Paly ~ Class of '61
Official Thanksgiving Proclamation
It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God; To confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.
We know that, by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates this land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten God; we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitful needs of our hearts, that all those blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtues of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel this necessity of reclaiming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
Thanksgiving became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when during the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens". Every year the proclamation has been published in The Wall Street Journal on Thanksgiving Day.
October 21, 2pm - Grand Opening of new Peery Family Athletic Center
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New Gymnasium Prepares to Open
After nearly three years of faulty fire alarms, blocked roads, dust-filled air and the excrutiating-but-inevitable sounds of construction, Paly’s new gym has finally arrived.
As the construction of the new gym, Peery Family Center, is finishing off its final touch-ups, generations of Palo Alto High School students are ready to make new memories in the coming decades.
“The old gym that everyone remembers was like a pit because when you played basketball everybody watched down on you and no other gym was like that,” said Paly Physical Education (P.E.) teacher Jason Fung. “Watching the game was like watching a battle; it was a feeling of competition.”
The new gym has been under construction for the past 18 months. It will have an east and west side, the east side being the stadium with box seats and the west side being the side for P.E. classes.
Additionally, the Peery Family Center will include a smaller side gym, a weight room, a dance room, an aerobics room and locker rooms that are much larger than past practice rooms. There will also be rooms for different coaches, athletic teachers and a variety of sports activities.
“The new gym rivals any college [gymnasium] and it’s similar to a smaller division III college,” Fung said. “A lot of people can use it for all sports so it’s very beneficial for the school and athletic department. It’s bigger, so we can have numerous teams in there to have practice and workouts, which will be a plus for our sports program.”
The school had initially planned to use the donations to fix some of the existing problems in the old gym, including lack of proper air ventilation, poor acoustics and outdated equipment.
After receiving a major donation, Paly decided to build a completely new gym. The total cost of the new gym was $44 million.
“It’s going to be one incredible place. Just think about what an incredible place it’s going to be and multiply it by five.”
Vice Principal, Jerry Berkson
Paly plans to open the gym by the end of the school year to allow sports teams to practice over the summer. The new gym will also host rallies and a variety of events next year.
“[The old gym is] going to be a place that a lot of people miss because that was [the gym that] we knew,” Fung said. “The generations to come will enjoy what we have now because they won’t know about the old gym, but will make their own memories in the new gym.”
BELOW: ARTIST'S RENDERINGS OF NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - COMPLETED
NEW MEDIA ARTS CENTER
"THE 800 BUILDING" MATH, HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES and MEETING ROOMS
Remember you promised them you wouldn't forget.
JACK - July 6, 1943 ~ May 11, 2017
INGRID - Jan 22, 1944 ~ May 22, 2017
TUCK - July 7, 1944 ~ June 1, 2017
"The high school experience is the mother lode of group memories. It's the imprint and paradigm because that's where our roots are; it was the site of our coming of age and where adult life started, where we found our first role models and maybe our first love." Dick Henning
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