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Potential gift for Paly gym: $20 million

Original post made on Feb 13, 2013

School board members Tuesday lauded an anonymous family who is considering a possible $20 million donation to renovate Palo Alto High School's indoor athletic facilities.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 9:56 AM

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Posted by Paly Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thank you to the donors! What a great gift to Paly!

Before the pessimists get a chance to ungratefully complain about the donation not going to academics, someone posted on the earlier article:

Posted by WhataGreatProject!, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, 2 hours ago

"I believe I know the family that is doing this. . . you have no reason to assume this family isn't supporting academics in the school district. They support a broad range of things in the community including PiE and other educational initiatives. From my understanding, based on what was described in the school board meeting last night, the facility will be made available for community use, which is great."

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Wow, eye-popping figure, but much appreciated, I'm sure. I do wonder at the ambitious schedule for completion. Doesn't the (slow) state of California control approvals of school construction and remodeling and haven't our schools been under construction for year after year for many of us...what makes you think this project would be expedited? Having our facilities in a state of perpetual constructiohn/disruption is a huge hassle and affected us when we had kids in school - now it is the same - and apparently it certainly would for this project. If there is any way to expedite/fast track this project, I recommend they move full speed ahead to do that - for all of our sakes.

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Posted by Dance Floor
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 14, 2013 at 9:55 am

So, this Donor wants to replace two existing gyms. Does he/she realize that one of those gyms was built in 1929, that's more than 50 years ago, so it must be declared "historic".

I don't think the "historic" zealots of Palo Alto will allow it to be torn down. Story to be continued in the Palo Alto World of Public Opinion!!!

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Posted by Right on Time.
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

The donation came right on time the district will need it to cover the suit that will bring against them by the parents of the child whose civil rights were violated by PAUSD. I am wonder if there are any other suits going on, or civil rights investigations, or settlement agreements hidden. Keep the donations coming, because the way PAUSD has been administrated we are going to need a lot of money.

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