CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1994
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa are at peace today, but in the 1930s the neighboring cities took part in a fierce but friendly rivalry. Things came to a head at Newport Harbor High School, which opened in 1930. The high school served students from both cities. According to the book "Historic Place Names of Orange County," students quickly came up with names to describe their rivals' hometown. Newport Beach students referred to Costa Mesa as "Goat Hill"--a reference to the vast farmland in the city.