With the stands filled with spectators and the pool deck sprinkled with multi-colored canopies bearing the mascots of seven different high schools, the Palo Alto High School boys’ (5-1) and girls’ (6-0) varsity swimming teams closed out an exceptional season on Friday, clinching the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title.
High school students are possibly the most commonly stereotyped age group, and the tropes are not at all original. "Lady Bird," directed by Greta Gerwig and up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday, encompasses many of these cliches, ranging from rehearsals for the after-school musical to awkward teen sex, to crushing on a boy in a rock band. However, it manages to do so in a way that feels veritable and not stilted or over-exaggerated.
Growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, technology is deeply ingrained in the lives of Palo Alto High School students. But in the coming years, computer science may begin to play an even more prominent role in the lives of Paly students as the Computer Science Pk-12 Curriculum Design Advisory Committee works towards making programming a graduation requirement.