ESCONDIDO – Escondido Charter High School will host its fourth “History Night” on Thursday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on its main campus located at 1868 East Valley Parkway. The title of this year’s event is “Sports in History: How the Games We Love Shaped Our World.”
ECHS hosted its first History Night in October 2012. Approximately 700 people attended, including Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and current State Assemblywoman Marie Waldron. Since then, each annual History Night has brought together students, families, community members, and dignitaries to celebrate American history and to showcase student work.
As a tribute to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, this year’s event draws its focus on the intersection between sports and history. Students examined the impact and importance of sports from a historical perspective. All of the projects explore a particular event or individual from the sports world that has made a historical impact. Students in 10th grade World History and AP European History focused their projects on the impact of sports in world history, while students in 11th grade U.S. History and AP U.S. History classes examined the impact of sports in American history.
The heart of the event is the mock museum exhibits created by the 10th and 11th grade students. All exhibits are interactive and students will be standing by their exhibits to present them to the attendees. Exhibits include a wide range of topics from Olympic history to Sports during Wartime to Sports and Civil Rights.
Founded in 1996, ECHS is part of the American Heritage Charter Schools (AHCS). Its mission is to improve pupil learning and to educate students in both “wisdom and virtue.” AHCS believes that education should focus on both exemplary character and academic development. This is accomplished by a focus on fundamentals (reading, writing and math/science) while striving to instill individual initiative and helping students gain an appreciation of the heritage of our country and the ideals of service, integrity, equality, hard-work and responsibility.