South San Diego
is a district in San Diego, California
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, within a larger region known as the South Bay
South Bay is a region in southwestern San Diego County, California consisting of the communities and cities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Lincoln Acres, National City, and South San Diego....
Before the arrival of the Spanish explorers, area of South San Diego was largely inhabited by the Digueno people. The Digueno, also known as the Kuumeyay, traveled the region this is evidenced by the shallow depressions in boulders that were used for grinding acorn into meal, that are found throughout the area.
John J. Montgomery
John Joseph Montgomery was an aviation pioneer, inventor, professor at Santa Clara College.On August 28, 1883 he made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air flights of the United States, in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, California...
achieved the first controlled flight when he successfully flew his glider aircraft
Glider aircraft are heavier-than-air craft that are supported in flight by the dynamic reaction of the air against their lifting surfaces, and whose free flight does not depend on an engine. Mostly these types of aircraft are intended for routine operation without engines, though engine failure can...
from "Wheeler Hill" in Otay Mesa on August 28, 1883. The site of his historic flight is known as Silver Wing Park, located on Coronado Avenue, just east of Beyer Boulevard.
In 1957, the area comprising South San Diego was annexed by San Diego from San Diego County.
On July 18, 1984, in an event known as the San Ysidro McDonald's massacre, James Oliver Huberty, a 41-year old former welder from Canton, Ohio, committed a mass-murder of 21 people inside of a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro. The McDonalds site was razed in 1985. The site is now home to a Southwestern College
Southwestern College is a public, two-year community college located in the city of Chula Vista, California. Southwestern College's football stadium hosts Bonita Vista High School's football games...
South San Diego is a part of the city of San Diego extending into far southwestern San Diego County. It is physically separated from the rest of the city of San Diego by the cities of National City
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and Chula Vista, but the two areas are connected by a 400 feet (121.9 m)-wide city boundary line that runs under San Diego Bay
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. Thus, it is possible to travel across water from central San Diego to South San Diego without leaving city limits.
Its boundaries are the city of Imperial Beach on the west, Chula Vista to the north, Otay Lakes to the east, and the U.S.-Mexico border with Tijuana
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at the south. Brown Field Municipal Airport is located in the Otay Mesa region of South San Diego.
As of January 1, 2010, the population of South San Diego is 107,631. This is based on the fact that the population of Otay Mesa is 13,446, Otay Mesa-Nestor is 65,435, San Ysidro is 28,707, and Tijuana River Valley is 43. Populations for these communities are from the San Diego Association of Governments
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population statistics for community planning areas in San Diego city.
The ethnic makeup was: 68.1% Hispanic, 12.9% White, 11.7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 4.6% Black and 2.5% Other.
The median household income varies by community. In Otay Mesa/Ocean Crest it was $97,694; in Otay Mesa-Nestor (Nestor/Egger Highlands/Palm City) the median household income was $54,776, and in San Ysidro $32,800.
Neighborhoods of South San Diego defined by the City of San Diego. The City of San Diego groups these neighborhoods into larger sections for planning purposes. Otay Mesa, Otay Mesa West and Ocean View Hills are combined as Otay Mesa. Nestor, Egger Highlands and Palm City are combined as Otay Mesa-Nestor. San Ysidro and Tijuana River Valley are not grouped.
- Otay Mesa-Nestor - 65,435
- Egger Highlands
Nestor is a residential neighborhood in the southern section of San Diego, and part of the Otay Mesa-Nestor community planning area. It neighbors Palm City and Otay Mesa West to the east, Egger Highlands to the north, San Ysidro to the southeast and the Tijuana River Valley to the south...
- Palm City
Palm City is a neighborhood in the southern section of San Diego. It neighbors Otay Mesa West to the south and east, Egger Highlands and Nestor to the west, and Chula Vista to the north. It also serves as a gateway to the beach cities of Imperial Beach, and Coronado, by way of the Silver Strand...
- San Ysidro - 28,707
- Otay Mesa - 13,446
- Otay Mesa
- Otay Mesa West
Otay Mesa West is a residential neighborhood in the southern section of San Diego. It borders Interstate 805 to the east, Interstate 5 to the west, and California State Route 905 to the south. It neighbors Ocean View Hills to the east, Nestor and Palm City to the west and Chula Vista to the north....
- Ocean View Hills
- Tijuana River Valley - 43
Primary and secondary schools
South San Diego is served by the Sweetwater Union High School District
The Sweetwater Union High School District is a school district headquartered in Chula Vista, California. , the school district is the largest secondary school district in California....
. In addition to the schools listed below, there are 13 public elementary schools. Seven are part of the South Bay Unified School District and six are in the San Ysidro School District.
- Montgomery High School
Montgomery High School is a four year public high school located in the city of San Diego, California. It opened in 1970 and is situated today in Otay Mesa. Montgomery High School serves more than 2,500 students. Montgomery High School is named after pioneer aviator John J. Montgomery who made...
- San Ysidro High School
San Ysidro High School is a co-educational, grades 9-12 high school in San Diego, California. It is a part of the Sweetwater Union High School District.-See also:* Primary and secondary schools in San Diego, California-External links:***...
- Southwest High School
Southwest Senior High , in San Diego, California, United States, is a high school established in 1975. Part of the Sweetwater Union High School District, it serves all socioeconomic communities of San Diego , as well as some students living in Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and San Ysidro. The school...
- Mar Vista High School
Mar Vista Senior High , in Imperial Beach, California, United States, is a high school established in 1951. Part of the Sweetwater Union High School District, the school serves students living in Imperial Beach, and San Diego, California...