|Palo Alto High School|
50 Embarcadero Road
|School type||Public, comprehensive high school|
|School district||Palo Alto Unified School District|
|Oversight||Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.14|
|Area||Northern Santa Clara County|
|Color(s)||Green & White|
|Feeder schools||Greene 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, which provided the land for the school. 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.
- C Magazine is the high school Arts and Culture Magazine. C Magazine has won a Gold Crown award from Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2015 and 2016.
- Verde is Paly's school magazine publication, founded in 1999. It is 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. It won the National Scholastic Press Association's Student Journalist Impact Award in 2008.
- The Paly Voice, launched in 2003, 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.
- InFocus is Paly's broadcast TV news program. Founded in 1998, it airs daily during school.
- 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. First published in 2012, it is the first high school foreign affairs publication in the country. 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 (1996), writer and daughter of Steve Jobs.
- Charles Brenner (1961), APL implementer and forensic mathematician
- Ron "Money-B" Brooks (1987), rapper (Digital Underground)
- Birge Clark (1910), architect
- Whitfield Crane (1986), rock singer (Ugly Kid Joe)
- Aarón Díaz (2001), Mexican American actor and model (Quantico)
- Tim Dickinson (1992), political journalist (Rolling Stone, Mother Jones)
- 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), football coach
- 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
- KeeSean Johnson (2014), football player
- 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.
- Cory Lerios, founding member of the band Pablo Cruise
- Jeremy Lin (2006), basketball player
- 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
- Jesse Moss (1988), documentary filmmaker
- 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 1–2 years, but 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
- Lew Welch, Beat poet, educator, and writer
- 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 from Oregon (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
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