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opened in the summer of 2014. The park attracts about 400,000 people a year. Over 10,000 students attend science camps annually. Gilroy Unified School District has experienced improvements and honors over the last few years. The growth in API (Academic Performance Index) scores has been significant. In 2002, the district API was 643; in 2013 it was 804. The District is home to GECA (DR. TJ Owens, Gilroy Early College Academy), which was identified by US News & World Report as the 161st Best High School in the United States or the 25th best high school in California! There are over 26,000 high schools in the US, 2,000 in California. The District has also received recent awards for its AP (Advanced Placement) and bilingual/dual emersion programs. There are sixteen schools in Gilroy Unified including one charter school. There are five private schools in Gilroy serving K-12. The main campus of Gavilan Community College is also located in Gilroy. Gilroy is also home to the 145-store Premium Outlets as well as several other regional shopping centers. These centers attract visitors and shoppers from California and even other countries. It is not unusual on weekends to see several tourist busses loaded with foreign visitors at the Outlets. The Gilroy Welcome Center, located in the Outlets, promotes local attractions and contributes to branding Gilroy as “A Community with a Spice for Life.” Gilroy has been an official “Tree City” for 35 years. The City has an expansive public parks system, which has won more park design awards from the California Park and Recreation Society than any other city in California. There is an active public and private recreation program with activities for all ages. There are three golf courses in and around Gilroy. Fourteen wineries claim a Gilroy address. There are 26 churches in Gilroy. Housing in Gilroy is diversified. There are hundred-year-old Victorians in the Downtown area and rural ranches and estates on the outskirts. There are large, medium and small suburban homes. Urban townhomes, condos and compact neighborhoods are becoming more common. Rental units are at a premium. History and growth seem to have found a balance in this community that mixes rural and suburban lifestyles. City Limits G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E (Source: City-Data.com) Home Values Gilroy Market Overview Current (Dec 2014) $606,100 Projected End of 2015 $639,000 Median Listing Price $585,000 Median Sale Price $575,750 (Source: Zillow.com, January 2015) Most Common Industries (%) (Source: City-Data.com) MARCH / APRIL 2015 gmhtoday.com 29