Bishop O’Dowd was one of the first high schools in the Bay Area to field a varsity men’s lacrosse team. Founded in 1984, Bishop O’Dowd was part of the original Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA). As a pioneer in the western high school lacrosse community, O’Dowd has enjoyed a successful and storied history, including state championships in 1993 and state runner up in 1997.
With the recognition of lacrosse as a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sport, lacrosse has exploded in growth, and has been labeled as the fastest growing sport in the country (May, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated).
Men’s lacrosse is still a growing sport with new opportunities every season. For the 2008 season O’Dowd is part of the Bay Sport Athletic League (BSAL) and North Coast Section (NCS) of CIF. This league includes Berkeley, De La Salle, Davis, St. Mary’s, Piedmont, and Clayton Valley.