In honor of the 50 anniversary of Apollo 11's flight and walk on the moon, the San Diego Union-Tribune analyzes the contributions of the San Diego region on the space program, highlighting in the headline "3 astronauts who graduated from Grossmont High School", with a brief discussion of each astronaut, Bill Anders, Class of 1951; Ellen Ochoa, Class of 1975; and Rick Sturckow, Class of 1978.


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Two Foothillers returned to San Diego as pitchers for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Starting pitcher Joe and reliever Steven both won their games on Friday and Saturday.  On Thursday, they visited Grossmont to reconnect with the school, teachers, and coaches, and to visit with current baseball players.

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       50 years ago on December 21st,  Apollo 8 was launched as the first manned spacecraft to reach and orbit the moon and return safely to Earth. 

       On Christmas Eve, the fourth day of their flight, Foothiller Astronaut Bill Anders took one of the most iconic photographs in history: the first photograph of Earth from above the surface of the moon.  The celebrated photo later named "Earthrise" became a symbol of the environmental movement and one of the most celebrated photos ever. 

        Recently, Bill shared with us this reflection, " In short, it's ironic that Apollo 8 came to explore the moon, but what we really discovered was the earth---small, beautiful, fragile, physically and astronomically insignificant yet humankind's home that we need to take better care of.”

        In November 2018, two craters on the moon were named to honor the historic flight and Bill's iconic photograph.

        Our December Foothiller Footsteps column discusses the flight.  Lynn read three books to prepare for the column.  Visit the Museum  to see the Apollo 8 memorabilia which Bill donated to GHS!

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Foothiller Travis Hitt, Class of 1972, was a part of GHS's early 1970's great CIF teams!
Travis played at SDSU during the Don Coryell years!
Below is the news release describing Travis at State.
Travis Hitt (Football)
Won four letters on The Mesa ... Received honorable mention All-America distinction from UPI in 1976 … Named team's most valuable player and defensive player of the year as a senior (1976) … Garnered first-team all-PCAA accolades after recording a team-high 153 tackes during his junior campaign (1975) (team played as an independent his senior season) … Set the school record (has since been matched) with 17 assisted tackles against New Mexico (Nov. 27, 1976) … Played on teams that posted a combined 35-7-2 record and finished the 1973 and 1974 campaigns ranked 19th nationally by UPI.
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