Gilroy High School

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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
Gilroy, California
United States
Type Public
Principal Marco Sanchez
Grades 9–12
Enrollment approx. 1500
Color(s) Blue, Gold and White             
Athletics 17 Interscholastic Sports
Athletics conference Monterey Bay League
CIF Central Coast Section
California Interscholastic Federation
Mascot Mustang
Rivals San Benito High School (Hollister)
Christopher High School (Gilroy)

Gilroy High School is a co-educational public school located in Gilroy, California, that serves the city of Gilroy. It 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.[1]

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

Extracurricular activities[edit]

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 thirteenth straight CCS championships in 2015 while having Coach Greg Varella and Assistant Coach Marco Sanchez named California State Coaches of the Year.[2] 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 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).[3]

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) 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[edit]

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


On October 3, 1995, a gang-related fight occurred on campus involving Carlos Vaca, Marcos Valdez, Pavel Zapata, and Gerardo Avila. The unrest began when Carlos was pushed into Marcos during an already active fight. The fight climaxed when Carlos was stabbed with a five-inched blade repeatedly during the fight. The wounds he sustained were fatal and later died from his injuries. Marcos, Pavel, and Gerado were all charged with his murder.[4]

In 2009, the school faced a violent outbreak of students during their lunch while reviewers from the California School Recognition Program were on campus for consideration of awarding them for distinguished academic performance. There were already 5 police officers on campus because of an earlier incident during the schools brunch involving two members of rival gangs. The fight started when one of the members threw oatmeal at the other. When campus security couldn't control the situation, an administrator called the police. Both were arrested. Later during lunch another fight started. This time it involved multiple people. It quickly escalated when students began throwing food at each other and began aimlessly punching other. 30 police officers in were needed to stop the riot. The school was released early in order to prevent further disruptions. At least 7 students were arrested that day.[5]

In 2009, Alberto Gomez Vicuna was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Vicuna was an Algebra I teacher and worked out of room P-5 according to the school's website. The victim did not attend Gilroy High School, but met Vicuna through a social networking site known as Vicuna posed as a 15-year-old boy and had many profiles set up with at least 100 female friends, most of them being 13–17 years old. The Gilroy Unified School District placed Vicuna on indefinite administrative leave and his school profile was removed from the GHS website. Police still haven't confirmed if the sex was consensual.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

  • Marco Sanchez: Wrestler for Puerto Rico at the 1996 Summer Olympic games.[14] Current 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[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "PLTW Biomedical Science - Curriculum". Project Lead The Way. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Redmond, Erin (June 2, 2015). "Prep Wrestling: Gilroy's Varela, Sanchez earn top honors". Gilroy Dispatch. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "School Violence 1995-1996". Angels of Columbine. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Bone, Chris (February 27, 2009). "Huge fights disrupt Gilroy High School". Gilroy Dispatch. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Suddes, Sara (February 26, 2009). "Gilroy High teacher suspected of sex crimes". San Benito Free Lance. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Jason Conrad - 2012-13 Men's Basketball
  8. ^ Jesse Delgado Bio
  9. ^ Porter, David L. (2004). Latino and African American Athletes Today. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 117. ISBN 9780313320484. 
  10. ^ "Who's in the minors?". Gilroy Dispatch. May 11, 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ Lundstrom, Mack (August 25, 2011). "Former Congressman Charlie Gubser dies". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Maquinana (March 22, 2013). "Ghost Stories: Guerrero's father an old-school original". Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ Harris, Carol (January 28, 2014). "Finding destiny in film – and each other". San Benito County Today. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Marco Sanchez". Sports Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.