Torrey Hills, San Diego
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Torrey Hills is bordered to the north by State Route 56 and Carmel Valley; to the northeast by Carmel Valley; to the south and southeast by Los Peñasquitos Canyon and Mira Mesa; and to the west by Interstate 5.
In 1979 when Carmel Valley was being planned, the city had conducted studies on the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve as an open space park, but,had not determined the boundary of the park. The city then designated Sorrento Hills (now Torrey Hills) as Future Urbanizing on the General Plan.
In February 1980, Genstar-Peñasquitos (now AG Land Associates, LLC) dedicated a total of 1,806 acres (731 ha) of Los Peñasquitos Canyon to the city. This created a border for the preserve. As a result, a community planning program was initiated, and the original plan area was transferred from Future Urbanizing to Planned Urbanizing on the General Plan, excluding 178 acres (72 ha) adjacent to the Sorrento Hills community planning area, which was designated as Future Urbanizing.
On November 4, 1986, San Diego voters approved a transfer of 166 acres (67 ha) of government-owned land on the western boundary of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve located adjacent to Interstate 5 to a private landholder in exchange for 288 acres (117 ha) of land adjacent to the Los Peñasquitos Canyon preserve, north of the area referred to as "The Falls". Between the 166-acre (67 ha) parcel and Interstate 5, 12 acres (4.9 ha) additional were incorporated into the ballot measure, which in total provided an additional 178 acres (0.72 km2) to Sorrento Hills. The ballot resulted in the city designating Sorrento Hills as Planned Urbanizing.
As of 2010, the land in Torrey Hills is almost completely built-out. Some of the home sub-divisions are "Montecito," "Sea Country," "The Shores," "Sausalito", and "Vantage Point". The rest of the area is bordered by office buildings, hotels, and large, very dense apartment complexes.
In September 2001, the Sorrento Hills Community Planning Board voted to change the name of the community to Torrey Hills. In early 2002, the San Diego City Council initiated a plan amendment to formally change the community name. Despite this, the then superintendent of Del Mar Union School District insisted that the new elementary school, being built down the street from Torrey Hills Park, be called Sorrento Hills Elementary, despite the strong objections from parents in the neighborhood. Residents no longer referred to the area as Sorrento Hills since nearby Sorrento Valley is filled with office parks, self-storage businesses, and a pet cemetery from the 1950s. The name of the school was eventually changed to Torrey Hills Elementary upon completion in 2002-03.
Some residents[who?] still refer to the area as Carmel Valley, which in fact, is north of Torrey Hills and is around the 56 freeway. Many do not call the area Carmel Valley anymore however because of confusion with Carmel Mountain, which is located on the east end of the 56 freeway near Rancho Peñasquitos, about 15 miles east.
One of the schools in the community is Torrey Hills Elementary at 10830 Calle Mar de Mariposa, San Diego, CA 92130. Torrey Hills Elementary is a high achieving school, one of eight schools in the top-rated Del Mar Union School District, and offers enriched curriculum including music, art, technology, and a science lab. The school includes kindergarten through 6th grade, and has an active after school program organized by the Del Mar Union School District. The Torrey Hills colors are black & red and they are "the Torrey Hills Hawks". The Principal is Monica Sorenson.
Students from Torrey Hills Elementary usually attend Carmel Valley Middle School in Carmel Valley or Earl Warren in Solana Beach. After middle school, most students attend Torrey Pines High School or Canyon Crest Academy (both public schools).