At Charles F. Blackstock Junior High School, we believe all students deserve an education that incorporates a meaning-centered education, integrated curriculum requiring critical thinking, and the use of technology. We believe students should be actively involved in a respectful, caring, cohesive environment that will prepare them to compete in the 21st century.
Charles F. Blackstock Junior High School was opened after Winter Break in 1965 to 750 students. Today Blackstock is home to over 1300 students! Our Junior High school was named after a man who was a teacher, principal, lawyer and judge. Charles Blackstock was born in Ventura in 1875, and began his professional career as a teacher and as principal of the Hueneme Grammar School until 1907. Following his career in education, Charles Blackstock became a full-time lawyer and set up his law office in Oxnard, where he was the city’s attorney for 16 years. Blackstock also served as head of the Board of Ventura County Schools. In 1946 Blackstock became a judge. Judge Blackstock believed that individuals, like him, should share their legal experience and knowledge towards the betterment of society. Judge Blackstock passed away on September 9, 1966 shortly after the school that was named for him opened. Charles Blackstock left behind a legacy of being a humanitarian and philosopher. He was a man that used his mind and energy to help many in the community and was admired and respected by all who knew him. Blackstock Junior High School was named a California Distinguished School in 1992 and 1994. In May 1996, Blackstock received a National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education, and special recognition from the Department of Education in the area of Technology. In the spring of 2009 Blackstock became an AVID National Demonstration School. These awards attest to the excellent educational programs offered by Blackstock teachers and staff and the outstanding achievement of Blackstock students.