Community mourns teacher death

Sherwin Amsbaugh and Noah Yuen

The quote of the day on display in the tower building, commemorates Scott's death.
The quote of the day on display in the Tower Building, commemorates science teacher Kenyon Scott’s death. Photo by Takaaki Sagawa.

The Palo Alto community is coming together to honor the passing of science teacher Kenyon Scott, who authorities believe died of unidentified natural causes yesterday in his home.

Palo Alto High School Principal Kim Diorio sent an email to the Paly community yesterday evening to notify students, teachers and parents of Scott’s death. She expressed concern for those affected and offered on-campus grief counselor services from Kara, a professional counseling organization.

Our guidance team will be available to help you or any student saddened by the loss of Mr. Scott,” Diorio stated. “In addition, grief counselors from Kara will be on campus to support students and staff throughout the rest of the week.”

Scott taught science at Paly, mentoring and inspiring generations of students, since his hiring in 1985.

“It’s a huge loss for our community and our school,” Diorio told The Paly Voice. “He was a great man, great teacher. I’m personally going to miss him tremendously.”

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Editors’ Note: Josh Yuen and Nika Woodfill contributed to the reporting of this story. 

Additional coverage: Storify: In memory of Kenyon Scott