Grant Joint Union High School District

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Grant Joint Union High School District was a high school district located in northern Sacramento County. It was considered an urban-suburban school district, serving, at its peak, approximately 12,000 students in grades 7 – 12. The district had nine comprehensive school sites—five junior high schools and four high schools.

On November 6, 2007, Measure B was passed by voters to merge the Grant Joint Union High School district with the local elementary school districts, including Rio Linda, North Sacramento and Del Paso Heights. On July 1, 2008, they formed the Twin Rivers Unified School District that now serves about a total of 30,000 students.[1]

History of the Grant District[edit]

The dream of creating a new district to serve the students in the territory north of the American River began in 1931, when voters approved plans for the district with an overwhelming 750-25 vote. A bond, promoted through door-to-door canvassing by a citizen named William Rutherford, was passed by the taxpayers and the Grant Joint Union High School District was formed. The first classes were held in the Hotel North Sacramento at the corner of Del Paso Boulevard and Arden.

The enduring "can-do" spirit of Grant District and North Area neighborhoods has created educational programs, facilities and community resources that have continued to serve students families and communities, from building an Olympic-size community swimming pool in 1934, to starting the nation's first school-run radio program in 1940, to establishing a resident school for Aeronautical Training (Grant Tech), which later became American River College.[2]

District timeline[edit]

1931 – The district name "Grant" was chosen in honor of the Ben Ali Haggin land grant, when the famous racing stables were located in the area.

1932 – Grant Union High School opened and adopted the team name "Pacers" in honor of the horse racing heritage of the area.

1939 – The Grant Wurlitzer organ was heard on-air for the first time, played by Grant alumnus George Wright, who would become the most famous theatre organist of the modern era.

1955 - Norte Del Rio High School opened.

1958 – Highlands High School opened.

1962 – Rio Linda High School opened.

1965 – Foothill High School opened.

1994 - Foothill High School's boys' basketball Team won the Boys' Basketball State Championship.

2002 – Grant Union High School's Criminal Justice Academy won a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association, in the School to Career category.

2003 – Grant District teacher Virginia Avila was named one of the California Teachers of the Year and went on to represent the state in the 2003 National Teacher of the Year competition.

2003 - Foothill High School won its second Boys Basketball State Championship.

2004 – The new Foothill High School stadium opened.

2005 – Grant District Superintendent Dr. Larry Buchanan was named California’s Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.

2006 – The Rio Linda High School Aquatic Complex opened.

2007 - Measure B passed, merging Grant with Rio Linda, North Sacramento and Del Paso Heights school districts into the Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Notable students and staff[edit]

Notable students and staff members of the Grant Joint Union High School district include:

  • Virginia Avila - Grant Union High School teacher; California Teacher of the Year 2003[3]
  • Larry M. Buchanan, Ed.D - California Superintendent of the Year 2005[4]
  • Sean Chambers - Highlands High School Class of 1983; current Highlands High School basketball coach; Alaska Aces (PBA) star player[5]
  • Grantland Johnson - Grant Union High School graduate; former California Secretary of Health and Human Services[6]
  • Dr. William H. Lee - Grant Union High School graduate; owner and publisher of The Sacramento Observer[7]
  • Rob Vernatchi - Grant Adult Education NCOA Referee graduate; NFL official (Field Judge)[8]
  • George Wright - Grant Union High School graduate; organist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenhall, Laurel (November 7, 2007). "Historic school merger approved". Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on November 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  2. ^ Gerald, Zenobia (August 2006). "Reaching a Milestone, 1931 to 2006". Grant Today. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Mary Lou (November 20, 2002). "Eastin Announces Five California Teachers of the Year 2003". California Department of Education News Release. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  4. ^ Bucceri, Elizabeth (September 16, 2005). "Superintendent of the Year". EdCal. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  5. ^ Davis, Regina (March 2004). "Where Are They Now?". Grant Today. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  6. ^ "Call for Unity". Sacramento News & Review. November 11, 2003. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  7. ^ "Dr. William H. Lee Biography". The Sacramento Observer. June 14, 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Rob Vernatchi - NFL". Football Officials Camp, LLC. Retrieved 2007-06-25.