Hillside High School began as a result of the city election to annex Upland High School from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. Part of the Upland High population included about 75 continuation students attending Chaffey district’s Valley View continuation high school.
Hillside High School officially opened its doors in September of 1987. It was located in a converted warehouse just off of the corner of Mountain and 9th Street about a mile east of its current location. Its location was temporary though and over the next few years the district staff and the Hillside staff collaborated with the architect to develop a site that reflected the intimacy we enjoyed in the inward opening setting of the self-contained warehouse. We liked the inward opening school where teachers could observe student behavior. We liked having a small setting where students could reasonably be from one class to another in one minute. This maximized the teaching day and minimized the opportunity for students to misbehave. The district commitment to Hillside has been apparent from the beginning. The superintendent himself redrew the courtyard to provide a more serene setting with the grass, plants, and trees. He also added the stage area to enhance outdoor assemblies. The landscaping and attention to details of the finished site were important to the atmosphere of the school and he wanted Hillside to reflect Upland’s commitment to students.
This fact was not lost on the students. On opening day, one student was overheard asking,” Wow, who’s all this for?”