SDHS School History
, The Grey Castle - In Words
and Pictures San Diego High School
The following images and information are of San Diego High, the first 100 years. Images from photographs taken by Tim Towler and Tony Long. Information provided by Matt Maclean.
1907: The Grey Castle
The 100 Building, known as the Grey Castle, opened
1914: Building Balboa Stadium
Balboa Stadium was constructed during 1914, using Steam Shovel and mules as
shown in this photo. The Stadium opened on
In 1922 and 1923, the boy's and girl's gymnasium was erected. The Russ Auditorium was erected in 1926, seating 2500, it became a center for civic activities. In 1928, the Main Gymnasium was built, seating 750.
1937: The Grey Castle
Ivy covering the walls of the Old Grey Castle gave it the famous look that
lingers in the memory of
1939: The Russ Auditorium
The Russ Auditorium, seen here from
1976: The New San Diego High
In the late 1960's, legislation was passed that all school building
constructed prior to 1933 had to be demolished due to new earthquake standards.
1982: SDHS Centennial
100 years after the opening of the
1995: The New 800 Building
With over 1700 students in grades 10 - 12 throughout the mid-90's, San Diego
High is still growing. Construction on the new 800 building began in September
1994, and was completed for the opening of school in September of 1995. The new
800 building is linked to the 500 building via a second story walk way, making
the rooms in the upper 500 and 600 buildings wheelchair accessable. Other
construction work: A new entrance to the school has been constructed from
2002: New Construction Begins
To make room for a full 9th grade, construction of two new buildings began in early 2002. One new buildings will contain 31 classrooms and the other 8 modern science labs.
2003: 900 and 1000 building open and are ready for use.
The 900 building displayed above has 31 rooms and is the main location of classes for the new 9th grade class at SDHS.
The 1000 building above has 8 science labs, all are configured mainly for Biology and Chemistry, but also have sufficient counter space for Physics .