Gunn High School

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Henry M. Gunn High School
Gunn High School May 2011.jpg
Address
780 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, California 94306
United States
Coordinates 37°23′56″N 122°07′59″W / 37.399°N 122.133°W / 37.399; -122.133Coordinates: 37°23′56″N 122°07′59″W / 37.399°N 122.133°W / 37.399; -122.133
Information
Type Public
Established 1964
School district Palo Alto Unified School District
Superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee
Principal Denise Herrmann
Staff 131 (2011–2012)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,897 (2014–2015)
Area Northern Santa Clara County
Color(s)          Red and Black
Athletics conference Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
CIF Central Coast Section
Mascot Timmy the Titan
Nickname Titans
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper The Oracle
Yearbook The Olympian
Feeder schools Jordan Middle School
JLS Middle School
Terman Middle School
Website
[1][2]

Henry M. Gunn High School is one of two public high schools in Palo Alto, California.

History[edit]

Established in 1964, Gunn High School was named after Henry Martin Gunn, who served as the Palo Alto superintendent from 1950 to 1961. In 1964, the Palo Alto Unified School District announced it would name the district's third high school after him. The Class of 1966 was the first class to graduate from Gunn High School.[3]

Gunn High School received national attention in 2009 after five of its students committed suicide over a span of nine months, mainly by walking in front of trains at a nearby crossing. Attempts have since been made to try to improve the emotional health of students attending the school. As of 2015, cluster suicide has remained a problem in the district's high schools.[4][5]

Academics[edit]

Gunn offers 22 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and 8 Honors classes that count for the weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).[6] In May 2010, 657 students took 1820 AP tests. 93% scored 3 or higher and 54% scored a grade of 5. Gunn no longer ranks students, but ranking was previously recorded by decile.[6]

PLTW[edit]

Gunn is also host to Project Lead the Way (PLTW), an organization that promotes science, technology, engineering, and math. Courses from this program include Digital Electronics and Introduction to Engineering Design, as well as Principles of Engineering.[7] However, in the 2012–2013 school year, only Introduction to Engineering Design will be offered. Digital Electronics was cancelled due to low enrollment and Principles of Engineering was cancelled due to funding issues.

Statistics[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2014–2015[1]

  • 1,897 students: 1,008 Male (53.1%), 889 Female (46.9%)
Asian White Hispanic Two or More Races African American Filipino Pacific Islander American Indian Not Reported
831 734 167 117 27 15 4 2 0
43.8% 38.7% 8.8% 6.2% 1.4% 0.8% 0.2% 0.1% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2013–2014[8]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Gunn High 630 676 638
District 629 668 634
Statewide 492 506 489
2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 Base API [9] 2013 Growth API [10] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
915 917 2

Student groups[edit]

Gunn offers over 90 student clubs, teams, and organizations that focus on art, community action, culture, environment, politics, music, dance, journalism, and more.

Theatre[edit]

Gunn students stage three major productions every year (Fall, Spring and One Acts) and occasional staged readings.[11]

Music[edit]

The music program consists of several music groups including a Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers.

Robotics team[edit]

The Gunn Robotics Team (GRT), established in 1997, competes at the FIRST Robotics Competition. It is also the only FIRST Robotics team to have won the national animation award more than once, winning in 1997, 2006, and 2012. They also won best models worldwide in their 2010 animation.[12] In 2012 The Robotics Team won the National FRC Championship Excellence in Design Award (3D Animation) sponsored by Autodesk. GRT is the only team that has won a total of three Animation awards in the history of FIRST.[13][14][15]

Gunn High School football field
Gunn High School football field

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2014–15: Henry M. Gunn High School". California Department of Education. 
  2. ^ "School Profile 2011–12: Henry M. Gunn High School". California Department of Education. 
  3. ^ "2007 School Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  4. ^ "After five suicides, Palo Alto high school students change culture through peer support « Culture & Features « Peninsula Press ARCHIVE (2010 – Sept. 2014)". peninsulapress.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Hanna Rosin (November 16, 2015). "The Suicide Clusters at Palo Alto High Schools - The Atlantic". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Gunn High School School Profile". 
  7. ^ "Gunnpltw.com". gunnpltw.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "SAT Report 2013-14 – District Level Scores". California Department of Education. 
  9. ^ "2009 Base API School Report – Henry M. Gunn High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division. 
  10. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report – Henry M. Gunn High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division. 
  11. ^ "Program Overview". Gunn Theatre. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Gunn Robotics Team – Awards". gunnrobotics.net. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Awards – GRT". gunnrobotics.com. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "NASA Previews Robotics Engineers of the Future" (Press release). NASA Ames Research Center. March 10, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  15. ^ Malone, Michael S. (March 25, 2002). "The Fix-It Kids Take Over". Forbes Magazine (Forbes.com Inc.). Retrieved 2008-05-22. 

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