Humberto the Iron Man of Gilroy High

Gilroy's Humberto Gaeta will be going to U.C. Irvine in the fall where he will study environmental engineering and hopes to continue his cross county running career as well.

When Gilroy High School’s graduating senior Humberto Gaeta, 18, wants something, he makes it happen.

Instead of breezing through his senior year, Humberto sought out the toughest classes he could take. So when he learned that GHS planned to cancel advanced placement physics, he made sure that didn’t happen. Humberto took a petition all around school, looking for signatures of fellow students who would commit to taking the course, said Marco Sanchez, GHS principal.

When Humberto got 30 signatures, GHS reinstated the class.

“Humberto didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. He said ‘Heck, I want to take this class, what do I have to do to make this happen?’”

It is this kind of ambition that Sanchez said will send Humberto soaring through life.

With a high grade point average, and the director of lunchtime intramural sports, Humberto is a leader among his peers.

“We’re going to miss him tremendously, and if he’d be willing to let us clone him, my wish would be to have 1,000 Humbertos,” Sanchez said.

More about Humberto:

Where are you from, originally? Gilroy

What are your plans after high school? Attend UC Irvine and major in environmental engineering

Favorite high school memory? GHS intramural soccer, cross country fest with the team

What was your biggest challenge in high school? Not having people support me at home, but keep going with a self propelled mentality.

Extracurricular activities: Dance, cross country, track and field, referee, soccer, expand business, intramural activities

What inspires you? The possibility of achieving my goals…SUCCESS.

What’s your dream career? Iron Man profession. I find it awesome how I could invent gadgets that not even the government has and using them to innovate the future.

Favorite subject: Mathematics/history