December 2022 - Performing Arts Department

The GHS Performing Arts Department has a celebrated history with its roots in 1920-1921 with the first drama performance, the first instrumental music group, and the first dance group.  Quickly, the programs blossomed, winning county, state, and national recognition and enriching the lives of Foothillers and their community and becoming the cultural hub of East County. 

Today, GHS has its amazing 2020 Performing Arts Center which fosters these programs.  Such a facility was only a dream for the school’s first 99 years.

Dance

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November 2022 - The Castle's 100th Anniversary

One hundred years ago, Grossmont High School’s granite façade “Castle” was completed.  Among the oldest high schools in San Diego County, amazingly, Grossmont is the only school to have preserved its original school, which was used by its students until 2006, when it became entirely the GUHSD office.

In 1920 Colonel Ed Fletcher gave most of the land for the school for a $10 fee, along with several lots donated by James and Mary Murray.  The architect of the building was T. C. Kistner; the contractor was N.H. Beer.

During its two-year construction, GUHS students attended school at the now closed Riverview HS campus in Lakeside. In September 25, 1922, students first attended classes at Grossmont in the “Castle”.  However, the building wasn’t completed until January 13, 1923. 

The original Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Grossmont Union High School: August 14, 1920-Dec. 5, 1928, reveal fascinating details of the cost of the building’s construction:

July 21, 1921:

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October 2022 - GHS Foundation's Impact

In 2008, a dynamic group of parents, staff, alumni, and community members committed themselves to improving Grossmont High School through the GHS Educational Foundation, a nonprofit 501-(c)3 entity.

The purpose of the Foundation is to enhance the overall educational experience of the students by raising funds to support the needs of the school.  The Foundation encourages parents, students, and alumni to “Take your memories…Leave your footprints.”  Appropriately, footprints are the Foundation logo.   Fourteen years later, the impact of the foundation is found throughout the campus.

Teacher Mini-grants

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September 2022 - Back To School!

Grossmont High students and staff are excited to begin a more normal school year, hoping for the return of traditions and camaraderie challenged during the past two years.

Freshman Orientation

For 102 years, GHS has welcomed freshman to its campus.  Over the years, concerned staff have designed different ways to assist in the transition to high school and ways to build student spirit.  During the 1950-1970s, a unique freshman tradition was to white wash the G on Cowles Mt.   Last year’s drive-through freshman orientation was certainly the most unique. 

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August 2022 -Second Semester Good News

During the past two years, the challenges faced by GHS students and staff made the cautious return to activities and sports even more joyful this spring. These were some of the Foothiller achievements second semester.

Footloose

In 1921, Grossmont’s first play, “All of a Sudden Peggy”, was performed.  101 years later, drama teacher Amity Ecker describes this year’s production:  “The Foothiller Players opened the first musical production, Footloose, on the Main Stage in our new Theatre! The show was a celebration of the opening of the new theatre and was a collaboration with the Dance and Theatre Departments at GHS.  Prior to opening night, there was a community ribbon cutting ceremony, where students were honored with certificates from California State senators and assemblymen and which was featured on KUSI. Over 50 students were involved in the show, and they played to sold out houses over 6 evenings of the production run.”

Staff Members of the Year

These staff members were selected for their professionalism, their dedication, and their caring.

Science Teacher Stephanie La Berge-Luhnow, chosen by the Grossmont HS teachers as their Teacher of the Year.  Recently, Stephanie was selected as GUHSD Teacher of the Year and will be featured in the fall SDCOE Teacher of the Year showcase. 

Drama Teacher Amity Ecker, selected by GHS students as its Golden Apple Teacher of the Year.

GHS Nurse Year Bambi Arredondo, chosen by the GHS staff as its Classified Employee of the year.

Athletics

Congratulations to our 2022 League and CIF Championship sports teams.

Girls Water Polo finished second in CIF Open Division Championship and won its 8th League Championship since its first championship in 1998.  Coach Danielle Cook shares, “This is a season I’ve always dreamed about as a coach. The work of everyone from the coaching staff, parents, to the amazing young women in the water really came through in the end. We battled every day to be better than the day before, and every member of the team played an important role to help achieve these goals.” 

Boys Basketball, 33rd League Championship since its first in 1924

Boys Soccer, 10th League Championship since its first in 1973

Boys Golf, 14th League Championship since its first in 1983

Boys Lacrosse, 13th League Championship since its first in 2005. According to Coach Nick Hernandez, “We had a great season this year with an incredibly talented group of young men. Our win against Torrey Pines HS was one of the biggest wins in our program’s history. Grossmont finished the regular season ranked #3 in San Diego County.”

Boys Tennis, 44th League Championship since its first in 1939.  Coach Wayne Eddington shares, “We were young and talented in singles and had a few veteran doubles teams.  That combo produced an excellent team and season!  15-1 overall  and 8-0 in league play. The top 2 singles players were Blake Lorenzo who was selected League MVP and Jun Dilmaghanian who advanced to the Final 16 in the CIF SD City Tournament.” 

Boys Volleyball, GHS’s 20th League Championship since its first in 1991, and its 2nd CIF Championship.  Coach Aaron French describes the season: “The Grossmont Boys Volleyball team worked hard day in and day out throughout the season.  Because of their passion for the game and their willingness to push themselves, they were able to battle adversity and win the CIF Division 3 Championship.”  

Throughout the semester, Foothiller students and staff were eager to return to a sense of normalcy; the students’ and the coaches’ accomplishments are impressive, reflecting the pride and achievement of Foothillers in and out of the classroom.

GHS Museum News Closed until Fall 2023

While we are closed, we will have an “office” in the Social Science lounge in the lower quad.  There, we will have access to our file cabinets, our yearbooks, the bound newspapers, and research items we use frequently; we will continue to write our monthly columns and our newsletters.

With prior arrangement, reunions are welcome to contact us to schedule a campus and district office tour.  Visit our website at foothillermuseum.com to learn more about GHS, past and present.  Contacts: 619-668-6140 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Reunions

Class of 1972:  Saturday, September 10, 2022  (6-10 pm) Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Classes of 1980, 1981, and 1982: July 29th main event and July 30 family picnic, GHS campus and district office tour.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Class of 1992:  Saturday, August 27th, 2022. To RSVP and purchase a ticket, alumni will need to visit: https://www.reunion-specialists.com/reunion2.php?reunion=939#.YocipeiZO3A 

Class of 2002: Saturday, August 13, 2022:  RSVP and purchase a ticket at https://www.evite.com/event/036EO4BAS33PYY63UEPMR7ATI6SC6I/rsvp

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