Over the course of the school’s history, many notable public figures have visited the school and engaged with the student community. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, made the cover of the April 6, 1959 issue of Life Magazine after visiting the campus to find inspiration for new characters in his stories.
In 1964, Jonas Salk, M.D., founder of the polio vaccine, addressed the first graduating class as commencement speaker. Salk revisited the campus 20 years later to dedicate the student-built observatory.
The late movie legend Debbie Reynolds filmed her television special Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children on campus in 1969. The film featured nearly all 500 of the school’s students, along with her own children, Carrie and Todd Fisher.
The school has become a second home for many students for nearly a century. Alumni are continuing their legacy at their alma mater, returning as parents. Graduates have become faculty and staff members, now calling their favorite teachers colleagues. Many of the relationships forged at LJCDS will last a lifetime. La Jolla Country Day School’s future continues to be bright under the new leadership of Head of School Gary Krahn, Ph.D. The school will continue to grow Louise Balmer’s legacy and looks forward to celebrating the school’s centennial in 2026.