Gahr High School

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Richard Gahr High School
11111 E. Artesia Boulevard
Cerritos, California 90703
School type Public high school
Founded 1965
School district ABC Unified School District
Superintendent Mary Sieu
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,998[1] (2014-15)
Language English
Colour(s)      Blue
Athletics conference San Gabriel Valley League
Mascot Gladiator
Team name Gladiators

Richard Gahr High School, often simply known as Gahr High School, is a public high school in Cerritos, California, serving grades 9-12. Gahr High is part of the ABC Unified School District.

Though it has a comparatively small student population at around 1,900, Gahr is known as a very ethnically diverse campus, (located in "the most ethnically diverse place in America", according to a California State University, Northridge study,[2] as Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Filipino Americans and African Americans together constitute a large majority at more than 70%.[3] The school's graduation rate is also 16% higher than the county average.[4]


Gahr High School was completed in 1965 as the first high school in both the newly unified ABC Unified School District, and the recently incorporated City of Dairy Valley (the city would be renamed to its current state two years later).[5] Indeed, the originally proposed name for the school was "Dairy Valley High School". The school was officially named after Richard Gahr, who had served as the school district's Superintendent. During the 1970s, as the student population in Cerritos rapidly grew, Cerritos High School was created for district expansion, and during its construction the latter used part of the Gahr campus.

In 2006 Gahr High School was invited to apply to be a California Distinguished School, and early in 2007, it was readily inspected. Now it has "California Distinguished School" to add to its resume.


On campus in June 2007

Student population racial makeup (2006)[edit]

Race Percentage of population
African-American 16.0
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.6
Asian 33.9
Hispanic or Latino 35.6
Pacific Islander 1.0
White (non-Hispanic) 12.1
Socioeconomically disadvantaged 25.7
English learners 8.0
Students with disabilities 8.0

California Standardized Testing Rankings for 2006[edit]

Data reported are the percent of students achieving at the Proficient or Advanced level (meeting or exceeding the state standards).

Subject School District State
English-language arts 41 51 42
Mathematics 33 52 40
Science 42 46 35
History-social science 38 44 33


Expenditure per student for 2002-2003[edit]

Data reported in dollars per student is as follows:

District Similar districts State average
All districts
$6,497 $6,882 $6,822

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Gahr (Richard) High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cerritos Relocation, Move to Cerritos, Cerritos Real Estate". RelocateAmerica. Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-01-02. Retrieved 2006-01-28. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived November 3, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "City of Cerritos | Home Page". 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  6. ^ 2005-2006 School Accountability Report Card RICHARD GAHR HIGH Archived 2008-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Kris Medlen Stats |". Retrieved 2018-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Kris Medlen". Retrieved 2018-06-05. 

External links[edit]

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