Fontana Unified School District - History of Fontana
History of Fontana
The 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.
- Board Member Archive
- Superintendent Archive
- How Fontana Schools get their Names
- 60th Anniversary of FUSD's Unification
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