Granite Hills High School (El Cajon, California)

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Granite Hills High School
Established 1960
Type Public secondary
Principal Mike Fowler
Students Estimated 3,000
Grades 9-12
Location 1719 East Madison Avenue,
El Cajon, California, USA
District Grossmont Union High School District
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Campus Urban
Colors Navy blue and Columbia blue
Mascot Ernie the Eagle
Yearbook Pageant
Newspaper Clarion
Nickname Eagles
Website Granite Hills High School
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Granite Hills High School is a California Distinguished School public, comprehensive high school located in El Cajon, California and serves students in grades nine through twelve. Opened in 1960, Granite Hills is one of thirteen high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District. GHHS is the home of the Eagles. Granite Hills High School has been an IB World School since July 2001.

Traditions[edit]

Alma Mater

Nestled in the granite hills, fly our colors white and blue, high above the mountain crest, we soar as eagles proud and true. Rising high with pride and honor, to our victory we will soar, granite hills our alma mater, eagles now and ever more.

Note: In the 1970s, the Alma Mater was as follows:

Granite Hills our Alma Mater, nestled in your mountain crown, let every son and daughter true, add to your honor, fame renown, years of most treasured memories, home of our loyalty.

Shooting[edit]

During fifth period, minutes after lunch period had ended on March 22, 2001, 18-year old Former GHHS Student, Jason Hoffman arrived on campus and opened fire on the attendance office, which also houses the principal and vice principals' offices, from the outside. Five people were either injured by shrapnel or suffered severe symptoms from the traumatic experience but few victims incurred bullet wounds. Hoffman was shot in the buttocks and jaw. He was arrested by police officer Rich Agundez, who had been on campus during school hours since the shooting two weeks earlier at a high school within the same district, Santana High School. Hoffman would later commit suicide by hanging himself from bedsheets in his prison cell in November 2002.

History[edit]

Recently Granite Hills has been undergoing some construction to many of its classes. The football field has also been renovated.[citation needed]

It was discovered that Granite's soil contains a large amount of carcinogens. As of January, 2009, studies were in progress and the source of contamination was unknown. Tainted dirt has also been found at other schools in the district.[1] In January 2009 the long time eagle statue, "Ernie", was ripped off of its base by vandals and destroyed.[2]

Granite Hills Marching Band[edit]

The students in the GHHS Marching Band perform at the Mother Goose Parade, Christmas in the lights, Alpine Parade, and at every home football game especially the Homecoming game. The marching Eagles also go to "Band Night" featuring the SDSU Marching Aztecs and gathering other marching bands from the GUHSD District. Popular tunes such as the "007 Theme" and "Bon Jovi Theme" highlight the "GUHSD Marching Band and Color Guard Field Show Extravaganza" held every year. During second semester they do winter and spring concerts as the "Concert Band". Some are joint concerts with middle schools from Cajon Valley School District.

Athletics[edit]

Granite Hills is the only school in the GUHSD to offer every CIF sanctioned sport.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Carcinogen discovered in soil at 5 schools by Leonel Sanchez, signonsandiego.com (Union-Tribune) January 16, 2009
  2. ^ http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/feb/05/1ez5eagle212520-granite-hills-high-mascot-falls-vi/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°48′N 116°55′W / 32.800°N 116.917°W / 32.800; -116.917