A public service is set for this Saturday to pay tribute to Herb Meyer, a legendary high school football coach in Oceanside, in the stadium named in his honor. Herb Meyer’s Coaching Legacy.
Meyer, who had a storied coaching career spanning nearly half a century before retiring in 2003, passed away on April 8 at the age of 87.
The commemoration will take place at El Camino High’s Herb Meyer Stadium in Oceanside at 3 p.m.
Throughout his tenure, Meyer’s teams at El Camino, and earlier in his career at his alma mater, Oceanside High, claimed multiple championships.
According to the Oceanside High School Foundation, Meyer, who played as a quarterback for the Pirates, graduated in the Class of 1953. He furthered his education at Pomona College and later returned to his former campus to instruct and coach football.
In his initial years as a coach, Meyer’s leadership led the Pirates to over 100 victories and two California Interscholastic Federation championships.
This was only the start of Meyer’s distinguished career. Transitioning to El Camino High, he became the school’s first head football coach. Under his guidance, the Wildcats achieved 226 victories and eight CIF championships, making him the state’s most victorious coach at the time of his retirement (though other coaches have since exceeded his record).
Meyer’s remarkable achievements led to his distinction as the first California coach to be inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. He is also enshrined in the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was part of the inaugural class for the California High School Football Hall of Fame in 2022.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Herb Meyer Scholarship Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships to Oceanside student athletes. Herb Meyer’s Coaching Legacy.