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Gabrielino High School (GHS) is a public high school located on San Gabriel Boulevard in San Gabriel, California, serving grades 9-12. It was established in 1994, and is one of two high schools in the San Gabriel Unified School District. Del Mar High School (continuation) is the second. Gabrielino High School is a California Distinguished School, and is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, Newsweek magazine recently ranked Gabrielino as a top high school in the United States as determined by the number of Advanced Placement courses taken at the school in 2005 divided by the number of graduating seniors. In 2007, Gabrielino earned the Silver Medal status from the "U.S. News and World Report" based on standardized test performance in Math and English and AP courses taken and passed with a "3" or better. Based on this report, Gabrielino is placed in the top 3% of the nation or top 505 schools. About 39% of graduates go on to four-year universities nationwide while about 55% attend community college after graduation. The school has had many accomplishments for being a newly built high school.
The school completed its final phase of construction, which includes a baseball field. Gabrielino held its first home football game on the brand new field on September 8, 2005.
Gabrielino High School's architecture is distinct, built using cosmopolitan trends and styles. The school's exterior uses bold colors, including shades of orange, red in its exterior. Although the school's physical size is small as compared to neighboring schools (e.g. San Gabriel High School, San Marino High School), the campus itself consists of buildings for administration, classrooms, a media center, gymnasium, and a theatre. Gabrielino High School's architecture is modern, and a recognizable feature of the school is its concrete clock tower and palm trees that line the school's entrance and its main outdoor area. The expanses of the school utilize bricks, rather than concrete, as flooring. The exterior of the school faces San Gabriel Boulevard and features metal trellises that support vines and flowering trees.
In terms of race and ethnicity, Asian students comprise the majority (55.6%) of the student body. Hispanic students make up 35.4% of the student body while Caucasian students make up 7.6% of the student population. African American and Native American students make up 0.8 and 0.2% of the student body respectively.
Speech and Debate
The school has the fifth largest and third strongest (measured by NFL points) Speech and Debate team (as of 4/28/2010) in the United States registered with the National Forensic League. It has been one of the most successful teams in the Southern California Debate League and the most successful team in the East Los Angeles national district. Since 1997, the team has earned the title of League Champion thirteen years straight. Gabrielino High School's Speech and Debate team is renown for its degree of excellence across the country. The team is led by its head coach, Derek Yuill. A few of the prominent assistant coaches include Pear Kasrirarat, Keri Seeger, and Stephanie Sy. Some of the different events Gabrielino High School competes in are: Duo Interpretation (DUO), Humorous Interpretation (HI), Thematic Interpretation (TI), Dramatic Interpretation (DI), Original Oratory (OO), Original Advocacy (OA), Extemporaneous Speaking (Extemp), and debate. There have been three state champions in Original Oratory from Gabrielino High School at the All-State Tournament. The team also has several qualifiers for the National Tournament each year, as well as multiple students receiving the title of "Academic All-American," which is based on NFL speech points, GPA, and SAT scores. For example, for the class of 2009, the Academic All-Americans included: Aaron Huang, Sean Lo, Sofie Garden, Stephanie Phan, Vivian Lam, Tina Nguyen, Waldo Yan, and Fanny Xu.
The school has an orchestral program that has scored several superiors in the past.
The school has two choirs which includes Gabrielino Singers and a vocal ensemble. The Gabrielino Singers went to compete at the 2010 Forum Musical Festival in San Francisco and received Gold Rating and a special musicianship award.
A.C.T. Drama Department
The Gabrielino Boys Basketball teams have enjoyed consistent success in recent years, including several consecutive league championships (Mission Valley League) for both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. In the 2007 season, the Junior Varsity squad was able to capture a fifth consecutive league championship going 10-0 for the second straight year.
Track and field
Gabrielino established a Varsity Track and Field team in 2006. In 2007, Gabrielino's Track and Field team received "Most Improved" out of the whole Mission Valley League.
The swim team has had tremendous success in the competitive Valle Vista league -- attaining the league title for 4 consecutive years ('04, '05, '06, '07) and on their way to a 5th capture in '08. GHS sends numerous swimmers to the C.I.F, or California Interscholastic Federation championships every year held in Long Beach, CA. The swim team is unique in the sense that the high school does not have their own pool facility. Instead, the team practices at nearby Smith Park.
The Gabrielino Baseball team had struggled for many years until, in 2007, they won the Mission Valley League title for the 1st time in school history against league rival Arroyo High School. They finished with a 12-3 record in league in 2007. The last time Gabrielino made it to the C.I.F playoffs was in the year 2000 finishing 2nd with a 9-6 record in league that year.