Our Generous 2017 Donors

Sponsorship Donors

Our thanks to these wonderful individuals who "answered our call" to fund these Museum projects:

Big G on the Hill Facelift: Bill Woolman, Class of 1962 and Eddie Ramos, GHS Staff

General Fund: Larry Vikander, Class of 1965; Bob Stockton, Class of 1955

Monthly GHS Staff Donors to the General FundA Special Thank You to Our Monthly GHS Staff Donors: Jim Early, Class of 1990; Don Ginn, Class of 1987; Brie Pagano Honeycutt, Class of 2001; Bob Papciak, Plant Manager; Yvonne Baer Vellone, Class of 1975.

History of the Christmas Pageant Book: Bob Stockton, Class of 1955; Deanna Brady Sampson, Class of 1965; Class of 1948 Reunion Proceeds

New Museum Display Cases: Class of 1966 Reunion Proceeds

Track Program: Sharon Galvin Davis and Bill Ashman

Memorabilia Donors

We thank these wonderful donors of GHS Memorabilia:

Don Ginn, Class of 1987, and GHS History Teacher: Grossmont So. Cal. Baseball Champs Letterman Jacket Patch (it is displayed in the Museum beside the trophy)

Mark Houston, Class of 1966: Shadow Box Tribute to David Hickman, Vietnam Casualty

Robert Kokernot, Class of 1940 Family: Shadow Box Framed 1940 Letterman's Sweater, including Robert's 4 Athletic Letters and Photographs of Robert at GHS; Track 1939 Class A All American Banner; 1939 and 1940 El Recuerdos

Jeri Lundy, Retired GHS Home Economics Teacher: Thanks to Jeri, Two Beautiful Quilts Hang at GHS: the 1993 GRC Humans for Harmony Quilt, Created by the First Human Relations Council Hangs in the Counseling Offices and the 2004 Photography Quilt, Created by Eileen Mandell's Photograhy Students, now Hangs in the Photography Classroom; Both Quilts Were Originally Pieced by Jeri.  Jeri Cleaned the Quilts, Prepared them for Hanging and Donated the Hardward  to Display These Wonderful Pieces of GHS History.

Charlotte Acorn McGowan, Class of 1948: 1945 and 1946 El Recuerdos; 1948 Diplomas belonging to Charlotte and James R. McGowan, Jr.;

Family of Bev McSpadden, Retired GHS Finance Clerk: 19 Yearbooks; Team Photographs including Baseball, Soccer, Football; Framed Commissioner of Finance Collages, Personal Thank You Notes; 1996 Photo of the Pool; Spirit Pins and Badges, and more.

Willa Deen Isbell Ramsay, Ed. D, Class of 1953:  Reach for the Stars!!, An Autobiography and Genealogical History by Willa Deen Isbell Ramsay, Ed.D with Several Chapters on Willa's Years at GHS

Nancy Carr Short, Class of 1959: POW Bracelet Worn in Memory of Captain Peter Russell, MIA 8-1-68 and Grossmont Silver Charm Bracelet with Football

Tom Sims, Class of 1971 Monte Vista HS: 1951 El Recuerdo; 1950’s 78 record: “All Hail Dear Grossmont”: Grossmont Band and Girls Trio and A.S.B. Chorus and “Come Raise a Song”: Grossmont Band and Girls Trio

Yvonne Baer Vellone, Class of 1975: POW Bracelet She Wore for Lt. Larry Stevens, USN 14 Feb. 69 and her Future Farmers of America FFA Pin.

Grossmont High School Museum - Honoring the Past

Grossmont High MuseumIn October 2008, a dream was realized with the Grand Opening of the GHS Museum on the Grossmont campus.  Prior to its opening, Connie Baer, Class of 1965, and Lynn Baer, Class of 1969, spent 18 months, organizing and creating the Museum displays.

During the school year, the ninth grade English classes visit the Museum as part of our efforts to share our wonderful 96-year old history with them. We are open each Wednesday at lunch for the students to explore our amazing traditions. 

The highlight of the 2016-2017 was our 96th Anniversary Celebration! Read more about the 96th Anniversary HERE, and browse our 96th Anniversary Program HERE.  Foothillers have much to celebrate! 

Open to the public the first Wednesday of each month and by appointment on other Wednesdays, the Museum welcomes alumni and the community to share their memories of Grossmont High, as we discover all that we have in common.

The Museum operates solely on donations, which are used to create the Museum displays, to preserve our memorabilia, and to celebrate Grossmont's history. Listed below are some of our current projects and fundraising needs.

To make a tax-deductible financial donation, please use the Pay Pal button on the right. if you would like to sponsor a certain project, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may also write a check, payable to the GHS Educational Foundation, and mail it to GHS Museum, P.O. Box 1043,La Mesa, CA 91944-1043: in the check memo, please specify your sponsorship of a certain project or specify Museum General Fund.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities: We need your help!

    To make a donation, please donate via Pay Pal or write a check payable to GHS Educational Foundation and mail to GHS Museum, P.O. Box 1043, La Mesa, CA 91944

    • $200: 2017 GHS Track Program for the girls and boys teams
    • $200: Cleaning of 1963 AFS Friendship Tree bronze plaque which must be moved due to the Performing Arts Center construction, scheduled to begin in March.  After its cleaning, the plaque will be placed adjacent to a tree near the new Office and Art buildings.
    • $2,000: Pictorial History of the Christmas Pageant: We welcome donations to help us fund the creation of this book. These initial donations will fund the scanning of yearbook photos and loose photos we have in the Museum collection. (Stay tuned…we will be contacting you for your Pageant memories in the future.)

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  • A Look Back

    1928football field

    This is a wonderful photo from the past, which Lynn found in the 1928 El Recuerdo.  It was in a collage of photos and originally quite small. The photo shows students making a G (we think) on the football field.  In the background is the original school with an amazing view of the cloistered corridor arches that framed the back wing until the WPA construction of the two-story classroom building.

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Foothiller Footsteps, April 2017 - Softball

  • 1927 Indoor Girls Baseballl Team
  • 2016 CIF Softball Team

The roots of today’s Grossmont High School softball teams reach back to the 1920’s. Beginning in 1925, Grossmont girls played in countywide indoor baseball teams, winning the county championship in 1925 and 1926. In 1926, the girls played seven games against Coronado, Fallbrook, Point Loma, La Jolla, Sweetwater, Escondido, and Mountain Empire.

In the early 1950’s, Foothiller girls began playing softball rather than baseball.  Since 1978, and the advent of the 1972 Title 9,  Grossmont High School has fielded girls softball teams.  From 1986 to 2011, Grossmont teams won 12 League Championships. In 1989 11th year softball coach Steve Sutton led his team to a league championship and Grossmont’s first Softball CIF Championship. 

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