Gunn High community marks school's half-century


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.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Sep 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

That was a very well planned and fun event - the organizers Sheryl Humble, Lynn Johnson and Miriam Rotman all deserve a great deal of credit. I enjoyed seeing all of the current students (singers, band members and guides) along with some of the oldies but goodies faculty - Dr. McLean (performing the 8am ritual), Coach Bow, Tim Farrell (the flat earth guy), Ron Iverson (the somewhat mad scientist) and others. For a 50 year old school the place looks great! '68

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Posted by Palo Alto native
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

My sisters and I are all Gunn alumni and we attended this fun and memorable event together. My oldest sister was in the first graduating class ('66). We enjoyed reconnecting with classmates and faculty. We especially appreciated learning about the history of Henry M Gunn. Huge thanks to the planning committee!
Gunn alumni '80

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