Colton High “Fact of the Day” – Oct. 17

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The Yellowjacket Bridge—once known as the “Rancho Avenue Pedestrian Overpass—seen here under construction on November 7, 1960.

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.

On January 3, 1961, the Yellowjacket bridge crossing over Rancho Avenue in Colton was opened for use as Colton High students returned from their winter vacation.

The “Bridge,” as it is colloquially known, was actually called the “Rancho Avenue Pedestrian Overpass” in the original plans. This defining feature of the Colton campus was necessary for student safety throughout school days as students were required to cross Rancho Avenue to attend P.E. classes on the west athletic fields.