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 157 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.7 from 157 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: This school is some what diverse, there are more Asians and whites. There is 10 percent of blacks & 10% of Hispanic overall to me. Some teachers here are great. The education here at Gunn is very intimidating and hard to keep track on, but once you get the hang of the hard work you tend to get use to it. What I like about this school is that they have a special class for students who have disabilities or special needs. I have Learning Disability Symptoms (LDS) it's been rough for me the years I've been here at Gunn but I approved a lot with the help of my amazing teacher/case manager. Without her I would probably not graduate. Yes, here at Gunn it's very eco-friendly everyone is nice. When it comes to homecoming week everyone becomes one big family and it's amazing. But overall with everything here at Gunn, this school has prepared me for the more challenges that I will be facing in the future in college.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: If you've been in PAUSD for awhile, its not too bad.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I'm a transfer student and I've only been here a month.

    The teachers are really good at teaching. They know their subjects and are make sure students are learning.

    Over the past month, I've gotten a couple of acquaintance but no close friends. This may be because the school is so large. Also, I am kind of shy. A lot of the students have been here forever and formed their own bubble. They aren't rude or anything. In fact, they're pretty friendly but it's hard to break the bubble.

    There is a lot of school spirit (in the first month at least) and very little judgement.

    The school is racially and culturally very diverse. There are a lot of interesting people with interesting hobbies out there.

    A lot of people complain about the stress of the classes. I haven't felt it- although for all I know, it'll kick in later. Sleep deprivation is surprisingly commonplace here.

    I like the autonomy of prep periods,lunch and tutorial over here.
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Overall Experience: While the school does prepare students for success, students are stressed about the tough workload. The administration has been trying to change the definition of success, but the culture remains the same. Outside of class, you can always hear people stressing about an assignment or test, and it sometimes dominates conversations. Unfortunately, many students feel that anything below an A- is inadequate, partially due to peers and parents. There's also no surrounding areas to go to during lunch or afterschool, and most of it is out of walking distance. The campus is also ugly.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: It's the best high school ever.

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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 23 responses

  • 65% Yes
  • 13% Not sure.
  • 22% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 47% The focus on higher education
  • 17% The diversity of classes.
  • 14% The push to do well from others
  • 11% Caringness of students and teachers
  • 6% Teachers like teaching.
  • 6% Homecoming week

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 48% The stress put onto the students
  • 15% Academic stress
  • 15% Focus on grades
  • 8% Everyone's always talking about academics\
  • 8% Groups are exclusive
  • 5% Lack of social involvement
  • 2% Some very bad teachers

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 22 responses

  • 45% Excellent preparation for post high school
  • 36% We are very diverse and accept everyone.
  • 14% Both of the above and excellent class choices
  • 5% We get caught up in the ratrace.

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 38% Competitive
  • 33% Intense
  • 19% Successful
  • 10% Interesting

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 27% All of they above
  • 23% Don't think your best is not good enough
  • 18% Work hard and know your limits on homework
  • 9% It's is big, but easy to make friends.
  • 5% Make friends early before the cliques form.
  • 5% All of the above +communicate with your teachers
  • 5% It's big. You'll know people in passing.
  • 5% Be aware of your limitations
  • 5% Get involved in extracurriculars

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 33% I love everything about this school.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.