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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 2022-23 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 

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.

Garces announces Walker-Kobayashi as new girls soccer coach

Garces Memorial High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Kristy Walker-Kobayashi as the new girls soccer coach. Walker replaces Cailtin Thompson, who stepped down after seven seasons as the Rams head coach. “Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and expertise coaching soccer at a very high level,” Garces Memorial Athletic Director Gino Lacava…

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Garces Alum Roberson drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks

The dream is now a reality for Garces Memorial alum Jacen Roberson. The 2018 graduate and four-year varsity baseball standout for the Rams was selected in the 16th round (468th overall pick) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. This past season as a redshirt sophomore, Roberson was named All-Big West Honorable Mention for Cal State Bakersfield.  Roberson…

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Garces hires Wulff as new volleyball coach as Harper steps down

Garces Memorial High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Wulff as the new volleyball coach for the Rams. Wulff replaces Kim Harper, who accepted a teaching position within the Kern High School District. “We are excited to work with Rachel,” Garces Memorial athletic director Gino Lacava said. “Her reputation as a great…

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Halevy named Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year

On Tuesday afternoon in the gym at Garces Memorial, recent graduate Alex Halevy was honored with a ceremony to celebrate being named the 2021 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year.  Halevy becomes the first boys soccer player from the Central Section to be named Gatorade State Player of the Year and just the…

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Buckey wins Mayor’s Trophy, surprised at a ceremony on campus

Recent Garces Memorial graduate Zach Buckey walked into the gymnasium Thursday morning without a clue of what he was walking into. In a surprise ceremony with Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh on hand, Buckey was celebrated in a small ceremony as he was awarded the 2021 Mayor’s Trophy winner.  “I’m in a little bit of a…

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Walker, Pena announce retirement as cross country, track coaches at Garces

When then-Garces Memorial athletic director Vince Fanucchi hired Susan Walker as the new cross country coach on campus in 1987, he thought it was a one-year deal. Now 33 years later, Walker is leaving Garces as the longest-tenured coach in school history after announcing her retirement this week. “We were desperately in need of a…

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Garces names Eric Marsh new Director of Aquatics

Garces Memorial High School is pleased to announce Eric Marsh as the new director of aquatics. Marsh comes to Garces after six successful seasons as an assistant coach at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and replaces Jason Gall, who resigned in April to take a job at Dallas-Jesuit High School in Texas.  Marsh, an…

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HOW SWEEP IT IS: Garces sweeps SWYL girls championships

In the most unprecedented of years, the Garces Memorial girls tennis team brought back some normalcy at the Southwest Yosemite League individual championships. In the first competition against Kern High School District athletics, freshman Kesley Abraham won the singles title and the duo of sophomore Kylee Limpias and Jocelyn Sala won the league doubles titles.…

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Garces Competitive Dance Earns Team Title

The Garces Memorial High School competitive dance team made history with an overall team title in the program’s first competition last month. Over the weekend of April 23-25 in Orange County, the Rams won the overall victory in the contemporary division with a number called, “Falling” at the Thunderstruck Dance Competition, earning the Lightning Gold…

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Garces senior Villalpando accepted to prestigious Pace University

When Georgia Peck first met Dominic Villalpando three years ago, the Garces Memorial High School dance coach knew there was untapped potential. Through years of getting over a bit of stage fright and realization of his true talent in dance, Villalpando, a senior at Garces, made history this month becoming the first high school senior…

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sports teams
team championships
...and counting
league champions over the past 70 years
of the student body participated in athletes over the decade.

Scholars & Champions since 1947

Garces is ranked fourth all-time in the history of the CIF Central Section with 129 team championships, most recently in girls volleyball winning the Division IV title and the girls tennis team winning the D-I championship.  An additional more than 65 teams have finished section runners-up and dozens of Ram athletes have won individual Central Section titles.  Garces has also won nearly 500 league championships over the past 74 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 as the 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.

Most recently, Alex Halevy became the first Garces Memorial athlete named Gatorade California State Player of the Year after his record-setting performance in boys soccer after the Rams won the section D-IV championship for the third consecutive season.

The Mayor's Trophy, awarded annually to the top student-athlete in Kern County, has gone to a Garces student. In 2020, Alexsia Drulias won the prestigious award and last year, Zach Buckey was honored.

Alumni have played professionally in eight sports and competed on U.S. national teams in men’s rugby and swimming, 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 two-thirds 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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