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Celebrate Paly’s Centennial 1918-2018

The Paly campus is turning 100 during the 2018/2019 academic year. Everyone is cordially invited to join us as we celebrate 100 years of community supported public education.

August 23rd Thursday 5-8pm  - Paly’s Centennial Kick-Off BBQ to Celebrate Paly Then & Now

Everyone is invited to Paly’s Welcome Back Centennial Birthday BBQ Kick-off.  Celebrate Paly’s rich history and discover what is happening at Paly this year.  Enjoy musical entertainment.
Tickets for a delicious complete BBQ meal (choice of hamburger or vege-burger entree) can be purchased from the Paly webstore in advance ($13)

https://palywebstore.myschoolcentral.com/ or at the event ($15).  Bring your blankets and beach chairs and enjoy a great meal and a fun program with friends and the Paly community.

Learn about Paly’s rich history by touring campus or by viewing this video slideshow: https://goo.gl/thTa63

The Paly Centennial Committee consisting of Paly faculty and staff, the Alumni Association and community volunteers is planning a series of public and alumni events during the 2018/2019 school year to celebrate “Paly Then and Now.” The main events include:

  • August 23rd - Welcome to Paly’s Cenntenial Kick-off  BBQ 5-8pm
  • October 7th - Historical Reenactment: March to Paly

The Palo Alto Historical Association will conduct an historical reenactment of the march that took place on the first day of school in 1918 when students, staff and community members marched from the old Paly campus on Channing Street to the current Paly site. A dedication ceremony will follow.

  • March 23rd - Afternoon Campanile Newspaper’s 100th Birthday
  • March 23rd - Evening Centennial Gala Lucie Stern Ballroom.

The Paly Alumni webpage  http://www.palyalumni.net/ (link is external) has more information about alumni activities.  

Paly faculty and community members are developing centennial projects for students including murals, vocal performances, glass blowing, design, journalism and a career speaker series featuring Paly alumni.  

Contact Mary Ellen Bena at mbena@pausd.org (link sends e-mail) with your questions, suggestions and ideas.

Go Vikings!

Photo of first day of class in 1918 after the march from Channing Street.

First day of class in 1918 after the march from Channing Street.