Pride of South City
At the end of the school year, the school's head coaches meet to nominate and select the most qualified male and female student-athletes.
The recipients of these awards are announced at the Senior Awards Night ceremony, and the recipients have their names engraved on the school’s permanent awards area in the gym.
Students who were considered for an award but who did not become the final recipient will also receive a letter of recognition.
After playing on two Rose Bowl teams at Cal, Ray DeJong came to South San Francisco High School in 1950, where he coached football and taught P.E. for 38 years. In his 28 seasons as varsity football coach, Mr. DeJong went 154-94-8, amassing 9 league championships and winning induction to the Enumclaw High School Hall of Fame in Washington, the San Mateo County Hall of Fame, and the California Coaches Hall of Fame. He also started the school's wrestling program, which he coached for 10 years, and ran SSFHS's American Red Cross swim program during the summers.
Former SSFHS teacher and California state representative Gene Mullin (l), Mr. DeJong's son, Joe Butcher (SSFHS 1957), and Mr. DeJong's daughter (l) flank the school's first varsity football coach Ray De Jong (c) during a scoreboard rededication ceremony in his honor.
Legendary South City Coach Bob Brian Dies (1925 - 2018)