The city of San Gabriel is located in Los Angeles County 34°5´39" N, 118°5´54" W in the state of California. The population was 39,804 at the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.7 km² (4.1 mi²), all land. The city is bordered on the north by San Marino, on the east by Temple City and Rosemead, to the south byRosemead and to the west by Alhambra. Diversity is not new to San Gabriel. The Zip Codes that lies within the city of San Gabriel is 91775, 91776, 91778.4 From its earliest days, the City of San Gabriel has been a place for people of different cultures, beliefs and values to come together. The community was created when Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest, and the Tongva (Gabrielino) Indians came together to build a magnificent Mission in 1771. It is located in the mid-west portion of the City within the City's historic core, which contains several other historic buildings and sites exhibiting Spanish, Native American and early American history. Since its founding, San Gabriel has opened its doors to people of all races and cultures. 1
The Mission Community is especially committed to and challenged by its worship, its desire to educate and nurture leadership, and its service to the poor and vulnerable.2 Strong municipal services and specialized programs, such as one-stop development permitting and redevelopment assistance, distinguish San Gabriel as one of the region's leading communities.
One of the community's great strengths is its diversity. Today, with a population of over 40,000, we are an even richer community of different cultures, religions and ethnicities. We continue the ideals and vision of the people who came before us and made San Gabriel what it is today.1
Sights and Historical Monuments in San Gabriel
The San Gabriel Mission District was dedicated on July 30, 1994. Our historical walk is an important component of the Mission District. We begin our walk where the Los Angeles region began over 200 years ago, at the San Gabriel Mission. The tiles in our historic walk, created by 600 fourth grade students at local schools, will lead you to all of the interesting places that tell the story of San Gabriel - the birthplace of the Los Angeles Region.3
San Gabriel Mission Archangel
Founded in 1771, the San Gabriel Mission is the 4th of the 21 California Missions to be established. Its bell tower and outside stairway are very different from the other Missions, as is its construction from stone, brick and mortar instead of adobe, and its Spanish-Moorish style of architecture. Be sure to visit the Mission Compound to see how life was lived so many years ago when residents made their own soap and candles from tallow, leather goods from cattle hides, wine from their own grapes, and everything else they needed to survive so far from any source of supply. In introducing vines and orange trees to the area, as well as other trees and plants, the Franciscan padres began the agricultural industry in Southern California.
Outside the Mission to the north is the Mission Cemetery where members of many pioneer families are buried. The pepper tree near the church door is the last of the original trees which once lined Mission Drive. The Camino Real Bell near it marks the King's Highway, which linked all the Missions in California.3
The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
The historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, built in 1927 by John Steven McGroarty specifically to present The Mission Play, a 4 1/2-hour production about the history of California that he wrote, is a magnificent and opulent theater with genteel side boxes offering "a place to be seen," and chandeliers which replicate the lanterns used on Spanish galleons which sailed around the tip of South America en route to California in the 1800s.4
The Grape Vine Harbor
The Grapevine Arbor's beautiful Spanish style architecture and lush garden provide the perfect setting for weddings, receptions, or that very special event. Planted in 1861, the famous Grapevine Arbor gives this picturesque locale its name. Guests often combine the nearby Padillo Room, Grapevine Room & Grapevine Park to accommodate the elegance, privacy & size required for their gathering.3
San Gabriel Demographics
As of the census of 2000, there were 39,804 people, 12,587 households, and 9,566 families residing in the city.
The racial makeup of the city is 33.40% White, 1.06% African American, 0.83% Native American, 48.91% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 12.36% from other races, and 3.34% from two or more races. Those identifying as Hispanic or Latino were 30.71% of the population.
The median income for a household in the city was $55,807, and the median income for a family was $59,262. Males had a median income of $31,642 versus $29,302 for females.1
Education in San Gabriel
The education in the city of San Gabriel is administered by the San Gabriel Unified School District.
The southern portions of San Gabriel, however, are served by Garvey School District. Alhambra Unified School District operates San Gabriel High School, which serves residents from San Gabriel, Alhambra, and Rosemead.1
The San Gabriel Unified School District is currently running two high schools which is Gabrielino High School and Del Mar High School.5 San Gabriel High School are run by Alhambra Unified School District. Jefferson Middle School is operated by SGUSD, along with five elementary schools - Coolidge Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Washington Elementary, and Wilson Elementary. Two other elementary schools within the city limits -Dewey Elementary, and Marshall Elementary - are operated by the Garvey School District.1
In addition, there are several private schools in the city of San Gabriel including San Gabriel Mission High School. Other schools, some of which are combined primary and secondary schools include Little Flower Montessori School, San Gabriel Christian School, San Gabriel Mission Elementary andSan Gabriel Seventh-day Adventist Academy.1
The San Gabriel Mission High School
San Gabriel Mission High School is an all-girls four-year college preparatory parish high school that is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA), the Western Association of Schools and colleges (WASC), and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). Mission offers a college prep program to young women of diverse ethnic backgrounds who meet its academic and behavioral requirements and who strive toward their potential. The school, celebrating more than 60 years, is located on the historical grounds of the fourth Mission of California, founded in 1771 by the Franciscan padres. San Gabriel Mission High School is affiliated with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and is part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.7
1. San Gabriel Logo: https://www.sangabrielcity.com/
2. San Gabriel Mission Archangel: https://www.laokay.com/Lathumb/Laphoto/SanGabriel17.jpg
3. San Gabriel Playhouse: https://www.sgcivic.org/photos.html
4. The Grapevine Arbor: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mypluto/3700537352/
5. San Gabriel Mission High School: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gabriel_Mission_High_School