Next month, with the opening of the 2017-18 academic year, the WCAL, originally a boys-only arrangement, marks its 50th anniversary. The league is a direct outgrowth of the old CAL and was created in 1967 to accommodate the inclusion of St. Ignatius (reluctantly forced out of the AAA) and Mitty (which was in the process of commencing a varsity athletic program). Sacred Heart (also out of the AAA) would join a bit later as well. Valley Christian was added as the new millennium got under way. When it comes to football, the WCAL remains the only all-private-school league in Northern California, making it unique in that half of the Golden State. The WCAL added female sports to its growing purview at about the same time VC came on board. The CAL was retained by its East Bay members but finally gave up the ghost when the NCS mandated that CAL teams be distributed to public school leagues a generation ago.