Crawford Educational Complex

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Crawford Educational Complex
Motto Excellence is our goal, failure is not an option!
Established September 10, 1957; re-established 2004
Type Public
Students Approximately 1600
Grades 9–12
Location 4191 Colts Way,
San Diego, California, USA
Coordinates 32°45′8″N 117°4′32″W / 32.75222°N 117.07556°W / 32.75222; -117.07556Coordinates: 32°45′8″N 117°4′32″W / 32.75222°N 117.07556°W / 32.75222; -117.07556
District San Diego City Schools
Mascot Colt
Yearbook 'The Centaur'
Website old.sandi.net/crawford/

Crawford Educational Complex, formerly Will C. Crawford High School and still known as Crawford High School, is a high school located in the El Cerrito neighborhood of San Diego, California.

It is part of the San Diego Unified School District. Erected in 1957 and dedicated in 1958, it is a comprehensive school serving 1,500 students in grades 9–12.

History[edit]

Naming[edit]

The school was named after Dr. Will C. Crawford, Superintendent of the San Diego Unified Schools from 1934 to 1954.[1] and was officially opened during a dedication ceremony on April 27, 1958.[citation needed]

Decision on School Mascot and Colors[edit]

In 1957, the incoming Horace Mann Junior High School graduating 9th Grade class and transfer students from Hoover High School formed the 10th and 11th grade class (at the time, the school was 10th thru 12th grade). there was no 12th grade the first year. The entire student body of Crawford High School decided on the school colors and mascot. There was a vote between crimson, white and blue or black and teal but crimson, white and blue had won. The mascot was decided on Dr.Crawford's other major career, an Air Force Pilot, they voted the mascot as being some kind of aircraft or bird but to keep rivalry with Hoover High School (whose mascot was the Cardinal), and because the yearbook was named Centaur, it was decided that the mascot will be a Colt. The alma mater was later written and the Pacer newspaper was founded.[citation needed]

Crawford Educational Complex[edit]

Crawford High School re-opened[clarification needed] in 2004 as the Crawford Educational Complex through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It consisted of four schools within a school: The School of Law and Business (LAB), Multimedia and Visual Arts School (MVAS), Invention and Design Educational Academy (IDEA) and the School of Community Health and Medical Practices (CHAMPs). The small schools were closed due to district budget cuts, and the school returned to a comprehensive campus in Fall 2012.

The 50th anniversary[edit]

In the 2007/2008 school year, Crawford celebrated its 50th anniversary, alumni from various classes visited the school, the 50th edition of the Centaur Yearbook was dedicated to the alumni and the graduating class of 2008, which was the first Crawford class to graduate while spending all four years in a small school. The campus was repainted blue and crimson by the end of the school year.

Reorganization[edit]

Crawford High School was reorganized in 2004 into the Crawford Educational Complex through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.[2] It consisted of four schools within a school: The School of Law and Business (LAB), Multimedia and Visual Arts School (MVAS), Invention and Design Educational Academy (IDEA) and the Community Health and Medical Practices School (CHAMPS). In 2012, Crawford High came together to form just 2 centers. By 2013, Crawford High will become one whole school.

Schools[edit]

Small Schools[edit]

Crawford offers a unique experience for its students. The campus offers "schools within a school" thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Here are the small schools:

Community Health and Medical Practices School (CHAMPS)[edit]

A rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates health and medical themes. The AVID program helps students achieve both present and future goals.

         The small school colors are Red and White.

Specialized courses:

  • Chemistry of Nutrition
  • Computer Applications
  • Health Essentials
  • Medical/Community Health Internship
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (ROP)

CHAMPS Website

Invention and Design Educational Academy (IDEA)[edit]

Provides students with personalized opportunities to explore their community, country, and world, as well as their own lives as shaped by new inventions and technology. The Academy also offers the opportunity to work on real world and inquiry-oriented projects throughout the college preparatory curriculum in a smaller, more personalized learning environment.

         The small school colors are black and yellow.

Specialized Courses:

  • Pre-Engineering & Design
  • Principals of Engineering
  • CAD Drafting and Architecture
  • Web Design
  • Auto
  • Business Environments
  • Computer Applications
  • Invention & Society

IDEA Website

School of Law and Business (LAB)=[edit]

Allows students to explore their interest in law enforcement, the legal system, and business in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that enables students to successfully meet the challenges of continuing education and future careers.

         The small school colors are Blue and Gold.

Specialized Courses:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management & Ownership
  • Business Environments
  • Career and Life Management
  • Computerized Accounting
  • Computer Applications
  • Forensics
  • Law Office Procedures
  • You and the Law

LAB Website

Multimedia and Visual Arts School (MVAS)[edit]

Provides a unique learning environment, which combines artistic creativity with strong core academics throughout the curriculum. The MVAS experience is designed to nurture the talents of individual students while preparing them for college and future careers. Students are exposed to the real world through internships, job shadows, and field trips. Students can also take advantage of the special facilities and a one-of-a-kind outdoor art studio.

         The small school colors are black and purple.

Specialized Courses:

  • Art 1 & 2
  • Design Mixed Media
  • Drawing & Painting
  • AP Studio Art
  • Video Production
  • Computerized Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia Production

MVAS Website

Feeder schools[edit]

Public feeder schools include two middle schools and eight elementary schools.

Middle Schools[edit]
Elementary schools[edit]
  • Carver Elementary School
  • Euclid Elementary School
  • Henry Clay Elementary School
  • Herbert Ibarra Elementary School
  • John Marshall Elementary School
  • Mary Lanyon Fay Elementary School
  • Oak Park Elementary School
  • Rolando Park Elementary School

Curriculum[edit]

Crawford High consists of a 4x4 block schedule, which means that students are able to complete four full classes a semester (fall term and spring term) totaling eight full classes a year, rather than the traditional six year-long courses. This enables students to complete a full year’s curriculum in a more condensed term, allowing them to enroll in additional electives or ROP courses.

Community service requirements[edit]

AVID students are required to complete 40 hours of community service. Several opportunities for community service are available through on- or off-campus organizations, or students may complete this requirement independently. On-campus organizations include Division 11 Key Club, a community service organization on the campus, which recently returned to Crawford during the 2010–2011 school year, Peer Helping, the largest and most active service organization started by teacher Julie Reinhardt in the early 1990s, and Auroras, a senior honor society (students must have a GPA over 3.0) specializing in service that has been on campus since the 1960s. Crawford boasts its own garden, and internships are available to current students. Off-campus organizations include the San Diego Asian Youth Organization and the East African Youth Organization, both based at the UPAC center. Community service requirements were put forth in an effort to boost college acceptances.

Centaur[edit]

Centaur is Crawford's award-winning, nationally recognized yearbook. It consistently takes best of class and places within the top 2 at the San Diego County Fair and other contests. A Centaur is a Greek mythilogical creature that is half human and half horse.

San Diego County Fair Awards

Year Place Best of Class
2002 2nd Place Nominated
2003 1st Place Nominated
2004 1st Place Nominated
2005 1st Place Won
2006 1st Place Nominated
2007 2nd Place Won
2008 2nd Place Nominated
2009 2nd Place Nominated
2010 1st Place Nominated
2011 1st Place Nominated
2012 1st Place Nominated

Annual events[edit]

Crawford hosts many traditional annual events.

Welcome Back Dance[edit]

Hosted at the beginning of the school year, each year a new theme is chosen.

Club Rush[edit]

An event held in the main quad every October to help encourage students to join school clubs to get involved. Club booths are set up around the quad.

Spirit Week[edit]

An tradition that is held week-long during mid-October. It holds over several events, the Homecoming Game, Homecoming Dance, School Spirit days throughout the week, and multiple rallies.

Harvest Festival[edit]

A festival held on the Thursday one week from Thanksgiving Day. The school clubs participate by selling food at booths. Music and dance are performed in the main quad.

Love Festival[edit]

Similar to the Harvest Festival, it celebrates Valentines Day instead of Thanksgiving.

Talent Show[edit]

A show held in December and April to showcase student's talents.

End-of-Term Dodgeball Game[edit]

A dodgeball tournament between freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Finalist take on the school staff. Held at the end of every semester.

International Affair[edit]

In celebration of Crawfords vast diversity, the event is held every May on the baseball field to remind students about their ethnic background and cultural spirit. Food booths, music and dance are added to this event as well.

Senior Basketball Game[edit]

The Seniors take on the teachers in basketball game held a couple of days before graduation.

Senior Barbeque[edit]

A barbeque dedicated to the seniors. Yearbook signing party is held the same day.

Class colors[edit]

Freshmen (Class of 2018) –      Purple

Sophomores (Class of 2017) –      Red

Juniors – (Class of 2016)-      Blue

Seniors – (Class of 2015)-      White


School Colors: Crimson, White, Blue

Student clubs[edit]

  • Academic League
  • Adventure Club
  • AJROTC
  • Art Club
  • Auroras
  • Badminton Club
  • CSF
  • Center for Social Justice
  • Cheer
  • Cheese Club
  • Day Hikers Club
  • Diamonds in the Rough
  • Football Club
  • FEA
  • Garden Club
  • GSA
  • Golf Club
  • Health Club
  • International College Bound
  • Japanese Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Key Club
  • Leadership Club
  • MECHA
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Music Club
  • Origami Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Peer Helping
  • Poetry Club
  • Points of Interest
  • Soccer Club
  • Southeast Asian Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Step Team
  • Student Store Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Vietnamese Club
  • Yearbook

Sports[edit]

Crawford's main rival are the neighboring Hoover Cardinals located just westbound on El Cajon Boulevard. Other significant rivals include the Patrick Henry Patriots, Lincoln Hornets and Helix Scotties.

  • Fall
    • Cross Country
    • Football
    • Girls Golf
    • Girls Tennis
    • Girls Volleyball
  • Winter
    • Boys Basketball
    • Girls Basketball
    • Wrestling
    • Boys Soccer
    • Girls Soccer
  • Spring
    • Boys Golf
    • Baseball
    • Softball
    • Badminton
    • Boys Tennis
    • Boys Volleyball
    • Track

List of CIF Championships[edit]

[3]

Sport Title(s) Won Runner-Up
Badminton 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2012
Baseball 1962, 1964, 1965 1966, 1967, 1969
Boy's Basketball 1963, 2006
Girl's Basketball
Boy's Cross Country 1973, 1974 1975, 1976
Girl's Cross Country
Football 1961 1985
Boy's Golf 1965, 1967, 2010 1975
Girl's Golf
Boy's Gymnastics 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968
Girl's Gymnastics
Boy's Soccer 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011
Girls Soccer 2010, 2011
Softball 1985 1986
Swimming 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 1973, 1974
Boy's Tennis 1969, 2002, 2003 1970, 2000
Girl's Tennis
Boy's Track and Field 1974 1975, 1987
Girl's Track and Field 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981 1976, 1982, 1987
Boy's Volleyball 2010
Girl's Volleyball
Boy's Waterpolo 1970, 1971 1972, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1984
Girl's Waterpolo
Wrestling 2003

James T. Sams Gymnasium[edit]

Crawford's gym was named in honor Mr.James T. Sams who served 37 consecutive years as the basketball coach from 1959 until he retired in 1996. He continues his devotion and is still well known today around the Crawford community.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alma mater[edit]

The Alma Mater as seen on the wall of CIF Championships.

All hail Crawford High School,
Crimson, white and blue,
Loyalty and honor
We will pledge to you,
Our banner's always waving,
Crowned with victory,
All hail Crawford High School,
We will be true to thee!

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crawford High School Foundation
  2. ^ ".". San Diego Union-Tribune. October 11, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.cifsds.org/ "List of CIF-San Diego Champions
  4. ^ "Bob Boone Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Malcolm Thomas". Baseball-Reference.com accessdate= December 27, 2012. 

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