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Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School

Please Note: This is the ONLY Official Paly All-Alumni site although other sites may make that claim. Older sites have been disbanded and replaced with this site. 

PALY'S   OLYMPIANS

Paly Olympians - 10-21-17 at Grand Opening of Peery Family Athletic Center

From left, Sean Nolan '90  (water polo 2000 Olympics), Suzy Jones Roy '66 (swimming 1968 Olympics), Lily Zhang '14 (table tennis 2012 and 2016 Olympics) and Rink Babka '54 (silver medal in discus, 1960 Olympics.)

 

    Lily 

    Zhang

    Paly Class of 2014

 

 

 

 

 

UC Berkeley

 

2012 & 2016 Olympian - Table Tennis 

2012 First Round,

2016 Third Round

 

 

Sean 

Nolan

Paly Class of 1990

2000 Olympian

Water Polo - Sixth Place - UC Berkeley

Sean, a goalie, was a member of the USA Senior National team from 1994-2000, competing in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  A three-time All-American (1992-1994) at UC Berkeley (CAL) Nolan graduated in 1993 with a degree in political economies of industrial societies.  He led the Bears to NCAA titles in 1991 and 1992 including making two mach-saving blocks at the end of regulation in the ’71 title match against Stanford.  The 1992 NAA championship match is considered by many to be the greatest title match in NCAA water polo history as Cal won 12-11 in sudden-victory to preserve a perfect 31-0 record.  At Paly, Sean was name a first-team All-American his senior year after winning the CCS Championship for the first time in school history. 

 

 

    Mark Schultz

     Paly Class of 1978

     1984 & 1988 Olympian

 

 

 

Dave Schultz, left with brother Mark Schultz compare medals at the1984 Olympics

Wrestling: Gold Medal 1984, 82 kg (181 lbs)

1981, 1982, 1983 NCAA Champion

1982 NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

1985 World Chamionships: Gold, 82 kg

1987 World Championships: Gold, 82 kg

Colleges: UCLA (one year); U. of Oklahoma (three years) 

 

 

 

DAVE SCHULTZ

Paly Class of 1977

1984 Olympian 

Wrestling Gold Medal: 74 kg (163 lbs)

 

 

Oklahoma State and U. of Oklahoma 

                                          Dave, left and Mark when both were assistant coaches at Stanford (1985)

"My brother was a saint," Dave Schultz told the San Jose Mercury News in 2010. "He was the greatest ambassador that the wrestling world has ever known.  It didn't matter what country you were from.  If you were a wrestler, you were his friend. It's amazing how many lives Dave touched.  Wrestling will never see someone like Dave Schultz again.  He was one of a kind."

 

 

 

     

   Terri Baxter-Smith

    Paly Class of 1982

  1980 Olympian - 100 and 200 meter breaststroke

    (U.S. Boycotted Moscow Olympics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight of Terri’s 20-yr swimming career was qualifying for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team In both the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke.  As a high school varsity swimmer, she won the Central Coast Section Championship and breaking the CCS record in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley in 1981.  Terri was named “Most Outstanding Varsity Swimmer from 1978 – 1982.  She attended Arizona State University on a full swimming scholarship where she was a three-time NCAA All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 and 400 medley relays.  In 1987 she represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games and won a bronze medal in the 100 meter breaststroke. 

 

 

Suzy Jones Roy

     Paly Class of 1966

         1968 Olympian

100 Meter Breaststroke: 11th

200 Meter Breaststroke: Alternate

400 Meter Medley Relay: Swam breaststroke in preliminary heats for U.S. Gold-medal winning team

World Record: 110 yard breaststroke, 1966

USC, UCLA   

 

Suzy (Susan) Jones Roy is a Palo Alto native and feels she was born in the right town at the right time for a competitive swimming career. The nearby famous Santa Clara Swim Club with Coach George Haines spurred her on to make the Olympic team on her second try in 1968.  Suzy’s swimming career took place pre-Title IX before here was high school or intercollegiate sports competitions for women so she did not compete in swimming while at Paly.  Suzy became a trail blazer forging the way for future women athletes to have equal opportunities in sports as the men. 

 

  

 

   

   Ron Larrieu

   Paly Class of 1956

 1964 Olympian -10,000 meters

 

 

 

1965 AAU Cross-Country Championships -- NYC, November 27, 1965.  

                       He won the championship again in 1966

Nothing but fond memories.  It was my good fortune when Dad moved our family from San Francisco to “Mayfield Township” in 1946.  Palo Alto still had a small town feeling.  The large open tracts of land adjacent to Mayfield made it almost country; a marvelous place for a nine-year-old to grow up.  Paly High brought me together with Coach Forrest Jamieson.  It was the perfect storm.  He molded me into a successful runner, starting me down the road toward bigger accomplishments.  Had our family remained in The City, it’s not likely Ron Larrieu, the runner would have ever existed. 

 

 

Rink Babka

PALY Class of 1954

           

           1960 OLYMPIAN 

                     DISCUS: SILVER MEDAL   

                     WORLD RECORD: 1960   

                                                                   

Menlo College, USC

Rink at Olympic Trials - 1960, Stanford University

                                                                   That Tear - by Rink A. Babka

     That Tear – is priceless to acquire.  The prerequisites are few but demand conviction, courage and commitment.

     That Tear – has a vision:  The view of the dream of excellence and the focus of hard work and demanding improvement.

    That Tear – you see from the eye of the Olympian is in fact the True Spirit of the Games, never to be seen any place else. No other sport or assembly can claim it.  Only a camera can capture it.

     That Tear- may be irrelevant to others since they cannot buy it. Only the Olympian has earned it. This true expression from the perfection, pride and privilege of dedication to have struggled, knowing they had done their best at that moment in time.  The entry fee is free.

     That Tear – in fact is the Olympic experience.  The spirit of the lasting reminder of one’s wonder of their inner self; both   collectively with one’s soul and the Olympic Flame that will never burn out.

     That Tear – the spirit of true emotion will be with the Olympian for life.  That is God’s gift – a greater gift than the medal     itself. 

 

The 1920 Olympians 

FEG MURRAY

 

Paly

Class of 1912   

 110 Meters - Bronze 

                                                  STANFORD

 

 

 

 

Feg Murray was a syndicated cartoonist mainly drawing atheletes and entertainers.  He was best known for his "Seein' Stars" column spotlighting Hollywood stars.  

 

 

DINK TEMPLETON

         

 

    Paly Class of 1914

      Rugby Union Team: Gold

     Track - Long Jump: Fourth Place

 

 

 

STANFORD

DINK TEMPLETON (right) with Rink Babka at a 1959 track meet

Rink remembers Dink Templeton: "I used to walk by Dink Templeton's home on my way to Paly. That's how it got started."  (Templeton was track coach at Stanford from 1924-39 and continued to coach other future Olympians).  "He saw the potential in me.  On day after I wa pitching in a baseball game, he grabbed me by the shirt and took me to the track.  I won shot put that day.  He was a mentor.  I owe a whole lot to him."

 

MORRIS KIRKSEY  -  PALY 1913

 

 

100 Meter - Silver 

4 x 100 Relay - Gold

 

STANFORD, ST. LOUIS MEDICAL COLLEGE

1920 Olympics -  Antwerp, Belgium - Morris Kirkey, far right wins silver medal 

 

   Kirksey was a staff psychologist with the

   State Department of Corrections for 25 years

   working at San Quentin and Folsom prisons. 

 

                             

    JOHN K. NORTON

Stanford

                           John K. Norton winning the Low Hurdles at Stanford 1915-1916

         Paly Class of 1912

           400 Meter Hurdles: Silver

          440 Yard Hurdles: 1920 World Record 

John K. Norton served as an Army officer in WW I, followed by a long career in education.  He became a department director at Teachers College of Columbia University and fought for the idea that teachers could help solve such issues as juvenile delinquency and urban poverty.  He made headline in the 1930s when he argued that male and female teachers should receive the same pay. 

 

Schultz Family visits Paly’s wrestling facility in the new gym

                SportsWinter SportsWrestling

A world class wrestler, Olympic gold medalist, inspirational coach and Palo Alto High School alumnus, David (Dave) Schultz, was shot and killed at point-blank range on Jan. 26, 1996. To help honor their son’s memory, Dave’s father and wife, Philip and Nancy Schultz returned to the Viking campus in November to tour the new wrestling facility led by a group of Paly wrestlers.

Dave and his brother, Mark Schultz were both state champion wrestlers in high school and continued to win more medals at the collegiate and professional level. The brothers’ success on the mat soon captured the attention of millionaire and American philanthropist, John Du Pont.

Du Pont was a sports fanatic who was never quite good enough to compete in sports himself, but channeled his compulsive obsession through sponsoring many sports teams. His next big project was to organize a super squad of citizen athletes under the name of Team Foxcatcher. When Dave was offered a spot on the team, Du Pont’s money was too green and he was too powerful and influential to be turned down. In 1989 Dave moved onto the Foxcatcher Farm with his family to be the new wrestling coach of Team Foxcatcher. Along with coaching the Foxcatcher wrestlers, Dave was well on his way to winning another gold medal in the 1996 Olympics.

Although fame soon shadowed Dave’s wrestling and public life, his work ethic remained persistent. As a Paly student athlete or an Olympic gold medalist, Dave never took his natural born talent for granted and trained intrinsically.

“[Dave’s work ethic] was inscribed within him from a time since he was 11 or 12 years old,” Philip Schultz said.

As mentally and physically demanding the sport of wrestling is, Dave was able to channel his passion and competitive nature into dominating on the mat according to his dad.

“He incorporated the whole damn thing with grace and ease. He was elevated because of the sport. The sport actually moved him towards the light that was his.”

Philip Schultz

On top of the strenuous nature of the sport, the Foxcatcher wrestlers were put under great pressure and possibly sexual abuse by Du Pont. Confirmed by many coaches and wrestlers, Du Pont allegedly removed wrestler Andre Metzger from the Foxcatcher team for declining his sexual advances. According to Mark, Du Pont invented a wrestling move dubbed the “Foxcatcher Five” that consisted of grabbing another wrestler’s testicles with five fingers. Du Pont also faced charges of sexual abuse in 1986, and as a result his wrestling program at Villanova University was disbanded according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Du Pont’s eccentric behavior quickly escalated and though the athletes grew suspicious, his wealth protected him from any allegations. The conspiracy theorist believed ghosts and Nazis lived on the Foxcatcher farm.

When Du Pont learned Dave would soon leave Team Foxcatcher for a wrestling job at Stanford University, his idiosyncrasies only intensified, until his last string of mental sanity snapped. On a Friday afternoon Du Pont drove onto Dave’s driveway and shot him dead.

The timeline of events leading up to Dave’s death was adapted into the 2014 thriller “Foxcatcher” starring Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and Steve Carell.

The Schultz family has kept in close contact with the Paly community since Dave’s tragic death. Nancy graciously donated Dave’s Olympic jacket to Paly, now displayed in the new Peery Center.

“We constantly interact with people that have grown up with the Schultz brothers and we get to hear their wonderful and insightful stories. Dave Schultz is more than just a portrayal from an actor.  He was a humble, kind and diplomatic soul who laid a path for us to follow.”

Junior Andrew Wang

Nancy Schultz and U.S. Wrestling have worked in collaboration to create the Dave Schultz Memorial International, an annual wrestling meet in Colorado Springs that honors the “spirit of friendship, sportsmanship and goodwill” that Dave epitomized. Posters, medals and plaques in memory of Dave line the walls of the new wrestling room. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame sent Paly two brass plaques that hang on the entrance of the wrestling room dedicated to Mark and Dave. Paly wrestlers view the Schultz brothers as the gold standard of wrestling.

“Say Jeremy Lin is super good, Dave and Mark would be comparable to two Jeremys,” said junior wrestler Aidan Gans. “They definitely are huge factors in the wrestling community, and not just for us at Paly… I mean they are the most decorated brothers in the U.S.”

As one of the most reputable international wrestlers of his decade, Dave won a combined 16 medals in the World and U.S. National Championships, and exemplified some of the most technical matches seen in wrestling history.

“He’s a huge role model for me and all of us in the room,” Gans said. “If you are a Paly wrestler that wants to be one of the best, then you really look up to them because they came out of the same program, and they truly were some of the greatest wrestlers.”

 

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COMING EVENTS

COMING IN 2018 - PALY CAMPUS CENTENNIAL!!!

 

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To mark the building and opening of our grand campus, many events are being planned for the year. The cornerstone of the building was laid 1918.  

Activities will officially begin in 2018 and continue through February, 2019 culminating in a recognition of the first graduation in February, 1919.

Everyone is encouraged to participate. Please check this site regularly for updates and invitations.

If you have suggestions for the committee to consider or wish to be involved, please contact: palyalumni@gmail.com

Paly Student Body December 1918

HISTORY:  After a delay because of the influenza epidemic, the current Paly campus opened officially on December 24, 1918.  Students, faculty, and local dignitaries marched from its Channing Avenue location to the new Palo Alto High School on Embarcadero at El Camino, with the 91st Company of High School Cadets triumphantly leading the way. The community was impressed with the school's auditorium - unique at a time when even Stanford had none - and the high-ceilinged library doubled as a ballroom.

When the present Palo Alto High School was built in 1918, some townsfolk were critical of a location so far out of town. But the 30-acre site with its Live Oak trees was being sold by neighboring Stanford University at the token cost of $1.00 per acre, and optimists thought that Palo Alto might well grow to the south.

 

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HAPPENINGS


Click here for photo tour of the new Peery Family Athletic Center - Opened October, 2017

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And   PALY - now

 PERFORMING ARTS CENTER -  facing Embarcadero

MEDIA ARTS CENTER

Click here > Campus Updates to see more photos and slide shows.

 

NEW LIBRARY   - OPENING IN 2018/2019

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