Michael "Mike" Farrar, GHS English Teacher

Gilbert Michael Farrar, born July 1, 1932 in San Diego, CA, passed away on May 6, 2013 at his home in El Cajon, CA. Mike was the son of Gilbert Francis Farrar and Frances Margaret Farrar and brother of Gail Walker (R.D.). He is survived by his wife of 48 years Judith Elaine Farrar (Wise); children Cassandra Gegax, Andy Farrar (Brenda), Stephanie McDonald (Mark), and Ryan Farrar (Elizabeth); six grand- children; sisters-in-law Arlene Wise, Dee Tucker (Ray); brother-in-law Dennis Wise; and numerous nephews and nieces. Mike was a native San Diegan who graduated from San Diego State College in 1955. He taught for many years at Grossmont High School (1961-1977) and Granite Hills High School (1977-1996). A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 13th, at 4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon.

Jerry Sanders: Biology Teacher 1960-1968

Jerry taught English, Math, and Social Studies at El Capitan in 1959-60 in its opening year. Then John Warburton and Walter Barnett hired him in 1960 to teach Biology at Grossmont High School. Jerry  left Grossmont in 1968 to teach at SDSU from 1968 to 1975. [from his daughter Cheryl Hinton, GHS Alumnus Class of 1971 : "a funny aside- they had to bring him in as an Associate Professor so that they could meet the salary he had at GHS!"   During those years, Jerry authored major college textbooks with Scott Foresman Publishers and mentored future biology teachers. 

He also taught Biology and Environmental Science at Grossmont College from 1976 to 1991 as an adjunct  teacher while he continued working on textbooks and  taught one semester in 1971 for San Diego City College Minority Education Biology.


Tom Warburton: GHS Principal and GUHSD Superintendent

GHS Principal 1955-1959 

GUHSD Superintendent 1964-1968     

Tom came to the 90th Anniversary Celebration and was introduced along with 5 other living GHS Principals, including Theresa Kemper, Brad Lichtman, Bill Ashman, Tom Warburton, Steve Larivee, and Bill Davis. >At the celebration, Tom Warburton was greeted by grateful alumni, retirees, and community members.


Ron Quast: GHS Counselor 1970-1985

Passing of Ron Quast, GHS Counselor 1970-1985 on January 6, 2020

Ron is remembered by the Foothiller retired staff as having come to Grossmont High School after working first in the Cajon Valley District and then at El Cajon Valley HS and Monte Vista HS.  Ron was approachable, sensitive, and empathetic with students.  Ron also was receptive to new ideas on ways to make school relevant, including locating programs for students and ways to improve the Career Center.   Upon leaving Grossmont, he worked on developing the GUHS District wide ROP program until his retirement in the late 1990’s, earning the nickname “Mr. ROP".