Escondido High School

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Escondido High School
Escondido High School.jpg
Loyal, strong & true
Address
1535 North Broadway
Escondido, California, 92025
USA
Coordinates 33°08′46″N 117°05′31″W / 33.146°N 117.092°W / 33.146; -117.092
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1894 (1894)
School district Escondido Union High School District
Grades 2–13
Enrollment 2,839 (2008–2009)
Color(s) Orange and black
Mascot The Cougar
Newspaper The Cougar
Yearbook The Gong
Website

Escondido High School (EHS) is one of three high schools in the Escondido Union High School District located in Escondido, California. Escondido High received a California Distinguished School award in 2007.[1]

History[edit]

The first building to house Escondido High School was located in downtown Escondido. The University of Southern California (USC) constructed it in 1889 for use as a Methodist seminary. The seminary operated for ten years but eventually closed due to lack of finances. USC donated the building to a man named Henry Putnam, who himself gave it to the Escondido Union High School District. Overcrowding prompted the construction of a three-story building just south of the original site; this new building opened in 1927. The original building burned down in 1929.

The severe damage to many school buildings in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake prompted the California State Legislature to pass the Field Act, mandating that school buildings be earthquake-resistant. The state inspected EHS and found the campus to be unsafe, but the inspection report was never acted upon. In the 1950s, the district wanted to construct a new high school to address overcrowding. The new school was to be named Vallecitos High School and located at the present-day North Broadway site. Two bond measures were required to fund construction. When the district began the process of submitting the second bond measure, the state confronted them with the old inspection report. The state again declared the campus unsafe and then required the district to vacate EHS before attempting the bond measure. Classes were moved to the partially completed Vallecitos High, temporary tents, and the buildings at EHS that were still considered safe. The North Broadway campus was completed in 1954. The Vallecitos name was dropped and the campus took the Escondido High name. The downtown campus was fully demolished in the mid-1980s.

Stats[edit]

  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • Number of Academic Counselors: 6
  • Stadium: Wilson Stadium
  • Baseball Field: Pete Coscarart Field

Sports[edit]

Year-Round
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Roller Hockey
Fall
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country
  • Girls Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys Water Polo
  • Roller Hockey
Winter
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Water Polo
  • Wrestling
  • Roller Hockey
Spring
  • Baseball
  • Boys Golf
  • Softball
  • Girls/Boys Swimming
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls/Boys Track and Field
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Roller Hockey

Clubs[edit]

  • Asian
  • AVID
  • Best Buddies
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • California Scholarship Federation (CSF)
  • Class of 2014
  • Class of 2015
  • Class of 2016
  • Class of 2017
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • El Congreso
  • Fellowship of Christian Athlete
  • French Club
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA)
  • Gay Straight alliance (GSA)
  • Interact
  • Invisible Children United
  • Japanese Korean Chinese Club (JKC)
  • Junior Statesman of America
  • Key Club
  • Mariachi
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MECHA)
  • Music
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Plus
  • Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS)
  • Robotics
  • Roller Hockey
  • S.P.A.C.E
  • Speech Club
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
  • Science
  • Surf Rider
  • Video Club

Extracurricular activities[edit]

  • Academic Team
  • Associated Student Body (ASB)
  • Band
  • Cheer
  • Chorus
  • Colorguard
  • Drama
  • Journalism
  • Pageantry
  • Yearbook
  • PLUS (Peer Leaders Uniting Students)

October 2007 wildfires[edit]

During the California wildfires of October 2007, Escondido High School was an emergency shelter for evacuees, along with Mission Hills High School, Mission Hills Church, and Calvin Christian School.[2][3]

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 33°8′39″N 117°5′29″W / 33.14417°N 117.09139°W / 33.14417; -117.09139