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Welcome to the Official Website of the Paly Class of 1964!


Visitor Hits to Our Site Since Our Launch in October of 2013:


[Submitted by Dave Benepe]

This explains why friends forward jokes.  I've never thought of it this way before.




A man and his dog were walking along a road.  The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.  He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years.


He wondered where the road was leading them.  After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.  It looked like fine marble.  At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.


When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.


He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.




When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"


"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.


"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?"

The man asked.


"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."


The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.


"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."


The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.


After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.


There was no fence.  As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.




"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"


"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."


"How about my friend here?" the traveler  gestured to the dog.


"There should be a bowl by the pump," said the man.


They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.  The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.


When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.  "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.


"This is Heaven," he answered.


"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'"


"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates?  Nope. That's Hell."


"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"


"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."




So-o-o-o. Now you see, sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding stuff to us without writing a word.  Maybe this will explain it.


When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch. Guess what you do? You forward emails!


When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes!


When you have something to say, but don't know what,

and don't know how . . . . You forward stuff!


A 'forward' lets you know that . . .

. . . You are still remembered,

. . . You are still important,

. . . You are still loved,

. . . You are still cared for.


So, next time if you get a 'forward',

don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, But that you've been thought of today

and your friend on the other end of your computer

wanted to send you a smile.


You are welcome at my water bowl anytime !!



So here's to keeping in touch . . .

Even if it means only forwarding on an email!





Paly Journalism Project: Now Complete! Every Campanile, Madrono etc is now completley digitalized. Everything since 1895






October 7, 2018 - Historical Re-enactment

  • Re-enactment of the original march organized by the Palo Alto Historical Association starting from the old site near Channing House to the "new" campus.  The march originally took place in 1918.  All attending in 2018 are encouraged to help create the same level of enthusiasm.  
  • Tribute to Anna Zschokke, Paly's founder.

 March 23, 2019 - Celebrations

  • CENTENNIAL GALA in the eveing at Lucie Stern celebrating the first class that graduated in February, 1919.  Tickets will be available closer to the date.

Other Events

  • Special student projects
  • Career Week - Alumni to share info about their careers with students
  • Reunion for retired staff 


For updates please refer to Menu drop-down items under "Centennial News and Articles"



Thanks for your help and participation.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Click on https://paly.net/centennial for lots more information 







Welcome to the Palo Alto High School Campus Tour! 

Visit Paly and enjoy the tour in person, or on your phone or tablet. 

The campus map lists tour locations. Move to a location and click on the corresponding information on the map to learn more about Paly’s past, present and future. But first, a little history. Palo Alto incorporated in 1894 and owes its existence to David Starr Jordan, the then President of Stanford University who offered the 30 acres at $1.00/acre, so it’s no surprise that its earliest residents sought the best education for their children. 

Palo Alto High School March to the New School on December 24, 1918. Watch the video for some history!

You can link to the playlist on YouTube from here https://goo.gl/ULTEGt or click on the highlighted links below.


Paly Campus Tour - Introduction


Paly Campus Tour - The Tower Building 

The Tower Building and Haymarket Theater are the only original buildings on campus. New and remodeled buildings reflect their distinctive architectural details. Learn more about Paly's past present and future by listening to this history of the Tower Building.

You can link to the playlist on YouTube from here https://goo.gl/ULTEGt or click on the individual links below.

Paly Campus Tour - Anna Zschokke School Founder 

Paly Campus Tour - Visual Performing Arts Haymarket and PAC 

Paly Campus Tour - Media Arts Center 

Paly Campus Tour - Classrooms and Programs

Paly Campus Tour - Science and Career Tech Center 

Paly Campus Tour - Athletics and Fields 

Paly Campus Tour - Peery Family Center 

Paly Campus Tour - Quad, Student Activities and Tour Ends 

To access from your phone or tablet, open a browser and type in the URL https://palyguidedtour.github.io




Going Down the Nostalgia Road...sweet sounds...

Flash from the Past! The Allman Brothers Band performing 'Dreams' at Fillmore East, 1970   Geoff Alexander: Blues or Not!?



Golden Gate Great Oldies Radio - 1950s - 1960s - 1260 KYA Radio

Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Temptations, Supremes, Crests, Belmonts, 4 Seasons, Beach Boys, Beatles, Elvis Presley on Oldies Radio 1260 KYA





Russ The Moose Syracuse (1968)

Gene Nelson - KYA (c. 1965) Johnny Holliday (1966)

Russ "The Moose" Syracuse

Emperor Gene Nelson

Johnny Holliday

The legendary 1260 KYA was the radio home of many of the most talented announcers in the history of the industry. Bay Area listeners were entertained over the years by stars such as  Emperor Gene NelsonJohnny Holliday,  Tommy Saunders,  Russ "The Moose" Syracuse"Big Daddy" Tom Donahue,  Jim Stagg,  Chris Edwards,  Tony Bigg,  Peter TrippGary Schaefer,  Bwana Johnny,  Norman Davis,  Bob Mitchell,  Casey Kasem,  Ed Hider,  Mike Cleary and Bill Holley, and legendary newsmen like Tony Tremayne,  Larry Brownell,  Brad Messer and  John FerrissLearn more about these and other illustrious KYA alumni!

Chris Edwards (1970) Mike Cleary - KYA Oneders KYA's Tom Campbell (1969)

Chris Edwards

Mike Cleary

Tom Campbell


































































































































































•   Ro Davis  9/11
•   Melanie Shrader (Meaders)  8/30
•   Gaetano (Guy) Guttadauro  5/5
•   Penny Gray (Hennings)  5/4
•   Thomas B. Elliott  3/27
•   Cynthia House  3/25
•   Walter S. Duvall  1/6
•   Jennifer Adsit (Braun)  12/31
•   Judy Graham  12/4
•   Donna Collins (Adams)  9/19
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•   George L. Farrington  9/19
•   Marie P. Gerard  9/19
•   Brenda J. Hamm (Thomas)  9/19
•   Tina Hodges (Kramer)  9/20
•   Bob Kocher  9/20
•   Timothy David Benintendi  9/23
•   Virginia N. Mercer (Northridge)  9/23
•   John Jay Waters  9/23
•   Jorane B Watson (Autry)  9/23
•   Kathleen Cooley (Carrol)  9/24
•   Normandie Holt (Callahan)  9/24
•   Jill Pryor  9/25
•   William E. Louchard  9/26
•   Carolyn L. McLeod  9/26
•   Norman John Hulse (Hulse)  9/27
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