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". 

Jim Nichols, Instrumental Music Teacher, 1959-1987

2015 Hall of Honoree, Jim was excited to be honored in 2015 and was looking forward to the History of the Instrumental Music Program Book, which traces the 95 year history of the program.  See the Museum Store page for more information.