make this list and the only one to have a Vermont Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year — first baseman/pitcher Ryan Carter won the award in 2009 and went on to star for the University of Hartford.
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16. Farmington High School — 14 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Farmington, New Mexico
State championships: 1969, 1970, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2005-08, 2018
Notable coaches: Don Lorett, Tom McLamore, Sean Trotter
Notable players: Duane Ward, Josh McAffee, Todd Youngblood, Bryan Heaston
Bottom line: Farmington High has made its name off consistency — they've won at least one state title in every full decade dating back to the 1960s.
In all of Farmington's history, one player does stand above all the rest. Pitcher Duane Ward didn't win a state title, but he was picked No. 9 overall in the 1982 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves and played 10 seasons in the majors. Ward won back-to-back World Series championships with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993 and was an MLB All-Star in 1993 when he led the American League in saves.
16. West Lauderdale High School — 14 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Collinsville, Mississippi
State championships: 1978, 1989, 1990, 1992-95, 1998, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2017, 2021
Notable coaches: Jerry Boatner
Notable players: Blake Anderson, Will Stokes, Jamie Brown, Will Stokes, Paul Phillips, Jay Powell
Bottom line: Former West Lauderdale High coach Jerry Boatner won more games than almost any high school baseball coach in history, going 1,202-359 (77.0 winning percentage) in 51 seasons from 1968 to 2018. Boatner was also named USA Today High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 2007.
West Lauderdale grabbed a piece of MLB history when former star Jay Powell was the winning pitcher for the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. Powell starred at Mississippi State, was the No. 19 overall pick in the 1993 MLB Draft and played 11 seasons in the majors.
16. Bangor High School — 14 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Bangor, Maine
State championships: 1971, 1974, 1982, 1985, 1994-97, 2006, 2014-18
Notable coaches: Bob Kelly
Notable players: Matt Kinney, Justin Courtney, Jimmy Cox, Trevor Delaite, Brian Hackett, Peter Kemble, Ryan Mick, Larry Lobb
Bottom line: Bangor High has had only one player make it to the majors — pitcher Matt Kinney — who closed out his prep career with back-to-back state championships in 1994 and 1995 and played five MLB seasons plus a year of pro baseball in Japan.
In one of the odder twists we've seen in regard to a high school baseball star, Kinney achieved a certain amount of fame when his Bangor Little League team, which won a state championship in 1989, was featured in a book written by the father of one of his teammates — the 1993 short story collection "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" by Stephen King.
16. Punahou School — 14 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
State championships: 1961, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1989, 2004-10, 2019
Notable coaches: Eric Kadooka, James Doole, Dave Eldredge
Notable players: Scott Craven, Joey Meyer, Justin Wayne, K.J. Harrison
Bottom line: Punahou's incredible legacy in high school sports isn't just about football — the baseball team has won more state championships than any school in Hawaii history.
Punahou's greatest run came under head coach Eric Kadooka, who led the school to seven consecutive state championships from 2004 to 2010. Punahou's greatest player never won a state title — but Joey Meyer was an All-State selection in baseball and football and played both sports at the University of Hawaii before playing two seasons in the majors and one season of pro baseball in Japan.
16. St. Mark's High School — 14 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
State championships: 1985, 1988, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2003-05, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
Notable coaches: Tom Lemon, Matt Smith
Notable players: Doug Baylor, Kevin Mench, Pedro Swann, Tom Cochran, Tim Vaillancourt, Jamie Nichols, Billy Sullivan
Bottom line: The greatest player to come through St. Mark's was former major leaguer Kevin Mench, who helped lead St. Mark's to the 1994 state championship and capped his career as Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year in 1996.
Mench went on to star at the University of Delaware, where he was the two-time America East Conference Player of the Year, a two-time All-American and College Baseball Magazine National Player of the Year in 1999. He played all or part of eight seasons in the majors, where he finished his career with 89 home runs and 331 RBI. Mench is one of two players to come out of St. Mark's to make it to the majors alongside outfielder Pedro Swann, who went on to star at Delaware State before playing three MLB seasons.
14. Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School — 15 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Bamberg, South Carolina
State championships: 1974-81, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2007-09
Notable coaches: David Horton
Notable players: Mookie Wilson, Preston Wilson, Zack Godley
Bottom line: Bamberg-Ehrhardt High has a direct tie to arguably the most famous moment in MLB history. Former star player Mookie Wilson played 12 seasons in the majors, where he won a World Series championship with the New York Mets in 1986 and hit the game-winning single in Game 6 that went between the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner.
Wilson wasn't the only member of his family to star at Bamberg-Ehrhardt and then go on to have an MLB career. His nephew and stepson, shortstop Preston Wilson, played 10 years in the majors, was an MLB All-Star in 2003 and won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. It's also worth noting the same head coach, David Horton, was there for all 15 state championships.
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14. Silver Lake High School — 15 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Silver Lake, Kansas
State championships: 1953, 1954, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978 ,1980, 1982, 1996-98, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011
Notable coaches: V.J. Kolzow, C.J. Hamilton, Alan Cunningham,
Notable players: Jim Golden, Josh Workman, Lon Kruger, Mark Elliott, Alan Cunningham, Darin Grimmett
Bottom line: Silver Lake has had three head coaches win multiple state championships in baseball spread out over a period of 60 years.
V.J. Kozlow kicked things off by winning back-to-back titles in 1953 and 1954 with Jim Golden as his star pitcher. Golden still holds state records for strikeouts in a game (31) and season (185) and went on to pitch four seasons in the majors. C.J. Hamilton won three titles in two separate stints in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, and Alan Cunningham won seven state championships from 1996 to 2011.
One of Silver Lake's greatest baseball players ended up with a famous future in another sport. Silver Lake grad Lon Kruger starred in baseball and basketball at Kansas State, where he was a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year in basketball but also a shortstop on the baseball team. He played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization for one year before going into coaching basketball, where he led two different colleges, Florida and Oklahoma, to the Final Four and was also head coach of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks from 2000 to 2003.
11. San Diego High School — 17 CIFSS Championships (Tie)
Location: San Diego, California
CIFSS championships: 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1928-30, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1946-48, 1949, 1952
Notable coaches: Mike Morrow, Clarence Price
Notable players: Gene Richardson, Andrew Stagnaro, Floyd Robinson, Deron Johnson, Neale Henderson, Graig Nettles, Brent Strom
Bottom line: While San Diego High's record is not for state championships, it would be downright blasphemous to make any list of the best high school baseball teams in the U.S. and not include a team from California.
San Diego High won an incredible 16 CIF Southern Section championships in 50 years before the separate San Diego Section was created in 1960. When the Cavers were in their dynastic years there was only one division in the Southern Section, which included the entire area that now encompasses not only the Southern Section but also the San Diego Section, L.A. City Section and most of the Central Section.
San Diego's 1952 team, which went 35-2, is still No. 2 in California history for most wins in a single season.
11. Northfield High School — 17 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Northfield, Vermont
State championships: 1968, 1969, 1977, 1983-85, 1988-90, 1997-2001, 2006, 2007, 2012
Notable coaches: Frank Pecora
Notable players: Jerry Lynde
Bottom line: Longtime Northfield High head coach and athletic director Frank Pecora became the first inductee from Vermont into the NFHS Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with being an administrator, Pecora coached Northfield's baseball team for 39 years, in 1973 and from 1976 to 2012, winning 15 state championships and finishing as state runner-up four times.
Pecora's greatest run was in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Northfield won five consecutive state titles from 1997 to 2001. Under Pecora, Northfield won three consecutive titles twice in the 1980s, from 1983 to 1985 and from 1988 to 1990.
11. G.W. Long High School — 17 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Skipperville, Alabama
State championships: 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997-2002, 2005, 2013, 2017-19, 2022
Notable coaches: Earl Miller, Drew Miller
Notable players: Wade Miller, Dave Heath, Cass Abercrombie, Lee Hyde, Ben Tidwell, Matt Snell
Bottom line: G.W. Long catcher Wade Miller made national news when he set the national high school single-season record with 30 home runs in 2000 — right in the middle of six consecutive state championships won by G.W. Long from 1997 to 2002.
Miller's family has defined the success at G.W. Long over the last four decades. His father, Earl Miller, won a state-record 11 state championships from 1991 to 2005. Wade's brother, Drew, took over as head coach following his father's tenure and has won five state championships in the last decade, including in 2022.
9. St. David High School — 18 State Championships (Tie)
Location: St. David, Arizona
State championships: 1965-67, 1980, 1984, 1986-91, 1993, 1997, 2000-02, 2012, 2021
Notable coaches: Jim Crawford, John Sands, Ron Goodman
Notable players: Troy Bradford, Al Jacquez
Bottom line: Tiny St. David, Arizona — population 1,639 — has produced a baseball dynasty that ranks among the very best in the country.
Head coach Jim Crawford kicked things off by winning three consecutive state championships from 1965 to 1967 and was the architect of the dynasty, winning 12 state titles from 1965 to 1993, including seven consecutive from 1986 to 1991. Crawford returned for a second stint as head coach to win three more state titles from 2000 to 2002.
9. Eunice High School — 18 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Eunice, New Mexico
State championships: 1960, 1962-65, 1967-72, 1974, 1975, 1995, 1997, 2010, 2015, 2022
Notable coaches: Drew Reynolds, Scott Gladden, Benny Jones, Joe Langston, Martin Wade
Notable players: Tyler Almager, Greg Trammwell, Jake Brown
Bottom line: Eunice High dominated the 1960s and 1970s, winning 13 of its 18 state championships from 1960 to 1975, including four consecutive titles from 1962 to 1965 and six consecutive titles from 1967 to 1972.
After a 20-year drought, Eunice returned to the top of the mountain with another state championship in 1995 and won its latest title in 2022. Eunice's staying power is easy to see when you look at its history of head coaches — five different head coaches have won multiple state titles at the school.
8. Desales Catholic High School — 19 State Championships
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
State championships: 1989, 1992-98, 2000-06, 2008, 2012-14
Notable coaches: Kim Cox
Notable players: Todd Miller, Billy Lapke, J.C. Biagi
Bottom line: Few prep coaches in Washington history, regardless of sport, can match what Kim Cox accomplished with the baseball program at Desales Catholic.
Cox, who graduated from Desales in 1985, took over the program in the early 1980s and won his first state championship in 1989, then won 14 titles in 15 seasons from 1992 to 2006. Cox, who retired in 2015, had a career record of 670-134 for a staggering .833 winning percentage.
7. St. Mary's-Colgan High School — 20 State Championships
Location: Pittsburg, Kansas
State championships: 1964, 1967, 1971, 1976, 1993, 1997-99, 2001, 2004-10, 2013-16
Notable coaches: Mike Watt, Frank Crespino
Notable players: P.J. Forbes, Kevin Carr, Daniel Dellasega, Stuart Jeck
Bottom line: One of two teams from Kansas to make the list, SMC's state championships don't tell the whole story of their dominance in high school baseball — they've finished as state runner-up an additional 12 times and played in the state tournament 44 times since 1960.
Former SMC head coach Mike Watt can put his name among the greatest high school baseball coaches of all time, regardless of state. Watt led SMC to 16 state championships from 1993 to 2016, including seven in a row from 2004 to 2010 and four in a row from 2013 to 2016.
6. New Orleans Jesuit High School — 21 State Championships
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
State championships: 1933-41, 1945-47, 1950, 1961, 1964, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1985, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2021
Notable coaches: Frank Misuraca
Notable players: Will Clark, Rusty Staub Larry Gilbert, Charlie Gilbert, Jim Gaudet, Ryan Adams, Johnny Giavotella, Marv Breeding, Tookie Gilbert, Putsy Caballero, Ray Coates, Connie Ryan
Bottom line: No player in Jesuit High history stands above 1982 Rawlings High School All-American Will Clark, who went on to have an All-American career at Mississippi State and was a six-time MLB All-Star in 15 seasons. The first baseman, who went by Bill Clark in high school, was part of a state championship team at Jesuit as a sophomore in 1980.
Jesuit has seen a steady flow of players go through its doors to the majors dating back almost 100 years — 13 players starting with Larry Gilbert (Class of 1910) through six-time MLB All-Star Rusty Staub (Class of 1961) and Kyle Keller (class of 2011).
3. Bingham High School — 22 State Championships (Tie)
Location: South Jordan, Utah
State championships: 1932-35, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1974-76, 1984, 1985, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2018
Notable coaches: Bailey Santisteven, Joey Sato, Sonny Sudbury, Brad Bevan
Notable players: Bryan Hardy, Brennon Lund, Max Dimick, Ty Hansen, Jay Applegate,
Bottom line: Bingham's 22 state championships are double the second-most team in Utah history and are spread out over eight decades, with the first title coming in 1932 and the latest coming in 2018.
Legendary head coach Bailey Santisteven led Bingham to its first state title and still holds the record for most state championships for a head coach in Utah history. Perhaps the best player in Bingham history is outfielder Brennon Lund, who led his school to a pair of state championships before going on to star at BYU. Lund was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2016 and was in the minor leagues for six years before moving to the Mexican League.
3. Bishop Hendricken High School — 22 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Warwick, Rhode Island
State championships: 1977, 1981, 1987-89, 1992, 1997-2000, 2003-2005, 2008-10, 2012-16, 2019
Notable coaches: Ed Holloway
Notable players: Neal McCarthy, Rocco Baldelli, Jay Rainville, Dante Baldelli, Tucker Flint, Alex Clemmey
Bottom line: Bishop Hendricken's dominance in baseball extends back to the 1970s — they've won a state championship in every full decade since winning the first title in 1977, including four consecutive titles from 1997 to 2000 and four more from 2012 to 2016.
Bishop Hendricken's greatest player is undoubtedly outfielder Rocco Baldelli, who was named to both the USA Today and Rawlings High School All-American teams in 2000. Baldelli was drafted No. 6 overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2000 and played six seasons in the majors. He's currently the manager of the Minnesota Twins and was named American League Manager of the Year in 2019.
3. Asher High School — 22 State Championships (Tie)
Location: Asher, Oklahoma
State championships: 1963, 1968, 1970-74, 1977, 1979-82, 1984-88, 1991-95
Notable coaches: Murl Bowen
Notable players: Ron Williamson, Joe Isaacs, Shane Coker, Will Hunt, Travis Jones, Trevor Martin
Bottom line: No story about Asher High is complete without telling the almost-impossible-to-believe story of 1971 Rawlings High School All-American outfielder Ron Williamson, who hit .500 as a senior and led Asher to the state championship. Williamson was drafted by the Oakland A's out of high school and spent six seasons in the minor leagues before shoulder injuries ended his career.
After Williamson returned to Oklahoma, he was one of two men convicted in 1988 for the 1982 rape and murder of Debra Carter, and he received the death penalty. DNA evidence exonerated Williamson 11 years later, and his life story became the subject of John Grisham's bestselling non-fiction book "The Innocent Man" as well as the Netflix docuseries of the same name.
2. Gloucester Catholic High School — 23 State Championships
Location: Brooklawn, New Jersey
State championships: 1973, 1974, 1980, 1984-86 ,1993, 1996, 1999-2001, 2003, 2007, 2010-13, 2017-19
Notable coaches: Dennis Barth
Notable players: Kevin Kelly, Stephen Bruno, Mike Rucci, Mark Michael, Greg Burke, Matt Ryan, Chris Della Rocco
Bottom line: Gloucester Catholic's 20 state championships include one of the greatest high school baseball teams of all time in 2000 when head coach Dennis Barth's Gloucester Catholic High won the non-public school state championship before being named national champions by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America.
Eight seniors from the 2000 team earned Division I scholarships, and three players went on to play in the majors, led by star pitcher Greg Burke, who played for the New York Mets and San Diego Padres.
Gloucester Catholic fans might debate whether or not the 2000 team is even the best in school history. The 1984 team went 24-0 and was named "Team of the Century" by the Courier-Post.
1. Tucson High School — 29 State Championships
Location: Tucson, Arizona
State championships: 1912, 1913, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1930, 1932, 1935, 1937, 1939-46, 1948, 1950-52, 1954-56, 1959, 1972, 1987, 1988
Notable coaches: James F. McKale, Andy Tolson, Hank Slagle, Ray Adkins, Tom Lundy
Notable players: Ron Hassey, Dave Baldwin, Jim Crawford, Eddie Leon, Willie Morales, Tom Wilhelmsen, Tavo Alvarez
Bottom line: Tucson High School's 29 state championships don't totally tell the story of the school's dominance in Arizona high school baseball, as they've also finished as state runner-up 18 more times.
Tucson High's greatest player of all time has to be catcher Ron Hassey (pictured, playing in the pros), who won championships on every level. Nicknamed "The Pride of Tucson," he led Tucson High to an undefeated season and state championship in 1972 and won a national championship at the University of Arizona in 1976 before playing 14 seasons in the majors and winning a World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989. He's also one of just two catchers in MLB history to catch a no-hitter in both the American League and National League.