OCEANSIDE — This seaside community was united when Herb Meyer coached football and Bill Christopher coached basketball there in the early 70s.
But when the enrollment increased, a satellite campus was built in the spring of 1972.
By 1976, funds became available and the satellite campus--Oceanside East--became El Camino High.
"If nothing else, it gave everybody in town something to talk about," said Meyer, who coached football for 18 years at Oceanside before moving east with the new school in 1976. Meyer is athletic director and football coach at El Camino.
"It used to be the city of Oceanside versus the world. Now, people take sides," he said.
The community will be divided again Saturday afternoon when Oceanside and El Camino meet for the second consecutive season in the San Diego Section 2-A boys' basketball final. Tipoff in the San Diego Sports Arena is 4:30 p.m.
Last year, El Camino--coached by Ray Johnson--defeated Oceanside in the final, 61-35. El Camino's victory put an end to Oceanside's two-year reign as 2-A champion. Oceanside teams coached by Christopher won the title in 1982, 1984 and 1985. Either Oceanside or El Camino--or both--has appeared in the 2-A championship in each of the last six years.