March 2021: 1950's Voices

The 1950s Foothill Echoes, the student newspaper, reflects Foothiller campus life during that decade as well as the impact of a changing society. In the January 11, 1950 Foothill Echoes, the column “Featuring Foothillers” begins “Ellen Wessel, 18 year old senior, is called Lena by her mother.  She is 5 foot 1 inch, has brown hair and blue-gray eyes, and plans to be a dental assistant.  While eating tacos and drinking root beer, Ellen likes to listen to “Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” by Danny Kaye and read “Seventeen”.  Ray Milland and June Allyson are her favorite movie stars and Earl Peck is her one and only.  “’My most embarrassing experience”, blushes Ellen, was once when Tad Geiger asked me what held up my strapless sundress.’”

The October 10th, 1951 first page article “Explosive Noises Are Chemists, Not Russia” reminds us of the Cold War fear that gripped the nation after World War II. “Grossmont students, who, last week, thought the Russians were attacking, don’t need to worry any more. The explosions they heard were coming from the chemistry lab where, under direction of Mr. Daggs, head of the chemistry and physics department, students were generating small quantities of hydrogen. 

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February 2021: 1940s Voices

Throughout the 1940s Foothill Echoes, the student newspaper articles reveal the shifting emotions of Foothillers as they faced never seen before challenges. September 10, 1940, in the column “Pick-Ups” by Ben, the students’ lightheartedness is expressed in jokes such as this one: Coach Mashin- “Have any of you boys taken a shower?” Jerry Kibbey (Freshman) - “No, is there one missing?”

A year later, the October 14, 1941, column, “Letting off Steam” by the Editor (Bob Nichols) “It’s a Record” begins “Grossmont is keeping right in the swing this year. Not only winning its football games and keeping astride with the latest fashions, the school has taken to the ultra-modern “Platter Dances” - dance a la phonograph. Boy what a line up! Kay Kyser, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Freddy Martin, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey … where dancers sway with Sammy Kaye. Yessir! Nearly every noon in the Quad. Let’s keep it up.”

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January 2021: 1930s Student Voices

Reading the 1930s Foothill Echoes, the student newspaper, enables us to share the experiences of Foothiller students and staff during the Great Depression, revealing timeless issues as well as issues unique to the 1930s.

The October 14, 1930 newspaper article written by Thelma Engstrom, Class of 1931, is titled “No Funds for Annual Say Ex Committee”.  The cost of the yearbook in past years was $1.25, but the ASB had been subsidizing the yearbook and could no longer do that since the cost of the yearbooks was $2.50 to $3.00.  “If we are to have an annual we can be proud of, we should be willing to pay the entire cost.”  Eventually the senior class produced the 1931 yearbook through fundraising.

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December 2020: 1920s Voices

A “treasure trove” of memories await in the Grossmont High School yearbooks. Since 1921, each El Recuerdo captures in photographs, drawings, and words the experiences of students during the past 100 years. If we listen, we can hear these student voices from the 1920s.

A charming feature of these early yearbooks is the Senior Class History. In 1921, the first entry recalls the three years leading up to their senior year. 17 of them as freshmen attended Riverview HS in the “old upper floor of a store building in Lakeside and for one long year dreamed of the time when they could enter their longed-for new building” at Riverview Union High School. “A much larger (freshman) class entered the old El Cajon Union High which had, since it was built in 1908, sheltered all of the valley’s illustrious students, but which was now fast being filled to overflowing.” In September 1921, “we entered G.U.H.S as the first Senior Class of the newly consolidated school.” Also, in 1921, the Senior Class History ends “the time for our Baccalaureate Services, Class Night and Commencement is fast approaching, and our joy is tinged with sorrow for our happy High School days will soon be over—but never will they be forgotten. Here are three cheers for our dear old G.U.H.S.”

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GHS Museum and Alumni Newsletter

Well, 2020 is nearly at its end ; most of us say, “Yippee!”

New GHS Museum Update

castle doors > Footsteps - Grossmont High School Museum - Page #5We continue to settle into our new location, thanks to our wonderful volunteers, our “Worker Bees”, who have helped us move. Recently, we moved all the trophies, which are now displayed above the large showcases, as well as many things we’ve had in storage for years. We continue to arrange the displays and even ordered 3 more small showcases. Most of the items we had stored are being integrated into the previous displays. This month we’ll have the last of the shelving installed, and we’ll move the display yearbooks. Then, the old museum will be empty. We began the move in early August; 5 months later we are almost moved in.

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