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Palo Alto High School students sift through items of clothing at Paly’s first thrift fair, which took place during lunch yesterday on the Quad. According to organizer and sophomore class senator Simone Batra, she was pleased with the student participation in the fair. “I was a little bit nervous for this event, but it went really well,” Batra said. “A lot of people really enjoyed thrifting, especially since the clothes were free.” (Photo: Kristine Lin)
First thrift fair results in success, encourages sustainability
Kristine Lin, News Editor • November 3, 2023

From button-ups and cargo pants to vintage skirts and sweaters, piles of clothes were heaped and strewn across tables as Palo Alto High School...

Social studies teacher Daniel Shelton helps a student during World History class. Starting in the 2025-2026 school year, the Palo Alto Unified School District will integrate Ethnic Studies into 9th-grade curriculum. According to Social Studies Instructional Lead Mary Sano, the course helps foster acceptance and inclusion for ninth-graders because of the discussions about identity. “The data shows that if a school offers ethnic studies the first thing for ninth-graders is that they have more belonging as they go through high school,” Sano said. “Because if its done in a good way, kids feel more included in the conversation about who we are.” (Photo: Celina Lee)
Ethnic studies to become graduation requirement
Celina Lee and Sophia Yang November 3, 2023

To allow for adjustment and feedback, the Palo Alto Unified School District is in the process of planning the Ethnic Studies course early for...

Preview: ‘The Birds’ to bring humor, creativity to the stage
Preview: ‘The Birds’ to bring humor, creativity to the stage
Anna Feng and Maxwell Zhang November 3, 2023

Complete with satire, comedy and references to Greek mythology, “The Birds: A Modern Adaptation” will take the stage for its opening...

Community members watch apprehensively, awaiting the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education to pass joint resolutions condemning discrimination Friday morning. According to board member Shana Segal, the boards intention with passing the resolutions was to help demonstrate support for the school and wider community. We are committed to the education and well being of our students, Segal said. That is our primary purpose and we share the belief that it is education that leads to positive and constructive change. Im hopeful that our actions this morning will demonstrate our collective capacity for compassion, empathy, respect, and cooperation in pursuit of the safety and well being of our entire school district and community. (Photo: Kensie Pao)
Board unanimously passes joint resolutions
Celina Lee and Sophia Yang October 30, 2023

Following an emotional open forum session Friday morning, the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education is passing two resolutions...

Members of the Palo Alto community who attended the emotional school board meeting Tuesday night listen to comments during open forum. Many of the speakers urged the board to release a statement speaking out against antisemitism and Islamophobia in light of recent events. According to senior Anna Ghereghlou, students need support during this difficult situation. “Both sides need somebody to stand up for them, and thats what the students are doing, especially the students that are from those countries,” Ghereghlou said. (Photo: Celina Lee)
Board to hold special meeting denouncing hatred regarding Hamas attacks
Celina Lee and Nathan Jiang October 27, 2023

Editor's Note: This story was updated Oct. 27 to correct the previous version of this article, which incorrectly stated that there was one resolution....

During Tuesdays Jeopardy! episode introduction, Palo Alto High School math teacher Daniel Nguyen flashes a 4s Up sign as a shout-out to his alma mater, the University of California, Los Angeles. (Photo: Sony Pictures Television)
Nguyen’s return to ‘Jeopardy!’ comes to an end
Anna Feng, Editor-In-Chief • October 22, 2023

Following five appearances on the “Jeopardy!” game show, Palo Alto High School math teacher Daniel Nguyen lost Tuesday’s semifinals episode...

The Menlo School Knights push the pile against the Palo Alto High School Vikings during the Homecoming match on Friday night at home. The Vikings suffered a 0-14 loss following a fourth quarter surge by the Knights. According to Viking senior running back Jeremiah Madrigal, the Vikings need to work on perfecting their offensive plays. We have to start from the base, Madrigal said. Its on offense. We have to figure out our blocking on the line and figure out our routes. Everybody has to do their work, come to practice and just keep working. (Photo: Divij Motwani)
Vikings fall to Knights in Homecoming match
Ketan Altekar-Okazaki and Maxwell Zhang October 11, 2023
The Palo Alto High School Vikings offense lines up against the Menlo-Atherton High School Bears during the last non-league match of the season Friday night at Menlo-Atherton High School. The Vikings suffered a 0-21 shut-out as the Bears displayed offensive and defensive mastery throughout the four quarters. According to Bear head coach Chris Saunders, this last match was a great opportunity to calibrate their strategy before the upcoming league matches. Right now, we have a bye week, Saunders said. You only have one of them in the season. So, its nice to relish the opportunity to take a step back and really evaluate whats worked and what hasnt for us. (Photo: Ketan Altekar-Okazaki)
Vikings suffer shutout against Bears
Maxwell Zhang and Ketan Altekar-Okazaki September 25, 2023


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Sophomore Evan Chien sprints a butterfly lap along the black lines spread out across the pool floor during training. (Photo: Ethan Chien)
Swimming in water and work
Evan Chien, Culture Editor • May 27, 2023
For hours on end, a black line is all you will get to see. Back and forth, until you memorize the amount of tiles there are. That’s the basis of swimming, but people don’t go to pools for the excitement of befriending the floor.
Sophomore Cormac White watches the baseball team take on Monterey from the dugout during the Mar. 1st home game. White made the Palo Alto High School varsity baseball team but is ineligible to play because of the California Interscholastic Federation Transfer Eligibility Guidelines. “Rules are rules, and I get it,” White said. “Obviously I’m really disappointed, but theres nothing I can do to change them.” (Photo: Shreyas Shashi)
Opinion: CIF should let transfer students play
Joseph Kessler and Shreyas Shashi March 14, 2023
Should high school students who change schools be barred from playing sports? The answer from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) seems to be, "It depends." CIF should simplify its transfer eligibility guidelines to allow more transfer students to play school sports.
Review: Beyond kebab; Meyhouse’s unique Turkish flavors
Review: Beyond kebab; Meyhouse’s unique Turkish flavors
Sophia Yang and Celina Lee September 14, 2023

Featuring smoky charred chicken, fish cooked on the spot, and eggplant smothered in creamy yogurt, Meyhouse, a high-end Turkish restaurant,...

Senior Cameron Phillips splashes on a makeshift Slip N Slide set up during lunch yesterday on Palo Alto High Schools Quad. This watery fun was part of Field Day, a carnival-themed event hosted by the Associated Student Body, and also offered free desserts and game booths. According to senior Phela Durosinmi, Field Day was an enjoyable way to spend a sunny day. Its fun, because I just finished my last final, and theyre giving out free ice cream — everybody likes ice cream — and they let us have a slip n slide, while last year they closed it down, Durosinmi said. (Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland)
Students enjoy Field Day games and food
Karrie Huang and Daniel Garepis-Holland May 22, 2023
Playing carnival games and eating sweet treats, Palo Alto High School students took the opportunity to close the year on a high note during Friday's extended lunch on the Quad as part of the Associated Student Body's Field Day, one of many events designed to mark the end of the school year and celebrate the graduating seniors.
MJ Sushi’s nondescript outdoor signage does not make the restaurant stand out at first glance. However, the food inside is worth a visit. (Photo: Joseph Kessler)
Review: MJ Sushi rolling its way to the top
Joseph Kessler and Shreyas Shashi May 5, 2023
MJ Sushi opened a branch of their popular restaurant in the Mayfield neighborhood of Palo Alto at 2305 El Camino Real, a well-chosen location for Stanford and Paly students as well as other local residents. 
Junior Zoe Hayward (left) and seniors Rebecca Helft (center) and Arielle Blumenfeld (right) rehearse a scene from Palo Alto High School theater programs latest show, Mamma Mia! The production is the first musical in four years hosted in the Performing Arts Center. According to lead actress Zoe Hayward, after two months of hard work and countless rehearsals, the Paly Theater is officially presenting its enactment of “Mamma Mia!”. “It was a pretty fast rehearsal process,” Hayward said. “We started right after winter break, and there were tons of rehearsals from then until now, so timing was definitely a challenge. But we definitely overcame it and worked together, and it came together in the end.” (Photo: Leena Hussein)
Don’t wait, take a chance on “Mamma Mia!”
Ketan Altekar-Okazaki and Maxwell Zhang March 14, 2023
The Palo Alto High School's rendition of "Mamma Mia!", a classic musical featuring songs from the popular Swedish pop group ABBA, will immerse all theatergoers in a captivating story about a young bride's quest to discover the identity of her long-lost father.

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