MVPA - School of the Arts was formed in 2006 when San Diego High School separated into 6 schools. The focus at Arts is to gain a well balanced education including a variety of courses in the realm of arts such as Orchestra, Band, Mariachi, Drawing, Painting, Drama/Acting, Web Design, Culinary Arts, and Broadcast Journalism. Students attending the School of Arts can expect to graduate prepared to attend college or enter the work place.
San Diego High School itself is the oldest secondary institution in San Diego County. Founded over 120 years ago in 1880, it was initially named Russ High after lumberman Joseph Russ, who offered to donate the lumber to build the school. By 1902 the school had become overcrowded and a new school was built on the original site, opening on April 13, 1907. The new building, designed by F.S. Allen of Pasadena, resembled a castle and was subsequently nicknamed "The Grey Castle" by students and staff.
Today San Diego High School is located on the edge of the re-emerging downtown Center City area. The population is ethnically and culturally diverse and comprised primarily of low to middle income families in a residential/business community. The Center City community includes San Diego City College (next door), the new downtown San Diego Public Library, Balboa Park and the museums located there, theaters such as the Old Globe, Cultural Centers, Petco Park - Home of the San Diego Padres, plus a variety of businesses including Horton Plaza and a multitude of eateries that are all easily accessible by walking, bus or trolley.
We also have a very active and historic athletic department which includes some of the very best athletes to come out of San Diego County such as Charlie and Art Powell,Harold “Brick” Muller, Ezell Singleton, Cotton Warburton, Deron Johnson, Albert “Pesky” Sprott just to name a few but too many to list.
But San Diego High also has other famous and notable graduates/alumni whose contributions made an impact such as Eldred G. Peck more famously known as Gregory Peck - Academy Award winning actor and Hollywood film icon, Sol Price - founder of Price Club, Art Linkletter - television host, and Thomas Schelling, Nobel Prize winning economist who, with many other San Diego High graduates, have made very important contributions and legacies.
San Diego High School, the "Grey Castle"