March 2023 - GHS Clubs

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GHS Interact Students with Valentine Gift Bags at Montera Senior Living

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February 2023 Comfort Club Co leaders far left Kalia Nakamura and far right Maya Reyes

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2022-23 Peer Listeners

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2023 Green Club Campus Cleanup Sophia Martinez, Nathaniel Tan, Thomas Iannacone, Ava Curtis, Sydney Luhnow


Janet Glaze Churchill, Class of 1954, holds a Moonsweeper patch when she visits the Museum July 9, 2021

From its beginnings, Foothillers found companionship and new interests through its school clubs.  Quickly multiplying over the decades, the amazing diversity of GHS’s clubs provide students friendships and support as well as opportunities to reinforce and intensify learning.

Alumnus Patty Bender, Class of 1953, recalls being a member of the Moonsweepers, a club for girls; its purpose was to serve the community and the school.  “When I reflect on Moonsweepers, I realize how like a sorority it was. You had to be asked to join and voted on!  We did social activities and service projects.” 

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February 2023 - Art Department

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Reinventing Da Vinci Project

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Kate Heubach and Sydney Luhnow modeling paper hats in front of metal tapestry

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Luis Arroyo's Low Poly, Art Created on the Computer

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Water Bending Model Onno Cooley, Photographer Dana DeVriese,using a high shutter speed to freeze the water as it's thrown to make it look like the subject can manipulate it with their mind


1988-89 Jim Hatcher and his photography students


1946 ER Photography and Lake and Jim Parker

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1946 El Recuerdo Boyd Anderson

Since its inception in 1920, Grossmont High School’s staff and its community viewed art as an essential part of its curriculum.  The floor plans for the 1922 “Castle” reveal a classroom, labeled “Art Department”, in a prominent location; the 1922 yearbook names Luella M. Hughes as its Music and Art teacher.

In 1949, the school celebrated the construction of a Home and Arts building, which for the next 67 years, became the home of art and photography classes.  Today’s 2016 Art building houses classrooms beyond the imagination of those early teachers with spacious rooms and modern equipment that stimulate the students’ creativity.

2-D and AP Studio Art

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January 2023 - First Semester Good News

Looking back on the past few months, Foothillers have much to celebrate, symbolized by “Dancing through the Decades 1950s-2000s”, an ASB sponsored dance at UCSD Price Center on December 3rd, with an enthusiastic crowd enjoying every minute.  During the first semester, the students and staff of GHS have welcomed the return to a sense of normalcy.


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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.


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November 2022 - The Castle's 100th Anniversary

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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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