Grossmont High School Museum - Honoring the Past

lynn connie paulIn 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 99-year old history with them. We are open each Wednesday at lunch for the students to explore our amazing traditions. 

To learn more about  the generosity of our Foothiller family, browse the 99th Anniversary Program HERE.  For last year's donors,  browse the 98th Anniversary Program HERE.  For previous programs,  browse the 97th Anniversary Program HERE.  2016-2017 was our 96th Anniversary Celebration! Read more about the 96th Anniversary HERE, and browse our 95th Anniversary Program HERE.  Foothillers have so much to celebrate!   For memorabilia donors, please visit our Donors page.

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. We hope to be in our new Museum location in the current 3300 sq. foot dance room, once the new Performing Arts complex is completed in 2020.

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!


leave printThe GHS Museum and Alumni Association need your support to continue our efforts to celebrate, preserve, and display our remarkable Foothiller history. We are working on our second book: the history of the Christmas Pageant, filled with Foothiller memories and photos. Our thanks to those whose financial donations are making it possible. (Copies of the GHS Instrumental Music 1920-2016 book are still available for $30 plus $10 mailing!) Download the Flyer

As we look ahead to moving into the 3,300 square foot dance room (Rec Room in 1950 Girls PE Building) in 2020, we need your financial donations to fund at least 10 new display cases, wall shelves, and mannequins!

Donations of any amount are welcome. 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.

100th Anniversary Celebration Fall 2020


We know you are as eager as we are for this historic moment in Foothiller history. The celebration will begin with a Friday night football game, followed by a Saturday celebration, including the 2020 Hall of Honor induction ceremony and visits to the original restored 1922 Gray Castle and our expanded Museum in its permanent location.

Please help us fund our newest history photo book (In the Campus History Series published by Arcadia Press) written by La Mesa historian Jim Newland, author of four local history books.

We welcome donations of any amount to help with the cost of the book, which will be filled with 200 photos and information documenting our amazing history. To receive our 100th anniversary email updates, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remembering Edna Swink Kouns, Class of 1932

            We received word  of Edna's passing at the age of 105. 

            A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, February 29th, 2020,  at 11 am in El Monte Park, Area 1.

            Edna helped us celebrate our 90th Anniversary in 2010 and was the first alumnus to look into the cornerstone before the contents were removed.  With her help fundraising, we were able to restore and display the contents in the GHS Museum.  

            4 years ago, GHS Alumni and current GHS teachers Don Ginn and Jeremy Cooke, and Connie, visited Edna in her home and recorded an interview with Edna as she shared her GHS memories.  

            Edna was a remarkable woman who enjoyed life and inspired others.   We were fortunate to call her a friend and enjoyed chatting with her over the years.


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