Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA - Niche

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Henry M. Gunn High School is a public school in Palo Alto, California. It has 1,904 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 93% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 195 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 195 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Most students participate in some sort of sport or club but usually only to gain PE credit or to put it on their college applications
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Overall Experience: I did not enjoy this school because of the extremely high pressure brought about by peers, parents of other students, and administrative staff.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: The teachers do what is required of them and create engaging activities. However, these aren't always applicable to the "real world" and teachers aren't always available to ask for help
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Academics: The workload at this school is really intense and overwhelming but teachers are accommodating.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: There is little need for health and safety policies at our school.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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


Female 47%
Male 52%

Student Diversity

Henry M. Gunn High School United States Homestead High School Los Altos High School Menlo-Atherton High School Mountain View High School Palo Alto High School
Asian 42.0% 4.8% 39.0% 22.0% 5.0% 24.0% 27.0%
White 40.0% 51.0% 34.0% 46.0% 40.0% 49.0% 52.0%
Hispanic 9.0% 25.0% 17.0% 26.0% 42.0% 20.0% 10.0%
Multiracial 5.0% 2.8% 6.0% 1.0% 5.0% 2.0% 4.0%
African American 1.0% 15.0% 1.0% 1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 2.0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 24.3%
Grade 10 26.3%
Grade 11 23.8%
Grade 12 25.5%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 34 responses

  • 59% Yes
  • 21% Not sure.
  • 21% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 37% The focus on higher education
  • 15% The diversity of classes.
  • 13% The push to do well from others
  • 12% Caringness of students and teachers
  • 9% Homecoming week
  • 7% Teachers like teaching.
  • 6% Some people that I have met.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 43% The stress put onto the students
  • 15% Academic stress
  • 15% Focus on grades
  • 9% Groups are exclusive
  • 7% Everyone's always talking about academics\
  • 4% Some very bad teachers
  • 4% Lack of social involvement
  • 2% Pressure of success

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 33 responses

  • 45% Excellent preparation for post high school
  • 24% We are very diverse and accept everyone.
  • 24% Both of the above and excellent class choices
  • 3% We get caught up in the ratrace.
  • 3% Not diverse its hard for minoritites to succeed

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 33% Competitive
  • 30% Successful
  • 30% Intense
  • 6% Interesting

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 26% All of they above
  • 22% Don't think your best is not good enough
  • 22% Work hard and know your limits on homework
  • 9% It's is big, but easy to make friends.
  • 4% Be aware of your limitations
  • 4% Make friends early before the cliques form.
  • 4% All of the above +communicate with your teachers
  • 4% It's big. You'll know people in passing.
  • 4% Get involved in extracurriculars

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 27% I love everything about this school.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 13% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.