SR High School Celebrates 20th Anniversary

What’s Next for SRHS?

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) opened in September 1993. Twenty years later, the facilities are being improved. The near future brings air conditioning to the permanent buildings and bungalows, as well as upgrades to the windows. This project has been a long time coming and is slated to start in the spring of 2014. This is Phase 1 of a Whole Site Modernization (WSM) project.

Construction on Phase 2 of the WSM is tentatively scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2015. According to Lee Dulgeroff, the district’s executive director of Facilities, Planning, and Construction, the major projects in Phase 2 are:

  • A new two-story classroom building to replace a majority of bungalows.
  • Stadium seats for a true visitors’ bleachers section.

The Phase 2 Design Task Force planning process resumes in the fall. Lee says this task force will include input from parents, teachers, and community stakeholders.

The SRHS master plan also includes a new turf practice field and performing arts center. At this time, there are no tentative dates for this portion of the project.

In the area of safety, SRHS will have a full-time school police officer on campus this year. Be sure to say “hi” and “thank you” to Officer Henry Ramelli.

Academic Excellence

SRHS is a leader in student achievement and has earned the distinction of having the highest ranking Academic Performance Index (API) of all high schools in San Diego Unified School District— 900! Scripps has been recognized as a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School. US News & World Report and Newsweek have both acclaimed SRHS as one of “America’s Best Schools.”

More than 90% of graduating seniors go on to two- or four-year colleges. The athletic teams excel, having earned 39 CIF titles since the school opened in 1993. In addition, the music and AFJROTC programs earn county and state recognitions.

Homecoming Football Game

Homecoming is a time of great pride and reflection, not just for current students but for the entire community. In the past two decades, thousands of families have volunteered time and money to build a better future for those who come after. That legacy of support continues.

Everyone is invited to show your support—and Falcon pride!—and attend the Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 pm at SRHS’s Grosvenor Stadium. This game sells out, so buy tickets early. For more information, visit the school website at [].

Fun Facts

Some notable alumni include: Adam Brody, actor, class of 1998; Jerad Anderson, actor, class of 1999; Kellen Winslow II, National Football League, class of 2001; and, Chad Ruhwedel, National Hockey League, class of 2008.

Vehicle Break-Ins Increase

Scripps Ranch is experiencing a large number of vehicle break-ins and thefts. It only takes seconds for a thief to open an unlocked door or smash a window to steal your property. Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Don’t leave valuables in your car, even if they are out of view. This goes for house keys as well. Thieves know to check under the seat, in the trunk, glove compartment, console, and underneath blankets or towels. They are experienced at finding the goods.
  • Don’t pull into a parking space and then hide your purse in the trunk. Someone may be watching you. If you must leave your purse behind, put it in the trunk before you get there. Still no guarantee that it won’t be taken, but your chances are much better.
  • Don’t leave mail or financial papers in your car. This only makes it easier for a thief to steal your identity.
  • If you use a portable GPS, don’t leave the empty mount visible.
  • If you leave charging cables plugged in, be sure the end that connects to your electronic device is visible or a thief may think you are hiding a connected phone or iPod.
  • Don’t leave a garage door opener in your car unless it’s in a locked garage.
  • Always lock your vehicle and set the alarm.

National Night Out Recap: We had almost 40 block parties sign up, and I received many emails about parties from the block captains who didn’t register. The police, three fire trucks, Councilmember Mark Kersey and his staff, and SRCA President Bob Ilko stopped by as many parties as time allowed. Thanks to all those who organized their neighborhoods and participated. Special thanks goes to our co-chairs, Lisa Susca and Andrea Ohanian, and our SRCA webmaster, Greg Minter, who helped make registration of the block parties easier this year.

Remember, for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. To reach us, email [[email protected]]. For more details or to sign up for SRCANW, visit []. One benefit of becoming a SRCANW member is that you receive email alerts about crimes in our neighborhoods. So sign up today!

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

The Music Plays On

Although summer is unofficially over soon, the Symphony in the Park concert series is in full swing. On Sunday, Sept. 8, don’t miss Sirens Crush, presenting top 40 hits. This concert is sponsored by Cymer, the lithography light source leader for over 25 years. Thank you, Cymer.

Symphony in the Park is a not-for-profit organization that brings live music to the community and gives back to Scripps Ranch schools through donations to their music programs. These concerts are a Scripps Ranch tradition. We ask that you consider donating—if you haven’t already!—as we rely on your contributions every year. Just visit our website at []. Thank you.

Concerts are on Sundays at Hoyt Park at 6 pm; the holiday concert starts at 5 pm.

  • Sept. 8—Sirens Crush, variety of current hits
  • Oct. 6—BETAMAXX, ’80s
  • Dec. 1—Holiday concert

Please bring low-back chairs, blankets—tarps ruin the grass—and leave your pets at home. See you in the park!

Help Clean Up Miramar Lake

On Saturday Sept. 21, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD), the longest-running environmental nonprofit in the region, will engage roughly 8,000 volunteers at more than 90 cleanup sites—including Miramar Lake—for its 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD). About 100 tons of debris will be removed from beaches, bays, creeks, canyons, and urban areas.

Scripps Ranch resident Michael Page again will be a CCD site captain, who oversees one area. Michael is committed to raising public awareness of the interconnectedness of our creeks and oceans. Often, Michael says, residents can take the environment for granted, and it is crucial for them to pitch in.

In addition to Miramar Lake, there are other nearby sites: along the Los Penasquitos watershed, in which Scripps Ranch is centered; and, Poway Creek. When debris is cleaned upstream in sites such as Poway, it prevents trash from making its way to Scripps Ranch. To volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day, please visit [].

Fall Clean-Up Day and Free Document Shredding

It’s time to start your fall cleaning. Fall Clean-Up Day is on Saturday, Oct. 12! In addition to getting rid of your trash, back by popular demand, there will be free document shredding the same day, sponsored by Coldwell Banker. Also on Clean-Up Day, get rid of your unwanted electronics at a free e-waste event, which is a fundraiser for SR High School. We’ll have more details next month about all these chances to get rid of unwanted “stuff.”

Shop at the SR Farmers Market for School Lunches

Do you want your kids to eat healthier, tastier school lunches? What better way to pack a good lunch than with delicious, 100% organic fruit, fresh veggies with dips, fresh baked bread, homemade goods, and more. That’s what you’ll find at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. Our market has been open for almost 12 years. We want to thank our regular shoppers for their support and welcome newcomers to a “one-stop shopping” experience. We host 26 pre-packaged and hot food vendors, with four more coming this month, and nine of San Diego’s top farmers, including certified organic.

The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. For questions, contact Bev and Mike Cassity at [[email protected]] or 586-7933, and visit []. The market supports children’s education.