Will C. Crawford High School

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Crawford Educational Complex
4191 Colts Way
San Diego, California
United States
Coordinates 32°45′8″N 117°4′32″W / 32.75222°N 117.07556°W / 32.75222; -117.07556Coordinates: 32°45′8″N 117°4′32″W / 32.75222°N 117.07556°W / 32.75222; -117.07556
Type Public
Motto Excellence is our goal, failure is not an option!
Established September 10, 1957; re-established 2004
School district San Diego City Schools
Grades 9–12
Enrollment Approximately 1600
Mascot Colt
Yearbook The Centaur

Will C. Crawford High School, also known as Crawford High School and formerly Crawford Educational Complex, is a high school located in the El Cerrito neighborhood of San Diego, California United States. In the fall of 2012, the school was reorganized as a traditional school with one principal and two vice principals, and returned to its original name, Will C. Crawford High School.

It is part of the San Diego Unified School District. Erected in 1957 and dedicated in 1958, it is a comprehensive school serving 1,500 students in grades 9–12.



The school was named after Dr. Will C. Crawford, Superintendent of the San Diego Unified Schools from 1934 to 1954.[1] It was officially opened during a dedication ceremony on April 27, 1958.[citation needed]

Mascot and Colors[edit]

In 1957, the incoming Horace Mann Junior High School graduating 9th grade class and transfer students from Hoover High School formed the 10th and 11th grade classes (at the time, the school was 10th through 12th grade). There was no 12th grade the first year. The entire student body of Crawford High School decided on the school colors and mascot. Crimson, white and blue were chosen. The mascot was chosen in line with Dr. Crawford's other career as an Air Force pilot; the student body voted for it to be some kind of aircraft or bird. To keep with the rivalry with Hoover High School (whose mascot was the Cardinal), and because the yearbook was named Centaur, it was decided that the mascot would be the Colt. The alma mater was later written, and the Pacer newspaper was founded.[citation needed]

Crawford Educational Complex[edit]

Crawford High School reopened[clarification needed] in 2004 as the Crawford Educational Complex through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It consisted of four schools within a school: the School of Law and Business (LAB), Multimedia and Visual Arts School (MVAS), Invention and Design Educational Academy (IDEA) and the School of Community Health and Medical Practices (CHAMPs). The small schools were closed due to district budget cuts, and the school returned to a comprehensive campus in the fof all 2012.

50th anniversary[edit]

In the 2007-2008 school year, Crawford celebrated its 50th anniversary. Alumni from various classes attacked the school. the 50th edition of the Centaur yearbook was dedicated to the alumni and the graduating class of 2008, which was the first Crawford class to graduate while spending all four years in a small school. The campus was repainted blue and crimson by the end of the school year.

The automotive department was reopened and rededicated by State Superintendent of Instruction Jack O'Connell. The department achieved NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) certification on the one-year anniversary of its opening.


The school established a "restorative justice" program in 2014.[2]

Feeder schools[edit]

Public feeder schools include two middle schools and eight elementary schools.[citation needed]

Middle schools:

Elementary schools:

  • Carver Elementary School
  • Euclid Elementary School
  • Henry Clay Elementary School
  • Herbert Ibarra Elementary School
  • John Marshall Elementary School
  • Mary Lanyon Fay Elementary School
  • Oak Park Elementary School
  • Rolando Park Elementary School


Crawford High consists of a 4x4 block schedule, which means that students are able to complete four full classes a semester (fall term and spring term) totaling eight full classes a year, rather than the traditional six year-long courses. This enables students to complete a full year's curriculum in a more condensed term, allowing them to enroll in additional electives or ROP courses.

Community service requirements[edit]

All students are required to complete 20 to 40 hours of community service a year. Opportunities for community service are available through on or off campus organizations, or students may complete this requirement independently. On-campus organizations include Division 11 Key Club, a community service organization which recently returned to Crawford during the 2010–2011 school year; Peer Helping, the largest and most active service organization started by teacher Julie Reinhardt in the early 1990s; and Auroras, a senior honor society (requiring a GPA over 3.0) specializing in service, which has been on campus since the 1960s. Crawford boasts its own garden, and internships are available to current students. Off-campus organizations include the San Diego Asian Youth Organization and the East African Youth Organization, both based at the UPAC center. Community service requirements were put forth in an effort to boost college acceptances.


Centaur is Crawford's award-winning, nationally recognized yearbook. It consistently takes best of class and places in the top two at the San Diego County Fair and other contests. A centaur is a Greek mythological creature that is half human and half horse.

San Diego County Fair awards

Year Place Best of Class
2002 2nd place Nominated
2003 1st place Nominated
2004 1st place Nominated
2005 1st place Won
2006 1st place Nominated
2007 2nd place Won
2008 2nd place Nominated
2009 2nd place Nominated
2010 1st place Nominated
2011 1st place Nominated
2012 1st place Nominated

Annual events[edit]

Crawford hosts many traditional annual events.

The Welcome Back Dance is hosted at the beginning of the school year, and each year a new theme is chosen.

Club Rush is held in the main quad every October to help encourage students to get involved in school clubs. Club booths are set up around the quad.

Spirit Week is a tradition that is held week-long during mid-October. It holds over several events, the Homecoming Game, Homecoming Dance, School Spirit days throughout the week, and multiple rallies.

The Harvest Festival is held on the Thursday one week from Thanksgiving Day. The school clubs participate by selling food at booths. Music and dance are performed in the main quad.

The Love Festival, similarly to the Harvest Festival, celebrates Valentines Day instead of Thanksgiving.

The Talent Show is held in December and April to showcase students' talents.

A dodgeball tournament between freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors is held at the end of every semester. Finalists take on the school staff.

In celebration of Crawford's diversity, the International Affair event is held every May on the baseball field to remind students about their ethnic background and cultural spirit. Food booths, music and dance are included

The seniors take on the teachers in a basketball game held a couple of days before graduation.

A barbeque dedicated to the seniors is held on the same day as the yearbook signing party.

Class colors[edit]

Freshmen (Class of 2018) -      purple

Sophomores (Class of 2017) -      red

Juniors (Class of 2016) -      blue

Seniors (Class of 2015) -      white

School colors - crimson, white, blue

Student clubs[edit]

  • Academic League
  • Adventure Club
  • Art Club
  • Auroras
  • Badminton Club
  • Center for Social Justice
  • Cheer
  • Cheese Club
  • CSF
  • Day Hikers Club
  • Diamonds in the Rough
  • FEA
  • Football Club
  • Garden Club
  • Golf Club
  • GSA
  • Health Club
  • International College Bound
  • International College Scholars
  • Japanese Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Key Club
  • Leadership Club
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Music Club
  • Origami Club
  • Peer Helping
  • Poetry Club
  • Points of Interest
  • Robotics Club
  • Soccer Club
  • Southeast Asian Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Step Team
  • Student Store Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Vietnamese Club
  • Yearbook


Crawford's main rival is the neighboring Hoover Cardinals located west on El Cajon Boulevard. Other significant rivals include the Patrick Henry Patriots, Lincoln Hornets and Helix Scotties.

  • Fall
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Girls' golf
    • Girls' tennis
    • Girls' volleyball
  • Winter
    • Boys' basketball
    • Girls' basketball
    • Wrestling
    • Boys' soccer
    • Girls' soccer
  • Spring
    • Boys' golf
    • Baseball
    • Softball
    • Badminton
    • Boys' tennis
    • Boys' volleyball
    • Track

CIF Championships[edit]


Sport Title(s) won Runner-up
Badminton 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2012
Baseball 1962, 1964, 1965 1966, 1967, 1969
Boys' basketball 1963, 2006
Girls' basketball 2016
Boys' cross country 1973, 1974 1975, 1976
Girls' cross country
Football 1961 1985
Boys' golf 1965, 1967, 2010 1975
Girls' golf
Boys' gymnastics 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968
Girls' gymnastics
Boys' soccer 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011
Girls' soccer 2010, 2011
Softball 1985 1986
Swimming 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 1973, 1974
Boys' tennis 1969, 2002, 2003 1970, 2000
Girls' tennis
Boys' track and field 1974 1975, 1987
Girls' track and field 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981 1976, 1982, 1987
Boys' volleyball 2010
Girls' volleyball
Boys' water polo 1970, 1971 1972, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1984
Girls' water polo
Wrestling 2003

Notable alumni[edit]

Alma mater[edit]

The Alma Mater as seen on the wall of CIF Championships

All hail Crawford High School,
Crimson, white and blue,
Loyalty and honor
We will pledge to you,
Our banner's always waving,
Crowned with victory,
All hail Crawford High School,
We will be true to thee!

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crawford High School Foundation
  2. ^ Burks, Megan. "San Diego Campus Builds On School Discipline Reform With Wellness Center." KPBS. Friday August 21, 2015. Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.cifsds.org/ "List of CIF-San Diego Champions
  4. ^ "Bob Boone Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Malcolm Thomas". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 

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