Menlo's state hoop champs to help celebrate school's 100th year


It was just over 25 years ago that Menlo School achieved what only 12 teams in CIF basketball history have -- winning a boys' and girls' state championship in the same season.

In 1989, the Menlo boys and girls basketball teams captured CIF Division IV state titles, joining only a dozen schools spanning five divisions since 1981.

With Menlo School celebrating its 100th year, former players, alumni, faculty and staff as well as the current community will commemorate these teams' accomplishment between the girls' and boys' basketball games at Menlo on Thursday night.

"We are so pleased and proud to recognize members of our 1989 state championship boys and girls teams, who became a part of CIF history," Menlo Director of Athletics Kris Weems said. "That they can join us for our quad and celebrate the school's centennial characterizes the unity that defines Menlo's program."

Current girls coach John Paye (Menlo Class of '83) has deep ties to Menlo's program as he coached the girls team -- including his sister Kate in 1989 -- then followed with state championships the next two years.

Paye, who was drafted out of Menlo School by the San Francisco Giants, was a freshman starter at quarterback and point guard at Stanford. He then was drafted out of college by the San Francisco 49ers and played two seasons, including the 1988 Super Bowl championship team. He also is an assistant for Menlo football as an offensive line and running backs coach.

The 1989 Menlo boys and girls teams that won state titles will be feted following the Menlo girls' game against Mercy-San Francisco, which starts at 6 p.m. The Menlo boys will host Priory at 7:30 p.m.

— Menlo School Athletics

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