Gunn football coach Jason Miller and his team were honored by the Palo Alto City Council on Tuesday for their 5-0 season and work off the field, which included participating in "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop Asian Hate" campaigns.
Council member Lydia Kou read Jason Miller’s proclamation, citing his work while attending Inglewood High as a star football player, coaching Compton to the playoffs after a winless season.
He was hired by Gunn in 2018 to teach social studies and was named Civic Engagement Teacher of the Year. Miller instituted mandatory study meetings, introduced social justice programs and led the team into participating in civic causes.
“We recognize and applaud Jason Miller for his excellence in leadership, coaching, ethics, commitment and character,” Kou read from the proclamation.
Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois read the proclamation regarding the Gunn football team, which finished the season undefeated for the first time since 1971.
“We recognize and send a big cheer for the 2021 Gunn football team,” Dubois read.
The players were all named on the proclamation, which becomes a part of Palo Alto history.
Miller thanked the city council and described his team as more than just the players, but also school administrators and fellow teachers.