Will C. Wood first opened its doors in September of 1969. At that time it was planned to be Vacaville’s second comprehensive high school. Growth was not as fast as anticipated and plans were modified. From 1969-1973 Will C. Wood was a satellite campus for Vacaville High School. Ninth and tenth grades for science and math and all classes for ninth graders were two combinations that were used. In the fall of 1974, Wood became a junior high school (grades 7 - 9) servicing the south side of Vacaville with Willis Jepson Junior High School serviced the north side of Vacaville. Wood remained in this format until the 1988-1989 school year.
A new intermediate school, Vaca Pena Intermediate School, was built on the south side of Vacaville. Seventh graders went to Vaca Pena rather than to Wood. In 1988 Wood began its transition into a four-year high school. That year Wood had 8th, 9th, and 10th graders. Construction was started to complete Wood as a high school. A new gymnasium, locker room, classroom wing, office complex, cafeteria, and theater were added. Each year a new class was added. The 1991-1992 school year was the first year that Will C. Wood was a complete four year high school. However, the facility was never completed. The class of 1992 was our first graduating class. In 2012 we celebrated 20 years of graduates.
In 2007-2008, Will C. Wood began a three-phase modernization process. This was a $35 million project funded by the Measure V Bond initiative passed in 2003. The first phase of this project included a new lower field complex that improved our physical education facility as well as enhancing our ability to hold athletic events and student activities on campus.
The second phase of the project included the addition of our state of the art science wing. This two story building added valuable classroom space and provided our students and staff with a science facility that we can all be proud of.
Finally, the third phase of the project included many upgrades to our quad, the administration building, all of the remaining classroom wings, both locker rooms, the small gym, the gym foyer and improvement of our technology infrastructure.