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San Gabriel Unified School District

  • 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 • 626-451-5400
  • Located in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley, 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, San Gabriel Unified School District educates more than 6,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at five elementary schools, one middle school, one traditional high school, and one continuation high school.

  • Superintendent: Dr. John W. Pappalardo
  • Board of Trustees: Andrew L. Ammon, president; Cristina Alvarado, vice president; Ken K. Tcheng, member; Dr. Gary Thomas Scott, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 6,430

San Gabriel Unified to Share Fields with Community Recreation Programs

San Gabriel Unified School District will allow community use of school facilities over the next five years to offset the city’s lack of public park space. A new agreement authorizes evening and weekend use of outdoor school facilities for community and recreational purposes, which includes basketball courts, tennis courts and fields. Indoor facilities are reserved for the city’s summer day camp and recreation program. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Gabriel Unified to Showcase Award-Winning Speech, Debate Program

Gabrielino High School will host its annual Speech and Debate Showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 to highlight the verbal talents of its state championship winners and national tournament qualifiers. The program won its 20th consecutive Southern California Debate League Championship earlier this year. Students will showcase a variety of speech styles and speak about topics ranging from political issues to shoes and paranormal activity. Gabrielino High is at 1327 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. Media Contact: Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

5 San Gabriel Unified Schools Named to California Honor Roll

San Gabriel Unified’s Jefferson Middle School and Coolidge, McKinley, Washington and Wilson elementary schools were named to the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence 2016 Honor Roll for narrowing the achievement gap and for performing strongly on California standardized tests. Each school was honored as a Star School, a category for high-performing schools with substantial populations of socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Media Contact: Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School Named California Gold Ribbon School

Gabrielino High School has been named a 2017 California Gold Ribbon School for its efforts to increase English learner graduation rates and improve college eligibility for Hispanic students. The Gold Ribbon, California’s highest academic designation, was created in as a substitute for the California Distinguished Schools Program while the state transitions to a new academic accountability tool. The designation is reserved for middle and high schools this year. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Violinists Perform at New York Festival

Follow-up Story: Wilson Elementary School kindergartener Kayce Lee and third-grader Jamie Lee performed at Carnegie Hall with the Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra on April 11. The orchestra, featuring the Lee sisters on violin, competed against other top-notch music ensembles in the country at the New York International Music Festival. The Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, which took home a gold ranking at the festival, comprises students from the Pascale Music Institute in Pasadena. Jamie Lee also played with the more advanced Los Angeles Children’s Chamber Orchestra. Photos and video are available.

San Gabriel Unified to Hold Info Night for Dual-language Program

McKinley Elementary School will host a Dual Immersion Family Evening to highlight its Spanish language immersion program from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The information session is open to parents and community members from San Gabriel and surrounding communities who want to know more about the rapidly expanding program. The event session will cover the purpose, practices and benefits of the program, as well as the enrollment process and requirements. Parents who cannot attend the evening can learn more at or by visiting McKinley Elementary, 1425 Manley Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel 4th-Grade Students to Take a ‘Walk Through California’ History

Coolidge Elementary School fourth-graders will help bring history to life during the school’s first “Walk Through California” presentation at 8 a.m. Friday, April 14. Students will dress as miners, pioneers, farmers, among others, and take part in a lively retelling of California’s history that includes drama, dance, games and music. Coolidge Elementary is at 421 N. Mission Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Gabriel Unified School Recognized Nationally for Music Program

Roosevelt Elementary School, home to San Gabriel Unified’s Music Immersion Experience program, has been awarded the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation’s 2017 SupportMusic Merit Award for its outstanding commitment to music education. The designation, which is part of the Best Communities for Music Education program, was awarded to 1 percent of U.S. schools in 2017. The free MIE program extends the school day to provide a fundamental music period to kindergarten through fifth-grade students and a longer elective period to second- through fifth-graders. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Students Celebrate Creativity at 8th Annual Elementary Art Festival

Follow-up Story: Washington Elementary School hosted its annual ArtFest April 21. The community event celebrated students’ artistic accomplishments in a variety of media. Each grade level put on its own performance, highlighting student progress in choral, dance and instrumental music studies. The event also featured activities for families of all ages, including chalk drawing, watercolor painting and baked goods for sale. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos