A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Henry M. Gunn High School is an elite, public school located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 1,918 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 93% in reading.
Address
780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Telephone
(650) 354-8200

Henry M. Gunn High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
93%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1410
432 responses
Average ACT
32
277 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$137,043
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,283
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,702,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    23%
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    21%
  • Turkey Feast
    16%
  • Dances
    10%
  • International day
    9%
  • Football +Basketball + Waterpolo+ Volleyball games
    6%
  • Club day
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,918
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$106,604
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$18,795/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.59 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.59 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.59 responses
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I miss registering for and attending classes at Gunn. Registration was so stress-free (especially with the Jacoubowsky's assistance). Classes were engaging--almost every teacher was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and willing to learn if they were new to a subject. Just remembering them brings a smile to my face. They were so quirky!

There were some horrible teachers. If they were better, this school would be excellent. One was outwardly dismissive of certain political views. One never returned assignments and was rumored to pick course grades out of hat--she got fired. One admitted she was crushing our dreams by giving low grades. One would not post course material online. One gave only one lecture.

Many of my peers made up a group of the most inclusive, intelligent, and accomplished individuals I know. The administration should listen to students more. These students are experts about their own mental health and their personal lives and concerns.
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My four years at Gunn have been an experience— there have been ups and downs, but overall, I will leave this school with a positive mindset.

Being in a more wealthy county, the amount of resources, clubs, extracurriculars is through the roof. The teachers are amazing (for the most part), and the high standards given to the students are motivating to striving beyond what is simply covered in the expected curriculum. This being said, the amount of tasks a student may be expected to keep up within an extremely competitive academic environment can be overwhelming and debilitating at times. While Gunn is a diverse, supportive community, there have been times where I wish I didn't feel so alone in my own struggles, both academically and mentally.

Since we are held to a high standard, I feel as though Gunn High School has definitely prepared me for college ahead. I enjoyed my eye-opening, if a little stressful, time here at Gunn, and wish future students the best of luck.
My time at Gunn has been challenging, especially since the curriculum is known to be more rigorous than many surrounding schools. We have some of the top scoring students in the state and some amazing athletes (there are many nationally ranked athletes from track to badminton to fencing, but notably the water polo team) along with scholars (especially since Stanford is a few minutes away and most professors send their kids to Gunn instead of Paly).
However, the pressure to excel in extracurriculars alongside perfect GPA and SAT scores makes the campus culture too intense at times. In my opinion, the academics aren't ridiculously rigorous, but the stress and sleep deprivation of students is very abnormal, which might explain our infamous suicide rate.