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Gilroy High School

Coordinates: 36°59?46?N 121°34?32?W / 36.99611°N 121.57556°W / 36.99611; -121.57556

Gilroy High School
750 West Tenth Street

School districtGilroy Unified School District
PrincipalMartin Enriquez
Teaching staff73.96 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,654 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.36[1]
Color(s)Blue, Gold and White    
Athletics17 Interscholastic Sports
Athletics conferenceMonterey Bay League
CIF Central Coast Section
California Interscholastic Federation
RivalsSan Benito High School (Hollister)
Christopher High School (Gilroy)
WebsiteGilroy High

Gilroy High School is a co-educational public school located in Gilroy, California, that serves the city of Gilroy. A part of the Gilroy Unified School District, is one of two public comprehensive high schools in the city and has an approximate enrollment of 1,500 students.


Gilroy High School opened in 1912 at the site that now houses South Valley Middle School on IOOF Ave. The campus moved to its current location in 1978.


Gilroy High offers a variety of course options. There are more than 15 Advanced Placement courses offered. There are a variety of fine arts, such as choir, band, drama, and art. There are many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, including automotive mechanics, animation, culinary arts, floral design, and sports medicine.

Starting with the Class of 2018, all students are expected to meet the University of California A-G entrance requirements. In addition, beginning with the Class of 2013, all students must complete 80 hours of community service during their high school careers.

Gilroy High is one of the few high schools offering Project Lead the Way's Biomedical Sciences program. This four-year program allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.[2]

Gilroy High completes the District's Spanish Dual Immersion K-12 Program by offering classes such as Biology in Spanish.

Extracurricular activities

Gilroy High has a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including an extensive athletics program.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) is the student government, and runs many events and activities, such as dances, blood drives, and spirit days. The Link Crew helps to unite the student body.

There are a variety of clubs on campus. Some of these include an art club, auto club, drama club, science club, and the sister cities club.


The school's mascot is the mustang and all athletic teams representing the school go by the mustang nickname. The school's colors are blue, white, and gold. All of the school's athletic teams compete in the Central Coast Section (CCS).

The wrestling team at Gilroy High School has had much success, winning its fifteenth straight CCS championships in 2017 while having Coach Greg Varella and Assistant Coach Marco Sanchez named California State Coaches of the Year in 2015.[3] Gilroy also placed second in state in 2008. The team has produced six state champions in the span of six years. Jesse Delgado, who wrestled at Gilroy High School and the University of Illinois, has gone on to have much success in his college career winning the NCAA title at 125 pounds in 2013 and 2014. The 2 time Olympian and simultaneous UFC 2 weight champion Daniel Cormier is the current wrestling coach at Gilroy High School.

The boys' soccer team has been successful in seasons past, winning the Tri-County Athletic League (TCAL) title in 2006-2007, while also winning the 2006-2007 CCS championship. Gilroy defeated Bellarmine College Preparatory in the CCS final, 2-0 and ended the season ranked among the top 12 teams in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).[4]

The football team has also had successful seasons, advancing to the CCS championship game in 2008 while winning the TCAL title in the same year.

The Girls Varsity Field Hockey team won the MTAL League nine years in a row while being undefeated in league play. During the 2010-11 season, they joined the BVAL in the Mount Hamilton Division. The 2008-09 and 2009-10 teams both reached the CCS semi-finals. The 2010-2011 team reached the CCS championship game.

The Boys Varsity Track and Field team won the CCS team championship in 2011.

Fall Winter Spring
Marching Band (boys and girls) Football (boys) Baseball (boys)
Volleyball (girls) Soccer (boys and girls) Softball (girls)
Golf (girls) Wrestling (boys and girls) Golf (boys)
Tennis (girls) Cheerleading (girls) Tennis (boys)
Cross Country (boys and girls) Basketball (boys and girls) Track & Field (boys and girls)
Water Polo (boys and girls) Swimming (boys and girls)
Cheerleading (girls) Volleyball (boys)
Field Hockey (girls) Badminton (boys and girls)
Gymnastics (girls)

Awards and recognition

Gilroy High received California's Distinguished School Awards in 1994 and 2009.

Notable alumni

Notable staff

  • Daniel Cormier: UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion. 2 time Olympian. Head wrestling coach.
  • Marco Sanchez: Wrestler for Puerto Rico at the 1996 Summer Olympic games.[13] Former principal.
  • Mark Speckman: American gridiron football coach and former player. Former football head coach at Gilroy High School for the 1983-85 seasons.

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c "Gilroy High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "PLTW Biomedical Science - Curriculum". Project Lead The Way. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Redmond, Erin (June 2, 2015). "Prep Wrestling: Gilroy's Varela, Sanchez earn top honors". Gilroy Dispatch. Retrieved 2015.
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  6. ^ "Jason Conrad - 2012-13 Men's Basketball - Chico State".
  7. ^ "Jesse Delgado Bio". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Porter, David L. (2004). Latino and African American Athletes Today. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 117. ISBN 9780313320484.
  9. ^ "Who's in the minors?". Gilroy Dispatch. May 11, 2005. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Lundstrom, Mack (August 25, 2011). "Former Congressman Charlie Gubser dies". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ Ryan, Maquinana (March 22, 2013). "Ghost Stories: Guerrero's father an old-school original". Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Archived from the original on July 16, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Harris, Carol (October 2, 2013). "Finding destiny in film - and each other". San Benito County Today. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Marco Sanchez". Sports Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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