Oceanside High School History

Oceanside High School 1904

Oceanside High School 1904

Most of the Oceanside High School history information was compiled by Edith Swaim (Class of 1942) for the Oceanside Historical Society newsletters and from  “Oceanside: Where Life is Worth Living” by Kristi S. Hawthorne.

  • 1891 School trustees for the Libby, San Luis Rey, South Oceanside and Oceanside schools to organize a Union High School District. October 3, 1891, it was reported that “The high school is now open and ready for pupils.”
  • 1904 Union High School District dissolved.
  • 1906 Oceanside-Carlsbad High School opens in the two upstairs rooms of the existing Grammar School located on the present site of Oceanside High School with 20 students.
  • 1907 Two bronze statues of President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln acquired from the San Diego County courthouse and placed near the entrance of the high school.
  • 1909 First graduating class of 5 students: Marguerite Brannen, Ramona Rieke, Sybil Spencer, Edith Cotterel, and Eunice Everett.
  • 1913 District votes for a $20,000 bond issue to erect a building of four class rooms, a study hall, a ground floor office and a Home Economics room in the basement. There were 55 students, a principal and 3 teachers.
  • School district included territory south of Encinitas and extended to the San Diego City limits, including Vista.
  • 1920 Science building constructed at a cost of $17,500. It housed the chemistry, physics, homemaking and girls physical education classes.
  • 1921 5 ½ acres purchased east of the buildings. An auditorium and double rows of classrooms extending north built at a bonded cost of $80,000.
  • 1925 East wing built including a library. They used the building as a gymnasium and auditorium.
  • 1934 Junior College department added.
  • 1935 Earthquake damaged the west wing. Students attended school in 10 large military type tents with wood floors, but no heat or electricity.
  • 1936-1937 Coastal towns and Vista formed their own districts except for Carlsbad. New high school built in Encinitas. First class to graduate from San Dieguito  in the La Paloma Theatre in 1936.
  • 1937 Work completed on west wing.
  • 1938 First graduation class of Vista
  • 1939 Home Economics building built.
  • 1940 Machine and Carpenter shop constructed.
  • 1948 New gymnasium built.
  • 1949 Locker and shower rooms built.
  • 1953 New arts and industrial arts building constructed.
  • 1954 College wing built
  • 1955 District library built
  • 1957 Carlsbad students had classes in basement of the OHS.
  • 1958 Carlsbad formed their own district. Carlsbad students moved to the new Carlsbad High School in January.
  • May 1965 Mira Costa College was dedicated in southeast Oceanside.
  • 1967 OHS went to split sessions to alleviate overcrowding.
  • 1971 Graduation saw the end of open campus. Fences installed.
  • 1972 January, new Oceanside High School East opened with Juniors and Seniors attending East and Freshmen and Sophomores attending West.
  • 1976 Oceanside East renamed El Camino High School
  • Friday, Oct. 31, 1986 OHS beat ECHS for the first time in Varsity football. With Junior Seau at their helm and it was a slaughter. It was ECHS first homecoming game on their own field. (From June “the mascot” Floyd-Blair)
  • March 2000 – $125 million bond issue passed.
  • October 2002 – The new, $12 million science and technology building completed along with the renovated library, courtyard, administration building.
  • March 29, 2006 – Oceanside High, along with El Camino and the area Middle Schools were closed Thursday and Friday due to student demonstrations
  • April 29, 2006 – The renovated gymnasium is re-dedicated as the Wally Molifua Memorial Gymnasium, named for the first person of Samoan heritage to teach in the OUSD
  • April 2006 – The district has given the OK to its architect to begin drafting plans for a performing arts center that would feature a 550-seat auditorium, along with classroom spaces for instrumental, choral and drama classes.
  • September 2006 – Oceanside High celebrated it’s 100th anniversary and the first annual Hall of Fame
  • October 20, 2007 – The 2nd Annual Hall of Fame
  • 2008 The 3rd Annual Hall of Fame 2008
  • 2009 The 4th Annual Hall of Fame 2009
  • 2010 The 5th Annual Hall of Fame 2010
  • May 2010 Janeth Lopez (Class of 2010) wins Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • September 2011 The Junior Seau Foundation gives OHS a $25,000 grant to build an obstacle training course on campus
  • October 22, 2011 The 6th Annual Hall of Fame 2011
  • 2012 The 7th Annual Hall of Fame 2012
  • December 2012 NFL QB Drew Brees, through his Brees Dream Foundation, awarded a $55,000 grant to the OHS Athletics program honoring Junior Seau after his untimely death in May 2012. The amount derived from Seau’s number with the SD Chargers, which was 55.
  • November 2, 2013 The 8th Annual Hall of Fame 2013
  • May 2013 Will Tate (Class of 2013) wins Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • August 4, 2014 –the film “The Legacy of Oceanside High School” produced by KOCT was featured at the 2014 Oceanside International Film Festival, sponsored by the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation
  • August 19, 2014 Ron Pirayoff is named Oceanside High School Principal
  • October 18, 2014 The 9th Annual Hall of Fame 2014
  • October 24, 2014 Oceanside High honors Junior Seau (1969-2012) presenting his parents with his retired #11 OHS Pirate jersey.
  • December 8, 2014 Oceanside High Stadium officially named after longtime football Coach John Carroll, who announces his retirement after 26 years.
  • December 2014 Pirate football wins Southern California CIF Championship as No. 1 team in San Diego County but loses the State Championship game to Northern California Champion Folsom High School.
  • May 2015 Saul Sandoval (Class of 2015) wins Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • May 2015 OHS’s new Band Room renamed “Mark Phelps Music Room” after Mark Phelps, who retires in June 2015 after 33 years at OHS as music instructor and band director. Mr. Phelps is an OHS Alum from Class of 1971.
  • In June 2015, OHS head football Coach John Carroll retires from 26 years of coaching. He is named Grand Marshall in the 21st Annual Oceanside Independence Day Parade on June 27, 2015
  • August 8, 2015, Junior Seau (Class of 1987) is inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, OH (posthumously). He is the first player from Oceanside High and the first player of Polynesian descent.

This is a work in progress–If you have any important dates to add, please email Laurie Nelson Boone (Class of 1968) at historian@ohsfoundation.org.