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 200 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 200 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Academics: The school is good academically, but some teachers can be hard to deal with. Additionally, it can be hard to change schedules, since there is a strict policy. The workload depends on the difficulty of classes, though I find some students overbook themselves.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Student Culture & Diversity: While the school is diverse, it's still pretty cliquey. Some groups are formed by race, but not all. However, it can be hard for someone to join a group.
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Extracurriculars: There are clubs, but most of them are just friend groups meeting up in a classroom. Sports are a fun way to interact with others though.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: Some teachers are reasonable and assign work that helps students learn material. Some are also flexible and willing to help. Others, however, seem to give out unreasonable amounts of work and don't explain concepts well. They can also be difficult and unhelpful. It's a mixed bag.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: There are usually some administrators patrolling around

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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4.33 Los Altos High School 2 mi. 1,782
4.33 Palo Alto High School 3 mi. 1,944
4.00 Menlo-Atherton High School 5 mi. 2,073
4.33 Mountain View High School 5 mi. 1,838
4.00 Homestead High School 6 mi. 2,382

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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.