Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

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Students should recognize guidelines, consequences of COVID-19 pandemic

Julianna Chang and Mia Knezevic May 22, 2020

For months, the world has been at a standstill. Millions are becoming infected with the coronavirus in one of the most severe pandemics in history. While the death rate has been fairly low, the novelty and infectiousness has provoked a cautious government response entailing social distancing, the closure...

graphic by Jocelyn Wang

Analysis of standards-based grading reveals advantages

Angela Wong, News Editor September 20, 2019

Throughout the beginning of the school year and the schedule-change frenzy that accompanies it, certain questions are often heard in the hallways at Gunn: “Is this teacher an easy or hard grader?” “Which classes are easy A’s?” While these topics of conversation are common at a high...

Photo illustration by Shannon Lin

Leaving teachers share memories, advice for students: Cristina Florea

Liza Kolbasov, Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2019

After 13 years as a math teacher and business, entrepreneurship and math (BEAM) program coordinator, Cristina Florea will be leaving Gunn for St. Francis, where she will be in charge of organizing their new business program and design thinking curriculum. At St. Francis, Florea is excited to have...

Tattoos serve as outlet for displaying creativity, personality: Senior Jimmy Farley

Tattoos serve as outlet for displaying creativity, personality: Senior Jimmy Farley

Eric Epstein, Sports Editor March 29, 2019

Senior Jimmy Farley got his first tattoo on his 18th birthday earlier this March. His scripture tattoo on his bicep reads: “There are always flowers for those who want tosee them.” Farley had thought about getting a tattoo for a couple years prior, and he used that time to decide what...

Expensive summer programs augment financial inequality

Expensive summer programs augment financial inequality

Nikki Suzani, Managing Editor March 29, 2019

With news of the crackdown on parents illegally paying millions for their children to attend top universities, it would seem like the days of flaunting wealth in order to secure admission to college are over. Still, students at Gunn are likely to continue paying upwards of $5,000 for month-long...

Administration investigates vandalism across campus

Eric Epstein and Elisa Moraes-Liu May 18, 2018

An outbreak of vandalism has swept through campus in recent weeks. According to Principal Kathleen Laurence, the graffiti has mainly affected the school bathrooms, and the strong chemicals used to wash off the markings resulted in students being prohibited from using the facilities in the hours following...

Students ask for more Advanced Placement social studies classes

The Oracle March 30, 2018

Written by Elisa Moraes-Liu and Kristen Yee A group of students, led by school board representative senior Advait Arun, have been campaigning since February for an increased number of advanced humanities classes, specifically the implementation of more social studies electives. They currently have multiple...


Students win first place at Rotary Speech Contest

Quinn Arbolante March 6, 2018

Written by Quinn Arbolante On Jan. 24, juniors Anna Allport and Sophia Chiang won first place at the Rotary Speech contest. The contest was held by the Palo Alto Rotary Club and Palo Alto University Rotary Club and had the theme “Rotary: Making a Difference. What About Me?” Contestants had...

Art students paint mural for custodial staff

Art students paint mural for custodial staff

kristenyee00 February 2, 2018

Written by Kristen Yee Art students have started painting a mural on the custodial office after the idea was proposed by art teacher Deanna Messinger last semester. The inspiration for the project came to Messinger when she parked her car by the custodial sheds every morning. She saw how unpleasant...

Students and staff gather together for total solar eclipse

kristenyee00 September 8, 2017

Written by Kristen Yee On Aug. 21, Americans were greeted in the morning by a total eclipse, the first to cross the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic since June 8, 1918.   The total eclipse was incomplete for Palo Altans, as the moon blocked only 75 percent of the sun in California. The...

Schools should provide free condoms to students

carolynkuimelis October 11, 2016

Written by Carolyn Kuimelis School is a place for emotional as well as academic learning, and schools should take steps to open up the conversation about sexual health to ensure that their students are equipped with the knowledge and means to practice life-long skills such as safe sex. Having condoms...

The Gunn App provides campus info

The Gunn App provides campus info

carolynkuimelis September 9, 2016

By Carolyn Kuimelis Have you ever sat in class and wondered what the weekly schedule is? There’s an app for that. Designed by students, for students, the iOS App Development club’s The Gunn App serves as a portal for all things Gunn-related and provides an easy way for students to keep...

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