Santana High School

Santana High School, located in Santee, California, is part of the Grossmont Union High School District.

Santana High School
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9915 Magnolia Avenue

Coordinates32°51′27″N 116°58′09″W / 32.85750°N 116.96917°W / 32.85750; -116.96917Coordinates: 32°51′27″N 116°58′09″W / 32.85750°N 116.96917°W / 32.85750; -116.96917
TypePublic comprehensive secondary
Motto"Home of Scholars and Champions"
School districtGrossmont Union High School District
PrincipalTim Schwuchow
Faculty55.10 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,616 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio29.33[1]
Color(s)      Purple, Gold and White
RivalWest Hills High School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
YearbookSultan Memories
WebsiteSantana High School


2001 ShootingEdit

On March 5, 2001, at Santana High School, 15-year-old Charles Andrew Williams shot and killed two students and injured thirteen other people — eleven students and two staff members.[2] Students and faculty were evacuated to a nearby shopping center, and local businesses and churches helped to handle students and parents. Some students said that they heard him saying, weeks before the shootings, that he was "going to pull a Columbine". Retreating to a bathroom, he was apprehended by police. On June 20, 2002, Williams pleaded guilty to all charges against him in an effort to avoid trial.[3] He was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in March 2025.[4]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Santana High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 March 2001. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Ellingwood, Ken; Perry, Tony (March 9, 2001). "Teen Stands Accused of Murder Charles Williams Arraigned for High School Shooting". The Tech (MIT).
  4. ^ "CDCR Public Inmate Locator Disclaimer".

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