Escondido High School

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Escondido High School
Escondido High School.jpg
1535 North Broadway


United States
Coordinates33°08′46″N 117°05′31″W / 33.146°N 117.092°W / 33.146; -117.092
TypePublic high school
MottoLoyal, strong & true
Established1894 (1894)
School districtEscondido Union High School District
Staff107.21 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,379 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.19[1]
Color(s)Orange, Black and White
RivalSan Pasqual High School
Orange Glen High School
NewspaperThe Cougar
YearbookThe Gong

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.[2]


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.


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


  • Sideline Cheerleading
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country
  • Girls Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys Water Polo
  • CIF Cheerleading
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Water Polo
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Boys Golf
  • Softball
  • Girls/Boys Swimming
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls/Boys Track and Field
  • Boys Volleyball

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.[3][4]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Escondido High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "2007 Distinguished Middle and High Schools". California Department of Education. 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  3. ^ "Road closures and evacuations". Los Angeles Times. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  4. ^ "List Of Area Evacuations". KGTV. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  5. ^ List of MLB Draftees – San Diego State University Aztecs. Baseball Reference]. Retrieved on January 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "Mike Frank Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Mobile, Adept. "Dashon Johnson - Official UFC® Fighter Profile - Ultimate Fighting Championship-Mobile". Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  8. ^ "BoxRec - Dashon Johnson". Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  9. ^ Baseball Almanac
  10. ^
  11. ^ Baseball Reference
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Coordinates: 33°8′39″N 117°5′29″W / 33.14417°N 117.09139°W / 33.14417; -117.09139