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September 24, 2021

Local graduate heading to Stanford

At 18, Presentation High School senior Isabella Correa is co-president of The Tech Interactive’s Student Board, has devoted more than 800 hours to robotics projects and will intern as a systems engineer summer at Lockheed Martin this summer.  The Gilroy student (who grew up in...

Community celebrates Gilroy High seniors

The night before graduation, Gilroy High School celebrated its seniors on June 3 with the Safe & Sober Grad Night, organized by parent volunteers with support of community donors.  The event was held in a drive-thru fashion through the school’s parking lots. Students began in...

PHOTOS: Gilroy High School’s Class of 2021 celebrates in person

Gilroy High School celebrated its nearly 340 graduates with a socially distanced in-person ceremony on its football field June 3. The event included speeches by valedictorian Audrey Kaefer and salutatorian Nathanael Gorelik. Principal Greg Kapaku said the students have “witnessed trials and tragedy never...

Christopher High grads treated to garlic lunch

It’s been more than a year since all of the seniors of Christopher High School have been on campus at the same time. So when their graduation practice session concluded early on June 3, the 340 graduates didn’t want to leave, preferring to stay...

Gilroy’s Class of 2021: Senior Spotlights

Selecting students for the Gilroy Dispatch’s annual senior spotlight honor is no enviable task. That’s why we make the principals, school counselors and staff sort it out. These students have navigated the labyrinth of high school hurdles, and we are inspired by their optimistic...

Commencement 2021: Graduating twins reminisce on the ‘good old days’

Brett Archer, a superfan of the former NBC sitcom “The Office,” is drawn to a quote from the series finale. "I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them,” Andy Bernard, a character played...

GECA celebrates graduates in Gilroy Unified’s first in-person ceremony since 2019

For the first time in a year, seniors at Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy were in the same place at the same time. May 27 also marked the first in-person graduation ceremony within the Gilroy Unified School District in two years, after 2020...

Tim Pierleoni takes over as Gilroy High’s new football coach and athletic director

In a move that has caught many off guard, Tim Pierleoni has left Christopher High to become the new athletic director and football coach at Gilroy High. Pierleoni, 58, had been Christopher’s only head football coach since the program’s inception 12 years ago. A...

Gilroy schools plan to fully reopen on Aug. 18

If Santa Clara County’s Covid-19 numbers continue on a downward path, all Gilroy schools will reopen on Aug. 18. The Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education on May 6 unanimously approved a plan for a five-day-a-week in-person schedule beginning on the first day of...

Virtual Learning Academy now enrolling students

Teachers say a growing program through the Gilroy Unified School District is reaching students who learn more effectively outside of the traditional classroom setting. Called the Virtual Learning Academy, the program, wrapping up its first year, offers online instruction through learning provider Edmentum. Students from kindergarten...