The wealthy city of Poway has a population of 48,000 people who live in the North County Inland portion of San Diego County. Originally inhabited by the native people, artifacts such as arrowheads, spear points, grinding stones, and pottery have confirmed an early Diegueno presence. While many residents mistake Poway for an old Western cowboy town, Poway is actually based on agriculture. The especially nutrient soil proved well-suited for peaches, grapes, apricots, pears, hay, and alfalfa. Honey production and dairying were also lucrative businesses.
Today the students of Poway are served by the Poway Unified School District that also operates campus in neighbor Rancho Bernardo. The district manages more than thirty elementary, middle, and high schools. Due to distance considerations, the district is also one of the few to officially operate a home-schooling program for those students who find it unfeasible to make a long commute to attend school in an actual classroom. The district’s high performance and award-winning curriculum was recognized in 2005 when one of Poway’s students won the 2005 National Spelling Bee. Poway High School is known for its championship wrestling, baseball, and football teams that have won dozens of consecutive league and division championships. The Emerald Brigade, the school’s marching band, consistently wins top honors at several state and national competitions.
The city recently gained national attention as the host city of “Family Plots,” a television show that documents the lives and dealings of employees at the Poway Bernardo Mortuary. Pomerado Hospital is located in Poway and not only serves the city of Poway but also several of the cities, towns, and communities in the surrounding region. Residents find that the inclusion of a local emergency care facility gives peace of mind knowing that help is just a few minutes away.
The 8.5-acre Aubrey Park is an award-winning recreational area for its rolling hills, four softball fields, snack shop, spectacular walking trails, picnic areas, and native tree groves. Other similar parks include Black Mountain Park, Starridge Park, Arbolitos Sport Fields, Adobe Ridge Mini Park, Highland Ranch Park, Silverset Park, Old Powat Park, Hilleary Park, and Garden Park. The area’s golf courses are actually shared with the neighboring communities. Carmel Highland Golf and Tennis and Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club are two of the more popular ones. Shopping is quite convenient for Poway residents with large centers at Poway Valley Center and Carriage Center West, although Carmel Mountain Plaza has several more offerings and is not too far away.