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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 151 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 151 reviews
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    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Teachers: Currently I'm takimg seven classes and 6/7 teacher are great in all senses. They always answer student's emails, ready to explain the material to students after classes or even after tutorials are over. One characteristic, which is common for many teachers, is their friendliness: they are always ready and easy to talk to and very supportive in times of crisis. When suicedes have happened in our school, teachers always adjusted their agenda for us to be able to concentrate and their doors were open all day long
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: There are tons of extracurriculum activities in my school that can satisfy a wide range of students. One of the great examples is sport: boys and girls swimming, valleyball, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, basebol, soccer, football, water polo, as well as coed badminton, cheerleading, and track and field teams are always wellcome to include new members. Each sports meets every day after classes to provide safe and fun training, which later helps to well represent our school. Many teams are separated into two levels to help students feel themselves comfortable among peers.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: While this school caused me a lot of stress, the overall experience was great. The students are diverse and outspoken and there is never a dull moment.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Food: School lunches are available for those with dietary restrictions as well as those without. While healthy food options are provided, there are still junk food options. Snacks for brunch are sold at reasonable prices.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: The school administration is very involved in any school/student activity. At times the principal involvement seems somewhat officious, but the students understand that it is all in their best interest. Guidance counsellors are extremely helpful, but tend to be hard to catch-- they very often unavailable. The administration has very fair and reasonable policies on bullying, dress code and attendance.

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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

Student Diversity

Henry M. Gunn High School United States David Starr Jordan Middle School Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School Los Altos High School Menlo-Atherton High School Palo Alto High School
White 43.0% 51.6% 54.0% 39.0% 47.0% 40.0% 54.0%
Asian 40.0% 4.7% 25.0% 42.0% 23.0% 6.0% 24.0%
Hispanic 8.0% 24.5% 8.0% 9.0% 24.0% 39.0% 9.0%
Multiracial 5.0% 2.6% 4.0% 4.0% 1.0% 2.0% 7.0%
African American 1.0% 15.2% 3.0% 2.0% 1.0% 4.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 1.0% 0% 0% 3.0% 0%


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 14 responses

  • 71% Yes
  • 7% Not sure.
  • 21% No

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

  • 67% The focus on higher education
  • 17% The push to do well from others
  • 17% The diversity of classes.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 100% The stress put onto the students

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 12 responses

  • 58% We are very diverse and accept everyone.
  • 42% Excellent preparation for post high school

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Intense
  • 36% Competitive
  • 9% Successful

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Don't think your best is not good enough
  • 25% All of they above
  • 17% Work hard and know your limits on homework
  • 17% It's is big, but easy to make friends.
  • 8% Get involved in extracurriculars

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 6 responses

  • 33% I love everything about this school.
  • 67% 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.