Chris Harper

Athlete, post-1970


In the minds of some, Chris Harper is the best athlete to EVER come through Arlington High. A three- year letter winner in basketball and a four-year letter winner in track, Chris certainly left his mark.

Chris Harper
  • Biography

    In the minds of some, Chris Harper is the best athlete to EVER come through Arlington High. A three- year letter winner in basketball and a four-year letter winner in track, Chris certainly left his mark. As a track athlete, he qualified for CIF four years in a row-making it to the CIF Finals twice and all the way to the State Championships twice. He would finish 6th in the state in the Long Jump as a junior despite suffering from an injured knee. Chris was a league champion 9 times and a City Champion 6 times in various events. He holds school records in the Long Jump (24-5-a CIF record for almost 30 years)-in the High Jump (6-8) and the 400 (48.02—only ran it once). He is also part of the 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 school record teams. It was Chris who almost single handily won the 1980 CIF Track title with individual titles in the long jump and the high jump and a sizzling anchor leg in the 4 x 400 as the Lions lost 34-33. He also still holds the City Record in the high jump. He was team MVP twice.  In basketball, he was a three- time All-League Performer-two-time All-CIF selection and two-time Riverside County Selection as well as two-time team MVP. In his junior year in 1980, he was Riverside County Player of the Year propelling a team with no player over 6-2 to second place and a berth in the CIF playoffs.

    From Arlington, Chris enrolled at Shasta Junior College and led them to the state Basketball championship in 1983 averaging 15 points per game.  The Knights went 56-12 during Chris’s two years on the team.  Chris also spent some time on the Knight track team jumping 6’11” in the high jump and going 46.99 in the 400. Both marks are still school records. He is a member of the Shasta Junior College Hall of Fame.

    Chris went on to the University of Oregon, where he was a starter on the basketball team for two seasons averaging 10 points per game.  Chris’s play was key to the Ducks upset of 7th ranked UCLA in 1984.  That same year, Chris went out to the track team and high jumped 7’.5” and is still tied for 9th place on the Ducks All-Time list. Chris was drafted in 1985 by the San Antonio Spurs and left Oregon with both his Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees—the first in his family to go and graduate college. Chris eventually went to play overseas and became a basketball legend. Playing in Germany, New Zealand and Wales, Chris sported a career average of 29 ppg.  He was annually in the league’s top 3 in scoring and top 10 in rebounds and assists. He made All-League and All-Stars every year he played, until the age of 43! He also coached at Cardiff City and at South Glamorgan University. It was there that his girls team won the University Championships and his boys team finished a strong second.

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