San Carlos, San Diego

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For the Northern California city with this name, see San Carlos, California.
San Carlos, San Diego
Community of San Diego
San Carlos
San Carlos, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
San Carlos, San Diego
San Carlos, San Diego
Location within San Diego
Coordinates: 32°48′31″N 117°01′59″W / 32.808486°N 117.032976°W / 32.808486; -117.032976
Country  United States of America
State  California
County San Diego
City San Diego

San Carlos is an upper-middle-class neighborhood in the eastern area of San Diego, California. It borders the neighborhoods of Del Cerro, Tierrasanta, and Allied Gardens, the city of La Mesa, and Mission Trails Regional Park. The "jewel" of San Carlos is Cowles Mountain.

Sunset's golden glow on Cowles Mountain and San Carlos neighborhood, San Diego, California, 2010

San Carlos is geographically defined largely by its proximity to Mission Trails Regional Park and to the man-made reservoir Lake Murray. The area consists primarily of single-family homes.


The area was developed by Carlos Tavares, after whom it was named.[1]


San Carlos is in the 7th City Council District and is represented by Councilmember Scott Sherman.


The neighborhood is served by the San Diego Unified School District. It contains Daillard Elementary School, Gage Elementary School, Green Elementary School, Benchley/Weinberger Elementary School, Lewis Middle School, Pershing Middle School, and Patrick Henry High School, which serves all three neighboring communities of San Carlos, Allied Gardens, and Del Cerro.

The neighborhood suffered a highly publicized crime in 1979 when there was a shooting at Grover Cleveland Elementary School (since closed). The principal and a custodian were killed, and eight students and a police officer were injured. A 16-year-old girl who lived across the street was convicted of the murders. The incident inspired the Boomtown Rats song "I Don't Like Mondays".[2]


Community centers include the city-owned San Carlos Recreation Center, which opened in 1970.[3] There also is a privately owned park known as Del Cerro Park and Pool. There used to be a nonprofit performance venue and community room called Casey's Place, but in 2009 it was closed due to financial problems.[4] It has since become an auto repair shop.

Local newspaper[edit]

  • Mission Times Courier, community newspaper delivered to and covering San Carlos news.[5]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Sniping suspect had a grim goal". The Milwaukee Journal. January 29, 1979. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "San Carlos Recreation Center". Park and Recreations. City of San Diego. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  4. ^ San Diego Union Tribune, June 13, 2009
  5. ^
  • San Diego County Place Names A to Z - Leland Fetzer (book)

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Coordinates: 32°48′31″N 117°01′59″W / 32.808486°N 117.032976°W / 32.808486; -117.032976