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Did you know that in 1933, a full 20 years before the formation of Gillispie as a school, it was a food pantry? Sam and Ada Gillispie, along with other community volunteers, ran thrift shops in town to raise money to stock the pantry, which was made available to those families who needed it. This is one of the many reasons that we prioritize community service here at School. It is in our DNA! Fun Fact about...

By now you should have all received an invitation to Gillispie’s upcoming {virtual} FUNdraising Fiesta, to be held on March 6th. So many of you have already responded by underwriting, purchasing dinners, and indicating your attendance. We are excited! This is Gillispie’s largest fundraising event of the year, and there are many ways you can help: 1. Attend! We would love to have you at our party, and there is no cost to participate! 2. Want to up the “festive...

Gillispie’s own Emmy-nominated international celebrity chef, Marcela Valladolid, will prepare a gourmet multi-course dinner for 12 in her gorgeous Chula Vista home. Growing up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela developed an early passion and appreciation for food. After working at her aunt’s cooking school in Mexico, she enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute and later attended the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris, where she was trained as a classical French pastry...

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