Today will be historic for Palo Alto when it honors the Palo Alto High School's football and volleyball teams with a late-afternoon parade through the downtown area. The event begins at Webster and University avenues at 4:30 p.m. and will conclude at King Plaza in front of City Hall.
It is the first time in memory that any city high school team has been so honored, much less two teams. It honors the historic performances by both teams last month when they captured the school's first state championships in each sport.
The Paly girls' volleyball team, coached by Dave Winn, got the ball rolling Dec. 4 by winning the CIF Division I state title with a five-set victory over Long Beach at San Jose State, finishing the season with a 41-1 record. The Vikings' football team, coached by Earl Hansen, followed that Dec. 17 by upsetting heavily favored Centennial-Corona, 15-13, to win the CIF Division I title in Carson, to finish the season 14-0.
Both teams established school records for single-season victories, giving Paly four state championships overall. The Palo Alto boys' basketball teams also won state titles in 1993 and 2006. The parade is sponsored by the city.