Swimming Through Decades in Scripps Ranch

Swimming in the 1970s

  • The Pool and Recreation Committee forms in February of 1971 when Jean Stubbs and Helen George agree to be co-chairs. Ms. Stubbs asks what is being done to ensure completion of the pool and the answer is “nothing, ” which prompts the formation of the committee which goes on to organize the completion of the pool and the building of the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club.
  • By Spring 1971, the interim swimming pool for the Scripps Ranch homeowners is under construction near the mansion and will be completed in June, per the Spring 1971 issue of the Penny Press.
Spring 1971 issue of the Scripps Ranch Penny Press
Spring 1971 issue of the Penny Press.
  • The pool finally opens on June 15, 1971, after extensive efforts by the Pool and Recreation Committee.

Scripps Ranch backyard swim program, 1971

  • Scripps Ranch also organizes a backyard swim program in conjunction with the Miramar Ranch PTA and the American Red Cross, with swim lessons offered for children of all ages at various residents’ pools. This program continued for over eight years and was organized by Mibs Somerville.
  • More than 900 people turn out for a family-style picnic on March 26, 1972, to celebrate the opening of the $500,000 recreation center for Scripps Ranch residents. San Diego City Councilwoman Maureen O’Conner, a former exhibition swimmer, dedicates the center. The center was one year in the planning, designed to specifications of a homeowners’ committee and will be operated by Leadership. It is the public’s only opportunity to visit the center, as it will operate as a private club for homeowners following the dedication. This club replaces the interim pool and becomes the current Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, 1972

  • The Scripps Ranch Recreation Club holds its first party, an old-fashioned Halloween Costume Party, on October 28, 1972, costing $2 per couple.

December 1973

  • The operations of the Scripps Ranch Recreation Club have become more formalized. Leadership Housing leased the property to Scripps Ranch Recreation Club, Inc., a non-profit corporation, and the Club’s Advisory Board hired its first manager. Further expansion of the facilities depends on City Council approval of a proposal to build some 300 more homes over the next two years.

March 1974

  • The initiation fees for new members to the Scripps Ranch Recreation Club are $150.

October 1975

  • Initiation fees for Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club increase from $150 to $250. Monthly dues increase from $15 to $20.

July 4, 1976

  • A time capsule is sealed on the grounds of the Swim and Racquet Club with the goal of opening it 100 years later at the Tri-centennial.

December 1980

  • Families joining the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club pay i) an entitlement fee, that goes with the homeowner’s property, of $600, ii) an initiation fee of $300 and monthly dues of $25. Starting on January 1, 1984, these three amounts increase to $720, $360 and $30, respectively.

June 9, 1984 

  • The Grand Opening of the second site of the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club is held.

November 1987

  • The Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club board increases dues by $5 and initiation fees from $420 to $540, effective January 1, 1988. The SRSRC membership approves construction of a junior Olympic pool at the Scripps Trails site, which is hoped to open in the summer of 1988.

May 21, 1989

  • The Grand Opening of Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club facility at Scripps Trails is celebrated.

March 1, 1991

  • Dues at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club increase from $45 to $52 per month. Initiation fees are $750.