Gabriella Montez is a student that goes to East High School with all of her friends. She is known for being one of the smartest girls at East High, even taking college courses at Stanford University before even finishing high school; for her musical talent. She is the girlfriend of the popular basketball star of East High, Troy Bolton. She studies law at Stanford University.

Extraordinarily beautiful and academically gifted, she meets Troy at a lodge during their winter vacation and are forced to sing in the new year's eve party at the Ski Mountain Resort. They instantly feel a connection with one another and as fate would have they end up attending the same school, where their relationship blossoms from mutual puppy crushes to a passionate romance set to last for years to come. Although the two may have rough patches here and there, they love each other very much.