Joseph A. Gregori High School (JGHS) became the seventh comprehensive high school in the Modesto City Schools (MCS) High School District when it opened its doors on August 11, 2010. Gregori High School is located in northwest Modesto an primarily serves students from non-MCS school districts; Salida Middle School is part of the Salida Union School District and Prescott Senior Elementary is part of Stanislaus Union School District. Gregori High School also serves students from neighborhoods across Modesto and many neighboring towns, with an inter/intra-district percentage rate of 10.2 %. For the 2014 – 2015 school year, Gregori is serving 2,214 of the over 14,000 students in Modesto City Schools comprehensive high school district.
In the 2012-2013 school year, Gregori High School graduated its first senior class. Modesto’s population is approximately 202,000 residents; the town of Salida, which comprises JGHS’s primary attendance area, has approximately 14,000 residents. Modesto and Salida are located within a short driving distance of the ocean, mountains, and one of the nation’s most renowned national park. Many short day trip options are available to residents of this area including San Francisco, Sacramento, Yosemite National Park, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the Giant Redwoods, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks of northern California. Modesto is in the heart of one of the most prolific agricultural areas in the nation, the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Dairy products, nuts, fruits, wine grapes, and poultry are some of the top commodities.
Located at the northern edge of Stanislaus County, the campus is surrounded by farms, agricultural fields of corn, other crops, and almond orchards. Light industry, farms, businesses, one of Kaiser’s newest hospitals, and professional offices comprise the area surrounding the campus. A number of students have parents who commute to the Bay Area for work while appreciating the quality of life in Modesto. The school has a heterogeneous school population similar to the ethnic make-up of Modesto.