Mission Hills, San Diego, California
Mission HillsÂ is a neighborhood ofÂ San Diego,Â California,Â USA. It is located on hills just south of theÂ San Diego RiverÂ valley and north of downtown San Diego, overlookingÂ Old TownÂ andÂ San Diego Bay. It was subdivided on January 20, 1908 as a smaller portion of what is now referred to as Mission Hills. The City of San Diego describes Mission Hills as being the area north of Horton Avenue, South of Mission Valley, West of Goldfinch Streer and Reynard Way, and East of the Old Town community area.Â Mission Hills is part of the 92103 zip code area. It is part of the Uptown community planning area.
The area is primarily residential, with some small shops and restaurants. The area was developed in the early 20th century and most of the houses are still from that era, often carefully preserved and restored. Homes there were also often designed by San Diegoâ€™s premier architects includingÂ William Hebbard, William Templeton Johnson, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, Richard Requa, and Joel E. Brown. Master Builders such as the Pacific Building Company, Morris B. Irvin, and Martin V. Melhorn contributed by building in theÂ vernacular architecture.
Modern homes were built along canyon rims as infill during the 1950s and 1960s by modern masters such as Lloyd Ruocco, Homer Delawie,John Lloyd WrightÂ and Sim Bruce Richards, among others.Â Ironically, San Diego’s most famous architect,Â Irving Gill, never built in Mission Hills, as by the time this area was being developed he was mainly working inÂ Los Angeles County.
The famousÂ horticulturalistÂ Kate SessionsÂ helped to influence development in Mission Hills. She founded the Mission Hills Nursery, which is still an active business (since 1910).
The main business streets are University Ave. and Washington St. Other major streets are Ft. Stockton Dr. and Sunset Blvd. Cross streets are named for birds, in alphabetical order from Albatross to Jackdaw.
Public schools in Mission Hills are part of theÂ San Diego Unified School District. Since there is no public high school in the neighborhood, students are given the choice of attendingÂ Point Loma High SchoolÂ orÂ San Diego High School. TheÂ Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter SchoolÂ and other schools in theÂ High Tech High VillageÂ inÂ Point LomaÂ are also options.
Several private and religious schools are located in Mission Hills. The best known is the lower school campus of the privateÂ Francis Parker School, founded in 1912. This school was run on progressive ideals by William Templeton Johnson and his wife Clara. Mr. Johnson designed the original school building and his wife ran the school.