The district's school board voted this week to begin laying the groundwork for the new graduation standards.
Those standards will take effect in the 2010-11 school year, when they will be applied to the freshman class, and include a second year of foreign language study and a full-year of a visual or performing arts course, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The American Civil Liberties Union has been pushing districts up and down California to adopt the UC standards. So far, San Diego is the first in the county to move toward the change.
"It is downgrading how a larger percentage of Caucasian students in the northern areas, like La Jolla High School, have a complete education for students, but in schools like Mission Bay, where the majority of students belong to a minority race, quality education is not enforced," Mission Bay High School junior Lula Berhe, 17, told the board.
Not every board member agreed. Trustees Katherine Nakamura and John de Beck said enforcing UC requirements might lead to increased dropout rates, overburden already-busy counselors and make it tough for students to pursue vocational education programs, the Union-Tribune reported.
"Legislation of a curriculum as a `one size fits all' bothers me," de Beck said during Tuesday's board meeting. "It's not right to force kids into a curriculum when they have career plans."
Less than 40 percent of San Diego students currently take the classes needed to get into the UC system, according to the Union-Tribune. Costs of adding more college-prep courses in San Diego have not been addressed, the Union-Tribune reported.
Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying and tracking down a pair of thieves who have carried out a two-week series of bank robberies this month in the San Diego area.
Backers of an initiative that would allow San Diego State University to buy the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley for campus expansion are scheduled to begin seeking petition signatures Saturday.
An unknown assailant jumped a woman Friday on a walking trail near Gillespie Field airport and choked her nearly into unconsciousness, fleeing when she managed to break free, authorities reported.
The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent last month despite seasonal cutbacks in leisure and hospitality jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation on Friday held an awards ceremony to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep San Diegans safe.
It has been ten years since devastating wildfires swept through San Diego, destroying thousands of structures and affecting so many lives.
From a baby tiger cub to monitor lizards and a macaw, authorities have seized dozens of animals and filed charges against 16 people as part of what they say is the largest wildlife trafficking sweep in Southern California.
Three officer-involved shootings over the past year, including the killing of a man who opened fire at a pool party at a La Jolla apartment complex, were legally justified, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.