Elphbert Laforteza is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon at the South Bay Courthouse on charges of possession of a destructive device in a public place, possession of ingredients to make a destructive device and possession of a destructive device.
Besides the five crude homemade chemical bombs that exploded in trash barrels during the lunch hour, three others were disabled by the bomb squad and officers found four others partially assembled in Laforteza's backpack, according to authorities.
Nobody was injured and no property was damaged in the explosions.
Laforteza told investigators he had brought a dozen of the bottle bombs to the Airway Road campus, according to Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
San Ysidro High Principal Hector Espinoza called it a "very bad prank."
Laforteza -- an all-league football player and an ROTC cadet -- was awarded his diploma last week but was not allowed to graduate with his class. He applied but was not admitted to the Air Force Academy, a spokesman for the Air Force said.
Authorities are still looking for others involved in the incident, and more arrests are anticipated, said District Attorney's Office spokesman Paul Levikow.
Monday was a special day for some local students. They were sporting new school shirts which they got to design themselves, all thanks to the Larry Himmel Neighborhood Foundation.
Coast Guard crews Tuesday morning worked to offload roughly $500 million worth of cocaine weighing about 36,000 pounds that was recently seized during more than a dozen operations in the Eastern Pacific, authorities said.
A broken water main closed a stretch of Genesee Avenue Tuesday near Interstate 5 in University City, according to city officials.
A woman accused of driving drunk and causing head-on crash that killed her passenger changed her plea on Tuesday.
It's San Diego Women's Week and there are a number of events and inspiring women set to take center stage.
Adam Shacknai was on the stand Monday, as testimony continued in the wrongful death lawsuit of Rebecca Zahau.
Jurors deadlocked Monday in the retrial of an oft- deported Mexican citizen accused of driving drunk and causing a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy in San Ysidro.
A San Diego hiker who was rescued last Thursday after being stranded in Joshua Tree for five days shared his incredible story of survival.
Dry and warm conditions are expected to prevail in much of San Diego County Tuesday and continue into Wednesday.
A possible homicide suspect was in custody Tuesday morning after a fight near a Chula Vista gas station left a man dead, police said.