Guide to the San Diego High School Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Jennifer Hollander.
© Copyright 2008 Special Collections & University Archives. All rights reserved.
2008-10-02
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Guide to the San Diego High School Collection 1901/1982

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: San Diego High School Collection
Dates: 1901-1982
Identification: MS-0212
Creator: San Diego High School
Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Historical Note:

San Diego High School began as the Russ School in 1882. Named for the founder of a local lumber firm, Joseph Russ donated all of the initial lumber used to build the school. The original building, designed by the Stewart Brothers and built by Brown and Stevens, was two stories tall and had eight classrooms. The school opened on August 14, 1882 as a grammar school with an initial enrollment of 308 students—32 more than they had chairs for.
In 1893, the school was given over completely to high school classes. As the city's population continued to grow and the school became over crowded, architect F.S. Allen was commissioned to design a new building. His design would come to be known as the "Castle" due to the gray stone used to complete the castle-like structure. The new school, now officially known as San Diego High School, was dedicated on April 13, 1907. The old Russ building was moved to the canyon behind the new school when, due to many years of neglect, it burned to the ground in 1911.
The Castle would continue to expand over the years, adding a new addition in 1912, a stadium in 1915 and an auditorium in 1926. However, due to the passage of the Field Act in the 1960s, all school buildings constructed prior to 1933 had to be demolished. In 1970, the firm of George Wheeler and Associates was contracted to design the new San Diego High School. The new school was completed and occupied in September of 1977.

Administrative Information

Accruals:

1989

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, San Diego High School Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The San Diego High School Collection dates from 1901-1982.  It consists mostly of paper records.  Included in this collection are copies of the school's early yearbooks, The Russ Annual, and its successor, The Gray Castle as well as copies of the school's Homecoming programs from the 1920s to the early 1980s.  Also included are two pieces of rock from the Old Gray Castle building dated 1906-1976 mounted on wood pedestals to celebrate the school's 70th Anniversary.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

"The Russ" June 1901

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Russ" January 1905

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Russ" October 1908

Box 1, Folder 4

"The Russ" November 1910

Box 1, Folder 5

"The Russ" Commencement 1911

Box 1, Folder 6

"The Russ" 1912

Scope and Contents

2 copies
Box 1, Folder 7

"The Russ" 1913

Box 1, Folder 8

"The Russ" 1914

Box 1, Folder 9

"The Russ" January 1915

Box 1, Folder 10

"The Russ" June 1919

Box 1, Folder 11

"The Russ" 1920

Box 1, Folder 12

"The Russ" June 1921

Box 1, Folder 13

"The Russ" June 1922

Box 1, Folder 14

"The Gray Castle" February 1923

Box 1, Folder 15

"The Gray Castle" 1938

Box 1, Folder 16

"The Gray Castle" 1929

Box 1, Folder 17

"The Gray Castle" 1938

Box 1, Folder 18

"The Gray Castle" 1963

Box 1, Folder 19

"The Gray Castle" 1964

Box 1, Folder 20

"The Gray Castle" 1969

Box 1, Folder 21

"The Gray Castle" 1971

Box 1, Folder 22

"The Gray Castle" 1973

Box 1, Folder 23

"The Gray Castle" 1974

Scope and Contents

2 copies
Box 1, Folder 24

"The Gray Castle" 1976

Box 2, Folder 1

San Diego High School Yells November 17, 1938

Box 2, Folder 2

San Diego High School Homecoming 1925

Box 2, Folder 3

San Diego High School Homecoming 1926

Box 2, Folder 4

San Diego High School Homecoming 1927

Box 2, Folder 5

San Diego High School Homecoming 1928

Box 2, Folder 6

San Diego High School Homecoming 1929

Box 2, Folder 7

San Diego High School Homecoming 1930

Box 2, Folder 8

San Diego High School Homecoming 1931

Box 2, Folder 9

San Diego High School Homecoming 1932

Scope and Contents

2 copies
Box 2, Folder 10

San Diego High School Homecoming 1939

Box 2, Folder 11

San Diego High School Homecoming 1940

Box 2, Folder 12

San Diego High School Homecoming 1941

Box 2, Folder 13

San Diego High School Homecoming 1942

Box 2, Folder 14

San Diego High School Homecoming 1950

Box 2, Folder 15

San Diego High School Homecoming 1951

Box 2, Folder 16

San Diego High School Homecoming 1953

Scope and Contents

2 copies
Box 2, Folder 17

San Diego High School Homecoming 1954

Box 2, Folder 18

San Diego High School Homecoming 1955

Box 2, Folder 19

San Diego High School Homecoming 1956

Box 2, Folder 20

San Diego High School Homecoming 1957

Box 2, Folder 21

San Diego High School Homecoming 1959

Box 2, Folder 22

San Diego High School Homecoming 1961

Box 2, Folder 23

San Diego High School Homecoming 1962

Box 2, Folder 24

San Diego High School Homecoming 1967

Box 2, Folder 25

San Diego High School Homecoming 1969

Box 2, Folder 26

San Diego High School Homecoming 1971

Scope and Contents

2 copies
Box 2, Folder 27

San Diego High School Homecoming Congolmerations 1923, 1933, 1948, 1963

Box 2, Folder 28

San Diego High School Homecoming Congolmerations 1923, 1933, 1948, 1963

Box 2, Folder 29

San Diego High School Homecoming Congolmerations 1923, 1933, 1948, 1963

Box 2, Folder 30

San Diego High School Homecoming Congolmerations 1923, 1933, 1948, 1963

Box 2, Folder 31

San Diego High School- "The Gray Castle" Ten Year Reunion 1972

Box 2, Folder 32

San Diego High School Bicentennial 1882-1932

Scope and Contents

2 copies
Box 2, Folder 33

San Diego High School Centennial 1882-1982

Scope and Contents

3 copies
Box 2, Folder 34

San Diego High School- A Centennial Retrospective 1882-1982

Box 2, Folder 35

"Foothills of Parnassus" January 1928

Box 2, Folder 36

"Foothills of Parnassus" June 1927

Box 2, Folder 37

"Gray Castle Yearbook" 1977-78

Box 2, Folder 38

"Gray Castle Yearbook" 1980-81

Box 2, Folder 39

"Gray Castle Yearbook" 1981-82

Box 2, Folder 40

Commencement Week Program 1910

Box 2, Folder 41

Certificate of Merit 1929

Box 2, Folder 42

"Gray Castle Cook Book"- SDHS

Box 2, Folder 43

San Diego High School "50th Anniversary" Envelope

Scope and Contents

3 envelopes
Box 2

SDHS Rock Plaques 1906-76

Scope and Contents

2 plaques