Jaylen Carter
Jaylen Carter; Manual Arts Class of 2021.

Posted On: 07/27/20 11:00 AM

While Manual Arts High School might not have quite the storied basketball history of Crenshaw, there was a time when the Toilers were contenders in their own right and could go toe to toe with their nearby rival. The Toilers actually knocked off the Cougars in their run to the 1988 California state championship.

The landscape is much different today. Crenshaw is in the Coliseum League with other former City Section powers such as Dorsey and Fremont. Manual Arts is now in the Exposition League with Jefferson, Santee, Los Angeles, West Adams Prep, Diego Rivera Learning Complex, and Maya Angelou.  

The Toilers had nine straight losing seasons between 2008 and 2016 before Randolph Simpson returned to the program. Simpson was an assistant coach on the ’88 title team and had served as head coach for a period before taking time off. Since he’s returned, the Toilers have improved every season culminating with this past year’s 20-10 record and 11-1 in league play.

At the helm and helping to lead the way for Simpson and the Toilers is incoming senior wing Jaylen CarterJaylenCarter6'3" | SFManual Arts | 2021State. This was Carter’s first season with the Toilers after transferring from Dorsey. He put up

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