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About Us


Alumni and Friends of Palo Alto High School is a nonprofit organization, established in 1997. 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- October 10, 2017

Room 33, Paly Tower 4PM

Present- Bob Strohecker (acting Chair), Nan Hagan, Mary Atwater, June Casey, Bob French, Ralph Britton, John Cabrera

Treasurer’s Report - Mary gave the report

        Website – Bob - everyone check palyalumni.net and sign up
        HARRIS- update- 2017 Alumni Directories  all delivered
        Bob S. reported on gym opening.        
        Summer newsletter report-we are  handing out flyers at all reunions and to donors.
        Back to School Event- Thanks to June, Bob, John, Edie
        Reunions and tours – Arne is giving great tours.
 Paly Centennial Plans-Edie, Bob S.  -  Bob French said he would commit his time to making the March a success.  He will be moving back to So. California  sometime in the next year.  We need to find more folks with history of the District.

Lots of Campanile articles will be published  between now and summer 2018.  Our big Centennial opening event will be at Welcome Back to School in August followed by lots of historical presentations,  a march from Channing to Paly Dec 21, and a Gala in February.   

Thanks to John for giving out Alumni scholarships in May.
 Annual election-Everyone said they would stay on another year.   Recruit new members- please try to find some younger alums who might be interested.  

We voted to provide $500 for the Gym opening festivities. There were a lot of questions about the cost/payment for the website so no funds were approved for now.  

Next meeting- Thursday, January 25, 2018.  4PM, 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.


Next Board Meeting will be Thurs., 25 Jan  2018, 4pm - Tower - Room 33  

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