What We Have Done

The Grossmont High School Educational Foundation is a tax-exempt, charitable foundation, the only fundraising organization supporting the entire campus, able to accept large donations and grants. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and 100% of the money raised by the Foundation stays at Grossmont.

Each year we raise funds through our Annual Fund drive as well as host various fundraising events.
In past years, here is a sample of what we have funded:

 

Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 School Year

The School year is off and running and the Foundation is doing it's part! Here are the Principal, School board and others enjoying the foundation sponsored back to school teacher appreciation luncheon! 

bts lunch

Last year the Foundation was able to give out 7 Scholarships to graduating seniors! This year we hope to give out more with your help! 

Last year we also provided recording equipment and guitars for the music department, a simulated Earth crust / computer model (super cool - pictures to follow) for the science department, sponsored "Girls Rock," the female empowerment program GHS puts on, Provided 160 movie tickets for star students, assisted on the cost of AP testing, several campus improvements and more!

Get involved this year (Here or Here) and make a difference in the young Foothiller's lives! This time goes by in a blink and you will never regret pitching in and being a part of it. 

 

Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 School Year

During the 2014-2015 school year, the Foundation funded "Girls Rock" a female empowerment seminar for young female students in the school district, a new curtain and short throw projector for the drama department, much needed training equipment for the track team, modernization of campus signs, as well as partial funding for a new balance beam for the girls gymnastic team.

Yearly, the Foundation funds teacher appreciation luncheons and coffees as well as Monthly Departmental Star Students in the form of movie tickets, this year rewarding 160 students.

In 2010, the Foundation challenged itself to create a $100,000 Endowment Fund. Since then donors have commemorated their years at GHS, their families, their graduating classes, GHS programs, and staff members through the purchase of a gray tile located on campus. This historic campaign currently has 270 donors: Foothiller Founders whose 8x8 inch tiles are located on the 1937 Old Gym steps, and Foothiller Friends whose 4x4 inch tiles are located in the Humanities Building walkway.

The $70,000 (as of June 2015) is invested with the San Diego Foundation. The yearly interest from the fund is used to improve the classroom experience for students. This year’s interest funded 4 teacher mini grants totaling over $4,000: Jeff Lee’s augmented reality sandbox to duplicate the Earth’s dynamic crust for Chemistry students, a bus for Mike Lopez’ and Mike Holcomb’s AP students’ field trip to the zoo, Ross Bartell’s Cross Country and Distance Runners’ training equipment, and Jeremy Cooke’s purchase of Yamaha classical guitars for the Guitar students.

An annual Foundation sponsored fundraising event is the spring Rock and Roll Dance, held in conjunction with campus athletic teams. Also, for several years, the Foundation has produced a twice a year newsletter which shares current Foothiller campus news, Foundation news, mingled with articles reminding readers of Grossmont’s historic 95 year old past.

Another annual event is the awarding of senior scholarships of $500 at Senior Awards Night. The six recipients of this year’s seven scholarships are Community Service: Jazmin Morales; Alumni: Jacob Niskey; Athletic Challenge Overcome: Daniel Valoria and Ashlynn Jimmerson; Academic Improvement: Nadeen Allah Werdi; Ron Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Jake Harr and Daniel Valoria.

Improving Educational Programs and Outcomes of Grossmont Students

  • New robes for the Red Robe Choir Some of these robes were the original red robes, dating back to WWII and were well worn and frayed. Starting with funds earned at the Foundation-sponsored Evening of the Arts Event, donations from school, district, and private sources were combined to provide new Red Robes for a beloved old tradition.
  • The professional costume for GUS, the GHS mascot While the beginnings of Grossmont’s mascot can be traced back to 1947, the original costume and many versions fell into disrepair. In 2011, the Foundation, GHS ASB, GHS Alumni Association, and the Museum combined resources to commission a permanent costume.
  • Musical equipment While the donation of 30 electric guitars from Taylor Guitars was appreciated, without amplifiers there could be no music. Through our teacher mini-grant program, entrepreneurial guitar teacher, Jeremy Cooke, received a completion grant so that the music could play on.
  • AP testing costs For the past several years, the Foundation has donated $800 annually to fund the fees for AP tests ($87 per test) for students who would not be able to have the opportunity to receive college credit upon passing the exam.