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Watsonville Grammar School K-12
Grammar-High School 1887-1895
Before there was a High School in Watsonville, grades 9 through 12 attended classes in the Grammar school on the corner of East Lake and Sudden Streets.

Watsonville High School 1885-1901
First High School 1885
In 1892 Watsonville High School was accredited, and a new building was ready by the 1885 school year.
The building burned down in 1901.

West Building 1901-1965
New WHS 1905
Named the West Building, this structure came to be called the Old building as the school grew. It was eventually replaced with more modern structures.
East Building 1917-1990
Third HS 1918
This building served as the Main building for a growing Watsonville High school until an aftershock (six months after the 1989 earthquake) deemed it unfit to use. You can just see the West building at the far right of the picture. 
Watsonville High School Main BuildingToday
1994 Mello Center
This "Centennial building" was completed in 1994.
Graduating Class 100 years ago
1917 Grad class
A look around WHS in 1885
1885 special class
A special class in 1887
School was more stylish back then
vintage WHS
Student Elections 1950's?
student elections
Student Ballots
sample ballot
Willie has changed over the years.
Willie mascot
Willie showing his school spirit wearing a "Letterman's Sweater".
Willie in a letterman jacket
Willie in the early 1960's
Willie at a rally
Basic School transportation.
I have no idea why the boys are in uniform.
old school transportation

A little more modern.
A vintage school bus
This was the first cover of Sports Illustrated  to feature a professional Basketball Player.
The player was Ken Sears...Watsonville High School class of 1951.
Ken Sears Sports Illustrated cover
WHS Football Team 1908
WHS Football 1908
A lighter moment from the past.
Powder puff

Watsonville High School Baseball 1896
WHS baseball 1896
Watsonville High School Baseball 1929
WHS Baseball 1929
Cheerleaders 1940s ?

Cheerleaders 1960
Cheerleaders 1960

Watsonville High School Band 1926/1927
WHS Band 1926-27
Commercial Department 1904
Commercial Dept 1904
Agriculture Club 1928
Agriculture Club 1928

Auto Shop 1950s
Auto Shop 1950s
Homecoming Parade 1960
Homecoming Parade 1960
Homecoming 1953
Homecoming 1953

The Queen and her Court 1977
The Queen and her Court 1977
The Immortal "Willie"
The Immortal  Willie
Watsonville High School Band (1988?)
Watsonville High School Band 1988

Willie's Story   
Cartoon about Willie WildcatCartoon about Willie Wildcat

And the rest is history!

   Willie 1951
 Willie 1996
Willie had changed a bit in this picture.
Willie promised to bring more pictures of himself, his friends, and Watsonville High School.
So check this webpage often.