Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle


Tentative agreement between PAUSD and PAEA marks end of impasse

Tentative agreement between PAUSD and PAEA marks end of impasse

Violet Tivol, Reporter May 19, 2024

PAUSD and the Palo Alto Educators Association reached a tentative agreement on May 6, weeks after an impasse was declared on March 29. This agreement will be voted on by the teachers’ union from May 13 to 17 and the result will be announced on May 17. It has also been added to the agenda for the...

Palo Alto through the ages

Palo Alto through the ages

Fiona Xiong, Online Editor May 16, 2024

Downtown Palo Alto On July 6, 1925, the historic town of Mayfield —  along with California Avenue — was incorporated into Palo Alto, and the region later became known as Palo Alto’s “second downtown.” Downtown Palo Alto encompasses iconic locations such as the retro Palo Alto Creamery Fountain...

AI Use in Educational Settings: A Fact-Checked Debate

Sophomores Ruddhra Gupta and Barr Elnekave sit down for an Oracle-mediated debate on the use of AI in educational settings.

How the sausage gets made: The Oracle features food clubs

Sophia Hwangbo and Fiona Xiong May 11, 2024

The Oracle investigates Gunn's food scene through visiting Tea Club, Cooking Club and Bread Appreciation Club.

Students leave Gunn following the shelter-in-place mandate.

Breaking News: Hoax calls prompt shelter-in-place mandate on campus

Kaylee Cheng, Amann Mahajan and Violet Tivol April 22, 2024

At 1:58 p.m. today, a message on the intercom instructed students to begin sheltering in place. This mandate lasted for one hour and 48 minutes, eventually lifted by an intercom announcement at 3:46 p.m.  According to the City of Palo Alto Police Calls for Service map, 1:51 p.m. calls reported...

Thirty portable toilets arrive at Gunns campus following the water-line break.

Breaking News: Gunn community navigates water-line break, water-supply shutdown

Amann Mahajan and Kaylee Cheng April 18, 2024

At 11:24 a.m. today, Assistant Principal of Facilities Dr. Mycal Hixon sent a message to all Gunn staff that the school’s water had been shut off after the A- and B-building construction team hit a water line during  excavation. School remained open during the outage, and the water was turned back...

Courtesy of Tiffany Ou-Ponticelli

Gunn jazz bands perform at New Orleans festival

Roy Lao, Reporter March 30, 2024

From Feb. 28 to March 4, Gunn’s jazz bands traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, to perform at the 54th Annual Loyola University Jazz Ensemble Festival. The students also received feedback from jazz professionals and toured the city. Gunn’s jazz bands include two courses — Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble...

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Ou-Ponticelli

Gunn Chamber Orchestra takes home wins in New York

Roy Lao, Reporter March 25, 2024

From Feb. 29 to Mar. 4, Gunn’s Chamber Orchestra traveled to New York City to compete in the Orchestra Cup, a national orchestra competition held in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The group won the overall championship, as well as individual awards.  Gunn’s Chamber Orchestra is a 26-person...

Japanese exchange students pose with their Gunn hosts.

Japanese exchange students visit Gunn in Terakoya Program’s second year

Kaylee Cheng, Features Editor March 22, 2024

From March 16 to March 24, Gunn students hosted 10 students from Japan as part of World Terakoya Program, a Japanese cultural exchange program. The exchange students have been shadowing their Gunn hosts during their school days, as well as visiting local attractions such as San Francisco and Stanford...

Gunn gamers share experiences with prejudices in the gaming community

Gunn gamers share experiences with prejudices in the gaming community

Victor Dang, News Editor March 12, 2024

When English teacher Terence Kitada was younger, he witnessed his sister, an avid video game enthusiast, struggle to find acceptance in gaming communities dominated by her male peers. “(When my sister went) off to college and she was like, ‘Want to play Mario Kart?’ all the boys were surprised,”...

Gunn SEC organizes first-ever Spring Homecoming Week

Gunn SEC organizes first-ever Spring Homecoming Week

Gwendolyn Domine, Reporter March 12, 2024

Gunn’s Student Executive Council will hold its first Spring Homecoming Week, known as SPROCO, from March 12-15. In contrast to past spring spirit weeks, which have usually included schoolwide dress-up themes and lunch activities, SPROCO will be similar to Homecoming Week, with daily grade-specific...

Students gather in their SELF classroom for a Friday lesson.

In the Pursuit of Wellness: The Oracle investigates efficacy of SELF

Fiona Xiong, Online Editor March 5, 2024

In 2017, Gunn implemented the Social-Emotional Literacy and Functionality program in response to growing concerns about student mental health on campus and new California social-emotional learning standards. This program is the first of the wellness initiatives The Oracle will be investigating in...

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