Gunn seniors throw their stress to the wind

In annual 'paper toss,' students create blizzard of white in school quad

Gunn High School seniors threw their academic stress to the wind Friday in the school's annual Paper Toss.

Senior Class President Ori Herschmann led the countdown as students gleefully bared their backpacks and binders to create a blizzard of paper in the school's quad.

The Titan graduation ritual dates back at least to 1976, when Gunn guidance counselor Kim Cowell remembers the same celebration at her own graduation from Gunn, Assistant Principal Tom Jacoubowsky said.

"It always happens the final Friday of the year with the graduating seniors – and only the seniors," Jacoubowsky said, though other students gather to look on.

The task of cleanup belongs to the freshmen, and all is recycled by the end of the day.

Chris Kenrick


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Posted by Left of Boom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2011 at 7:08 am

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Forcing the freshman to cleanup after the seniors sounds like a form of hazing.

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Posted by banter
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

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So when I did this as a senior, former Principal Scott Lawrence took me to his office and gave me a talking-to. I was told that the celebration was wasteful and that somebody could get hurt (paper cuts!). So why the turn of policy, Gunn?

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Posted by Jason Strober
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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I graduated from Gunn in 1985 and my wife graduated in 1986. This did not occur at either of our graduations. Plus we have multiple siblings that attended Gunn, and it did not happen at their graduations.

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