Ellwood P. Cubberley High School
Cubberley High School was one of three public high schools in Palo Alto, California. Opened in 1956, Cubberley High was located at 4000 Middlefield Road. It was finally closed in 1979 as a reaction to declining enrollment and decreased revenues following Proposition 13. The other local high schools Gunn High School and Palo Alto High School had been created on friendly land transfers from Stanford University and if educational use was to be terminated, the land would revert to the university for the value at the time of transfer. The Palo Alto Unified School District board, requiring an infusion of cash, determined Cubberley could be sold at more contemporary rates. Later it was discovered that it could only be sold to a non-profit organization. That has resulted in part of the campus being converted into the Cubberley Community Center, on an annual lease from the school district to the city of Palo Alto.. The larger remainder of the site has been leased since 2002 to the Foothill-De Anza College District for the Middlefield Campus of Foothill College.
According to Palo Alto Online, current enrollment projections done by Palo Alto Unified suggest that Cubberley may need to be reopened as a fourth middle school by 2015 and ultimately be reopened as a third high school by 2021
Among the alumni of Cubberley are artist and author James Gurney, actor Zeljko Ivanek, and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. Gregg Rolie also graduated Cubberley circa 1965 and is known for being a founding member of both Santana and Journey.
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