Colton High “Fact of the Day” – Nov. 18


Choir Director, V. Marguerite Brooks, leads the students in singing the alma mater in 1958.

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.

While we shared about V. Marguerite Brooks back in September, she was more than just the director of Colton High’s first marching band.

Brooks also served as the school’s choir director. Her students participated in a number of programs, like the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas assemblies, the tri-county music festival, and a benefit program for the charitable organization March of Dimes, plus many more musical programs in the community.

Over the years, many of her students were awarded, like in 1958 when three of her chorus performers—G. Crossno, A. Oberschmidt, and G. Trout—were awarded membership in the distinctive All-Southern California Chorus. Only 650 students from around 2,000 were selected for this honor.