Bonsall High School officially formed – New high school will be on same site as Sullivan

A public vote in the November 2012 election approved the unification of Bonsall’s school district, transforming the K-8 Bonsall Union School District to a K-12 Bonsall Unified School District while removing that territory from the Fallbrook Union High School District. The action did not legally create the actual high school for Bonsall, but on March 13, 2014, the Bonsall Unified School District board voted 5-0 to create Bonsall High School.

“It’s one of the bureaucratic things we had to do,” said BUSD superintendent Justin Cunningham.

Initially Bonsall High School will be located on the same West Lilac Road site as Norman L. Sullivan Middle School, although the high school will have a separate entrance along with separate facilities and administration. The high school’s first day of class will be August 25, 2014. Bonsall High School will have ninth-graders only for 2014-15 and will expand by a grade a year through 2017-18.

Both the new Bonsall High School and Sullivan Middle School will utilize the New Technology Network model in which students interact with local industry and serve internships in order to develop a network in their desired career fields. The New Tech curriculum also utilizes interdisciplinary fields. “This high school will be all about project-based learning,” Cunningham said.

The action did not create a nickname for the high school. The initial Bonsall High School students will have the input in the new school’s mascot and colors. “Our students will be able to say: ‘Well, I started a high school. I was part of starting a brand new high school’,” Cunningham said.

22 Responses to "Bonsall High School officially formed – New high school will be on same site as Sullivan"

  1. ToWhomItMayConcern   March 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    where will the 6-8 grade students go to instead of going to the Sullivan Campus?

  2. Ray (the real one)   March 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I didn`t know Bonsall had that many students to warrant building a high school. Geez you could blink and drive past downtown Bonsall alltogether. Oh well more tax dollars spent and bond measures issued.


  3. to ray   March 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

    If you dont live in town anymore why are you worried about what goes on ??

  4. come back ray   March 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Since you have nothing better to do than to always comment and can’t "let Fallbrook go", just come back to the "friendly barrio" you love/hate and comment so much about. "We the Mexicans/Illegal Aliens" welcome you with open arms :^)

  5. tony   March 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    What a waste of tax dollars for the new BHS. The money could of gone to much better use.
    I welcome Rays comments. You don’t have to live in a place to be connected to it.

  6. Liveoakparker   March 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve been in town almost 50 years and I welcome Rays comments. I agree with most of them too! It is better than the comments that I have been reading from Lee or DrDr, The last few weeks.

  7. AH   March 27, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    For those paying attention this has been in the works for 3 years now. A PDF brochure to help those along that comment after the fact. Your Welcome

  8. AH   March 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I can not wait to see what the traffic on West Lilac in front of the school and Hwy 395 will be like once that takes place. Already at a dead stop for 30 minutes as it stands. Curious if anyone knows if that has been addressed? Both Bonsall Elementary and Sullivan are fine schools but the parking and traffic around both was so poorly engineered!

  9. Diana   March 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Yes, can’t wait

  10. Long time Resident   March 28, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Anything that take pressure off Fallbrook high is a good idea

  11. From Bonsall   March 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    To Ray. Most of the voters here in Bonsall share your racial hatreds. Why do you think they all voted to form this new white school district? Does it make sense to you now?

  12. Sullivan Parent   March 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    this school is not only for white kids it’s a campus welcoming any race you are !

  13. tony   March 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Come on # 11 and 12. Its all about race. You want less Mexicans , Indians and more white middle class. Nothing wrong with that. Just be honest about it. The political correctness is wrong and speaking the truth is correct. No fears just honesty!

  14. Michele   March 29, 2014 at 3:32 am

    This school was implemented for a few parents, not the majority. The impact
    will be felt at the elementary schools. They will absorb the 6-8th graders on already crowed campuses! The staff is overwhelmed now, but administrators don’t see it.

  15. Trudy   March 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    So right. The only reason Bonsall has it’s own unified school district now is because of the racial fears of so many of the people who live here. Nobody wanted to keep sending their kids to Fallbrook HS with its growing numbers of latinos. If Fallbrook had been a majority white there never would have been a move to split the HS district into two.

  16. ZZZ   March 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    All the junior high schools in the surrounding area – Pala, Vallecitos, Bonsall, Potter, dumped into the Fallbrook High School-it’s been overcrowded for 15 yrs.

    Bonsall HS was on the ballet for years and never passed…now all 5 huge, nice, housing communities coming, permit fees and property taxes will go to Bonsall. Good timing on their part, I’d say!!!

  17. Ray (the real one)   March 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Folks….. use your eyes’ Bonsall and Fallbrook is hardly white. All those kids go to privateschools, what is left is a disaster. Just because I tell the truth, I get names appled.


  18. Ray (the real one)   March 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    From Bonsall: Maybe they understand who and what the problems are and they are tired of paying for it. I could tell the truths all day, but you will never listen and I risk some good points in a shoot from the hip response would be censored or not prinrted alltogether.

    I know what the problems are, others are now figuring it out.

    Remember… no matter what you spend or do, you can never fix stupid and some just want to remain stupid.

    Library cards are still free……… right?

  19. BonsallGayGuy   April 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I really hope that the promises made to this community during the election campaign to establish a Bonsall unified school district are indeed kept (ie-that if passed Proposition BB would not necessitate additional taxes).

    Regarding comment #16 who writes that Fallbrook High School has been overcrowded for 15 years, I don’t believe this to be the case. I’ve read several times reported in this very newspaper articles indicating that the high school’s enrollment has been in general decline for some years now. In a letter to the editor of this publication dated October 18th, 2012, a Mr. Dale Mitchel states that:

    "Fallbrook High School is not overcrowded. Enrollment peaked near 3,000 students six years ago. Current enrollment is slightly above 2,500 students. There are currently seven unused classrooms on the campus and not all classrooms are used every period. The State of California says the capacity of the school is over 4,000 students."

    While I do not know Mr. Mitchel nor can I verify the veracity of his data, it does however correspond to my general understanding of the actual situation that the Fallbrook campus is not overcrowded but in fact possibly even underutilized.

  20. JD   April 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

    If you know anything about Fallbrook HS, you know that it’s simply terrible academically. Very low scores compared to many schools in the north county. Who can blame some locals for wanting a more progressive, better school. Nothing to do with race…all to do with better learning run by likely superior administrators.

  21. Ray (the real one)   April 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm


    You can say that about every public school, Fallbrook`s is no exception.

    Public schools should be run like military schools….. problem solved.

  22. Ray:   April 4, 2014 at 8:33 am cannot say that about every school. Some schools are better than others, as shown by testing. Fallbrook HS is sadly far below many others. Better administration can improve this.


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