July 2020: A Historic Graduation Ceremony

  • 2020 Graduation Set

    2020 Graduation Set

  • Grossmont G with Gus Mask

    Grossmont G with Gus Mask

  • 2020 Valedictorian Alexander Elliott

    2020 Valedictorian Alexander Elliott

This year 454 seniors became part of an amazing group: 38,000 Foothiller graduates. For 99 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 in a socially distant way. 

First, through appointment, seniors were able to have a photo taken on the traditional castle stage which was set in the senior parking lot. Wearing their caps and gowns, driving up in cars accompanied by cheering family, and holding their diplomas, the moments were captured through a photograph taken by Boyd Anderson Photography.

The actual graduation ceremony was presented on June 10th at the Santee Drive In, via a video.  If you would like to view the video, you may log in at https://vimeo.com/427158242/3f152c3dac. (It begins with photos taken from Senior Awards Night, also celebrated in a socially distant setting.)

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June 2020: Historic Clock and Indoor Plaques

  • Old Gym Bronze Plaques

    Old Gym Bronze Plaques

  • Barnett Gym New Plaque

    Barnett Gym New Plaque

  • 1922 Clock and Office Plaques

    1922 Clock and Office Plaques

  • Principals Bill Davis and Walt Barnett

    Principals Bill Davis and Walt Barnett

Grossmont High School’s nearly 100 years are reflected throughout its historic campus. While the campus has been dramatically modernized over the past 10 years, reminders of its past include a remarkable historic clock and indoor bronze plaques celebrating those who have led the way over the past 10 decades. Our thanks to the alumni, retirees, and community members whose donations have made these plaques possible.

 Historic Master Clock

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April 2020 100th Anniversary Celebration

  • 2015 Hall Of Honor

    2015 Hall Of Honor

  • 2016 Trophy

    2016 Trophy

September 1920, Grossmont High School opened; however, for its first two years, while the original school, now the district office, was built, students attended school at their temporary home, the old Riverview HS campus in Lakeside. In September 25, 1922, Foothillers first attended classes in the granite “Castle” that has been an iconic landmark in East County since its completion.

This fall Grossmont will celebrate its 100th Anniversary, part of a yearlong celebration of the traditions of being a Foothiller.

The first date to be circled on your calendar is the GHS vs Sweetwater High School football game on Friday, September 18th. In 1920, Sweetwater High was the first school that Grossmont played in football, the beginning of a fierce forty-one year rivalry from 1920-1961, which was documented over the years on the perpetual trophy we call the “Bucket Trophy”. Amazingly, Sweetwater High School is also celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2020.

During its 100th Anniversary Celebration, Grossmont will induct 12 new members of its Hall of Honor, bringing the total Hall of Honor members to 51, alumni, staff, and community members who distinguished themselves, bringing honor to Grossmont HS. Click here for the current list.

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May 2020 Historic Plaques and Symbols on Campus

  • 1922 - 2 GUHS Teachers at Class of 1916 Fountain in Lakeside

    1922 - 2 GUHS Teachers at Class of 1916 Fountain in Lakeside

  • Class of 1916 Fountain Today

    Class of 1916 Fountain Today

  • WPA Old Gym Plaque

    WPA Old Gym Plaque

  • Clock and auditorium sign by Class of '64 from 50th reunion funds (ca 6/10/2015). L-R: Gedimin Bulat, Cheryl Bulat, Llona CArlson, Bill Hoffman, Jody (Baumgaertel) Catlin, Ron Shedd, Kathy (Ziegler) Shedd, Carol (Suggs) Ambrosia, Principal Dan Barnes

    Clock and auditorium sign by Class of '64 from 50th reunion funds (ca 6/10/2015). L-R: Gedimin Bulat, Cheryl Bulat, Llona CArlson, Bill Hoffman, Jody (Baumgaertel) Catlin, Ron Shedd, Kathy (Ziegler) Shedd, Carol (Suggs) Ambrosia, Principal Dan Barnes

  • 2017 - Big G on the Hill

    2017 - Big G on the Hill

Grossmont’s nearly 100 years of history is reflected throughout its campus. For the past 10 years, the campus has been dramatically modernized, but at the same time it celebrates its past, through bronze plaques as well as efforts to preserve signs and symbols of the past.

Class of 1916 Drinking Fountain Plaque in the Upper Quad

Perhaps, the most enigmatic bronze plaque on campus is the one celebrating the Class of 1916’s historic drinking fountain since the first Foothillers graduated in 1921.

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March 2020 Peer Listening

  • Christina Alley Door

    Christina Alley Door

  • Students Signing Valentine Day Grams

    Students Signing Valentine Day Grams

  • Susan Phillips Kindness Tree Door

    Susan Phillips Kindness Tree Door

  • Amber Garrett Door Leave Footprints of Love and Kindness Wherever you go Door

    Amber Garrett Door Leave Footprints of Love and Kindness Wherever you go Door

One of the many wonderful facets of Grossmont High School’s counseling program is the GRC, the Grossmont Resource Center, which was created in the 1990’s to provide personal and social support for students and their families.Within the GRC, the Peer Listener program is one of the ways in which students are supported by their peers.

Peer Listeners are carefully selected seniors, who are highly trained in peer support and mediation skills throughout their junior year.Peers must exhibit strong academic skills and personal/social decision-making skills.These seniors offer confidential, one on one support: for students to create their own solutions to challenging issues; a safe space without adults or counselors; a judgement-free zone; and peer mediation.

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