IUSD at 40: Vista Verde School opens in 1975, moves to a new location three decades later


Our latest snapshot of IUSD’s early years features Vista Verde School, or rather the first Vista Verde School, which opened on Michelson Drive back in 1975.

Enrollment and demographic shifts ultimately led to the decision to move Vista Verde to a brand new campus at 6 Federation Way in 2006, yet the school held onto its name and branding, much like Alderwood Elementary had done the previous year.

Meanwhile, the original Vista Verde property was purchased by William Lyon Homes, which is moving forward with plans for new residential development.

Do you have an old photo of the Irvine Unified School District you’d like to share? Send it to ianhanigan@iusd.org, along with some basic caption information, including names, dates and locations. We may publish it on the NewsFlash as part of our IUSD at 40 project. Images from IUSD’s first four decades will be posted on Thursdays.