South Gate High School

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South Gate High School
3351 Firestone Boulevard
South Gate, CA 90280
Coordinates 33°57′19″N 118°12′36″W / 33.9553°N 118.20987°W / 33.9553; -118.20987Coordinates: 33°57′19″N 118°12′36″W / 33.9553°N 118.20987°W / 33.9553; -118.20987
Type Public high school
Established 1930
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Gerardo Llamas
Faculty 138.8 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 3,383 (as of 2008-09)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 26.8[1]
Color(s) Black, White, and Red.
Athletics conference Eastern League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
Team name Rams
Rival South East High School

South Gate High School is located on Firestone Boulevard, South Gate, California, United States. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. South Gate's school colors are black, white and red and the school mascot is the ram.

As of the 2008-09 school year, the school had an enrollment of 3,383 students and 138.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 26.8.[1]


South Gate High School opened in January 1930.

Between 1993 and 1996 the number of students that passed Advanced Placement tests in government and macroeconomics subjects increased from 5% to 70%. The teaching of Ron Klein has been credited for this improvement.[3]

Students from this, and neighbouring schools, demonstrated on June 26, 2002 against funding cuts. At South Gate High, nine teachers had been fired and the Second School Program, which provided students who are falling behind with tutoring from university students, had all funding removed.[4]

With the support of the school, 800 students demonstrated against the counterfeiting of CDs of Latino music on December 5, 2002.[5]

On November 3, 2005, about 500 students took part in a sit-in to protest at issues including overcrowding and a lack of textbooks.[6]


As of the school year 2008-09, there were a total of 3,383 students attending the high school.[2]


  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Marching Band
  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Softball
  • Cheerleading
  • Color Guard
  • Water Polo
  • Badminton
  • Synchronized Swimming


  • Football - 1955 and 1988 3A City Champions
  • Football - 2004 3A City Finalist.
  • Football - Benjamin Viramontes - State Sack Leader with 34 in 2004
  • Football - 1994 undefeated South East conference champions. Beat rival bell to preserve undefeated record. Ronnie Landazuri breaks up pass in final moments:
  • Soccer - 2005 City Champions
  • Baseball - 1995 3A City Champions
  • Volleyball - 2011 Girls Undefeated Eastern League Champions
  • Track & Field- 2008 Undefeated Eastern League Champions
  • Cross Country- 2007 Undefeated Eastern League Champions
  • Volleyball - 2013 Girls Eastern League Champions
  • Volleyball - 2014 Girls Undefeated Eastern League Champions


  • Academic Decathlon
  • Policy Debate Club
  • Anime Club
  • Key Club
  • Speech Club
  • MESA
  • Chemistry Club
  • Stage Crew Club
  • Dance Club-DG*SG
  • Ram's Society Club
  • LGBT+ Club
  • Sierra Club
  • Bible Club
  • Best Buddies Club
  • Skateboarding Club
  • Youth Action
  • International Studies Ambassadors
  • GLI Club

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