Colton High “Fact of the Day” – Oct. 6


Walter Gish, a CHS alum, in 1964, playing around with math.

Colton High School opened in 1895. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Inland Empire. In this daily feature, we celebrate Colton High’s rich history.

In 1964, Walter Gish was the first Colton High student to pull a perfect score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.). 

He scored 800 in mathematics and another 800 on the verbal section, all but punching his ticket to college. According to John Collins of Princeton University, in 1964 only 10% of high school graduates went to college.

Walter went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at CalTech university here in Southern California. Since 2003 he has been a principal member of the technical staff at Dolby Laboratories.

To commemorate the event, on January 24, 1964, the “Pepper Bough” ran a fun front page story entitled “Walter Gish’s Cranium Runneth Over.”