Top High School Football Teams since High School Football America created its Rankings Algorithm

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Hard to believe, but this is the ninth year for the High School Football America rankings created with our proprietary algorithm.

Next week, we’ll release our Preseason High School Football America 100 powered by PlayFootball.NFL.com that will whittle down the HSFA 300. In anticipation of the Preseason Top 100, as we always do, we’ll examine the top high school football teams in the nation, since we began using the algorithm in 2013

Related: Preseason HSFA 300

Here’s how we determine who’s been the best of the best since 2013.

We award points to a team on the basis of its ranking in each year’s poll. For example, the No. 1 team receives 25 points, the No. 2 team receives 24 points, the No. 3 team gets 23 points and so forth.

2019 High School Football America national champ St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) remains the No. 1 team over the last eight years. Until this past season, the Braves had finished every year inside our Top 25. The Braves have amassed 138 points from 2013 through 2020.

With only a six-game regular season schedule and no postseason in California due to the coronavirus pandemic, SJB finished No. 30 in the High School Football America 100 for the combined fall/spring 2020-21 season.

In addition to its national title, as you can see below, the Braves also had runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2016.

Related: Final 2020-21 HSFA 100

2020 national champ IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) closed the gap on Bosco from last year’s overall rankings. The Ascenders enter 2021 just seven points behind Bosco.

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California), St. John Bosco’s arch-rival, moves-up three spots from No. 6 last year into a tie with Allen (Texas) at No. 3 this year. The Monarchs won our national championships in 2017 and 2018.

After a perfect 5-0 spring season, Mater Dei finished No. 7 in the 2020-21 HSFA 100.

Rounding-out the Top 10 are: No. 5 De La Salle (Concord, California), No. 6 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada), No. 7 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), No. 9 North Shore (Houston, Texas) and tied at No. 10 Corona Centennial (Corona, California) and Miami Central (Florida).

High School Football America Top 25 National Rankings (2013-2020)

Rank, Team, State20202019201820172016201520142013Pts
#1 St. John Bosco (California)X131328152138
#2 IMG Academy (Florida)165337XX131
#3 (tie) Allen (Texas)XX21217911105
#3 (tie) Mater Dei (California)721114XXX105
#5 De La Salle (California)X181114X229100
#6 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)XXX91432390
#7 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)6104198XX2584
#8 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)94XX6129X68
#9 North Shore (Houston, Texas)852XXXXX63
#10 (tied) Corona Centennial (California)XX16X10513X60
#10 (tied) Miami Central (Florida)X1522XX227460
#12  Dutch Fork (South Carolina)1111818XXXX56
#13 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)599XXXXX55
#14 Colquitt County (Georgia)XXXXX14X47
#15 Trinity (Kentucky)20XX49XXX45
#16 (tie) American Heritage (Plantation, FL)21XX613XX2044
#16 (tie) Grayson (Georgia)4XX4XXXX44
#18 Booker T. Washington (Florida)XXXXXX6343
#19 (tie) Katy (Texas)12XXXX3X2241
#19 (tie) St. Frances Academy (Maryland)X3X8XXXX41
#21 (tie) Thompson (Alabama)214XXXXXX36
#21 (tie) DeSoto (Texas)XXXX12X25536
#23 Folsom (California)XX12XXX5X35
#24 (tie) Cedar Hill (Texas)XXXXXX11734
#24 (tie) DeMatha (Maryland)XXXX513XX34
#24 (tie) St. Edward (Ohio)XXXXX612X34

High School Football America National Champs

2020- IMG Academy (Florida)

2019 – St. John Bosco (California)

2018 – Mater Dei (California)

2017 – Mater Dei (California)

2016 – Bishop Gorman (Nevada)

2015- Colquitt County (Georgia)

2014 – Allen (Texas)

2013 – Allen (Texas)

2012 – Allen (Texas) & John Curtis (Louisiana) co-champs*

*Opinion Poll

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.