Developing Students
Academically, Spiritually, & Socially

Founded in 1947 by the Christian Brothers and Dominican Sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Academically Challenging, College Preparatory & Co-Educational.

Garces Memorial High School is Bakersfield, California's premier High School.

Garces Memorial High School is a Christ-centered, community of faith that seeks to provide the best spiritual and academic formation for every student. Along with our standard college preparatory curriculum, we also offer field-based pathways for the student who has a desire to pursue a particular field.

Spiritual Connection.

As a Catholic school, our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to form our students with Gospel values in every aspect of life. The Gospel is proclaimed on the football field, the basketball court, at school dances, during faculty meetings, and in all academic classes. The result is a young person that is fully prepared to live out the Gospel in every aspect of their future careers and vocational choices.


A Winning Tradition.

Athletics is a vital and integral part of Garces Memorial High School. With one of the most successful athletic programs in the Central Section CIF history, the Garces Rams are ranked fourth all-time with 123 section team championships. We also have dozens of individual titles in swimming, diving, tennis, golf, track and cross-country. Through the pursuit of excellence in athletics and faith in God, Garces Memorial High School pursues “Victory with Honor.”

We Take Safety Seriously.

Our world can be a scary and sometimes dangerous place, but Garces isn’t. While the Church is called to be in the world, and not of the world, it’s impossible to be completely separate, especially while having a community-centered mindset. That’s why we have these things in place… to ensure our students are protected and safe during their formative years.


An Excellent College Preparatory Environment

Being your best self also means being empowered to reach your full potential spiritually, academically, and socially. With more than 20 student clubs, academic teams, fine arts programs, 37 CIF recognized athletic teams; there are numerous opportunities for challenge and growth.

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Garces Gala

Join us Saturday, February 23, 2019
We will celebrate 40 years of Gala this year
$175 per person, $350 per couple, $1,750 for a table of ten

We are returning to the gym again this year, we will offer Mass in St. Dominick Chapel before Gala.
Enjoy dinner, refreshments, dancing, and music.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Contact Tonya Abbott  or call 327-2578 ext. 118

Class of 2023 High School Placement Exam Registration

Saturday, March 23rd 

All incoming freshmen will be required to pre- register and take the High School Placement Exam (HSPT). 

HSPT Registration is OPEN

Click here to reserve your spot!

Access Code: ZM

Call 661-327-2578 or visit the Admissions Home Page (Step 3) for details.


Apply Now

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available.
See the link below to apply as well as the forms needed to complete the application.

Shadow A Garces Student

Visitors are invited to come to campus and shadow a Garces student for a day. Potential students, both 8th graders and transfers, are invited to visit campus, attend classes and stay for lunch.

If you would like to schedule a "Shadow Day" contact Kim Harper at the Garces Admissions office by email or call 661-327-2578.

Learn How Affordable Garces Can Be

In an effort to continue our record of educational excellence, every student at Garces benefits from the generosity of our alumni and community of donors.