Mira Mesa, San Diego

Coordinates: 32°54′56″N 117°08′38″W / 32.91556°N 117.14389°W / 32.91556; -117.14389
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Mira Mesa, San Diego
Mira Mesa
Manila Mesa[1]
Mira Mesa, San Diego is located in California
Mira Mesa, San Diego
Mira Mesa, San Diego
Location in California
Mira Mesa, San Diego is located in the United States
Mira Mesa, San Diego
Mira Mesa, San Diego
Mira Mesa, San Diego (the United States)
Coordinates: 32°54′56″N 117°08′38″W / 32.91556°N 117.14389°W / 32.91556; -117.14389
Country United States of America
State California
County San Diego
City San Diego
 • City CouncilChris Cate (R)[2]
 • State AssemblyBrian Maienschein (D)
 • State SenateToni Atkins (D)
 • U.S. HouseScott Peters (D)
 • Total42.49 km2 (16.406 sq mi)
133 m (436 ft)
 • Total72,759
 • Density1,712/km2 (4,435/sq mi)
ZIP Codes
92121, 92126
Area code(s)619/858
GNIS feature ID1656569[4]
WebsiteOfficial website

Mira Mesa (Spanish for "Table View") is a community and neighborhood in the city of San Diego, California. The city-recognized Mira Mesa Community Plan Area is roughly bounded by Interstate 15 on the east, Interstate 805 on the west, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon on the north and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on the south.[5][6] Most of the community plan area is referred to as Mira Mesa; the community plan area also includes the neighborhoods of Sorrento Valley and Sorrento Mesa.[6]

The Mira Mesa neighborhood, as defined by the San Diego Police Department's neighborhood map, is roughly bounded by Interstate 15 to the east, Camino Santa Fe to the west, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon to the north and Carroll Canyon to the south.[7]


Prior to European settlement, Mira Mesa was inhabited by the Kumeyaay peoples who lived along Penasquitos Creek.[8]

After Mexican independence, the land became part of the Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos land grant to Francisco María Ruiz in 1823.

Around the time of World War II the area now called Mira Mesa was used by the United States Army as a test area. Just west of U.S. Route 395 (now Interstate 15) was a Navy auxiliary landing field, known locally as Hourglass Field because the layout of the runways was a single piece of asphalt in the shape of an hourglass. The Navy also used the surrounding area as a bombing range.[citation needed]

Starting in 1969 there was a housing boom in the area that now extends from the I-15 freeway in the east to I-805 in the west and is approximately 10,500 acres (42 km2). This was one of the earliest areas of urban sprawl along the I-15 Corridor. Hourglass Field became the site of San Diego Miramar College and Hourglass Field Community Park. The area was built so quickly that it lacked schools, shopping centers, or other services for its thousands of residents. In 1971 Pete Wilson started his political career running for mayor with the slogan "No more Mira Mesas!" as a promise to stop quick, unplanned growth in San Diego.[9]

Since its inception, Mira Mesa was largely influenced by the military located at the adjacent NAS Miramar. Mira Mesa was the northernmost "real community" of San Diego, and was separated from the rest of the city by NAS Miramar for many years.[10]

By the late-1990s, the Mira Mesa area had undergone extensive expansion to accommodate the thousands of new residents attracted by its proximity to major employers like the University of California, San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Qualcomm, and dozens of biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Several commercial and industrial centers have been built within the Mira Mesa area.[citation needed]


Mira Mesa has about 80,000 residents, including students, families, and single people. There are over 23,000 homes in the community, averaging 3.09 people per household. The median age is 32.4 years.[11]

Arts and culture[edit]

  • The Mira Mesa Street Fair is held the first Saturday in October on Camino Ruiz on the block just north of Mira Mesa Boulevard. The fair is sponsored by the Mira Mesa Town Council.[12]
  • Annual San Diego Tet Festival is held at Mira Mesa Park on Lunar New Year Weekend.[13]


  • Mira Mesa girls' softball, for ages 12 and under, won the state championship in 1999, 2005 and 2006.[14]


It is in the San Diego Unified School District

Elementary schools
  • Ericson Elementary School[15]
  • Hage Elementary School[16]
  • Hickman Elementary School[17]
  • Jonas Salk Elementary School[18]
  • Mason Elementary School[19]
  • Sandburg Elementary School[20]
  • Walker Elementary School[21]
Middle schools
  • Challenger Middle School[22]
  • Wangenheim Middle School[23]
High schools

Private schools[edit]

Community colleges[edit]

Weekend education[edit]

In the early 1990s the Minato School (a Japanese weekend school) held its classes at Wangenheim Junior High.[30] However it moved to Chula Vista in 1996.[31]


  • Mira Mesa Living,[32] a community newspaper publishing local news and events, started publishing bimonthly in July 2010. The previous community newspaper, the Mira Mesa Scripps Ranch Sentinel, stopped publication in July 2009.Mira Mesa has a community radio station at 87.9
  • The Mira Mesa Times newspaper[33]


Emergency services[edit]

SDFD Fire Station #38

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department provide fire services to Mira Mesa through Fire Station #38 and Fire Station #44. Fire Station #38, which includes Engine 38, Truck 38, and Paramedic 38, is located on New Salem Street near the main Mira Mesa Park and Recreation Center. Fire Station #44 is located at the corner of Black Mountain Road and Maya Linda Road. It includes Engine 44, Truck 44, and HAZMAT 1 and 2.[34]

Mira Mesa is served by the Northeastern division of the San Diego Police Department. A police storefront located adjacent to the Epicentre along Mira Mesa Boulevard serves the local area including Scripps Ranch.[35]

Notable people[edit]


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    Mark Gottdiener; Ray Hutchison (2006). The New Urban Sociology. Westview Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8133-4318-1.
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  2. ^ "Chris & Staff - City of San Diego Official Website". www.sandiego.gov. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ "News". Mira Mesa Town Council. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mira Mesa
  5. ^ "Community Profiles: Mira Mesa". Planning Division. City of San Diego. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Mira Mesa Community Plan Update: The Mira Mesa Community Planning Area" (PDF). miramesaplan.org. May 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  7. ^ "City Wide Neighborhood Map" (PDF). San Diego Police Department. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  8. ^ "History". miramesa.sandiegounified.org. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  9. ^ Pasco, Gian Paolo (2020-12-15). "Mira Mesa: The Black Sheep of San Diego". ArcGIS StoryMaps. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  10. ^ Schimitschek, Martina (2019-06-30). "Mira Mesa: From publisher's ranch to military housing and ethnic hotspot". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  11. ^ "Mira Mesa History". Mira Mesa. Archived from the original on 2007-05-01.
  12. ^ "Mira Mesa Town Council". Mira Mesa Town Council. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  13. ^ "San Diego Tet Festival". San Diego Test Festival Facebook. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  14. ^ "California District 32: District News". www.eteamz.com. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Ericson - San Diego Unified School District". www.ericsonelementary.com. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Index of /". www.hagepta.com. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Hickman Elementary :: San Diego Unified School District". Archived from the original on 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  18. ^ "Mira Mesa Cluster - Mira Mesa Cluster". mmcluster.org. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Mason Elementary :: San Diego Unified School District". Archived from the original on 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  20. ^ "Sandburg - San Diego Unified School District". www.sandi.net. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Walker Elementary School / Overview". Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  22. ^ "Challenger Middle School - San Diego Unified School District". challengerms.org. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Wangenheim - San Diego Unified School District". www.sandi.net. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Mira Mesa - San Diego Unified School District". www.sandi.net. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  25. ^ Christ the Cornerstone Academy Archived 2006-06-16 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Good Shepherd Catholic School". www.goodshepherdcatholic.net. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  27. ^ Mira Mesa Christian School Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ ".:: Rainbow Kids ::". www.rainbowkidsschool.com. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  29. ^ "San Diego Miramar College - San Diego Miramar College". www.sdmiramar.edu. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  30. ^ Smollar, David (1988-10-09). "Special Classes Meet Saturdays : Japanese Pupils Work Extra Day to Excel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-02-06.
  31. ^ Urrea, Yvette (1996-06-12). "Japan school greeted". The Star-News. Chula Vista, California. pp. 1, 6. - Clipping of first and of second page at Newspapers.com.
  32. ^ "Mira Mesa Living". Mira Mesa Living. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  33. ^ "Mira Mesa News | "News of the Neighborhoods" Serving Mira Mesa, Miramar, Sorrento Valley & Sorrento Mesa". www.miramesanews.com. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  34. ^ "Fire Stations - City of San Diego Official Website". www.sandiego.gov. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  35. ^ "San Diego Police Department". City of San Diego. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  36. ^ "Tyler Saladino". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-06-26.

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