Parade planned to honor historic Pinole Valley High football season

Parade planned to honor historic Pinole Valley High football season
All photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High.
UPDATE: The parade has been postponed from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4. The reason is that eight Pinole Valley High senior players qualified to play in an all-star game on Jan. 28, and the school community wants to be sure they can attend the parade. We will update our readers when a firm date for the parade is announced.
By Mike Kinney

A parade is being planned to celebrate the Pinole Valley High School Football team’s historic championship season, according to Principal Kibby Kleiman. School officials will instead hold the parade on Feb. 4.

The parade will start at the Pinole Valley Park and will proceed to the Pinole Valley High School football field. The high school’s marching band, cheerleading squad and color guard will participate, along with clubs and service organizations connected to the school.

“It will almost be like a mini homecoming event,” Kleiman said.

The Spartans football team captured its first ever state title last fall, defeating Mendota High 34-21 in the Division 7-AA California State Championship. The victory marks the first time a West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) has earned a high school state football title.

The Spartans earned their bid to play in the state championship after defeating Justin-Siena (Napa) 7-0 on Nov. 25 , 2022, capturing its first North Coast Section title in 43 years.

Kleiman noted the team will also be recognized in a ceremony at Pinole City Council in February.

“We could not be prouder of the level of support coming from the community and the school,” he said. “It is wonderful to feel valued and honored. We are extremely proud of our Spartan football team!”