Garden Grove High School
|Garden Grove High School|
"Pride, Performance, and the Pursuit of Excellence"
|11271 Stanford Avenue
Garden Grove, California Orange,
|Enrollment||approx. 2,300 (2010)|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Website||GGHS - Home of the Argos|
The Garden Grove Union High School District was established in 1921 in response to attempts by neighboring school districts to annex the Garden Grove area. GGHS opened its doors in September 1921 in temporary facilities. The school moved to its present location on Stanford Avenue in 1923.
The school's athletic teams were originally known as "Chili Peppers," reflecting the dominant local crop of the time. In the 1920s, the name "Argonauts" was chosen. They are known as Argos for short.
GGHS was badly damaged by the 1933 Long Beach earthquake; the main classroom building suffered a partial collapse and one student was killed. The structure was rebuilt and is still in use, having been renamed Heritage Hall. It also houses the Argonaut Hall of Fame and Museum, chronicling the school's long history, as well as a memorial to Michael Monsoor, a United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and an alumnus of Garden Grove High School.
GGHS grew with the post-World War II boom and by the 1960s, it was joined by six other high schools in what is now the Garden Grove Unified School District.
On September 23, 2013, Justin Valdez, a graduate of GGHS, was shot and killed in San Francisco, California. Nikhom Thephakaysone, the prime suspect, has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
On September 11, 2009, while playing football against Westminster High School, starting fullback and linebacker Kevin Telles, collapsed during the fourth quarter and died. His death was later ruled myocarditis.
The Argonauts made the CIF Southern Section Football finals in 2009, but lost. The Argonauts won their first CIF Southern Section Football title in 2010 as champions of the Southern Division. Other Southern Section CIF Titles won by the school include Coed Badminton (1986, 1995 and 1999), Girls Field Hockey (1979, 1982, and 1983), and Girls Softball (1985).
Garden Grove High School offers music courses in marching band, concert band, beginning instruments, jazz band, and beginning and advanced string orchestra. The highlights of the year are concerts in the winter and spring along with annual music competitions for all groups. Each year during Memorial Day weekend, the Argonaut Marching Band and Colorguard act as host band in the Strawberry Festival Parade in Garden Grove, California. In April 2012, Garden Grove High School's Percussion Ensemble received first place in Scholastic C in the ADLA Championships. In May 2012, for the third year in a row Garden Grove High School's String Orchestra received the prestigious "Unanimous Superior" rating at the SCSBOA regional festival for the mature sound and advanced musicianship of the group.
2013 marked the Argonaut orchestra's most successful year to date. After scoring scores of Unanimous Superior at both the SCSBOA festival at University High School and at their very own Garden Grove High School, the GGHS Chamber Orchestra traveled to San Francisco to perform in the Heritage Festival. The orchestra grabbed many awards, including Best Orchestra, Judge's Award, and Gold standing (the highest achieved). The Argonauts then came back to their home auditorium in Don Wash to perform as a live orchestra for three nights at Garden Grove High School's production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" musical. They finished off their competition season with a Superior rating at the Kennedy High School SCSBOA Regional Festival, breaking their 3-year streak of unanimous superiors.
In 2010, three students (Steven Chau, Scott Nguyen, and Kalin Zaluzec) on the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement participated in the National Competition for the Wind Energy Challenge, taking first place.
- Denis Boyles, Class of 1964, writer, editor and journalist
- Steve Martin, Class of 1963, comedian, actor, screen writer, and author
- John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- Basil Poledouris, Class of 1963, Composer for movies and television, Conan the Barbarian, Lonesome Dove
- Dustin Nguyen, actor, director, writer, and martial artist
- Stephen Shortridge, Class of 1970, film and television actor, including role as Beau De Labarre on Welcome Back Kotter TV show, and recently acclaimed impressionist painter
- Kathy Westmoreland, Class of 1963, singer and recording artist
- Can "Candy" Nguyen, Class of 2008, member of Poreotics, winner of America's Best Dance Crew season 7 along with Poreotics.
- Lenny Dykstra, Class of 1981, Major League Baseball player, Outfielder, 1986-96 with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies
- Roy Gleason, Class of 1961, Major League Baseball player and Bonus Baby, Outfielder, 1963 with Los Angeles Dodger, Only Major League Baseball player to serve in combat in the Vietnam War.
- Jack Hart, Class of 1955, football player, Halfback, member of University of California Athletic Hall of Fame, scored two touchdowns in 1959 Rose Bowl
- Mark Lomas, Class of 1966, NFL Player, Defensive Lineman, 1970-74 with the New York Jets
- Mike Schooler, Class of 1980, Major League Baseball player, Pitcher, 1988-93 with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers
- Al Carlson, Class of 1969, NBA player, Center, 1975-76 with the Seattle SuperSonics
- Merle Hapes, Class of 1938, NFL player, Fullback, 1942 and 1946 with the New York Giants
Business, Politics, and the Military
- Steve Fossett, Class of 1962, businessman, aviator, sailor and adventurer; first person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a balloon
- Michael Monsoor, Class of 1999, a United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
- Bill Thomas, Class of 1959, 11-term U.S. Congressman (now retired) and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
- Janet Nguyen, Class of 1994, Garden Grove City Councilwoman and member of Orange County Board of Supervisors
- Alexander, Kurtis (25 September 2013). "Man arrested in fatal S.F. Muni shooting". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
- Bolch, Ben; Louis Sahagun (12 September 2009). "Garden Grove High football player collapses, dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
- Sondheimer, Eric (20 February 2010). "Cause of high school football players' deaths released". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 April 2011.