Gunn High School celebrated its 50th birthday this weekend, with events ranging from a BBQ to a field day.
The weekend was organized by a group of Gunn parents eager to call attention to the high school's 50-year track record of high academic achievement and innovation, as well as rekindle the sense of optimism that defined the era in which the school opened.
The weekend's celebration included a special half-time show at Gunn's football game against Carlmont High School. The show, dubbed "Parade of Decades," told the story of Gunn and Palo Alto over the last 50 years.
A "Golden Gala" Saturday evening at the Palo Alto Sheraton was followed by a picnic lunch on Sunday, with pickup sports games at Gunn's field.
Gunn opened in the fall of 1964 to meet the area's demand after Cubberley High School, now closed, filled to capacity. The new high school was named for Henry M. Gunn, who was superintendent of the Palo Alto school district from 1950 to 1961, a period of explosive growth that saw the opening of 18 new elementary schools and two new middle schools, as well as Cubberley in 1956.