Around Town | June 24, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - June 24, 2011

Around Town

RANK AND FILE ... Gunn High School snagged 42nd place in Newsweek's 2011 rankings of "America's Best High Schools" but oddly, its cross-town rival was nowhere to be found on the 500-school list. With Palo Alto's two high schools virtually identical in the six metrics used by Newsweek to rank 1,100 schools, it was a peculiar outcome to say the least. While Gunn Principal Katya Villalobos reacted with appropriate modesty ("We are pleased with our students' achievement in all areas, this being one measure"), Palo Alto High School Principal Phil Winston got curious. After some inquiries, Winston said he learned that Newsweek's email had never made it to him or his administrative team. "Apparently it was sent to the folks from last year's admin team, who are not here any longer," he said. "We are working with Newsweek to get them our info. We should be on the 'board' very soon."

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