Community invited to Paly-Gunn football game

Tailgating, festivities, tours of campus construction to be offered at Sept. 21 match-up

The community is invited to watch football and tour construction under way on the Palo Alto High School campus when the Gunn and Paly football teams clash there on Friday, Sept. 21.

Space for tailgating and other festivities will be available prior to kick-off, which is 5:15 p.m. for the frosh-soph teams and 7:30 p.m. for the varsity squads.

Campus tours will be offered to show construction progress on a new, two-story math and social studies classroom building, a new multi-story media arts center and a new multi-use athletic field.

School Superintendent Kevin Skelly said the mayors of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto and school board members will be on hand.

"With the recent improvements at both schools, we look forward to starting up a new tradition of showing off our high school campus improvements and bringing to the schools Palo Altans who might not otherwise see how the campuses are being improved," Skelly said.

New facilities at Paly and Gunn -- as well as improvements to elementary and middle school campuses across town -- are funded under the $378 million "Strong Schools" bond supported by more than 77 percent of school district voters in June 2008.

Chris Kenrick


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Posted by Brian
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I agree it would be great to have a lot of people attend the games. However, the Paly football field isn't quite ready for it. It seems they are working on adding seating, but as of this past weekend, the home side of the field (which fills up for most games) was still the old stands. The visitor side had space for two dozen or so fans. I've attended a couple of Paly-Gunn games at Gunn, where the seating capacity is good. Unless they work fast, there won't be anywhere near enough seating at Paly.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

Great Friday Night Lights environment last weekend at Paly. Yes, some issues with the seating since the new stands didn't get installed in time for this season, but we're all neighbors this weekend as Gunn and Paly face off in the Little Big Game. Come on out, have dinner from the new Snack Shack, & enjoy some high school football.
It's a Great Night Out!

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