Palo Alto High School
|Palo Alto High School|
50 Embarcadero Road|
Palo Alto, California 94301
|School type||Public, comprehensive high school|
|School district||Palo Alto Unified School District|
|Oversight||Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools|
|Principal||Adam Paulson |
|Area||Northern Santa Clara County|
|Color(s)||Green & White|
Jordan Middle School|
JLS Middle School
Palo Alto Senior High School, known locally as "Paly", is a public comprehensive high school located in Palo Alto, California. It was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest high schools in the region. The school's property is adjacent to Stanford University. Paly has a rivalry with crosstown Gunn High School.
- 1,994 students: 982 Male (49.6%), 1004 Female (50.4%)
|White||Asian||Hispanic||Two or More Races||African American||Pacific Islander||Filipino||American Indian||Not Reported|
|SAT Scores for 2014–2015 |
|Critical Reading Average||Math Average||Writing Average|
|Palo Alto High||627||657||624|
|2013 Academic Performance Index|
|2009 Base API||2013 Growth API||Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013|
In October 2014, a new Media Arts Center (MAC) was unveiled at Paly. The MAC is the hub of journalism at Palo Alto High School. 
Year-round student publications
These publications have a dedicated class associated with them.
- The Campanile is the high school's newspaper. It prints 24 broadsheet pages once every three weeks. The Campanile has been in the National Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame since 2004, and also has won four Pacemaker awards and also a West regional award for editorial excellence from Time.
- Verde is Paly's school magazine publication, published five times each year and available online. Verde has won Pacemaker and Gold Crown awards for scholastic journalism, including the 2005 Gold Crown award in the Newspaper category. In 2006 Verde won the Best in Show at National Journalism Convention held in San Francisco. In 2008 Verde was one of four newsmagazines awarded the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association.
- The Viking is Paly's sports magazine publication, published six times each year and available online. Founded in 2007, The Viking was the first publication at the high school level to solely cover athletics in the country.
- The Paly Voice, launched in the 2002–03 school year, is Paly's online news source. It features searchable archives of all other Paly publications as well as exclusive online content. In the spring of 2005, the site won both the People's Voice and Overall Webby Award in the "Student" category.
- The "Madrono" is the Palo Alto High School yearbook. It will publish its 100th issue in 2020.
Additional student publications
These publications are clubs but do not have a dedicated class.
- Proof is Paly's arts and entertainment magazine. It was first published second semester of the 2009–10 school year.
- Agora is Paly's foreign affairs magazine. It publishes once a semester.
Titles won by teams from Palo Alto High School range from CIF State Championships in Boys Varsity Basketball in 1993 and 2006, a football Division I state championship in 2010, volleyball Division I state championships in 2010 and 2011, to CCS Championships in Football in 1995, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and countless CCS titles in other sports. In 2010, both the Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the inaugural Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships.
Paly has 23 varsity teams, including football, swimming, as well as badminton, softball, basketball, track and field/cross country running, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling teams. The school is also home to several athletic clubs, including an Ultimate Frisbee Club.
- Davante Adams (2011), NFL Wide Receiver
- Rink Babka (1954), Olympic discus thrower
- Joan Baez (1958), folk singer
- Lisa Brennan-Jobs (1995), daughter of Steve Jobs and writer.
- Charles Brenner (1961), APL implementer and forensic mathematician
- Ron "Money B" Brooks (1988), rapper (Digital Underground)
- Whitfield Crane (1986), lead singer (Ugly Kid Joe)
- Aarón Díaz (2001), Mexican telenovelas actor
- Tim Dickinson (1992), political journalist (Rolling Stone, Mother Jones)
- The Donnas (1997), rock band (Brett Anderson, Maya Ford, Allison Robertson, and Torry Castellano)
- Margot Early (1982), romance author
- Dave Feldman (1983), sportscaster (CSN Bay Area)
- Karen Joy Fowler (1968), author (The Jane Austen Book Club)
- Dave Franco (2003), actor (Scrubs, 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me)
- James Franco (1996), actor (Spider-Man trilogy, Pineapple Express, Milk, 127 Hours)
- Tom Franco (1998), artist
- Erle Stanley Gardner (1909), detective fiction author & creator of Perry Mason
- Charles Haid (1961), actor and director, (played Andy Renko on TV series Hill Street Blues)
- Jim Harbaugh (1982), football player and coach, current head coach at the University of Michigan
- Peter Hansen (1997), defensive assistant/quality control coach of the San Francisco 49ers
- Douglas Hofstadter (1961), professor of cognitive science and author
- Allan Hoover (1925), financier, son of President Herbert Hoover
- Jon Huntsman, Sr. (1955), billionaire founder of Huntsman Corporation
- Ollie Johnston (1930), Academy Award-winning Disney animator (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia)
- Morris Kirksey (1913), gold medal-winning sprinter and rugby player at the 1920 Summer Olympics
- Bill Kreutzmann (1965), drummer (Grateful Dead)
- Bill Lane (publisher), Sunset magazine publisher, American diplomat, and philanthropist.
- Jeremy Lin (2006), basketball player with the Brooklyn Nets
- Jim Loscutoff (1948), basketball player, won seven NBA championships with the Boston Celtics
- John Markoff (1967), New York Times journalist and author
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (1963), musician (Grateful Dead) (didn't graduate)
- Rob Minkoff (1980), film director and animator (The Lion King, Stuart Little)
- Sean Nolan (1990), Olympic water polo team, Sydney 2000
- Hank Norberg, football player
- Teresa Noyola (2008), soccer player
- Téa Obreht (2002), novelist (The Tiger's Wife)
- Luke Paquin (1996), guitarist (Hot Hot Heat)
- Joc Pederson (2010), Major League baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Stu Pederson (1978), Major League baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Bill Pidto (1983), sportscaster (ESPN, MSG Network)
- Keith Raffel (1968), technology executive, novelist, US Senate aide
- Tom Ritchey (1974), (Ritchey Design), cycling engineer and pioneer of the mountain bike
- Dave Schultz (1977), 3x NCAA Champion, Olympic and world champion wrestler
- Mark Schultz (1978), 3x NCAA Champion, Olympic and world champion wrestler
- Joe Sebok (1995), professional poker player
- Joe Simitian (1970), California State Senator (2004–2012) and former California State Assemblyman (2000–2004)
- Grace Slick (1958), rock singer (Jefferson Airplane) (attended as an underclassman, but eventually graduated from Castilleja)
- Tom Stern (1964), Oscar-nominated cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Changeling)
- Dink Templeton (1915), multi-sport athlete, 1920 Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Fame Stanford track & field coach
- Christopher Tin (1994), Grammy Award winning composer
- Tad Williams (1975), author (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Otherland, and Shadowmarch science fiction/fantasy series)
- Kirk Wise (1981), film director/animator (Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
- Ron Wyden (1967), U.S. Senator for Oregon (1996– ) and former U.S. Representative of Oregon's 3rd congressional district (1981–1996)
- Lily Zhang (2014), U.S. Olympic table tennis player, London 2012
- Gunn High School, Palo Alto's other high school
- Cubberley High School, Palo Alto's now-defunct third high school
- "Board of Education Appoints Interim Superintendent". Palo Alto Unified School District.
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- "School Profile 2011–12: Palo Alto High School". California Department of Education.
- "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2015–16: Palo Alto High School". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
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- "SAT Report - 2014-15 District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- "2009 Base API School Report – Palo Alto High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division.
- "2013 Growth API School Report – Palo Alto High High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division.
- Elena Kadvany (October 12, 2014). "Paly to host three-day grand opening for Media Arts Center". Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "NSPA – Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. June 15, 2010. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- "CIF State Boys Basketball Champions" (PDF). pp. 60–61. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 1, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "State Football Championship Results" (PDF). p. 39. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- Stephens, Mitch (December 17, 2010). "Palo Alto shocks nationally ranked Centennial to capture CIF Division I state football title". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
- Borsos, Paige (December 17, 2010). "Volleyball Conquers State Championship in Five-Game Thriller". The Paly Voice. Palo Alto High School. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "Historical Record of CCS Football Champions Year-by-Year". Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "Brochure 1" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- Blake, Jamie (November 17, 2008). "Ultimate Frisbee Club passionate about unique hobby". Palo Alto Online. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
- "The Joan Baez Web Pages". Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "Palo Alto High School, Class of 1961". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
- Kwok, Adrienne; Maese-Czeropski, Aidan (2015-09-07). "James Franco to teach film course in MAC". The Paly Voice. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
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- "Allan Hoover; President's Son Was Rancher, Financier". Los Angeles Times. November 8, 1993.
- Levenich, Christopher (Summer 2012). "The Fearless Philanthropist". Philanthropy. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- Disney Legends web site, "Legend Bio: Ollie Johnston, Animation." Retrieved March 14, 2009.
- Faraudo, Jeff. "Kirksey strikes gold in two sports". Oakland Tribune. FindArticles.com. March 15, 2009. 
- Palo Alto History Project, "The Grateful Dead: Making the Scene in Palo Alto" Archived March 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "L.W. "Bill" Lane, Jr. | American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration". aapra.org. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
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- O'Neil, Dana (December 10, 2009). "Immigrant dream plays out through son: Harvard's do-it-all star learned the game from his father and a host of NBA legends". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 13, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
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- Tennis, Mark. "Mr. Basketball 2003: Trevor's Time." Scout.com, April 3, 2003 
- Player Bio: Teresa Noyola Archived October 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Téa Obreht - The Tiger's Wife". Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "Joc Pederson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2000–2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- Cohen, Gary (2002–2016). "Stu Pederson Baseball Statistics (1980-1992)". TheBaseballCube.com. Gary Cohen. Archived from the original on September 19, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- Cassidy, Mike (November 19, 2011). "Cassidy: Former Silicon Valley CEO settles into the writing life". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- Brown, George; Prioleau, Cassie (February 19, 2010). "Palo Alto High School wrestlers Dave and Mark Schultz remembered for Olympic gold medals, love of wrestling". The Paly Voice. Palo Alto High School. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- "Hall of Fame". USATF. August 7, 1962. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
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- Sheehy, Kelsey. "Meet the U.S. High School Students Competing in 2012 Olympic Games". usnews.com. U.S. News & World Report LP. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.