Garces Memorial High School

Garces building

Garces Memorial High School is a Catholic, Co-educational, college preparatory high school. Our school educates youth to fulfill the mission of Christ by developing students spiritually, academically, and socially. Our mission calls to instill every member of the Garces Memorial community the courage to act with faith, knowledge, compassion and justice.

Garces Memorial is located in Bakersfield, California, in the southern portion of the San Joaquin Valley in Kern County. The City of Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California with a population of 373,640. Bakersfield has a very diverse economy which is heavily linked to agriculture and to petroleum. Bakersfield is home to an accredited university and community college, respectively, California State University Bakersfield and Bakersfield College.

Academic excellence above all

Garces students develop an intellectual life, a talent for critical thinking and passion for learning that sustains them through college and well beyond. All students receive individualized college counseling based on their particular skills, personality, and goals.


  1. Biomedical
  2. Engineering (PLTW)
  3. Agribusiness


  1. Biology (AP)
  2. Calculus AB (AP)
  3. Chemistry (AP)
  4. European History (AP)
  5. U.S. History (AP)
  6. U.S. Government & Politics (AP)
  7. Macroeconomics (AP)
  8. Psychology (AP)
  9. English Literature & Composition (AP)
  10. English Language Composition (AP)
  11. Spanish Language and Culture (AP)
  12. Studio Art (AP)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Classes

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering,
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Digital Electronics


  • Stanford University
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Cornell University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Rice University
  • UCLA
  • UC Berkeley

In the history of the CIF Central Section, the athletic program at Garces Memorial currently ranks 4th all time with 124 section team championships.

  • 67% of students participate in athletics
  • 124 CIFCS Team Championships
  • 2017/2018 CIF Central Section Champions:Boys Water Polo and Baseball
  • 2017/2018 CIF State Playoffs Qualifiers: Boys Water Polo, Boys Swim and Volleyball

On an annual basis, 85% of the Garces student body participate in some type of extra-curricular activity.


  • Dance
  • Band
  • Theater
  • Art
  • Broadcasting


  • Mock Trial
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Business Enterprise


2800 Loma Linda Drive Bakersfield, CA 93305

School Details

Year Established: 1947
School Type: Private, Co-ed, Catholic
Grades: 9-12
Grades For International Students: 9-12
High School Enrollment: 482
AP / Dual Credit Courses: 12 AP
SAT / ACT Average: 1110 / 23