The School Yard Crips 3X (SYC) also known as the School Yard Crip Gang (SYCG) are predominantly, but exclusively, an African-American street gang, located on the West Side in the Mid City region of South Los Angeles, California. They originated in the early 1980s, around Longwood Avenue, between Crenshaw Blvd and Venice Blvd. The School Yard Crips have over 200 active members, who are documented on police gang files.
The School Yard Crips consist of several smaller cliques such as the “Yank Mob” and the “Mid Town” as well as the “1600 Blocc” (Longwood Ave) along with the “2800 Blocc” and the”4800 Blocc” which represent 17th Street. They are known to sport apparel by the New York Yankees and New York City, baseball caps with the large “NYC” letters, which corresponds to the second word of their name which is “Yard.
World On Wheels (Stating Rink)
The World On Wheels, is considered the most popular skating rink among gang-related youths in South Los Angeles. The World On Wheels, is located on Venice Blvd, between Pico Ave and Vicente Blvd, in Mid Town city. This region of West Los Angeles, is claimed by the School Yard Crips. However, the skating rank attracted gangs from all around Los Angeles, such as the Geer Gang Crips, Venice Shoreline Crips, East Coast Crips, Grape Street Watts Crips and rival gangs of the School Yard Crips.
The World On Wheels, also attracted power house gangs such as the Eight Tray Gangster Crips and the Denver Lane Bloods as well as Compton gangs. The School Yard Crips and the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, are two of the main rival gangs, who attended the skating rink every weekend. Which means, there were constant altercations between the two feuding gangs and occasionally gunfire will erupt in the parking lot. In 2013, the Mid-Town skating rink, officially closed its door’s for good.
Allies & Rivals
The School Yard Crips are known to feud with other Crip gangs such as the Mansfield Gangster Crips, when they were known as the Mansfield Hustlers, during the 1980s. Which means, the rivalry between the School Yard Crips and the Mansfield Gangster Crips, is over 30 years-old. The first member of the Mansfield Crips to die from a gang related death, was killed by the School Yard Crips, during the 1980’s.
The School Yard Crips also feud with all Neighborhood Crips such as the Rollin 90s Neighborhood Crips, Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, Rollin 50s Neighborhood Crips, and the Rollin 40s Neighborhood Crips. The School Yard Blood rivals are the Black P Stones and the Rollin 20s Neighborhood Bloods along with the Fruit Town Brims.
TeeCee 4800, is an American rapper who is affiliated with the School Yard Crips (4800 Blocc), and is signed to “Pushaz Ink,” which is a record label founded by Compton rapper YG 400 of Tree Top Piru and DJ Mustard. The School Yard Crips consist of several locals rappers such as WestBred Diamond and C-Breezy as well as Reem Riches.
Darren Taylor, known on the streets as “Bo” helped mediate the 1992 “Watts Truce” between the Bloods and Crips is the founder of Unity One, which is a gang violence prevention program, to help kids avoid gangs, and counsel inmates at the Downtown, Los Angeles county jail, is a former member of the School Yard Crips. In 2008, Darren Taylor, died of cancer at the age of 42.