Alison Sprague……… This year, the Vista Unified School District celebrates its 100th anniversary. In the late 1800s, three small schools were built in and around the city of Vista: The Buena Vista School in 1887, the Delpy School in 1894, and the Vista school in 1895. These three schools combined in 1916, establishing the Vista Union School District.
In 1935, voters in the Vista Union School District decided to build a high school in Vista. The following year, in 1936, The Vista Union High School District was established. The two districts were combined later that same year to form the Vista Unified School District. As the City of Vista saw rapid periods of population growth, the school system needed to be expanded. Santa Fe Elementary School was opened in 1950, and was expected to be big enough to accommodate for future growth in the city. However, that was not the case, as seven new schools needed to be built between 1956 and 1963. These new schools included Crestview, Olive, Beaumont, Bobier, Grapevine, and Monte Vista elementary schools and Washington Middle School.
In 1968 and 1970, voters passed bond measures to raise money to build the current Vista High School campus, Casita Elementary School, and California Avenue School. The district experienced another period of growth between 1987 and 1993, in which eight new campuses were built. These included Alamosa Park Elementary, Rancho Buena Vista High, Lake Elementary, Empresa Elementary, Mission Meadows Elementary, Breeze Hill Elementary, Madison Middle School, and Roosevelt Middle School. Between 2002 and 2010, nine additional campuses were built due to the passing of Proposition O, a $140 million school construction measure that allowed the district to borrow enough money to build these campuses. These were the Vista Focus Academy, Hanalei Elementary, Temple Heights Elementary, Foothill Oak Elementary, Guajome Park Academy, Maryland Elementary, Rancho Minerva Middle, Major General Raymond Murray High School, and Mission Vista High School.
The Vista Unified School District’s Framework for the Future was unanimously approved in 2012, which includes suggestions and feedback from the community. It aims to guide the district and create a more efficient organization.
Today, the Vista Unified School District encompasses 29 schools with over 22,000 students, making it one of northern San Diego County’s largest educational agencies.