El Capitan High School

El Capitan High School (commonly known as El Cap) is a public high school in Lakeside, California, United States, a census-designated place in San Diego, and serves students in grades nine through twelve. Opened in 1959, El Capitan is the fifth of twelve high schools to be constructed in the Grossmont Union High School District. El Capitan High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[4]

El Capitan High School
10410 Ashwood Street

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TypeComprehensive Public High School
MottoSpanish: Ahora Y Siempre
("Now and Always")
Established1959 (1959)
School districtGrossmont Union High School District
NCES District ID0616230[1]
CEEB code051346
NCES School ID061623002019[2]
PrincipalScott Goergens
Teaching staff71.90 (FTE)[3]
Enrollment1,675 (2017-18)[3]
International studentsAverage about 5 per year.
Average class size30
Student to teacher ratio23.30[3]
Color(s)         Black and gold
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[4]
NewspaperThe El Capitan Horizon


El Capitan High School is the only high school in the Grossmont district to include an agriculture program.[5]

Global Language and Leadership Program

The GLLP was established as a continuum for language immersion students, who have been enrolled in Spanish or Chinese since kindergarten. Students in the program take two years of advanced language per year for the duration for their high school journey. Many are on the triliteracy pathway; "majoring" in Spanish and "minoring" in Chinese. The GLLP promotes global competency for all students and encourages international exchanges and communication.


What do you get when you combine enthusiastic high school teachers and their students, scientists excited about their research, and rapid prototyping technology? SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) and MAPS (Modeling A Protein Story) Teams!

El Capitan High School's SMART/MAPS team was established in 2008. In these multi-faceted programs, students develop teamwork as they delve into the molecular world, explore science as a process and not just a collection of facts, and work to understand and model the structure-function relationship of a protein story. Trained in computer visualization software, the teams design and build 3D models of their proteins to help tell their specific research story. Finally, they create oral presentations explaining their work to a lay audience and a poster to present to a scientific audience. The National SMART Team program is available to teams outside of the Milwaukee-metro area, including Wisconsin and across the U.S. The newest addition to this program is MAPS, this program allows teams of students and teachers to model the unique structure-function relationships of a protein and develop a research question to explore. With additional support from their high school teachers, who themselves received special training, and SMART/MAPS program coordinator, students explore the molecular world and experience science as a process and not just a collection of facts.


The school fields teams in the following sports:[6]

  • baseball
  • water polo
  • cross country
  • American football
  • field hockey
  • golf
  • tennis
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • soccer (football)
  • wrestling
  • track and field


The 2014 season was El Capitan's best season in school history. After an upset victory against Helix High School, a Division 1 team, it pulled off an undefeated regular season as 10–0.[7] Storming past Mt. Carmel and Brawley, the school would win its first CIF San Diego Section Division II Championship in a 14–7 victory against Rancho Bernardo High School. El Capitan lost to Campolindo 28-35 in the 2014 CIF Division III State Championship.[8]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Grossmont Union High". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Sep 6, 2012.
  2. "Search for Public Schools - El Capitan High (061623002019)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Sep 6, 2012.
  3. "El Capitan High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  4. "Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools & Colleges - ACS WASC - Directory of Schools". Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  5. "School spotlight: El Capitan High School". U-T San Diego. February 28, 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  6. "El Capitan High School Athletics". guhsd.net. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  7. Maffei, John (November 10, 2014). "El Capitan moves up preps FB rankings". UTSanDiego.com. U-T San Diego. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  8. Kenney, Kirk (December 20, 2014). "El Capitan loses a heartbreaker". UTSanDiego.com. Carson: U-T San Diego. Retrieved April 8, 2015.

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