Santee is a suburb of San Diego in San Diego County, California, with a population of 53,413 at the 2010 census. Although it is a part of the East Countyregion, Santee is located just 18 miles (29 km) from the Pacific Ocean. The city is connected to the coastline by State Route 52, a six-lane freeway that runs from Interstate 5 in La Jolla to State Route 67 in El Cajon. The city is bisected by the San Diego River, a linear greenbelt that includes parks, trails and more than 1,100 acres (450 ha) of natural riparian habitat.
The region was the homeland of the Kumeyaay people. These original residents established the village of Sinyeweche on the banks of the San Diego River in the present day Santee area.
The city is named after Milton Santee, the second husband of Jennie Blodgett, whose first husband was George A. Cowles, a pioneer rancher and businessperson in the San Diego County area. In 2010, Santee had one of the lowest crime rates among cities in San Diego County. Unlike most of the county's coastal cities, Santee still has sizable portions of vacant land suitable for development. It is a growing suburban community that in recent years has added upscale housing, a major corporate business park and expansive shopping centers, along with a destination recreational complex called Sportsplex USA Santee.
Sports: Sportsplex USA Santee,a 15-acre (6.1 ha) sports field complex, opened on June 1, 2010. Located within Town Center Community Park, it features three lighted softball fields, four batting cages, two lighted arena soccer fields, spectator seating, parking and a sports-themed restaurant offering food, beer and wine.
Outdoors: In addition to being a popular spot for mountain bikers, the city hosts a popular Southern California rock climbing venue called Santee Boulders.Santee Lakes Regional Park and Campground offers 190 acres for fishing, camping, bird watching and picnicking.
Golf: A local landmark since 1958, the Carlton Oaks Golf Course and resort offers a premier golfing destination. The course was designed by the legendary Pete Dye,who is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Music: A 10-week series of free concerts is organized each summer by the city's Community Services Department. The Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival, a fund-raiser for local park and youth recreation programs, is held each fall at Town Center Community Park. Santee is also home to Off Broadway Live, a 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre. Off Broadway Live features year-round live theatre.
Santee is served by two school districts: Santee School District and Grossmont Union High School District. The two high schools in Santee are West Hills High Schooland Santana High School; they are both part of the Grossmont Union High School District. Elementary and Middle School education is unique in Santee. Each campus serves kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8). The schools are divided into elementary (k-6) and middle schools (7–8), with each using different parts of the campus and having different ending times. This is contrary to the traditional practice of many smaller elementary schools, which feed students into consolidated middle schools.
Elementary and junior high campuses
All elementary and middle school campuses are part of the Santee School District.
- Cajon Park School
- Carlton Hills School
- Carlton Oaks School
- Chet F. Harrit School
- Hill Creek School
- Pepper Drive School
- Pride Academy at Prospect Avenue School
- Rio Seco School
- Sycamore Canyon School
There are two high schools in Santee. Both are part of the Grossmont High School District.
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