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Garces Memorial teams are some of the most competitive in California.  Our student-athletes work smart, play hard, and achieve greatly, contributing to the strong tradition of Garces Athletics, since 1947.

Buckey to become first Garces football player at Stanford

Fulfilling a life-long dream, Garces Memorial High School senior Zach Buckey made a verbal commitment to play football at Stanford University last week. Buckey, a two-sport standout for the Rams, will follow in his footsteps of his father, Jeff, as a football player at Stanford. Jeff Buckey starred for the Cardinal from 1993-96 before being…

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Uphold makes verbal commitment to Wyoming football

J.J. Uphold is no stranger to moving.  Because of his father’s career, the Garces Memorial High School senior and his family has lived in Bangladesh, Kuwait and Calgary, the last stop before arriving in Bakersfield before his seventh grade year at Norris Middle School. Uphold has now made a decision that will take him three…

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Drulias wins Mayor’s Trophy

On Tuesday morning in front of the Garces Memorial High School campus, Alexsia Drulias joined a short list of standout scholar-athletes in Kern County history. Drulias, a recent graduate of Garces, was presented with the 2019-20 Mayor’s Trophy by Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh during a socially-distanced ceremony. Drulias becomes the ninth Garces student to win…

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Garces Memorial announced football schedule for amended 2020-21 school year

Garces Memorial High School has finalized the varsity football schedule for the amended 2020-21 season beginning in January. The Rams will open the season on the road against Clovis West at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis on Jan. 8. The home opener is Jan. 15 against Santa Barbara-Bishop…

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CIF, Central Section release start dates for prep sports for 2020-21 school year

On Monday morning, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and the Central Section put out scheduled dates for the start of high school sports for the 2020-21 school year. Although most of the state of California is currently unable to gather and COVID-19 protocols have most schools using distance learning to start the 2020-21 school year,…

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A look back at the 2019-20 year for Garces Athletics

As the entire state of California awaits the news from the CIF on Monday morning regarding the fate of high school sports, let’s take a look back at the 2019-20 year for Garces Memorial High School athletics. Through this look-back, we take the trip down memory lane of one of the most rewarding and challenging…

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Garces senior Alexsia Drulias finalist for Tyack Award

Alexsia Drulias has created a lasting legacy at Garces Memorial through hard work and determination in and out of the classroom. Through all of that, her efforts are being recognized as one of the top female student-athletes in Kern County. Drulias is one of five female finalists for the Jim Tyack Award, presented annually for…

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Garces athletes earn BVarsity All-Area winter sports recognition

Over Easter Break, The Bakersfield Californian and its prep sports section BVarsity unveiled the 2019-20 Winter Sports All-Area teams, and there were plenty of Garces Memorial athletes recognized.  Junior Alexander Halevy was named the All-Area Boys Soccer Co-Player of the Year, an honor bestowed upon the best athlete in each sport throughout Kern County. Halevy…

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HONORS: Halevy named SWYL POY, 16 Garces boys, girls soccer players honored

The Garces boys soccer team is well represented in this season’s Southwest Yosemite All-League team, led by junior Alexander Halevy, voted league player of the year. A total of 12 Garces boys soccer players and four from the Garces girls soccer team were named to the All-SWYL teams. Halevy led the league with 31 goals…

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Garces Athletics COVID-19 update: Practices canceled until March 30

Garces Memorial Athletics, in accordance with the Diocese of Fresno and principal Myka Peck, has announced that along with sporting events being canceled, so too are practices for all of our programs during the campus closure. Practices have been canceled immediately and are scheduled to resume Monday, March 30.  Garces Memorial Athletics will continue to…

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Victory With Honor

Participation by students, families, and all Rams fans is highly encouraged. We stress competition consistent with the C.I.F. standards of pursuing “Victory with Honor" and we are guided by the greater Mission of our school, to develop students Spiritually, Academically, and Socially.

Additionally, we encourage all athletes, coaches, and fans to “PICKUP” our athletic core values.

  • Passion... choices, why we are here, and our love of sports.
  • Integrity... words, actions, and soul are worthy of leadership.
  • Courage... be fearless, act and work when times are hard.
  • Knowledge... consume information and think critically, to maximize efficiency.
  • Unity... brotherhood/sisterhood, family, and faith, are greater than our individual desires.
  • Prayer... we don’t have all the answers, give thanks, ask for guidance, and forgiveness.

We’re proud to have Garces Memorial Student-Athletes on our teams—and so are some of the best college athletic programs in the country.

REQUIREMENT OF ALL ATHLETES: Please follow this link to the required athletic paperwork for the 2020/2021 school year. Every student/parent of any athlete needs to fill this paperwork out each year their student is participating in a sport. --> Athlete Information 

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league champions over the past 70 years
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Scholars & Champions since 1947

Garces is ranked 4th all-time in the history of the CIF Central Section with 124 team championships, most recently in boys’ water polo last fall and baseball in the spring.  An additional 63 teams have finished section runners-up and dozens of Ram athletes have won individual Valley titles.  Garces has also won nearly 500 league championships over the past 70 years.

The boys’ and girls’ programs have shared near equally in the school’s success, even though the girls’ programs weren’t started until the 1970s.  Cal-Hi-Sports chose Garces state medium school of the year in 1988 and 2003.  In 1987 they honored the football team and John Fanucchi as state team and coach of the year.  Softball was also chosen state team of the year in 2004.

Alumni have played professionally in eight sports and competed on U.S. national teams in men’s rugby and swimming, and women’s track and volleyball.  Some have participated in the Summer Olympics, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the College World Series and numerous college bowl games.

Nearly 2/3 of the student body has participated in athletics over the decades, making it possible for a school of hundreds to compete successfully against schools with thousands.  It’s not hyperbole when we call ourselves ‘school of scholars & champions.’

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