Online Public Schools in CA
|Grades Offered||Grades 9-12|
|Total Students||1,854 students|
|Gender %||48% Male / 52%Female|
|Total Classroom Teachers||104 teachers|
|Students by Grade|
|School District Name||Palo Alto Unified School District|
|Number of Schools
|Number of Students Managed||12,740||1,577|
|District Total Revenue||$177 MM||$19 MM|
|District Spending||$186 MM||$18 MM|
|District Revenue / Student||$400,065||$11,099|
|District Spending / Student||$419,901||$10,975|
|School Statewide Testing||View Education Department Test Scores|
- Gunn High School is one of two public high schools in Palo Alto, California. The school is named after Henry M. Gunn (1898-1988), who served as the Palo Alto superintendent from 1950-1961. During his tenure he saw the Palo Alto Unified School District. He also oversaw the expansion of 17 new schools, and is credited with the establishment of De Anza College and Silent Foothill College, two local community colleges. In 1964, the Palo Alto Unified School District announced it would name its third high school after him. The first graduating class was the Class of 1966. The school is also home to the Spangenberg Theatre.
- The mascot of the school is Timmy the Titan. The student newspaper is The Oracle, part of the High School National Ad Network.
- Academic reputation: Gunn High School is well known for achieving outstanding academic results. It is listed as the 2nd best public school in California based on the 2006 Academic Performance Index. Newsweek ranked Gunn 53rd in the United States in 2003, 70th out of America's top 1,000 high schools in 2005, and 79th out of 1,200 in 2006. The average SAT score for Gunn seniors hovers around 1250-1300 on the former 1600 scale (1267 in 2003, 1249 in 2004, 1291 in 2005). Education in mathematics and computer science is particularly strong. In 2004, 5 students qualified for the USAMO out of around 250 nationally, and during the 2004-2005 school year 5 out of the approximately 35 American students in the Gold Division of the USACO were from Gunn.
- Senior Pranks: On June 8, 1994, an incorrectly concocted smoke bomb designed by three students destroyed a fountain on the high school quad and spewed molten sugar and fertilizer on the quad, injuring 18 students.
- Previously that year, bricks had been pried out of the surface of the elevated "Quad" (the main courtyard in the school) and replaced with cement, spelling "1994." This prank backfired, as the school administration then took the money needed to replace the bricks from the class of 1994's party fund.
- In 1992, students, presumably from the senior class, entered the school's library, removed all the books and placed them in stacks in the exterior courtyard area of the Quad. In the same incident, much of the library's furniture was hoisted onto the roof of the building. Some students were amused by the ambitious prank, while school administrators immediately reacted with harsh condemnation. A considerable number of the library books used in the prank were damaged, as a consequence of having been roughly handled. The prank was widely viewed as retribution by the senior class for the cancellation of an annual skit show called "Senior Frolics."
- In 1988 some students hijacked the school's public address system and for a period of a few hours broadcast various humorous recordings and rock music. School administrators were initially unable to turn off the recordings and many classes were disrupted. Some teachers went as far to rip the wires out of the speakers in their classroom, leaving a number of classrooms that, for years afterward, were unable to hear morning announcements. Many teachers just took their students outside and had their students do independent study on the grass. The prank was picked up by local news and became a minor news item. This prank was repeated near the end of the 2002-2003 school year.
- At some point in the late 1980s, pranksters filled the enclosed "Batcave" area with water and stole a number of carp from a local hotel. The carp were then placed in the flooded Batcave. Perhaps unanticipated by the pranksters, the carp then died en masse, creating a rather fearsome stench.
- Issues: With one vehicle entrance to the main parking lot and drop off areas, Gunn has always had a traffic problem. To curb traffic, the administration raised student parking permit costs to $150 for single drivers and $100 for carpools. The price hike has encouraged some students to pursue alternative modes of transportation. Gunn has set up the Pedal-for-Prizes program, which rewards bikers with gifts and chances at larger prizes, like biking gear. The revenue subsidizes student bus passes.
- In 2005, Gunn's award-winning Gunn Robotics Team withdrew from regional competitions due to internal problems. Two students filed restraining orders against two other students during the six-week build period; as a result, the program was shut down. The 05-06 GRT team was reformed and is again active in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
- A film series operating at Gunn High School's Spangenberg Theatre was closed in early 2006 after the volunteers operating the theater came into conflict with school administration.
- Notable alumni: Notable alumni of Gunn High School include: Zoe Lofgren, Class of 1966 â€” elected 5 times to the United States House of Representatives.
- Geoff Mulligan, Class of 1975 â€” author of "Removing the SPAM" (Addison-Wesley, 1999).
- Stanley Jordan, Class of 1977 â€” Jazz guitarist.
- George Packer, Class of 1978 â€“ journalist and author.
- Stephan Jenkins, Class of 1983 â€” lead singer of Third Eye Blind.
- Rick Porras, Class of 1984 â€” co-Producer on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
- Shemar Moore, Class of 1988 â€” actor, formerly of the NBC soap opera The Young and the Restless.
- Brian Martin, Class of 1992 â€” 2-time Olympic medalist in doubles luge (1998: Bronze, 2002: Silver).
- Jessica Yu â€” director of Oscar-winning short documentary Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien.
- Jonathan Richard Cannon â€” Major League Baseball player.
- Rebecca Agiewich, Class of 1986 â€” author of the novel BreakupBabe (Ballantine Books, May 2006).
- Linda Dominguez, Class of 1968 â€” author of "How to Shine at Work" (McGraw-Hill, 2003) and "The Manager's Step-by-Step Guide to Outsourcing" (McGraw-Hill, 2005).
- The host of Stanford Chinese School, the only major chinese school in the area that teaches Simplified Chinese.
- Hosts many talent shows and stage performances from nearby schools in Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Los Altos.
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- School Location Miles Students Grades
Palo Alto Terman Middle School
655 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto , CA , 94306
Palo Alto Juana Briones Elementary School
4100 Orme St
Palo Alto , CA , 94306
Los Altos Santa Rita Elementary School
700 Los Altos Ave
Los Altos , CA , 94022
Los Altos Bullis Charter
102 West Portola Ave
Los Altos , CA , 94022
(650)947-4939Charter School0.9 mi | 465 students | Gr. KG-8
Los Altos Ardis G. Egan Junior High School
100 West Portola Ave
Los Altos , CA , 94022
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