Willie Brown grew up in the Central Area of Long Beach, California. After graduating from Polytechnic High School he signed with the University of Southern California (USC) to play sports. While at USC he was chosen the team’s Back of the Year for rushing (574 yards) and kickoff returns. As well as Most Inspirational Player for receiving (34 catches) and scoring (44 points). In 1964 he entered the National Football League when he signed with the then Los Angeles Rams. Willie also played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
On July 9, 2011, Willie was one of the first Poly High School graduates inducted into the “Poly Walk of Fame”. His star hangs along the back fence on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and 16th Street in the City of Long Beach.
Jimmy Richardson graduated from California State University Long Beach and received a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and Masters Degree in Education. He is in the Long Beach State Hall of Fame for Education.
Jimmy was a Physical Education teacher with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) for 38 years. He was the head track coach at Poly High School for 10 years; head track coach at Long Beach City College-Carson Campus for 10 years; and Pasadena Community College for 2 years. Although retired from LBUSD in 2008, he is the assistant track coach at Poly.
Jimmy is the sole volunteer at 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews’ field office at located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
Sam Robinson graduated from Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. He was voted Los Angeles City Player of the Year for basketball during both his Junior and Senior years.
Sam attended Pasadena City College for 2 years. They won the state championship during his 1st year with the team. He went on to play for Long Beach State during 1968-1970 before being drafted into the American Basketball Association (ABA) by the Miami Floridians and later by the Baltimore Bullets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
After his basketball career, Sam worked for Proctor & Gamble (1975-1988); McDonald Douglas (1990-1992) as a structural mechanic who installed wings on the first C17 aircraft. He later moved to Las Vegas and worked at the Mirage Casino. He then became the Food & Beverage General Manager for McKaren Airport / RLW before retiring in 2008.