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Henry M. Gunn High School is a public school in Palo Alto, California. It has 1,885 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 88% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 125 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

780 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto CA 94306
(650) 354-8200

Academics Read more about this school's academics

3.8 from 125 reviews
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    • Recent Alumnus
    • 3
    Food: There was not a huge selection and the food that was there was just okay
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Resources & Facilities: The school offer many resources. It provides many od the new technology to the classrooms, so classes are more intriguing. Sport facilities are available. Tutoring is offered Thursday afterschool although I can't comment on the quality. I do wish the school to obtain better lab equipments. The guidance counseling services are not very helpful, though.
    • High School Junior
    • 2
    Food: While there are many healthy food available, there are not many choices overall. A set of lunch is offered at such low quantity that students are still hungry after. Lunch time is only about half an hour but the lunch line may take up to ten minutes. Most of the food offered don't taste good.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Different sports are offered after school, but some of them are not enjoyable. Clubs are usually hold during lunch, which is a problem because the lunch line is long and the lunch time is short. Activities are tenuous, and clubs only meet once a week for half an hour.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: It was stressful but challenging and fun!

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 50%
Female 49%

Overall Student Diversity

Henry M. Gunn High School United States Los Altos High School Palo Alto High School Menlo-Atherton High School Mountain View High School Homestead High School Woodside High School Fremont High School Monta Vista High School Sequoia High School Cupertino High School
White 47.9% 51.6% 48.5% 59.4% 41.7% 56.8% 41.2% 31.6% 24.0% 19.6% 28.7% 27.8%
Asian 39.6% 4.7% 21.6% 22.9% 6.2% 24.2% 41.2% 4.2% 28.1% 79.4% 4.3% 60.8%
Hispanic 7.3% 24.5% 26.8% 8.3% 39.6% 16.8% 15.5% 57.9% 45.8% 1.0% 62.8% 9.3%
Multiracial 4.2% 2.6% 1.0% 6.2% 2.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 1.0% 15.2% 2.1% 3.1% 6.2% 2.1% 2.1% 3.2% 2.1% 0% 2.1% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 4.2% 0% 0% 3.2% 0% 0% 2.1% 0%


Grade 9 25.4%
Grade 10 23.3%
Grade 11 26.9%
Grade 12 24.5%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Polls

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 82% Yes
  • 0% Not sure.
  • 18% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 7 responses

  • 71% The focus on higher education
  • 14% The push to do well from others
  • 14% The diversity of classes.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 100% The stress put onto the students

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 8 responses

  • 75% We are very diverse and accept everyone.
  • 25% Excellent preparation for post high school

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 62% Intense
  • 25% Competitive
  • 12% Successful

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Don't think your best is not good enough
  • 25% All of they above
  • 12% It's is big, but easy to make friends.
  • 12% Work hard and know your limits on homework
  • 12% Get involved in extracurriculars