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Articles by Connie and Lynn Baer

In the 2015-2016 school year, Grossmont High School began its PRIDE program, which is designed to teach students school-wide behavioral expectations through a reward program that reinforces positive behaviors.

GHS PRIDE encourages students to be Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Disciplined and Empathetic. For the past four years, the program has positively impacted the culture of the school.  Since its inception, Foothiller staff and students have been searching for ways to complement and improve PRIDE.

As first semester ends, we pause to reflect on some of the amazing accomplishments of Foothiller students and staff the past four months.


Boys Cross Country

Grossmont’s Jonathon Rodriguez-Gomez finished 20th at the California  State finals, running the second fastest 5k time in school history.  He ran 15:42, second in the school record book behind Dave McQuitty who ran 15:31 in 1995.  Jonathan is one of only six Foothillers to ever compete at the California State Cross Country finals more than once.

The year 1968 was a torturous year for the United States: the Vietnam War was raging and dividing the country, the Civil Rights Movement was exploding, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated two months apart. The year had been so tumultuous that Time magazine pre-selected “The Dissenter” as their Man of the Year.  And then came the daring flight of Apollo 8.

As we celebrate Veterans’ Day on November 12th, we would like to honor the 26 Foothillers who graduated from military academies, to the best of our knowledge. 

Please let us know if anyone has been omitted. In this column, due to space limitations, we will focus on only a few of these men.

Jack Abbott, Class of 1937, died in 1945 in France while serving with Patton’s Army in the 35th Infantry Division at the Battle of the Bulge as the commanding officer of Company K. 

Since 1921 with the graduation of its first senior class, GHS Alumni have returned to their school to show their gratitude.  Today, we have two generous alumni leaving their footprints on Grossmont’s physical campus: Gene Chubb, Class of 1948, and Bill Woolman, Class of 1962.

Campus Monument

In June of 1921, Grossmont’s first graduating class of 37 seniors became Foothiller alumni. In 2018, the 97th graduating class numbered 503. Today, a total of 36,611 alumni call themselves Foothillers. 

For 97 years, Grossmont High School’s students and staff have taken great pride in the traditions surrounding graduation.

On Thursday, June 7, 503 seniors became part of an amazing group of more than 36,600 Foothiller graduates.

Since 1936, the graduating seniors have been led into the ceremony by the Daisy Chain, an 82-year-old tradition.