Algin Sutton played basketball at Cal Poly in the early 1950s under Ed Jorgensen before embarking on a 30-year career in the Department of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles.
He passed away on Jan. 8, 1984.
Sutton averaged 13.2 points as a center and guard in the 1951-52 season at Cal Poly, finishing with 368 points. Sutton also scored 301 points (14.3 average) in the 1952-53 season and 310 points (16.2 average) in the 1953-54 season.
Sutton actually started his career with the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Department in 1950 as a locker room attendant. After his basketball career ended at Cal Poly, he returned to Los Angeles in 1954 and was promoted through the ranks to his final position as a primary recreation supervisor from 1974-84, directing the activities of the Recreation Division's 58 recreation centers and senior citizens facilities as well as pools, camps and sports programs.
The Algin Sutton Recreation Center on South Hoover Street in Los Angeles is named after him.
On Dec. 20, 1983, the City Council of Los Angeles named Sutton as one of the city's outstanding leaders. He was a standout basketball player at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles and was a member of Omega Psi Phi.