Alumni Community History
ALL GIRLS EDUCATION
San Gabriel Mission High School became an all-girls institution in the 70's. Wherever life takes you, the Mission sisterhood is there. Community connectedness is a longstanding Mission tradition carried on by our alumni. Our vast alumnae network of over 6,000 unique, intelligent individuals spans the world, and includes educators, authors, business owners, news reporters, acclaimed artists and much more.
HONORING OUR FOUNDERS AND A SPECIAL ERA
San Gabriel Mission High School is a Catholic College Preparatory high school, located on the grounds of the historic fourth mission of California, which was founded in 1771 by the Franciscan Padres. The idea for the high school began in the mid-40’s and was the “vision of Father J. Nuevo, C.M.F., Mission San Gabriel pastor. With the need for a high school and the support of his parishioners, Father Nuevo had collected a sizable $245,000 toward the realization of the project.” He was transferred in 1948 and his successor, Father Eugene Herran, C.M.F. “only enjoyed a pastorate for a few months, as his success in dealing with the complexities of the new school building project resulted in his election as General Treasurer of the Claretian Fathers.” On January 16, 1949, the groundbreaking ceremonies took place. San Gabriel Mission High School opened in September 1949 as a co-institutional school, under the direction of the Claretian Fathers and Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. The freshmen class had 119 girls and boys, temporarily quartered in All Souls Grammar School in nearby Alhambra. In February 1950, the freshmen moved into their new building.
When the Claretians withdrew from the school, San Gabriel Mission High School became solely an all-girls’ school in the fall of 1971. It has maintained its full accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1954.
A SALUTE TO THE MEN OF MISSION HIGH SCHOOL
San Gabriel Mission High School salutes those men of SGMHS, who have made a significant contribution during and after their years here, through their courage, dedication and efforts to bring recognition and pride to their school and themselves. You are a credit and a source of strength from which Mission High School will continue to cultivate young people with a purpose and a meaningful and rewarding approach to life.
Fling out that vibrant spirit of Mission High.
Our loyalty to you will brighten the sky.
We pledge our full alliance,
Placing reliance, shouting defiance, ALMA MATER.
Our hearts are filled with courage, keeping us true,
Spreading our fame and fair name, we dare and do,
And homeward turn with burning love and zeal
DEAR ALMA MATER MISSION HIGH.