May-June 2022 | GHS Museum Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We have enjoyed the number of alumni, retirees, family, and friends who have visited the museum before our closing May 25, 2022. It’s gratifying for us to see their enthusiasm and appreciation for the new museum, our second version of the GHS Museum.

May 25th, we will finish having students visit with freshman classes. (Then all of the GHS students will have visited us this school year!)

Here is a fun photo of four students enjoying their time at the museum during lunch standing beside a 1950s boy’s cheer sweater which displays the original 1947 Gus logo. The students are wearing coonskin caps, donated by the GHS Educational Foundation, as they celebrate being Foothillers.

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Passing of Beloved Teachers

Don Graessle, GHS Mathematics Teacher 1962-1991

We received the sad news from Don’s wife Janet that he passed on February 19, 2022. Randall Skelton, Class of 1966, shared these memories with us: “I had 2 classes with him, Algebra 1 and Advanced Senior Math. He was also my friend ever since graduating. I taught him how to ride a MC in summer of ’66 and we rode together many times. I can vouch that he was a wonderful gentleman. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and multiple children and grandchildren.”

Bob Kujellis, Special Education Teacher and Counselor, Passing July 22, 2021.

Retired GHS teacher Patty Bender recalls that Bob was a strong advocate for special education students. Bob began in the classroom and later became the counselor for all of the special education programs. Our brother Brad Baer, also a special education teacher, admired Bob’s sincerity and dedication. Obituary.

Yearbooks for Purchase

Until the end of May 2022, we have yearbooks available for purchase for $40 plus $10 mailing each. In June the yearbooks will be unavailable for purchase since they will be in storage until Fall 2023.

These are not available for sale: 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1960, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1977, 1990.

You may pay online on our website home page at foothillermuseum.com using the gold donate button. Or you can write a check payable to GHS Educational Foundation, including $10 shipping for each yearbook, and mail to:

Connie and Lynn Baer 5990 Avenorra Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942

When we have received your payment, we will mail you the yearbook. On the check memo, please write the year(s) of the yearbook(s) you are ordering.

Passing of GHS Museum Alumni Supporter Patricia Mercer Potter, Class of 1948

Pat’s love of Grossmont High School was expressed in so many ways. In letters, she vividly recalled her four years as a Foothiller and the impact those years and the staff had on her life, sharing memories of Carl Quicksall, Jack Mashin, Merle Donahue, John Warburton, Ben Cloud, and others. She brought the 1940s to life for us.

Her support of our efforts to preserve and celebrate Foothiller history were shown by her many generous donations: funding the framing of the first performing art photographs in the new theater, the 2020 Hall of Honor plaques, and a bench honoring beloved teacher and principal John Cornelius, among many others.

For several years, Pat called us and asked, “What do you need?”

Upcoming Reunions

For Updated and Detailed Information, visit www.foothillermuseum.com/foothiller-reunions

Class of 1958: Tuesday, July 5th, GHS campus and district office tour and lunch. Contact Mike Vitkauskas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. for information.

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

Class of 1992: To be determined.

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GHS Historian and U.S. History Teacher Don Ginn, Class of 1987, with Members of the Class of 1952, Visiting the Museum and Celebrating their 70th Anniversary in April

Ways to Financially Support the GHS Museum

While we no longer have a physical space to display memorabilia until Fall 2023, we will continue to preserve Foothiller history through digitalization of our film and record collections and transferring them to DVD and CD formats.

16 MM films, including seventeen 1961-1978 football games.

VHS videos, including graduations, Homecoming Fair, assemblies and more 1960s and 1970s Instrumental and Vocal Music 33 Records

You may donate online on our website home page at foothillermuseum.com using the gold donate button. Or you write a check payable to GHS Educational Foundation, and mail to

Connie and Lynn Baer 5990 Avenorra Dr.

La Mesa, CA 91942

We appreciate your support

Final Thoughts

While we are closed, we will have an “office” in the Social Science lounge (Language Lounge) in the lower quad. There, we will have access to our four file cabinets, one copy of each yearbook, the bound newspapers, and other research items we use frequently. We will continue to write our monthly columns, available on our website at https://www.foothillermuseum.com/footsteps.

Certainly, this is not what we envisioned when we opened the GHS Museum in April 2021. We will miss the joy of the students, retirees, and alumni who visit the museum, who share their memories and love of Grossmont High School with us.

Take care and we’ll see at the new GHS Museum in 2023. Connie, Lynn, Jerry, and Paul

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Lynn and Connie beside Dad and GHS Teacher and Coach Marlin Baer’s WWII Uniform in Front of the War Memorial

March-April 2022 | GHS Museum Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We have sad news to share with you.

GHS Museum Closing from June 2022 through Summer of 2023.

Recently, we learned that the museum’s needed installation of heating and air conditioning as well as the replacement of the windows required a seismic retrofit of thebuilding. These improvements are not possible in the 1950 Dance Room, where the museum is currently located.

Needless to say, we are heartbroken. There are so many ironies, among them that we have only been open since late April 2021, not even a year. A huge sadness for us is the loss the students will feel. This year, through their English classes, the seniors and juniors have visited the museum. We plan to have the sophomores visit this month and the freshmen in May. Last Wednesday, we had at least 60 students visit at lunch, many for the first time. They love the typewriters, the telephones, and, recently, have discovered the 1930s stencil machine that creates signs, one letter at a time. This past Saturday, a student came during our open hours to practice his typing. About 45 minutes later, we heard him say, “I’ve got to go. I was only supposed to be here 30 minutes!” as he ran out the door.

Our new space will be about the same size, but without the historic memories. We are working with the architects to design the interior of the new museum. The museum will be farther east on campus, next to the Humanities Building, with the new weight room to the west of it.

Read more ...March-April 2022 | GHS Museum Newsletter

December 2021 | GHS Museum Newsletter

A Look Back at the 101st Anniversary Celebration

Grossmont High School’s 101st Anniversary Celebration was a time for Foothillers to gather, reminisce, and share their Foothiller pride. 101 years ago, the school’s founding board members, principal, teachers, staff, and its community could not have imagined the Grossmont of today, a school that treasures its past and embraces its future.

This identity is shown throughout the campus with the preservation of historic buildings, with the additional of modern buildings whose appearance echo the school’s origins, as well as the many bronze plaques and benches celebrating its past donated by alumni and retirees.

More than once, museum visitors have told us that Grossmont looks more like a college campus than a high school.

Friday, October 15th

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October 2021 - 101st Anniversary Celebration Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It’s finally time to party. We hope you can join us as we celebrate our school’sremarkable 101 years of history.Make plans withyour fellow Foothillers and join us aswe celebrate that heritage! Spend time on campus reminiscing and “rememberingwhen”.

The cornerstone of the celebration is the recognition of our 2020 Hall of Honoron Saturday, October 16th:

4 GHS Educators

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