September 2021: GHS Museum

students visiting the museum

The Grossmont High School Museum’s Grand Opening was celebrated on October 17, 2008, but really, the museum’s roots trace back to the amazing teachers from the 1920s who began saving memorabilia, realizing that Grossmont was meant to be a special place.   Looking at today’s enlarged museum, the 1920s displays fill nearly one entire wall.  The large silver plated trophies are just one example of the pride that staff, students, and the community had for their school.

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August 2021: Good News

A Unique Golfing Duo

In a school year filled with seemingly unprecedented challenges, this spring Grossmont HS sports teams were able to take the field and the court and achieved amazing successes, despite the abbreviated seasons and the social distancing and mask mandates.  Some athletes were even able to play two sports at once, thanks to supportive coaching staffs.

League and CIF Teams

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July 2021: Graduation

  • Seniors Celebrate Prom 2021
    Seniors Celebrate Prom 2021
  • 2021 Prom Royalty Court top left to right - Sunshine Astourian, Jessica Chammas, Kimmy Bond, Grace Hafner, Karsen Carroll, Harrison Cox  Bottom Left to Right - Caden McCulloch, Blake Richardson, Robert Tucker, Lily Ehrenfeld
    2021 Prom Royalty Court top left to right - Sunshine Astourian, Jessica Chammas, Kimmy Bond, Grace Hafner, Karsen Carroll, Harrison Cox Bottom Left to Right - Caden McCulloch, Blake Richardson, Robert Tucker, Lily Ehrenfeld
  • Seniors Walking onto field down 1937 Historic Steps
    Seniors Walking onto field down 1937 Historic Steps
  • 2021 Daisy Chain
    2021 Daisy Chain

This year 410 seniors in the Class of 2021 became part of an amazing group: 38,000 Foothiller graduates. For 100 years, Grossmont High School’s students and staff have taken great pride in the traditions surrounding graduation. The challenge this year was to honor those traditions within COVID-19 protocols; amazingly, in person Senior Awards, Prom, and Graduation events occurred on campus, thanks to the efforts of GHS’s dedicated staff and students.

The weekend before graduation, on June 5th, seniors attended the prom, a prom like no other.  Held on the east side of the iconic “Castle”, it was an amazing event.  Something new was added this year with the addition of a “2021 Royalty Court”.  The court was selected online by the senior class: Sunshine Astourian, Jessica Chammas, Kimmy Bond, Grace Hafner, Karsen Carroll, Harrison Cox,  Caden McCulloch, Blake Richardson, Robert Tucker, Lily Ehrenfeld.  From this court, it was narrowed to two by attendees of the prom, who selected Lily Ehrenfeld and Kimmy Bond as 2021 Royalty.

The following Tuesday, June 8th, graduation was held on campus. 

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June 2021: Class of 2021 Voices

  • Period 2, Laura Leathers holding photo
    Period 2, Laura Leathers holding photo
  • Period 2 seniors, Nicole Thren holding photo
    Period 2 seniors, Nicole Thren holding photo
  • Period 4, Michelle Fanning holding photo
    Period 4, Michelle Fanning holding photo
  • Period 6, LeAnne Ginn holding photo
    Period 6, LeAnne Ginn holding photo
  • Period 6 seniors, Todd Bell holding a photo of the Class of 1921
    Period 6 seniors, Todd Bell holding a photo of the Class of 1921

In March 2020, the lives of Grossmont’s 100th graduating class, the Class of 2021, were dramatically changed.  In the past 14 months, Foothillers have faced the challenge of distance learning as well as the challenge of transitioning from a semester to a quarter system and adjusting to the varying in person and distance learning schedules.  At the end of 2020, students could choose to return to class one day a week, in 2021 two days, and now four days a week.  At the same time, some students have continued to learn from home while the teachers teach simultaneously to those at home and those in class. 

These challenges have especially tested this year’s senior class as they face a year without the traditional senior experiences. We recently asked them  to share their thoughts with us.  

During the past 14 months, what has been the most difficult thing

about the COVID shut down for you?

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May 2021: 1970's Voices

  • 1973 Bikes and More Bikes
    1973 Bikes and More Bikes
  • 1975 Drama Students
    1975 Drama Students
  • 1975 Homecoming Court
    1975 Homecoming Court
  • 1978 Lloyd La Plant holding model airplane as an illustration in his Aero-Space class
    1978 Lloyd La Plant holding model airplane as an illustration in his Aero-Space class

The 1970s student newspaper, Foothill Echoes, captures the distinctive voices of students discovering themselves and their values, and at the same time, enjoying  the high school experience.

The May 14, 1971 article, “Want to Get High This Summer?” by Christine Albert begins, “Have a thing about dew points, wing tip vertices, even dry adiabatic lapse raters? Or maybe you’d be satisfied in just knowing what they mean….In any case, if you’re interested in aviation, there will be an excellent opportunity to delve into basic aeronautics via a course offered at Grossmont High School this summer.

According to the instructor, Mr. Lloyd La Plant, the course will be the equivalent of a ground school program for private pilots.  The 4 hour 7 week course will provide 10 units of science credits, and students who conscientiously complete the curriculum usually are able to pass the FAA 4 hour written examination required of all licensed pilots. 

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