The history of Placentia first began in 1837 when Juan Ontiveros, a corporal at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel who later became the foreman of Mission San Juan Capistrano, was granted land that included the areas that presently make up the cities of La Habra, Fullerton, Anaheim, and Placentia by the governor of Mexico. Some thirty years down the road, 3,900 acres of land was purchased by Daniel Kraemer, one of the city's first pioneers. More settlers came into Placentia acquiring more and more land, eventually building churches, homes, farms, and laying the foundation of a wonderful community. Placentia was officially indoctrinated as a city in 1926.
Placentia's student population is under the jurisdiction of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. Students are served by three high schools: El Dorado High School, Valencia High School (the oldest high school in the city), and El Camino Real High School. The city also has three middle schools and several elementary schools within the area.
In the past, Placentia was considered the center of the citrus fruit, grapes, avocados and walnuts industries. The city was even the home of Valencia Orange Growing and Packing. Today, Placentia's economic mainstays include Knott's Berry Farm Foods, the local arts and culture scene, and the Placentia-Santa Fe District (the city's downtown district). Currently, the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) is working with the city of Placentia to build a Metrolink in the downtown area with the goal of revitalizing the downtown area.
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