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How it all started...

In 1955, Mr. Green -a movie studio executive and San Marino resident - conceived the first Grad Night following a tragic accident on Prom Night.  He wanted to give his daughter and the entire graduating class a lavish and safe all-night celebration of dining and entertainment.  Under his direction, the first Grad Night was designed by Joel Schiller, who continued to design the sets for 37 years, each year with a different theme chosen by the graduating seniors.  Since 1993, the Grad Night sets have been created by several SMHS alumni, and since 2007, Art Aguirre has been designing the sets.


This treasured tradition has continued through the generous support of SMHS parents, community members, and local businesses and organizations.  Each year, over 220 volunteers have devoted thousands of hours to Grad Night by way of planning, fundraising, construction, painting, and staffing.


SMHS Grad Night is steeped with several traditions including much of the format, such as a sit-down dinner served by Junior dads, unlimited food throughout the night, a DJ, dancing, gaming, and activities such as a hypnotist and magician. Since many in our community are also SMHS alumni, Grad Night continues to be a special legacy passed on to each graduating class and is truly one of the most memorable moments amongst all alumni.


This year there are 193 seniors.  After the Graduation ceremony, the seniors will arrive in their Graduation attire and proceed to the large gym for dinner. After dinner and the entertainment, the seniors will change clothes for the rest of the night and enjoy the casino, and games, and submit their raffle tickets for prizes.  The event will conclude at 5:00 am. 


San Marino High School has had a long tradition of providing an outstanding Grad Night event for its graduating seniors since 1955. The parents and community come together each year to design, construct, and host an unforgettable all-night extravaganza that includes dinner, games, entertainment, and fabulous prizes. This event can only be possible with your financial support, as it is solely funded by the class of 2022 families, and other community members.

On Friday, May 26, 2023, the celebration will begin with a formal graduation ceremony, then seamlessly flow into a night that no senior will forget when they enter the World of Studio Ghibli. We hope that you will allow us to sustain this wonderful tradition by donating and becoming a Patron of Grad Night. The single ticket price will not cover all of our costs, so we are asking for your generous, financial support as soon as possible. Reserved VIP graduation seating and parking is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 

SMHS Grad Night - Friday, May 26, 2023 – Studio Ghibli!
Be a part of a 68-year San Marino High School Tradition, and help us hold a memorable and safe all-night party for our Class of 2023 graduating seniors! Our seniors will celebrate an amazing night together as graduated SMHS Titans, and have an evening of dinner, dancing, games, and entertainment!


Consider becoming a patron today! Please support the Class of 2023’s Grad Night as these valuable funds help create a night the students will never forget!

We Need You!


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Painting and Building for Grad Night will officially begin on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Wells Fargo Bank. We will be there every Wednesday and Saturday from 9-3. We need your help. This is a fun way to get to know other parents and get involved in Grad Night and see how it all comes together. Lunch is provided for all the volunteers. Get a friend to come with you and help us to create the magic of Grad Night!


Past Grad Night Themes

1956 - Carnival Francois

1957 - Caribbean Cruise

1958 - Sayonara

1959 - Mardi Gras

1960 - Arabian Nights

1961 - A Night in Venice

1962 - Gone with the Wind

1963 - Manhattan Nights

1964 - Old San Francisco

1965 - Around the World In 80 days

1966 - Holiday in Bermuda

1967 - Bella Roma

1968 - Parisian Fantasy

1969 - Camelot

1970 - Mardi Gras

1971 - Hawaiian Luau

1972 - London Tower

1973 - Alice in Wonderland

1974 - Enchanted Forest

1975 - Neptune Fantasy

1976 - Wizard of Oz

1977 - Willy Wonka

1978 - Peter Pan

1979 - The Cat in the Hat

1980 - Roaring Twenties

1981 - The Old West

1982 - South Pacific

1983 - Camelot

1984 - Evening in Paris

1985 - Venice

1986 - Mardi Gras

1987 - Atlantic-The Lost City

1988 - Manhattan Magic

1989 - A Night on the Nile

1990 - Pirates of the Caribbean

1991 - Medieval Nights

1992 - Splendor of Rome

1993 - A Night at the Movies

1994 - 1001 Arabian Nights

1995 - South Seas

1996 - Moonlight in Venice

1997 - Star Port '97

1998 - Peter Pan

1999 - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

2000 - Alice in Wonderland

2001 - Mardi Gras

2002 - Dr. Seuss - Cat in the Hat

2003 - Jack in the Beanstalk

2004 - Studio 54

2005 - Pirates of the Caribbean

2006 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2007 - 007 - James Bond

2008 - Harry Potter

2009 - The Adventures of Indiana Jones

2010 - Star Wars

2011 - UP!

2012 - Las Vegas Nights

2013 - Toy Story

2014 - The Great Gatsby

2015 - Monsters University

2016 - Jurassic Park

2017 - Monopoly

2018 - Passport Around the World

2019 - The Magical World of Harry Potter

2020 - Finding Nemo

2021 - Circus

2022 - Marvel Universe

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