Loyola High School of Los Angeles senior KELLY BLAKE was awarded the highest recognition bestowed on a prep scholar-athlete in the state of California when he was selected as the CIF/Farmers State Scholar-Athlete of the Year on May 3.
One of just twenty U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence Finalists selected from across the nation, Blake led Loyola’s Pac-5 Division playoff football team last fall with six interceptions from his safety position. The 6-1, 195 lb. athlete recorded 74 tackles, including 35 solo stops, which were the second highest numbers on the Cub defensive platoon in both categories. An All-CIF Pac-5 Division and first team All-Mission League honoree, the two-way performer also caught 22 passes for a 15.5 average as a wide receiver.
Blake added CalHiSports.com All-State accolades to his impressive list of post season honors and awards. He was also named the Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. After missing most of his junior football season due to injury, Blake turned in what ranks among the best campaigns by a Loyola safety in the illustrious annals of Cub Football.
Blake’s sterling accomplishments on the gridiron were matched, if not exceeded, in the classroom, where he maintains a 4.5 GPA in a rigorous college prep curriculum, loaded with honors and AP classes. He scored 35 out of 36 on the ACT. Blake will be joining the football team at Stanford University in the fall.
The prestigious honors earned by Blake are a testament not only to his personal drive, tremendous ability and superior performance on the gridiron and in the classroom, but also to Loyola High School’s mission of unyielding commitment to excellence. Blake will travel to the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 26 for an event honoring California’s top scholar-athletes.