Henry M. Gunn High School

219 reviews
  1. Palo Alto Unified School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Address
780 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Telephone
(650) 354-8200
Website

Henry M. Gunn High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1400
288 responses
Average ACT
32
185 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
AP Enrollment
38%
AP Exam Pass Rate
97%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    83%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    17%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    0%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    26%
  • Homecoming
    25%
  • Turkey Feast
    17%
  • Dances
    10%
  • International day
    10%
  • Football +Basketball + Waterpolo+ Volleyball games
    7%
  • Club day
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,904
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$102,888
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$20,600/ year
National
$11,890
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses

Reviews

219 reviews
  • Excellent
    33
  • Very Good
    103
  • Average
    73
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    1
The Gunn High campus is incredibly accepting and an altogether caring community. Although I do believe that there is more stress being placed on students in our district (mostly perpetuated by parents and all around popular local culture) than other districts, I know the school is taking steps to assure students that it is okay to not be the absolute best. One of my favorite events at Gunn is Homecoming Week! It is the one week of the year where I can physically see students coming together in the spirit of good-natured fun and teamwork.
  • High School Junior
  • 11 months ago
As of now, we have a small exercise which is open an hour an hour after school ends which is inconvenient. The pool is large and new (built in 2009) and the school offers great aquatic programs (water polo and swimming). Also, a new huge second gym is now being built and is rumored to have state-of-the-art facilities with cool architecture. There is even going to be a statue in the front! Other than football and basketball, there is barely any fan support. Still, many students participate in sports and athleticism is popular. The school has very strong girls' teams, particularly in basketball and water polo. The boys just recently started their own lacross team (2010) out of popular support and the sport is growing. The school also offers golf.
  • High School Senior
  • Mar 26 2013
While there is a lot of peer pressure in this school, the pressure is to academically perform better. Having good grades and high SAT scores is "cool" and this transforms many students into hard-working scholars. On the downside, sometimes it is too much for students and they can enter depression.The school is located in the bay area, so diversity is huge! I'd have to say this is the most diverse setting you can find yourself in. As a result, the students are very tolerant of each other and learn to respect and explore other cultures of their peers. The LGBT community is popular, and there is huge social support for homosexuals, as a result students "come out" and gain a lot of respect for it.
  • High School Senior
  • Mar 26 2013