San Gabriel is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is named after the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, founded by Junipero Serra. The city grew outward from the mission and in 1852 became the original township of Los Angeles County. San Gabriel was incorporated in 1913. The city’s motto is “A city with a Mission” and it is often called the “Birthplace” of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. At the 2010 census, the population was 39,718.
The city of San Gabriel is served by the San Gabriel Unified School District. They state: “It is the mission of the San Gabriel School District, in partnership with the Community, to prepare its students for their future as productive citizens and lifelong learners…” The 2009 API school reports has recognized the San Gabriel Unified school district as one of the top school districts in California. Gabrielino High School consistently ranks as one of the highest achieving schools, as it ranks with some of the highest scores possible among public high schools in California.
There are five public elementary schools in San Gabriel, all of which are named after former Presidents:
- Calvin Coolidge Elementary School.
- McKinley Elementary School
- Roosevelt Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School
- Wilson Elementary School
Each of its public schools have been honoured as a California Distinguished School. Two other elementary schools exist within the city limits, Dewey Elementary, and Marshall Elementary, are operated by the Garvey School District, in the southern portion of San Gabriel.
Entrance to Gabrielino High School
Jefferson Middle School is located in the San Gabriel Unified School District. In 1968 the school was converted to the only intermediate school in the elementary school district with sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Jefferson became part of the San Gabriel Unified School District in 1993-94. The five K-5 elementary schools feed into the middle school. Jefferson is recognized as a California Distinguished School.
Gabrielino High School has been named by US News and World Report as one of “America’s Best Public High Schools”. This puts it in the top 2.8% of the schools in the nation.
Del Mar High School, which opened in September 2010, is a newly built alternative school, “Where Second Chances Happen”.
San Gabriel High School is located in the Alhambra Unified School District, which serves residents from Alhambra, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and San Marino.
San Gabriel Mission High School, a Catholic, private, all girls high school, grades 9-12. It was named after and is located in the same block as the historical Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.
There are [Claiborne]several private schools in the City of San Gabriel including:
- Saint Anthony School, Grades Pre-K through 8th. A Tradition of Excellence in Catholic education since 1948.
- San Gabriel Mission Elementary School
- San Gabriel Academy is a coeducational Seventh-day Adventist college preparatory school, grades K-12.
- Clairbourn School is a coeducational preparatory day school, pre-K through 8th grade in an environment harmonious with the teachings of Christian Science.
- Little Flower Montessori School, Grades Pre-K through 5th.
- San Gabriel Christian School– Is an accredited member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school provides a strong Christian education program for over 600 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
Birthplace of the Los Angeles Region
The City of San Gabriel is a unique, special place. The events that have taken place in San Gabriel for 238 years, and the kaleidoscope of peoples and cultures who have called San Gabriel home, have shaped our community into a rich, fascinating modern city.
With the founding of the Mission San Gabriel Archangel in 1771, San Gabriel became the heart and soul of the Los Angeles region and this great Valley that bears its name. The Mission San Gabriel, “Pride of the California Missions,” has long been a center for culture and art, and is the fourth of the California Missions built in Father Junipero Serra’s chain of 21 California Missions.
Diversity is not new to San Gabriel. From its earliest days, San Gabriel has been a place for peoples of different cultures, beliefs, and values to come together.
The community was created when Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest, and the Gabrielino-Tongva Indians came together to build a magnificent Mission in 1771, located in the mid-west portion of the City within the City’s historic core, known as the San Gabriel Mission District. The District contains City Hall, San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, and several other historic buildings and sites, which exhibit Spanish, Native American, and early American history.
Since its founding, San Gabriel has opened its doors to people of all races and cultures. One of our community’s greatest strengths is its diversity.
This enduring and rich history has allowed the City to grow with pride, vision, and imagination. By 1852, after American occupation, San Gabriel had become one of the first townships in the County of Los Angeles. When the 1860 census was taken, there were only 586 persons listed. The City of San Gabriel was incorporated as a City on April 24, 1913, with a population of 1,500.
Data: City of San Gabriel Site