City Council to consider continued operation of San Diego High School after lease expires

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The City Council Tuesday will consider directing the City Attorney’s Office to draft ballot measure language that would allow San Diego High School to continue operating at the current Park Boulevard location after its lease runs out in 2024.

The question will have to go to voters because it would require a revision of a section of the City Charter — San Diego’s primary governing document — that specifies that park lands be for park uses. San Diego High School, which opened as the Russ School in 1882, sits on the southwest corner of Balboa Park but is nearing the end of its 50-year lease.

A recent meeting of the City Council’s Charter Review Committee saw supporters of both the school and park uses pitch their views, but committee members took no action.

Four members of the City Council requested last month that the issue go before the full City Council instead. David Alvarez, Todd Gloria, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf want to have the City Attorney’s Office draft potential ballot language that would be put before voters in November.

SDHS is not only San Diego’s oldest high school, but the only public high school that serves Logan Heights, North Park, Normal Heights and Barrio Logan, the council members said.

They also said the San Diego Unified School District needs assurance that the school will be allowed to continue at its current site before it embarks on a $30 million modernization plan for the campus.

Councilmember Todd Gloria released the following statement regarding a critical step taken by the San Diego City Council to ensure San Diego High School can stay at its current location, where it has served students since 1882. 

"Great neighborhoods need great schools. San Diego High has educated local students on their current leasehold for over 100 years and I am proud the Council has taken this important step so that it may continue to serve local children in my district for years to come," said Councilmember Gloria. "There is no better use for the property than continuing the positive development of our young people." 

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