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50th Anniversary


Daily Pilot Article: Newport-Mesa Unified School District marks 50th anniversary

Daily Pilot

September 2, 2016

Reporter- Alex Chan


In the 1960s, two neighboring communities by the coast came together with the desire to merge three school systems into one. The result? The birth of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


Following a vote of the people, on July 1, 1966, the new K-12 district formed as a product of the Costa Mesa Union School District, the Newport Beach City School District and the Newport Harbor Union High School District.


Now, for its 50th anniversary, throughout the coming school year the 32-campus district plans to hold activities to commemorate the milestone. Events include inviting former trustees to board meetings and burying a time capsule at the district's Costa Mesa administrative offices.


District staff will also roll out student research presentations for middle and high schoolers, having them describe what it was like to be in school during each of the last five decades, said district spokeswoman Annette Franco.


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A 50 Year Legacy of Excellence

Newport-Mesa Unified School District is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in the 2016/17 school year. On July 1, 1966 the Costa Mesa Union School District, Newport Beach City School District, and the Newport Harbor Union High School District unified to become the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


Join us throughout the 2016/17 school year as we share some fun facts and highlights of  50 year legacy of excellence. 

NMUSD Historical Timeline

Click the graphic below to view a brief timeline of our 50 year history.


Take a stroll down memory lane...

Newport Harbor Home Economics Class

                     Photo of Newport Harbor High School Home Economics Class

Photo of Newport Harbor High School Home Economics Class

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Student Projects

Student board members from each high school share what it was like to go to school through the decades from the 1960's to current. Each school will tackle a different decade and share the results of their projects with the board. Click here to view completed student projects

Fun Facts:

  • Did you know that math was an elective in 1966?
  • NMUSD has nearly 200 employees that have worked for the district more than 25 years?
  • NMUSD's 1966-67 budget was $16.2 million
  • NMUSD's 2016-17 budget is $280 million

Thank you for the Recognition

City of Costa Mesa Mayor Stephen Mensinger presents NMUSD Board President Dana Black with a proclamation in honor of the district's 50th anniversary.

City of Costa Mesa 50th Recognition

Assembly Member Matthew Harper presents NMUSD Board President Dana Black with a proclamation in honor of the district's 50th anniversary.

Harper 50th Recognition