The ceremonial designation was sponsored by County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who lauded the school's great history, illustrious alumni and its place as the third oldest school in California.
"San Diego High has successfully grown, thrived and contributed to our community for 131 years and I see nothing stopping that trend" said Roberts. "As testimony to the skills of its administration and teachers, the school's alumni have gone on to great things, including Sol Price as the founder of the warehouse membership store concept and Graig Nettles as an outstanding baseball player who helped the Padres reach the World Series in 1984. Of course my favorite alum is my wife, Helene."
Roberts also noted the recent successes at the Educational Complex, now four separate high schools, including the high-ranking of the School of International Studies on national surveys, the California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon status.
San Diego High opened in 1882 as the Russ School, named for local lumber yard owner Joseph Russ, who donated the materials to build the school. It currently has approximately 3,000 students in grades 9-12 in four small schools: School of International Studies, School of Science and Technology, School of Media, Visual and Performing Arts, and School of Business and Leadership.