The area in which Hemet is located was first inhabited by members of the Cahuilla Indian tribe. Then, in the early 1800's, it became a cattle ranch for Mission San Luis Rey and was called Rancho San Jacinto. When the missions were broken up by the Mexican government, the land was awarded to Jose Antonio Estudillo in 1842.
The City of Hemet owes its inception and initial growth to two ironic events and the dedication of two wealthy men. The first event was the visit that Ramona author Helen Hunt Jackson made to the San Jacinto Valley in 1883 in order to gather material on the Sobobas, a group of Mission Indians living on the east side of the San Jacinto River. Mrs. Jackson was accompanied to the valley by her interpreter, Abbot Kinney.
The 2004-2005 operating budget plan for Hemet totals $59,692,2240. The City has a Redevelopment Agency with eight redevelopment project areas. The City operates it's own police and fire departments.
Schools: There are two school districts which serve Hemet and the greater Hemet area. They are the Hemet Unified School District (HUSD), serving all but a small portion of the City and San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD). HUSD provides education for kindergarten through 12th grade and is the predominate district in the City. For more information regarding schools, please contact HUSD at 951-765-5100 or SJUSD at (951) 951-929-7700