The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) is a public high school district that encompasses a large portion of San Diego’s East County. The district’s boundaries cover some 465 square miles and include the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Santee, and the communities of Alpine, Dulzura, Jamul, Lakeside, and Spring Valley.
Over 24,000 students attend one of the nine comprehensive high schools, three charter high schools, one continuation high school, or other special sites in the district.
GUHSD was formed in 1920 with the merger of River Valley High School and Cajon Valley to become Grossmont High School from 1920-1922. That same year a bond was passed to begin construction on a permanent high school on what was then known as Murray Hill at the top of the Grossmont Summit.
The present Grossmont High School opened in 1922 and was the only school in the district until Helix High School (now a charter school) opened in 1952, followed by El Cajon Valley High School in 1955. The most recently opened high school in the district is Steele Canyon High School (also a charter school) which opened in 2000.
Over the years the GUHSD has produced a number of well-known graduates in everything from sports to politics and from science to arts and entertainment. Several of the district’s schools have received “Golden Bell” awards from the California School Board Association for outstanding curriculum, and four of the schools have been named California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education.
The traditional and charter high schools in the GUHSD include:
- Grossmont High School, La Mesa/El Cajon (1922)
- Helix High School (charter), La Mesa (1952)
- El Cajon Valley High School, El Cajon (1955)
- Mount Miguel High School, Spring Valley (1957)
- El Capitan High School, Lakeside (1959)
- Granite Hills High School, El Cajon (1960)
- Monte Vista High School, Spring Valley (1961)
- Santana High School, Santee (1965)
- Chaparral High School (continuation), El Cajon (1972)
- Valhalla High School, El Cajon (1974)
- West Hills High School, Santee (1987)
- Steele Canyon High School (charter), Spring Valley (2000)
In addition, plans are currently underway for a traditional high school to be opened in Alpine.
For more detailed information visit the Grossmont Union High School District Web site.