Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Crown Point Junior Music Academy marks 65 years

Crown Point celebrates 65 years Crown Point Junior Music Academy -- originally Crown Point ElementarySchool -- is marking its 65th anniversary.

The school, located just a few blocks from Mission Bay, marked the occasion by saluting some of its alumni, including Scott Barnett, San Diego Unified Board of Education Sub-District C representative; Kevin Faulconer, District 2 member, San Diego City Council; Ian Clampett, a member of Falconer's staff; Joe Wilding, former president of the Pacific Beach Town Council; and San Diego Police Capt. Brian Ahearn.

The school opened in 1948 to serve children in the Crown Point andsouthern Pacific Beach area as houses were built during the post-World War II baby  boom. Features of the school today, which was first expanded in 1958, include the Brazilian Pepper trees that provide shade in the lunch courtyard. According to news clippings in the files at the San Diego Unified School District, the trees were donated to the school in 1963 by the Pacific Beach Lions Club. They were planted fully grown, having come from former hotel in La Jolla.

Crown Point School in 1961 Today, the Crown Point Junior Music Academy is a magnet school that has students from all over San Diego county. They attend the school because of its focus on strong academics through music education. Opened in 2008, the program still serves elementary students but now has integrated all subjects with music. Suzuki violin is available on an optional basis.

For more information on the school, contact Principal Liz Duvall at(858) 273-9830.