Except for an unscheduled dousing of water by a sprinkler system, the inaugural Oak Hills High School Car Show was just about picture perfect.


The weather was clear and sunny, the colorful classic cars glistened in the High Desert sun, and OHHS automotive class boosters displayed their support in ways that truly helped.


"Somebody stuffed a $20 in my pocket, which I took to the registration table," said instructor Mike Stayton, who says his program has been hit by school district budget cuts, "I've been really happy with the way people have supported it."


Stayton, who was at Hesperia High and earlier Victor High before coming to Oak Hills last year, believes his program makes a difference. The spacious auto shop, which is adjacent to the classroom, has Hunter products for wheel and tire work and Snap-On tools.


"It's all state-of-the-art," Stayton said. "We're pretty much outfitted so that we could build a whole car."


For the typical student, the auto class teaches them to perform basic maintenance on their vehicles such as changing oil and maintaining tires and brakes. But some of Stayton's students will go on to lucrative careers in automotive or related repair, such as the technical jobs available at the Southern California Logistics Airport.


"I try to get them a good worth ethic. I want to get kids jobs."