Gunn grads celebrate individuality, kindness over competition

Speakers remark on learning to fail, appreciating diversity and overcoming obstacles

Amid the cheers, air horns and applause, the take-away message for the Gunn High School class of 2014 graduates on Wednesday evening was: strive to be different.

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Posted by GunnGrad08
a resident of Ohlone School
on May 28, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Way to go Class of 2014!!!!

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Posted by Marcos
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 29, 2014 at 4:44 am

Congratulations to the grads and their families. Wish the grads all the best in their endeavors wherever that may be.

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Posted by RussianMom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

You did it! Congratulations! Success is yours! Celebrate!

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Posted by Truth is..
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

The culture at Gunn certainly does not promote kindness or individuality. Competition is king, and that is the message the kids get, but maybe by the time they graduate they have learned differently.

Unfortunately, kindness does not get one into a good college or a good job.
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Posted by Sad!
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

@"Truth is..": Makes me sad to see people continue to badmouth this school. My kid was one of the Seniors that graduated yesterday. And we've witnessed nothing but kindness over the last four years. Kindness goes a long way "Truth is..", you might want to try it some time...

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Posted by baron park
a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

We're going through with our third Gunn student and, over many years, have found Gunn a place of support and caring. Also tough and demanding, but that is what we signed up for. The support and caring has been a pleasant surprise. Sure, not always that way. But more often than not.

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Posted by Terman Mom
a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2014 at 11:56 am

Hahahaha that kid who took a selfie!!

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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on May 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Congratulations from the Class of 1968!
I reject the notion that Gunn does not promote kindness and individuality. By the way the class of 68 is getting together this weekend because we still enjoy seeing one another - keep in touch with each other as you move down the road of life.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on May 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Kevin is a registered user.

Congratulations to the class of 2014, from a member of the class of 1984!

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Posted by Alum
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Gunn may not promote kindness or caring, but its emphasis on competition is not without virtues. Whether it's dealing with even more competitive college classes or in life in general, the willingness developed at Gunn to step over the heads of your peers to climb to the top is what gets us places. Of course, that one guy who comes up with the next Apple, or Facebook, or even Flappy Bird will be more impactful, and, at the very least, make a lot more money than everyone else, but who's to say that that's you? You can be very good with lots of hard work and dedication, but you won't be great unless you got really lucky. And, chances are, you're not that lucky.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 30, 2014 at 12:05 am

Congratulations to the Gunn class of 2014, from a member of CUBBERLEY class of 1972!
Maybe someday the Cougars will rise again and I'll be able to congratulate grads on my side of the tracks.

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