Palo Alto High School

College & Education

North America, United States, Santa Clara County

Palo Alto Senior High School, known locally as "Paly," was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest high schools in the region. Located in Palo Alto, California, United States, Paly is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is adjacent to Stanford University. Paly is known for its academically rigorous environment. Paly carries on a distinguished athletic tradition, marked by a rivalry with crosstown foe Gunn. Titles won by teams from Paly range from CIF State Championships in Boys Varsity Basketball in 1993 and 2006, a football Division I state championship in 2010, a volleyball Division I state championship in 2010, to CCS Championships in Football in 1995, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and countless CCS titles in other sports. In 2010, both the Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the inaugural Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships. Paly is situated on the older, northern side of Palo Alto, a location it has occupied since 1919. The western boundary of campus is El Camino Real, opposite which stands Stanford Stadium and the campus of Stanford University. The northern end of Paly runs along Embarcadero Road (from which the main parking lot is accessible). The school can be reached by the VTA bus line 22 along El Camino Real, the Dumbarton Express bus, the SamTrans bus line KX, Stanford's free Marguerite shuttle, Caltrain's Palo Alto station, as well as by the Palo Alto city shuttle, which runs along Embarcadero Road.