Remembering San Dieguito in 1974

By Ken Harrison
Class of 1973

Five Summer Stories Class of 1974

Click on the above image to go to the 1974 Reunion page

Reunion committee members gathered recently to finalize plans for the Class of 1974’s big, four-day reunion bash, coming up on August 14 – 17. Of course they also talked about memories.

Bruce Gresham remembers the KGB Chicken coming to campus. It was a big deal back then. Several members remembered when the campus became “open” in 1971; finally we could leave for lunch.

Maureen McKim Gaare remembers the active ASB, Dewey Warner, Tim Hayashi, Chris Platis, and Randy Hicks playing cupid on the roof.

Rancho Santa Fe was way out in the country. Fellow classmates either had huge homes or had to raise chickens and horses, sometimes both. The “ranch” kids were the only ones that had their own cars.

Alicia Terry remembers hanging out at the A&W (where Leucadia Pizza is today). She had to share a locker with Paul Ecke. She thought block scheduling of classes on Monday through Thursdays was pretty cool. Her first job was at Curl and Color Salon in Del Mar. She’d make $1.75 an hour to clean hair out of the brushes.

Paul Ecke reminded us that the class of 1974 was the last big, full class of everyone — from Del Mar to La Costa — to attend San Dieguito. Torrey Pines opened the next year.

Michele DeGraw remembers the fun at center court. It was laid back, everyone liked each other, and Mr. Morris (our principal) would come out play his harmonica. The Eden Gardens boys always hung out on one wall near center court.

Prom was at the Scottish Rite Temple in Mission Valley. A few of the reunion members took each other as dates.

Teacher Henry Herms

What Mr. Herms didn’t know couldn’t hurt your attendance record

Dirty deeds on campus? After science teacher Mr. Herms took roll, one could simply slide out the open window and head out off campus. That and the stolen book of call-to-the-office slips.

Before the 1974 gas crisis, Tim Hayashi said gas was 25 cents a gallon at the Shell Station on Santa Fe Dr. and at Jim’s Enco (pre-Exxon) on Encinitas Blvd. Everyone remembers waiting in long gas lines, and then being able to only purchase based on your even or odd license plate number.

Value Fair! Everyone loved Value Fair (a pre-Target department store where the Seaside Market shopping center is today).

Streakers! Students actually took off their clothes and ran naked through the school. No names were mentioned, but we know who there were.

There was nothing better than taking your 17 year-old girlfriend to the couches at the La Paloma Theater. Even though one may not have known what to do with a girl on the couches, it was really cool that you went.

All in all, the general feeling was Mayberry had nothing on the adventures of growing up at San Dieguito in the early 1970s. It was still a small town, everyone knew each other, students could participate in both 4H farming and surfing.

Tim Hayashi summed it up best. “It was a blessed time.”

Honk! The Musical

May 29, 30, 31 June 5, 6, 7 @ 7:00 PM
Clayton E. Liggett Theater on the San Dieguito campus

Honk! The Musical flyer

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A heart-warming tale and a quackingly good time, HONK! is a deeply moving, creatively masterful adaptation of one of the most beloved fables of all time, The Ugly Duckling.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping.

Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on adventure of self discovery all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat.

Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

This family friendly show runs May 29, 30, 31 and June 6, 7, 8 in San Dieguito Academy’s Clayton E. Liggett Theater. The house opens at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM.

Tickets cost $8.00 for students, $15.00 for adults, and can be purchased at or outside the Theater at lunch.

We hope to see you there!

Give Big San Dieguito!

A special day is coming on Tuesday, May 6th. For 24 hours on that day only, donations made to SDA Foundation (the nonprofit that supports the Alumni Association, which supports the school) will be matched. This one day event is hosted online by the San Diego Foundation as part of a national day of giving to call attention to the great work done by non-profit organizations in our community.

San Dieguito Academy Foundation was chosen to be part of this event!

Here’s how it works:

From midnight – 11:59 p.m. PST on May 6, you will be able to make an online donation on a customized GIVE BIG event webpage at the San Diego Foundation.

You can chose your donation amount, with a minimum gift starting at $25. There is no limit as to how much you may give, but only the first $1,000 of your gift will be counted towards matching pool funds.

The San Diego Foundation and other sponsors have committed $200,000 as a giving incentive during this event. Our foundation will receive a proportion of this pool based on how much money we raise during the event. For example, if we raise 5% of the total amount raised during the event, then we will receive 5% of the incentive pool.

We hope that you will help us to support educational excellence by joining others as we GIVE BIG SDA! Please share this link with your family and friends so that our students will benefit.

The San Diego Foundation’s GIVEBIG 2014 event will be taking place in conjunction with the larger national day-of-giving event that is also taking place on May 6, Give Local America which brings together 80+ community foundations across the country for one day of giving.

Download the Spring 2014 Mustang Memories newsletter

Mustang Memories newsletter

Click on the above image to download the newsletter (with post-print corrections)

In this issue:

  • Third Annual Faculty & Staff Reunion update and photos
  • Mustang Legacy Project Phase 3
  • Announcing the Reunion Committee Guide
  • 1947 track alumus revisits San Dieguito
  • List of all class representatives
  • List of upcoming reunions

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Register with the Alumni Association using the “Join Us!” form to the right. Your contact information will be used only by the Foundation and your class representatives to plan reunions, mail newsletters, etc. It will never be traded nor will it be sold to other parties.

2014 Faculty & Staff Reunion: Photos!

San Dieguito’s third annual Faculty & Staff Reunion (formerly known as “The Principal’s Tea”) was held Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Media Center at San Dieguito High School Academy. Photos are below.

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All former faculty and staff were invited, as were any alumni who wanted to attend. Several alumni were able to meet up with teachers they hadn’t seen since graduation.

Light refreshments were provided by the Foundation Hospitality chair, Sue Figueroa, and the Culinary Arts students, who made lemon and poppyseed cupcakes–ultra delish!

ASB students provided tours and interviewed guests.

If you’d like to attend next year’s Faculty & Staff Reunion, please let us know. Email and we’ll put you on the list!