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Palo Alto High School

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Founded  1898
Principal  Kimberly Diorio
Phone  +1 650-329-3701
Number of students  2,000
Superintendent  Glenn "Max" McGee
Staff  127 (2011–2012)
Mascot  Viking
Palo Alto High School
School type  Public, comprehensive high school
Oversight  Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools
Address  50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
District  Palo Alto Unified School District

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Palo Alto Senior High School, known locally as "Paly", is a public comprehensive high school located in Palo Alto, California It was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest high schools in the region. The school's property is adjacent to Stanford University. Paly has a rivalry with crosstown Gunn High School.


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  • 1,994 students: 982 Male (49.6%), 1004 Female (50.4%)
  • Student media

  • The Campanile, the high school newspaper. It prints 24 broadsheet pages once every three weeks. The Campanile has been in the National Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame since 2004, and also has won four Pacemaker awards and also a West regional award for editorial excellence from Time.
  • Verde is Paly's school magazine publication, published five times each year and available online. Verde has won Pacemaker and Gold Crown awards for scholastic journalism, including the 2005 Gold Crown award in the Newspaper category. In 2006 Verde won the Best in Show at National Journalism Convention held in San Francisco. In 2008 Verde was one of four newsmagazines awarded the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association.
  • The Viking is Paly's sports magazine publication, published six times each year and available online. Founded in 2007, The Viking was the first publication at the high school level to solely cover athletics in the country. The Viking has won several Gold Crown awards for scholastic journalism, including awards as both a print and hybrid (print/online) publication.
  • The Paly Voice, launched in the 2002–03 school year, is Paly's online news source. It features searchable archives of all other Paly publications as well as exclusive online content. In the spring of 2005 the site won both the People's Voice and Overall Webby Award in the "Student" category.
  • Proof is Paly's arts and entertainment magazine. It was first published second semester of the 2009–10 school year.
  • In October 2014, a brand new Media Arts Center was unveiled at Paly. This multimillion-dollar, 23,000 square foot building is filled with state-of-the-art technology catering to the diverse needs of the multitude of student journalism groups on campus.
  • The "Madrono" is the Palo Alto High School yearbook.
  • Athletics

    Titles won by teams from Palo Alto High School range from CIF State Championships in Boys Varsity Basketball in 1993 and 2006, a football Division I state championship in 2010, volleyball Division I state championships in 2010 and 2011, to CCS Championships in Football in 1995, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and countless CCS titles in other sports. In 2010, both the Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the inaugural Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships.

    Paly has 23 varsity teams, including football, swimming, as well as badminton, softball, basketball, track and field/cross country running, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling teams. The school is also home to several athletic clubs, including an Ultimate Frisbee Club.


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