New! Find the best schools in an area

  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    1,885
  • Type
    Public
  • Reviews
    125 3.8

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

Reviews
3.8 from 125 reviews
Take our parent or student survey to add your review.

    • 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!

Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
Bowman International School Private, Montessori
4.33 Terman Middle School Public
4.33 Juana Briones Elementary School Public
4.33 Santa Rita Elementary School Public
3.66 Barron Park Elementary School Public
4.00 Pinewood School Private
4.33 Bullis Charter School Public, Charter
4.33 Ardis G. Egan Junior High School Public
Bear Hollow School Private
School for Independent Learners Private, Alternative
4.33 Gardner Bullis Elementary School Public
4.33 Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School Public
4.33 El Carmelo Elementary School Public
4.33 Herbert Hoover Elementary School Public
4.33 Fairmeadow Elementary School Public
4.33 Los Altos High School Public
Helios New School Private
Challenger School - Middlefield Private
4.33 Lucille M. Nixon Elementary School Public
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School Private, Religious
3.33 Palo Alto Preparatory School Private
Casa dei Bambini School Private, Montessori
Living Wisdom School of Palo Alto Private, Religious
KinderCare Learning Center Private
Greendell Site School Public
Keys School Private
4.00 Escondido Elementary School Public
4.33 Almond Elementary School Public
3.33 Monta Loma Elementary School Public
Girls' Middle School Private, Alternative, All-Girls
4.33 Palo Verde Elementary School Public
Children's Learning Cottage Private, Religious
3.66 Kehillah Jewish High School Private, Alternative, Religious
2.66 Mariano Castro Elementary School Public
Torah Academy Private, Religious
Canterbury Christian School Private, Religious
4.33 Covington Elementary School Public
4.33 David Starr Jordan Middle School Public
St. Nicholas Elementary School Private, Religious
Heritage Academy Private, Religious
4.00 Ohlone Elementary School Public
Pinewood School Private
4.33 Walter Hays Elementary School Public
4.00 Castilleja School Private, All-Girls
Emerson School Private, Montessori
HeadsUp Child Development Center Private, Montessori
Pinewood Private School Lower Camp Private
4.33 Palo Alto High School Public
St. Joseph Elementary School Private, Religious
2.66 Theuerkauf Elementary School Public
2.33 Mountain View Academy Private, Religious
Independent Study Program Public
2.33 Crittenden Middle School Public
4.33 Springer Elementary School Public
3.33 Stevenson Elementary School Public
3.33 Isaac Newton Graham Middle School Public
Hope Technology School Private, Alternative
4.33 Duveneck Elementary School Public
4.33 Addison Elementary School Public
St. Elizabeth Seton School Private, Religious
Los Altos Christian School Private, Religious
International School of the Peninsula Private
3.66 Benjamin Bubb Elementary School Public
4.33 Loyola Elementary School Public
3.66 St. Francis High School Private, Religious
Discovery Children's House Montessori School Private, Montessori
4.33 Georgina P. Blach Junior High School Public
Esther B. Clark School - Children's Health Council Private, Special Education
Community School South Public, Alternative
German-American International School Private
1.00 Ronald McNair Middle School Public
3.00 Landels Elementary School Public
2.33 Edison-Brentwood Elementary School Public, Charter
4.00 Frank L. Huff Elementary School Public
3.00 Eastside College Preparatory School Private
Miramonte School Private, Religious
German International School of Silicon Valley Private
Woodland School Private
2.33 Stanford New School Public, Charter
Waldorf School of the Peninsula Private
4.33 Oak Knoll Elementary School Public
1.66 Willow Oaks Elementary School Public
3.66 East Palo Alto Charter School Public, Charter
St. Stephen Lutheran School Private, Religious
Western Montessori Day School Private, Montessori
1.33 Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy Public, Charter
4.33 Menlo-Atherton High School Public
4.33 Oak Avenue Elementary School Public
4.33 La Entrada Middle School Public
Peninsula School Private
1.00 Green Oaks Academy Public
1.66 Cesar Chavez Elementary School Public
4.33 Montclaire Elementary School Public
St. Simon Parish School Private, Religious
4.33 Hillview Middle School Public
St. Raymond Elementary School Private, Religious
4.33 Mountain View High School Public
University Heights Montessori Children's Center Private, Montessori
Alta Vista High School Public, Alternative
4.00 Laurel Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Los Altos High School 2 mi. 1,659
4.33 Palo Alto High School 3 mi. 1,852
4.33 Menlo-Atherton High School 5 mi. 2,048
4.33 Mountain View High School 5 mi. 1,805
4.33 Homestead High School 6 mi. 2,276
3.66 Woodside High School 6 mi. 1,775
4.00 Fremont High School 6 mi. 1,984
4.00 Monta Vista High School 7 mi. 2,488
4.00 Sequoia High School 8 mi. 1,922
4.33 Cupertino High School 9 mi. 1,813

Around Henry M. Gunn High School

We do our best to keep our list of schools and districts, along with their attendance zone boundaries up-to-date and complete, but it isn't perfect. You should always check with the relevant school/district regarding school options, boundaries, and other eligibility requirements.

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

Gender

Gender
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%

Enrollment

Enrollment
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