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780 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 354-8200
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4 stars
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June 13, 2014
Counseling here may be a little lacking, but overall, Gunn is a great school to be in. It has a rigorous academic program, and a great performing arts program. Gunn has not dominated in most sports, but they are for the most part, good. I am a currently a rising sophomore here at Gunn, and I am proud to say I learned a lot this year, and all of my teachers were highly educated, and had a lot of knowledge on the subject. I really look forward to my next three years at Gunn. GO TITANS!

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2013
Thanks to Gunn high School my son back to love his studies, in one year that he was in other HS he didn't like his class, but now in Gunn HS he loves his class, thanks to all teachers at GUNN

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
Gunn is a very large school, and has more of the atmosphere of a community college in terms of the numbers of courses, the rigor of the coursework, and the amount of initiative and self-reliance required of the students. Students who have trouble are taken care of, the high-flyers have the coursework they and their parents require, but the middle-of-the-roaders are mostly ignored. The guidance department and the teachers are fairly overwhelmed with the number of special snowflakes they must accommodate. As a whole, the Math, Science, and Fine Arts departments are the best in terms of teacher quality, and the English, Social Studies, and Foreign Language departments are the weakest. The English and Social Studies departments, except for a few standouts, have some weak/borderline incompetent teachers. I would suggest that this is a good school for the aspiring doctor, rather than the aspiring novelist.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2012
Moving in PA with extra $1M loan burden plus $25K property tax, realized most students entering Stanford are faculty children. If house price doesn't go up with at least 3% per year for next 15 years, It's much more worth to put kids in Harker or Bellarmine being focused on more leadship.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2011
Gunn is recognized as a top high school by colleges (including Ivy League schools), which helps considerably in college admissions. My son graduated recently - ranking at about the 30th percentile in GPA - and went on to Columbia; his Gunn education prepared him extremely well. In his four years at Gunn, all his teachers were stars except two! Extracurriculars are also plentiful and fabulous; the huge choir (no tryouts required) consistently wins top honors in national and international competitions, and gives concerts both locally and abroad. The theater program is open to performers at all levels, and the "crew" is well-taught and well-regarded. My son made many of his closest friends through extracurriculars. The academics are definitely challenging; AP math, science, computer science, English and US history classes are especially wonderful. Kids learn to think at Gunn, not just to regurgitate facts. Before we moved to Palo Alto, I heard lots of scare stories about competition, but in 7 years here, we experienced the opposite. Kids readily help each other, and root for one another. Teachers encourage teamwork. All in all, Gunn is one of the best schools in the USA.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
I graduated from Gunn almost 2 years ago and I very much enjoyed my time there. The teachers were great and very willing to help with any questions. I'm finishing my sophomore year at Sonoma State University and I value my education at Gunn so much. They really help you prepare for college. It may be a big school, but all the students and teachers create bonds with each other. I've made some lifelong friendships and I couldn't be happier.

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July 18, 2009
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July 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 24, 2009
I Love Gunn High School! The Teachers are great the students are nice and the academics are really great. Gunn High School is a great school. We are focused on more on academics than on sports but we have a lot of sports. =)

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March 02, 2008
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December 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2007
My daughter attends Gunn, and I am very pleased with this school. It has a wide offering of interesting and challenging electives, and supports students on many academic 'speed tracks', allowing for fluidity between them.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2007
I appreciate my Gunn education so much now that I'm a freshman at NYU. Many Gunn classes were college level, and I felt very prepared (even overprepared) as a freshman in college. The atmosphere is great and stimulating, and even though its public, the teachers and students are very passionate about what they do.

- submitted by a student
September 13, 2007
Really great math and science, biology was a treat!

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2007
I never really appreciated the quality of education I received at Gunn until I went to college. At UCLA, English classes frequently covered material taught at Gunn! Having attended a writing-intensive high school was invaluable preparation for making the most out of my college years.

- submitted by a student
May 01, 2007
It's wonderful public high school. I highly recommend to those who really want to learn and wish to expand their potentials.

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May 17, 2006
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February 20, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 25, 2006
As a recent graduate of Gunn, I now look back and realize how awesome and fortunate I was to attend that high school. I used to be the student body president and so I got to know the school inside and out. Of course the academics were great but what sticks out most prominentaly is the fact that no other highschool compares to Gunn when it comes to the arts, student activities, and even some sports. I thoroughly enjoyed 95% of my teachers and would love to have them again. You want some criticism? Well the academic pressure can get too high and creates a sometimes unattainable standard. If you can support your child through those endeavors then send them Gunn's way.

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January 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
Every Gunn student I have known has a lot of pride in their school. The academic courses are rigorous but there are minimal courses in the arts.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
The quality of this academically oriented high school is amazing. The con of attending is there is a lot of pressure on children to succeed. Great school district to live in.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
The school is excellent, outstanding educators,laid back but intellectual environment, motivating and inspiring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
Great program! Lots of choices for students, pride, competetive.

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July 10, 2005
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July 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 15, 2005
A very high quality and quantity of subjects offered including many AP courses. Almost every extracurricular activity is offered that you can think of. Many parents are very involved in school affairs. Great teachers and great students. Competitive among students, but not hostile. Only negative is the facilities look old and dated.

- submitted by a former student
April 19, 2005
Gunn is an excellent school for academics. The upper-level math and science tracks are particularly rigorous. Many students did not feel that the social studies department, with the exception of the AP offerings, measured up to other departments. Students can also choose from a wide variety of extracurricular activities and athletics. Gunn is well regarded by local and national colleges/universities and will provide students with a solid foundation for undergraduate study.

- submitted by a former student
April 02, 2005
I think the main reason for Gunn being rated so highly is that the students are very high functioning, self directed, and with parents who have very high expectations of their kids. This is a direct result of the Palo Alto demographic - very well educated parents who are also self directed. I don't feel that the quality of teaching is far superior to other schools. Unfortunately, because of the financial crisis, some of the non-academic programs are suffering. Some of the teachers are really extraordinarily dedicated - many are average but have 'tenure'. Teachers and administrators here are very highly paid compared with their fellows in education. Parent involvement is pretty good.

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March 30, 2005
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no rating February 03, 2005
Really amazing afterschool activities and a wide range of classes. It's very overcrowded though.

- submitted by a former student
no rating February 03, 2005
The best part about this school is its wide range of classes and great afterschool activities.

- submitted by a former student
January 19, 2005
This is a challenging school for most students. College was easy compared to the curriculum at this high-school.

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January 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
Top rated high school in Palo Alto.

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September 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2004
Great School. Excellent teachers - teach not just academics but values too! Good kids. Right balance of homework, extracurriculars and student socials. Great scores and Solid Admissions to top colleges.

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August 20, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 26, 2004
This is an outstanding school. Where else can you find a public school that ranks right up there with the best private schools in the area? I am a Gunn parent and I continue to be impressed by quality of Gunn's teachers and their dedication to a very strong student body. Plenty of competition at school but handled in a very healthy fashion by students and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2003
This school has provided optimal education for my child and been a wonderful cataylst for defining a career path. This school allows the children to express their creativity and diversity through a variety of activities and classes.

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Henry M. Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA  94306
(650) 354-8200
Last modified Henry M. Gunn High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Henry M. Gunn High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top