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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. 


Abraham Lincoln’s

Official Thanksgiving Proclamation


        It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God; To confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

          We know that, by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world.  May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates this land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people.

          We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.

          But we have forgotten God; we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitful needs of our hearts, that all those blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtues of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel this necessity of reclaiming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

          It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people.  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.


Thanksgiving became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when during the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens".  Every year the proclamation has been published in The Wall Street Journal on Thanksgiving Day.


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Holiday Boutique

 Here's something for "the locals"


Thursday, November 30 from 5-9PM

at the Woman’s Club at 475 Homer Avenue  

Look for the Paly Sports Boosters booth/table to buy Paly gear for students, alums, children and grand-children as gifts for the holidays. 

All are welcome!!




Paly Sports Boosters' Holiday Street Trees


 4'/5' Noble Firs come with an installed wooden base and are delivered (to a central address on Saturday, November 25th if ordered in quantities over 20 trees).

Cost of each tree is $50 (including sales tax) 

Click on link to order: http://palysportsboosters.org/holiday-trees/

Hurry! Limited quantities.





  The Campanile

Centennial Report: One hundred years of The Campanile


The year 1917 marks the birth of The Campanile. As a paper, we are honored to be a part of this 100-year anniversary and have dedicated the special feature, “Centennial Report,” to exploring our history. In each issue, we will travel into the archives of The Campanile. Our first report will venture back to the first available historical issue, Jan. 22, 1919.

The Campanile wrote its first issue in the fall of 1918. Students produced the first issues by writing on typewriters and printing the paper at a factory located on campus.

The January 1919 issue included four pages, quite the change from our current 24-page issues. However, the overall structure of our issues have stayed surprisingly consistent over 10 decades. The nameplate font for our logo remains the same and our overall page layout is similar. This original issue did not include the range of stories that are now produced, but it highlighted several Palo Alto-centric stories, including those from the neighborhood, and covered Paly sports as well.

The front page of this issue incorporated stories ranging from “Armenian Fund Drive Nets $177.10” to “First Game of Basketball Is Lost.” The top story on the page detailed Paly’s contribution to “feeding the starving Armenians,” referring to the extermination of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genocide.

Specific tags sold for 10 cents each ($1.50 today) to contribute to a fundraiser. The total amount raised, $177.10 ($2600 today), obliterated the school’s past record of giving to worthy causes. John Domby was credited with selling the most tags, contributing $14 to the relief fund ($290 today). The second major story on the front page detailed the Paly basketball game against Campbell High School, which took place on Jan. 11, 1919. The game ended in a nail-biting 20-19 loss for the Paly team.

“Many Alumni in Hall of Fame” dominated the front page of the January 1919 issue of The Campanile and highlighted the achievements of former Paly graduates. This particular issue told the story of Paly graduate Edgar Kirk Soper, class of 1904.

“On Wednesday of last week Edgar Kirk Soper, class of 1904, sailed with a party of geologists for the Island of Trinidad to investigate the southern part of that island for deposits of oil. In high school Edgar Soper made a fine record in scholarship and was prominent in student affairs as president of the student body and as captain of the baseball team.”

The Campanile has undergone changes in its 100 years. Librarian Rachel Kellerman has structured an online library, which will include the full archive of all Paly’s publications. It can be found at palyjournalismarchive.pausd.org.


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.





   Ribbon Cutting     Gym Opening


Click here for photo tour of the new Peery Family Athletic Center


PALY - now

 PERFORMING ARTS CENTER -  facing Embarcadero


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




Holiday Boutique

 Here's something for "the locals"


Thursday, November 30 from 5-9PM

at the Woman’s Club at 475 Homer Avenue  

Look for the Paly Sports Boosters booth/table to buy Paly gear for students, alums, children and grand-children as gifts for the holidays. 

All are welcome!!




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