We proposes a practical technique for the classification of facial images across multiple criteria, such as: gender, age, ethnicity, expression, and others. The technique uses a novel form of Gabor-based features followed by the application of the PCA and LDA algorithms. The computation of class scores in the context of nearest centroid classification is also novel, and relies, in part, on properties of the proposed features. We demonstrate that the proposed form of Gabor features is particularly suitable for achieving simultaneous classification. The reported results are obtained using a set of standard databases and include comparisons against known state-of-the-art algorithms. The utility of the proposed scheme is demonstrated by practical applications requiring multiple classification results to be obtained in real time while using typical consumer devices (cellphones, tablets, PCs) as computing platforms.