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Paly Egg Wars - Again

Original post made by Former Parent, Palo Alto High School, on Oct 30, 2019

It seems that once again Paly egg wars caused a big mess in many local parks and nearby streets.

Did PAPD catch any of the culprits?

Comments (23)

Posted by member
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm

They really need to crack down on this.

Posted by Kenny
a resident of University South
on Oct 30, 2019 at 7:44 pm

I hope they were environmentally conscious and shelled out extra for organic eggs.

Posted by Historian
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 31, 2019 at 12:35 am

Usually someone leaks it and PAPD knows. I know one year, they were following the students.

Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 31, 2019 at 1:59 pm

God, there are broken eggs for BLOCKS in the Midtown area around Hoover park. All over Cowper, Waverley, Colorado...

Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 31, 2019 at 2:05 pm

If your property had eggs on it, send your complaints to all of the email addresses listed here:

Web Link

Here's an easy list of Paly administrator emails to copy:
Assistant Principal

Posted by Historian
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 31, 2019 at 2:54 pm

@George: That is an incorrect list! Fgiffen is a bookkeeper! BMartin is a volunteer coordinator! Gardiner, Brown, and Queen are secretaries. Leave them alone!

Vice Principals:,,

Posted by Curious
a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 31, 2019 at 3:49 pm

Just out of curiosity, what do you expect those school administrators to do? The school discourages it already; it doesn't happen at school or while school is in session; they probably have no ability to identify who participated, nor, if they knew, to punish them.

Sounds like those calls and emails should go to the police, who have the power to investigate and hold people accountable. Am I missing something?

I agree that this is a terrible 'tradition' but not sure what Paly administrators can do to help.

Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 31, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Paly students are disgracing their school, their communities, and themselves with this senseless vandalism. While people are going hungry, they are wasting perfectly good eggs and trashing their own streets.

Next year "egg wars" should be a contest to see who can donate the most eggs to a nearby food pantry. That's an "egg war" that we can all support.

Posted by Historian
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 31, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Correct, the school district can do nothing about it except alert PAPD. If they try to tarnish their transcript for participating, some enabling parent will file a lawsuit. Let it be known that it's a couple of hundred students who participate while Paly has 2100 students. The community or a parent can alert PAPD. Usually students who don't participate also know the details of the event. One year, I saw students buying the eggs at Safeway so I called the police and they were already alerted.

Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:30 pm

Samuel L. is a registered user.

Police talked to many students and told them to go home. Not much even they can do if they don't see the student in the act of throwing.

2009, Paly cancelled the Homecoming dance when egg wars occurred at Gunn. Administration only cares if it is school property that is damaged.

Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2019 at 12:50 am

Oh, heavens to Betsey, this madness must cease! I grad Paly in '77, this event didn't exist then. My kids however are Paly '10 and '12 grads. They participated and enjoyed this event, good times...

Posted by Relaxed
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Go focus on real problems.

Schools have real issues to worry about all over the country. Biodegradable eggs laying around for a few days is hardly worth the crisis discussion above.

I just walked through Hoover Park and down the street where most of the action happened. Really people? Time for a good weekend. Come out to the homecoming football game and show the community some support.

Agree with AlexDeLarge - good times.

Before you comment that I don’t get it. I have a vehicle that suffered permanent damage because of this event a few years ago and I still fully support the event.

Posted by Some hot-head will end it one day
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm

In this day and age, I guarantee that some hot headed person is going to snap and do someone physical harm, and then people say "Hmmm, maybe this egg thing is not the best idea"

Posted by member1
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 1, 2019 at 3:05 pm

They should cancel spirit week and the game. Kids need consequences. This group of kids at Paly has a very weak administration. Kids can cut class and come late to class and there is no consequence. They can put speakers on high with songs using the N word and F word repeatedly and there is no consequence. they can trash CVS daily and the school will still let kids go and shame them. They do not care They are afraid of the kids. You can look at the number of eggs broken and use it in a very accurate formula for which principal is effective or not over the years. 20 some fire drills and this big mess should be a warning for a very unsafe, unprepared school without real adults running it.

If the district would like data, they should use this. I think this was the messiest most publicized egg war and it is because of spirt week and the total lack of respect for their admin or others around them. If they cleaned it up, maybe I could see it, but they left it and could care less that toddlers could get sick or wheelchairs would get eggs on them. They all think everyone has maids and the lower class can clean up their fun. They think this because at school these same kids just throw garbage on the ground for the janitors, ( mostly of color) will have to pick up and the admin stands in one spot on the quad and does nothing. At football games there is just garbage thrown for others to pick up. Gross.

Posted by RELAXED
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Mole hill becoming mountain.

Posted by Stupid
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 1, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Never understood it - never saw (or was impacted by) it. Overall, it just sounds stupid. Get a life, students.
Egg damage sounds bad, though. (Haven’t seen, but heard this type of thing IS damaging.)

Posted by K
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 1, 2019 at 6:28 pm

Seems like we could all blow off some steam looking at these adults' replies!
How about we put on our big girl panties and let the stressed-out, hard-working good eggs of Paly have some fun in peace for the one night a year they work to plan and organize this event among themselves. If you really can't take the biodegradable remnants and potential 15 minutes max of some kids excitedly working together and laughing at 8pm, I have only one thing to say to you: "Okay, boomer."
Also; the event was disorganized this year and students were forced to cover lots of ground and hit many parks because parents called the police in advance before students had even arrived, a very lame move if you ask me! Did you never do anything fun as teenagers? Maybe you should find another mountain to pass away on.

Posted by vandals
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2019 at 7:08 pm

This is not all fun and games when some of the eggs are hitting nearby homes and parked cars. Neighbors have good reason to call the police on these vandals. If this egg war is supposed to be celebrating a football game, why didn't they do it in the middle of the football field so neighbors would not be hurt?

Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 1, 2019 at 7:22 pm

People, people, people, these are kids having fun throwing eggs, a rite of passage. At least they're not glued to their phones for a couple of hours. Let's not over think this. Let kids be kids while they're still young.

Posted by Senior citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2019 at 8:05 pm

I have no problem with kid being kids. But kids need to be responsible. How about if those same kids come back the next day and cleaned up their mess. They’re more than welcomed to use my hose to wash down the sidewalks, cars and houses

Posted by Senior citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2019 at 8:08 pm

Yes kids will be kids. But they need to be responsible as well. How about they come back the next morning and clean up their mess. They are welcomed to use my hose to clean the sidewalks, cars and houses they have egged.

Posted by Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm

Alum is a registered user.

A Paly teacher once took their students to a nearby park to clean up the mess left over from egg wars. On one hand that’s respectable, but on another hand that’s 90 minutes of valuable class time (of students that likely didn’t even participate, given only a few hundred of nearly two thousand are part of this). Although I guess the value of class time is debatable depending on the class and who you ask...

As a former Paly student I still don’t quite see the need to make this much of a mess. I’m sure it’s a good time but I’m also sure there’s an alternative that doesn’t leave as much of a trace. Also eggs are food that could be feeding hungry people :(

Posted by Relaxed
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2019 at 11:22 pm

I’ve never heard of an egg shortage. I am not sure that world hunger is a good argument. Maybe you should give to the cause. In fact, I will do so this weekend. My version of zero carbon footprint.

I do get the concerns about car damage. As I said earlier, I have personally experienced it. But, let kids be kids is the point.

And, let’s stop with theoretical problems. I seriously doubt any damage was done this week and to call them vandals is a joke. All eggs are targeted at other kids who have willingly decided to join the activity.

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