At one time, Lakeside was nothing more than a large amount of land used for grazing animals belonging to Mission de la Alcala and cared for by the Kumeyaay Indians living in the area. After the town of Lakeside was founded in 1886, population increased and small one-room schools were started throughout the valley.
The real growth began during the past decade as young families began looking for affordable housing. The city’s location near Interstate 8 on Highway 67 gives residents easy access to downtown San Diego as well as El Cajon to the south and fast-growing Poway to the north. The area’s schools are also a strong draw for families.
The Lakeside Union School District has seven elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), a home school program and a charter high school. Most middle school graduates of the Lakeside Union School District attend El Capitan, a comprehensive high school that is part of the Grossmont Union High School District.
River Valley High School, the charter school, has 120 students. The total district enrollment is slightly less than 5,000 students. The size of the district enables it to provide a wide range of programs in small to average settings, allowing personalized instruction for each child.
San Vicente Reservoir is four miles north of Lakeside on Highway 67. A man-made lake formed when the dam was complete in l943, this reservoir provides 1,069 surface acres and 14 shoreline miles when full. Anglers catch trout, bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary is owned by the Audubon Society. It is located five miles north of Lakeside on Wildcat Canyon Road.
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