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About Us


Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, established in 1997. All donations are tax deductible. The purpose of Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School  is to provide a volunteer effort to encourage continued interest in and support of the high school. Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School specifically will:

 Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School is a nonprofit organization, established in 1997. The purpose of the Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School  is to provide volunteer effort to encourage continued interest in and support of the high school. The Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School specifically will:

  • (i) provide a central place for the interested public and

            graduates to communicate and to be informed about

            the school, thereby increasing awareness and

            broadening interest in its programs and needs;

  • (ii) provide a vehicle to collect moneys for scholarships  and other material gifts to the school
  • (iii) maintain a web site and a directory for the purpose of fostering communication.

Board of Directors Report - October 10, 2017

Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto HIgh School
Board  Minutes - March 1, 2018
Room 33, Paly Tower 4PM

Present -
Mary Atwater, Sally Raggio, Ralph Britton, Lori Ann Hammar Sapigao, Eric Seedman, John Cabrea, Melissa Anderson, Edie Miller, Rachel Kellerman, Bob Strohecker, Kirsten Essenmacher.

1. What’s Happening at Paly - Rachel described the plans for the remodeled library due to be completed in Jan 2019. She referred all to see the digitized collection of Madronos and Campaniles. Some Campaniles are missing so please ask friends in 70s and 80s .  The project is about 80% done.  Volunteers to help with scanning are most welcome.  The new gyms are working out very well.

The STUDENT PRODUCTION OF VENTURE written by Paly’s Michael Najar will show for the next two weekends.Paly Principal is out on medical leave- there will be an interim person soon.The staff did a flashmob dance on the quad . Students loved it.It’s on YouTube.

2.  Treasurer’s Report- Mary reported we now have $16,848.95, (before today’s expenses) having cashed in our CD.    It was suggested that we continue to raise funds by sending annual mailings and distributing requests at Reunions. 

3.  Website – everyone check palyalumni.net and join up.

Edie asked the Board to please consider donating some alumni funds to the website which was initially provided by a loan which should be repaidBoard wished to wait and see if more people donate online.  There is recognition that loan should be repaid.

4. CENTENNIAL - Edie, Bob and Rachel reported on the Centennial planning progress.  Dates to remember include Aug 23, Oct 7, Career Week in late February 2019 and the Campanile/Gala in the spring. After discussion the Board voted to donate $500 to underwrite the Centennial. Hopefully this will prove a good example to others.

5. Scholarships - The Board voted to provide two- $1000 scholarships to 2018 graduates. John offered to present the awards again.

Next Board Meeting will be Thurs., 14 June  2018, 4pm - Tower - Room 33 


Nov 2016 - Oct 2017

President:          Edie Miller

Vice President:  Lori Ann Hammar Sapigao

Secretary:         June Casey

Treasurer:         Mary Atwater

Members at Large:  Ralph Britton, John Cabrera, Jim Drake, Kirsten Essenmacher, Nan Hagan, Kirsten Missett, Bob Strohecker; Historian, Bob French; Arne Lim, Staff Liaison and #1 Tour Guide; and Yee Lee - Tech Advisor.


Election of officers takes place annually at the October meeting. Currently the BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets three times a year to address special projects at Paly. We welcome participation by Alumni, parents of current and past Paly students as well as community members. Please consider donating your time to Paly! Contact Edie Miller: palyalumni@gmail.com


What has Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School been up to since 1997?

  • JUNE 1997 - Hosted 100th Graduation Celebration for 800 Friends and Alumni
  • OCT 1997 - Hosted Bell Ringing Ceremony to rededicate El Camino bells
  • Five editions, 16,000 + copies of Alumni Directories sold by GraduateConnections.COM
  • NOV 1998 - Joined with theater boosters to host celebration of 80 years at current site
  • MAR 1999 - Celebrated the return of alumna artist, Rio Sato's painting to Paly
  • JUN 2000 - Hosted Alumni Picnic
  • OCT 2001 - Hosted Farewell to the Amphitheater
  • Annual participation in Back-to-School Picnic
  • Maintain Alumni Web Site - PALYALUMNI.NET
  • Continue to protect and display Paly's history
  • Assisted with more than 125 class reunions
  • Annually Award Scholarships (funded by Alumni donations) to two graduating seniors
  • Provide annual PALY UPDATES to registered Alumni
  • Thanks to donations, a plaque remembering Florence Turner - Outstanding teacher and Cheerleader for 41 years is now in the Main Hall.
  • First ever Paly Retired Staff party! Tour by Arne Lim and lots of renewing of friendships.
  • Creation of Alumni Plaza near the 800 Building and donation of 10 large picnic tables from alumni classes