They instantly feel a connection with one another, and, as fate would have it, they end up attending the same school, East High.
Extraordinarily beautiful and academically-gifted, she meets Troy at a family bar during their winter break and are forced to sing in the New Year's Eve party at the Ski Mountain Resort.
Gabriella Taylor Montez is one of the protagonists of the High School Musical movie, the deuteragonist of High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and girlfriend to Troy Bolton. When the two meet up at the auditions for the winter concert, they try out for the callbacks and do a duet of a song called Breaking Free.
Before graduation, Gabriella briefly considers taking classes at the local university for a year and going to Stanford when she is ready, much to the dismay of Taylor and Mrs. Troy urges Gabriella to accept an early orientation.Gabriella goes to Stanford but must drop out of the school musical (allowing Sharpay to fill the lead role) and miss prom.