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Our History


Vista withdrew from the Oceanside-Carlsbad Union High School District. Across the street where the NEW City Hall Building is located, is what was known as the Lincoln School, which held classes there until the new high school was built.


This facility was opened as Vista High School. The first graduating class was in 1938. The oldest campus is Oceanside High School which dates back to 1906.


A contract was accepted for $4.4 million for the construction of the new Vista High School on Bobier Drive. Soon after, Lincoln Middle School opened on the current VMMS site. 


The city and school district exchanged land. The district received the Arcadia Avenue site for its administration headquarters, and the city received the old Lincoln Junior High site (now city hall).


The North County campus of San Diego State University opened classrooms at the VMMS site. A portable building was added for administrative offices and a reference library.


Lincoln Middle School moved to a new school location known now as Rancho Minerva Middle School. José Manuel Villarreal was hired as Founding Principal of VMMS. He previously was an Assistant Principal in our local large comprehensive neighboring high school, Rancho Buena Vista.


Vista Magnet Middle School opened with 200 sixth grade students and the rest is history. Founding teachers and staff included, but were not limited to: Jennifer Eckle, Margaret Jacobsen, Jessie Estrada, Michelle Anderson, Arturo Magaña, Karen Kenney, Barbara Franklin, Kathy Sims, Melinda Arseneau and Alfonso Arredondo.


Vista Magnet Middle School accepted another 200 sixth graders and current sixth graders moved to seventh.


Vista Magnet Middle School accepted the final 200 sixth graders to complete all three grade levels, sixth through eighth.


José Manuel Villarreal, earned his doctorate degree in a joint program with the University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos.


Vista Magnet Middle School earned the IBMYP World Schools designation.


Vista Magnet Middle School founding Principal Dr. José Manuel Villarreal was promoted outside our district.  Mrs. Margaret Jacobsen was promoted from VMMS Assistant Principal as the next Principal to begin June 1, 2013.

Vista Magnet Middle School began expansion of adding another 100 students in sixth grade by increasing from 200 to 300 per grade.



Former VMMS Assistant Principal and District Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Anne Green, became Principal, and Vista Magnet continued to add 100 students in 6th grade.