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History of Fontana

Fontana's Tent SchoolThe city of Fontana and its schools share a history of growth that explains why the district has become such an enriching part of the community.

In its early days, Fontana was a thriving agricultural center, yielding crops of oranges, grapes, walnuts, and assorted vegetables, as well as eggs, rabbits, and pork. The town adopted an early understanding of the importance of education, first holding classes in a community facility that also served as a church and social center in 1880, then with a tent school in 1892. The first permanent school was built on the corner of Locust and Foothill in 1895. The school district was established in the 1920's and unified in 1956.

Fontana transformed from an agricultural center in the 1920's to a leader in steel production in the 1950's. Today, Fontana is a center for technology, industry, and commerce in the Southern California marketplace. Due to the significant population growth of the city, the Fontana Unified School District has grown to accommodate the children of the community. We now have 30 elementary schools (including a dual language immersion school), 7 middle schools, 5 high schools, 2 continuation high schools, and 1 adult school.

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Opening Dates for Fontana Schools:

Perdue or Perdew School (Grapeland) September 1880
Tent School September 1892
First Permanent School (Corner of Locust & Foothill) September 1895
Sierra Seville September 1913-1953
Declez September 1926
Fontana Junior High School September 1928
Slover Boyle School September 1930
West Randall Elementary School September 1947
Redwood Elementary School April 1950
North Tamarind Elementary School December 1951
Randall-Pepper (East Randall) Elementary School December 1951
South Tamarind Elementary School December 1951
Fontana High School September 1952
Oleander Elementary School September 1955
Adult Education 1957
Poplar Elementary School January 1957
Sequoia Junior High School September 1957
Slover Special School (TMR) September 1958-1972
Jurupa Hills Elementary School September 1958
Juniper Elementary School September 1958
Palmetto Elementary School September 1958
Alder Junior High School January 1960
Live Oak Elementary School September 1962
Maple Elementary School September 1963
Eric Birch Continuation High School September 1970-1994
Cypress Elementary School September 1970
(Slover) Virginia Primrose (TMR) September 1972-1979
Virginia Primrose Special School September 1979-1989
Slover Special School (SED) September 1979-1984
Tokay Elementary School September 1982
Chaparral Temporary Elementary School September 1987
Locust Elementary School September 1987
Southridge Middle School September 1987
Citrus High School (temporary school) September 1988
Virginia Primrose Elementary School September 1989
Almeria Middle School September 1989
Shadow Hills Elementary School October 1989
Oak Park Elementary School December 1989
Fontana A.B. Miller High School October 1991
Canyon Crest Elementary School September 1992
Mango Elementary School October 1992
Hemlock Elementary School September 1993
Eric Birch Continuation High School September 1994
Ted Porter School September 1994
Harry S. Truman Middle School September 1996
Date Elementary School April 1997
Citrus Elementary School September 1998
Henry J. Kaiser High School September 1998
Chaparral Elementary School October 2001
Ted Porter Elementary School July 2002
Sierra Lakes Elementary School July 2002
Almond Elementary School July 2003
Wayne Ruble Middle School July 2004
Dorothy Grant Elementary School August 2004
School of Language Development September 2004
Summit High School September 2006
Kathy Binks Elementary School July 2007
Beech Avenue Elementary School November 2007
Jurupa Hills High School August 2010
Citrus High School (permanent) August 2011
Dolores Huerta International Academy August 2016
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