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News - March 7, 2014

New project could transform entrance to Gunn

School board gives go-ahead to $19 million 'Central Building Project'

by Chris Kenrick

Architects are sketching plans for Gunn High School that supporters say could give the school a "much more open and welcoming entrance to the campus."

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Posted by Gunn Parent, a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

Although this will not be completed until my students are finished with Gunn, it sounds like a great plan. No mention is made of a replacement for the music building, but I certainly hope the wonderful music program will get an upgraded facility. Also, I hope the architects who designed the new gym and other new facilities is the same one that will design this project as they did a wonderful job. The improvements to Gunn over the last few years have already had a positive impact over the entire campus and the daily lives of students and faculty. I would love to see what they can do to Spangenberg!

Posted by Misha, a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

While my child will also not be able to enjoy the new facilities, very happy to know that the space will be much improved and the environment more warm and welcoming. I hope that the changes will also include brightening up the entire campus, especially the campus is next to a cemetery (and really nothing else of note). And it would be great if the parking lot could be reconfigured as it is so confusing. With all the bright and creative minds at Gunn, perhaps there could be a student contest to redesign the parking lot!

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

To make the campus "much more open and welcoming entrance to the campus" from the parking lot demolish the music building (but not build a replacement)?

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

Next to a cemetery and nothing else of note? Would you prefer something generating more traffic? It's a fine and private place, but none, I think, do there embrace.

Posted by SC, a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

Please dont spend money on this! Use it for a better purpose!

Posted by Former Gunn parent, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

How about a wellness center and better counselling? I don't think a nicer entrance would have made my two students feel welcomed at Gunn.

Posted by Leslie, a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

The dSchool at Stanford has fabulous flexible multi-use space for workshops, classrooms, design team use, lectures, etc eyc. It is designed to enhance a creative atmosphere. Please check it out before designing your flexible space.

Posted by registered user, Mikey Palo Alto, a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I don't think having a "grander entrance" is reason enough to spend $19 million... Let's design something that gives us the collaborative space and other amenities without worrying about an "entrance" that won't even be close to the entrance of the school. Also, why would we start in the "fall 2015"? How about the summer before or after to minimize disruption to the academic year... the school has been one big construction project for last few years anyway... some students won't even enjoy a finished school during their 4 years there...

Posted by parent, a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm

This sounds like a cosmetic change to me. Will this really make a big difference in students' lives? $19 million is a huge sum. I wish some of that would be spent on funding student-interest programs or teacher grants. Most of the student clubs need boosters, they can do so much better with additional funding.

Posted by Former Gunn Student, a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 8, 2014 at 8:43 am

19 million sure sounds like a lot me! This money could be used for teacher grants, teacher salaries, professional growth, equipment & support for special needs students, wellness center along with a student based interest programs.

Posted by registered user, SteveU, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 10, 2014 at 9:58 am

What a waste of TAX money.
I could see a complete redesign of the traffic/parking flow. Like enter (only) from Arastedero and Exit (only) onto Miranda.
We have refreshed Class rooms and athletics. This is what Schools are about.

If you want to spend 19M, Refurb Cubberly

Posted by Recent Gunn Grad, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

What happened to the wellness center we were supposed to get after the whole counseling thing? Counseling still sucks by the way. Did anyone notice? Not really. Why not spend a million on a nice private space for counseling? Why would anyone in their right mind spend 19 million dollars of taxpayer money on a "grand entrance" for a high school? OMIGOD someone get the hook.

Posted by randy albin, a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

The Gunn Alumni Association is very successful. I am from the Class of 1975. the campus could be improved. keep up the good work and make it look good. look forward to your lives after graduating, etc.