A little-known lease agreement, drawn up around the time when the school was remodeled in 1976, mandates that the institution be shut down seven years from now, with the property becoming part of Balboa Park. The land is considered park land, owned by the city of San Diego.
"We were here before Balboa Park was created," said Gaspar Oliveira, San Diego High School alum. "The first school in the San Diego area was right here. We're just in conjunction with Balboa Park. We're not taking anything away from it, we're enriching it, we're supporting it."
The only way to keep the school from closing is a public vote that must be approved by a two-thirds majority.
Councilmember David Alvarez, who attended the school, says a ballot measure to save the school will likely be placed on the November ballot.