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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 143 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 143 reviews
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    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Food: A ton of people buy lunches at my school. The salads are absolutely delicious.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 5
    Administration & Policies: Everyone tries their hardest in enforcing the rule but there will always be people that don't care
    • High School Sophomore
    • 5
    Sports & Fitness: We have one of the best sports facilities in the bay area and we recently got a new weight room.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Teachers: A lot of teachers really try there hardest when they teach. Only a handful of teachers might need to rethink their teaching strategies.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Food: It's school cafeteria food, you get what you'd expect.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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4.33 Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School 2 mi. 1,011
4.33 Los Altos High School 2 mi. 1,659
4.33 David Starr Jordan Middle School 3 mi. 987
4.33 Palo Alto High School 3 mi. 1,852
4.33 Menlo-Atherton High School 5 mi. 2,048

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


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 Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 77% Yes
  • 0% Not sure.
  • 23% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 64% The focus on higher education
  • 18% The push to do well from others
  • 18% The diversity of classes.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 100% The stress put onto the students

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 11 responses

  • 64% We are very diverse and accept everyone.
  • 36% Excellent preparation for post high school

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Intense
  • 40% Competitive
  • 10% Successful

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Don't think your best is not good enough
  • 27% All of they above
  • 18% It's is big, but easy to make friends.
  • 9% Work hard and know your limits on homework
  • 9% Get involved in extracurriculars

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding parent involvement at this school?     Based on 7 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most parents at this school put too much pressure on their kids
  • Most parents at this school are very involved in their child's education
  • The PTA/PTO (i.e. parent groups) are very committed and have a positive impact on the school environment
  • Most parents at this school care about the success of all students, not just their own
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for school athletic events
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for non-athletic school events
  • The parents at this school have a very positive impact on the school's environment and culture
  • The parents at this school respect the opinions and judgements of teachers and administrators
  • Most parents at this school are really great parents.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 40% I love everything about this school.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.