Principal's Message

  • I would like to welcome parents, students and community members to Gladstone High School, a school community focused on rigor, relationships, relevance and opportunities for all students. Even though life in this time of Covid-19 is stressful for students, families, teachers, and staff, we admire the resilience and commitment to our young people and their talents that the Gladiator community exhibits. 

    In Partnership with Citrus College, Gladstone High School continues to offer students a two year dual enrollment opportunity where students graduate with up to 30 credits of college credit completed. Students this year can take classes  virtually with Citrus college professors and earn credit towards high school graduation and save money for college in the process. Beyond our Early College Program (ECP), GHS offers 15 Advanced Placement courses, including four in art and AP Computer Science. Gladiators have many opportunities for college readiness that prepare them for success. 

    In addition to college readiness, we have vibrant career pathways that prepare students for employment in vibrant sectors of Los Angeles County's economy. Our National Academy Foundation Health Science Academy and our Digital Media classrooms offer student hands on and relevant instruction that is purposeful in preparing them for employment. Our Health Science Academy offers Gladiators internships and field trip experiences over their years in high school to keep interest and motivation levels up. Our music program prepares students for a career in the music industry with dedicated music director who seeks powerful learning experiences and performances in the field so that our Gladiator musicians have a chance to develop their creativity and passion for music. In the 2020-2021 school year we have expanded our career preparation opportunities to include classes in EMT and intro to fire science. 

    Relationships matter at Gladstone, and your children should feel at home on our serene campus. We have a variety of clubs, activities, and sports programs that connect Gladiators to caring adults who are great mentors for the high school journey. We have a dynamic team of teachers, counselors, therapists, and support staff who take pride in student accomplishment and support students where needed. This time, now more than ever demonstrates the need for a robust social-emotional support program for young people. This moment is challenging us all to imagine new ways to deliver services and supports for students. Communication and commitment to the well being of all stakeholders is fundamental to the success of all Gladiators.

    We would also like to welcome the return of Coach Albert Sanchez who is now Gladstone's new athletic director. He is eager to involve the community and alumni in partnership to ramp up support for our athletics program. Last year boys and girls soccer, girl's basketball, volleyball and wrestlers made it to CIF competition. With a new football / soccer field, new track and new bleachers in our gym, we are eager to see our Gladiators in athletic competition once it is safe for athletic competition. We undertand the value and importance of sports in not only promoting healthy lifestyles, but also in developing character and positive leadership attributes. 

    Finally, Gladstone HS is committed to excellence-Our Silver Medal from US News and World Report is just the start. Gladstone is committed to earning a Gold Ribbon from California's Department of Education as badge recognizing our commitment to achievement for all students, especially our English learners and special education students.

    We welcome all past and future Gladiators to the Happy Rock. Your presence makes us better! Go Glads!

    Gabriel Fernandez
    GHS Principal