Granite Bay High School: Striving for Excellence Both In and Out of Athletics
Founded 21 years ago and located in northern California, Granite Bay High School is a National Blue Ribbon School and a top-500 school in the nation, according to U.S. News. The school offers 20 advance placement courses as well as 24 international baccalaureate offerings.
Athletic Director Tim Healy is quick to mention Granite Bay focuses more on academics, which makes it all the more impressive to be one of the top athletic schools in the region as well.
“It’s a good place to raise your family and send your kids to school. We are a public school so we offer an incredibly rich diversity of athletics, academics, and performing arts. Any kid can find their niche here,” Healy says.
Helping students find a sense of identity is a task that Healy takes seriously and one that he’s very proud of his school for excelling at. They have a highly respected theater and art departments as well as one of the best marching bands in the state. The school newspaper, The Granite Bay Gazette, has also won many awards for excellence over the past decade.
“I love the fact that if you really want to do something here you’re going to find opportunities to explore it and advance yourself,” said Healy.
Sports: A Winning Formula
Not to be outdone by academia and performing arts, the athletics department is impressive in its own right. Consisting of 24 varsity programs, Granite Bay fields a number of successful squads. The football team has made the playoffs 18 straight years and has two state championships (2000 & 2012). The boys’ golf team has traditionally been strong; the girls’ volleyball team went 45-0 in 2013 and won a state title; and the water polo program is also considered top-tier.
The swim team is Granite Bay’s most successful program and is perennially ranked in the top 25 nationwide. In 20 years, their girls team has never lost in league and their boys team has won league 19 times. They’ve produced six NFL players and a couple of Olympians, but what Healy is most proud of is seeing students become successful members of society.
“I’m happy that high school isn’t the pinnacle of our kids’ lives,” he says. “What they get out of Granite Bay high school is a building block to go on and do something even better. You can have a win-at-all-costs focus at the high school level, but you do that at the expense of the broader picture – developing character and people.”
The Eastbay Team Sales Tie
With many programs at Granite Bay, it’s important for Healy to have one vendor that’s able to service all of their programs with as little hassle as possible. That’s one of the reasons he chose Eastbay Team Sales to provide athletic gear, team stores, and other needs.
“Having one vendor allows me to have one billing program where I can easily monitor expenses and payments, and as an AD, that is a really important function,” Healy says. “It’s a big deal when I’m trying to manage a multi-hundred-thousand dollar budget and trying to watch what people are spending. I really need that visibility.”
He particularly enjoys the continuity of service provided by Eastbay Team Sales.
“I have a singular point of contact I can tap into to get information, quotes, and ideas for any product,” said Healy. “I feel like there is a relationship there and within that relationship I can rely on that person, I trust that person, and I feel like that person is highly responsive to our requests. There are times where I really need a response and I need it immediately, and I really appreciate that we get that from our rep.”
Granite Bay high school is thriving and Eastbay Team Sales is dedicated to help them not only maintain, but grow their success and brand for years to come.