Palo Alto High School Alumni

Palo Alto High School alumni

  • Allan Hoover Allan Hoover
    Allan Henry Hoover was the younger son of President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry. His elder brother was Herbert Clark Hoover, Jr.. Allan was a mining engineer, rancher, and financier.
  • Allison Robertson Allison Robertson
    Allison Rae Robertson is the guitarist for rock bands The Donnas and Chelsea Girls.
  • Bill Pidto
    Bill Pidto is a former radio personality on Mad Dog Radio on the show The B-Team and is currently an anchor for MSG Network's coverage of New York Rangers road games and select New York Knicks games. He was formerly a journalist for ESPN from 1993 to 2008.
  • Blake Colburn Wilbur Blake Colburn Wilbur
    Blake Colburn Wilbur was a surgeon and one of the founders of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.
  • Brian Kelly (composer)
    Brian Kelly is an American composer, pianist, and recording artist producing contemporary instrumental and solo piano music. He has released three contemporary piano instrumental albums and published two sheet music songbooks.
  • Charles Brenner (mathematician)
    Charles Hallam Brenner is an American mathematician who is the originator of forensic mathematics.
  • Charles Haid
    Charles Maurice Haid III is an American actor and director, with notable work in both movies and television. He is best known for his portrayal of Officer Andy Renko in Hill Street Blues.
  • Christopher Tin Christopher Tin
    Christopher Chiyan Tin is an American composer of concert music, film, and video game scores. His work is primarily orchestral and choral, often with a world music influence. He has won two Grammy Awards for his classical crossover album Calling All Dawns.
  • Dave Feldman
    Dave Feldman is an American sportscaster. Formerly at ESPN and WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., Feldman began his current position as reporter and television anchor for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco, California on July 23, 2012.
  • Dave Schultz (wrestling)
    David Leslie "Dave" Schultz was an American Olympic and world champion freestyle wrestler, a seven-time World and Olympic medalist. He coached individuals and teams at the college level and also privately.
  • David Blatner
    David Blatner is a writer and speaker specializing in desktop publishing software, such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and QuarkXPress.
  • David Eppstein David Eppstein
    David Arthur Eppstein is an American computer scientist and mathematician. He is a Chancellor's Professor of computer science at the University of California, Irvine. He is known for his work in computational geometry, graph algorithms, and recreational mathematics.
  • Douglas Hofstadter Douglas Hofstadter
    Douglas Richard Hofstadter is an American professor of cognitive science whose research focuses on the sense of "I", consciousness, analogy-making, artistic creation, literary translation, and discovery in mathematics and physics.
  • Erle Stanley Gardner Erle Stanley Gardner
    Erle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author. Though best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, he wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces, as well as a series of nonfiction books, mostly narrations of his travels through Baja California and other regions in Mexico.
  • Grace Slick Grace Slick
    Grace Barnett Slick is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's burgeoning psychedelic music scene in the mid–1960s.
  • Hugo Leistner
    Hugo "Swede" Leistner was an American hurdler. Leistner won the NCAA championship in the 120 yd hurdles in 1925 and placed in the top four at the United States championships several times in both that event and the 220 yd hurdles.
  • James Franco James Franco
    James Edward Franco is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. For his role in 127 Hours, Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • Jeremy Lin Jeremy Lin
    Jeremy Shu-How Lin is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the New York Knicks in 2012, which generated a global craze known as "Linsanity".
  • Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh
    James Joseph Harbaugh is the head football coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines and is a former quarterback. He played college football at Michigan for coach Bo Schembechler from 1983 to 1986 and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons from 1987 to 2000.
  • Jim Loscutoff Jim Loscutoff
    James Loscutoff Jr was a professional basketball player for the NBA's Boston Celtics. A forward, Loscutoff played on seven Celtics championship teams between 1956 and 1964.
  • Joan Baez Joan Baez
    Joan Chandos Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice, Baez has performed publicly for over 59 years, releasing over 30 albums.
  • Joe Sebok Joe Sebok
    Joe Sebok is a professional poker player from San Francisco, California. His stepfather, Barry Greenstein, is also a professional poker player. He is known as "The Cub" because he calls Greenstein "Bear."
  • Joe Simitian Joe Simitian
    Saren Joseph Simitian is a California Democratic politician. From 2004 to 2012, he was the State Senator representing California's 11th State Senate district, which encompasses all or part of 13 cities in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.
  • John Markoff John Markoff
    John Markoff is a journalist best known for his work at The New York Times, and a book and series of articles about the 1990s pursuit and capture of hacker Kevin Mitnick.
  • Jon Huntsman Sr.
    Jon Meade Huntsman Sr. is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals.
  • Karen Joy Fowler Karen Joy Fowler
    Karen Joy Fowler is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. Her work often centers on the nineteenth century, the lives of women, and alienation.
  • Kirk Wise
    Kirk Wise is an American film director, animator and screenwriter best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Wise has directed such Disney animated films as Beauty and the Beast, ', and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Luke McDonnell
    Luke McDonnell is an American artist whose early career was spent specialising in comic books.
  • Marilyn Stablein
    Marilyn Stablein is an American poet, essayist, fiction writer and mixed media artist whose sculptural artist's books, altered books and performance art concern visual narrative, travelogue and memoir.
  • Mark Schultz (wrestler)
    Mark Philip Schultz is an American Olympic and 2-time World champion freestyle wrestler and a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, the California Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the San Mateo Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Ollie Johnston Ollie Johnston
    Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. was an American motion picture animator. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, and the last surviving at the time of his death from natural causes. He was recognized by The Walt Disney Company with its Disney Legend Award in 1989.
  • Rink Babka Rink Babka
    Richard Aldrich "Rink" Babka is a retired American discus thrower. A former world record holder, Babka also won a silver medal in the discus event at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
  • Rob Minkoff Rob Minkoff
    Robert R. "Rob" Minkoff is an American filmmaker. He is known for directing the double Academy Award–winning animated feature The Lion King.
  • Ron Pigpen McKernan Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
    Ronald Charles McKernan, known as Pigpen, was an American singer and musician. He was a founding member of the San Francisco band the Grateful Dead and played in the group from 1965 to 1972.
  • Ron Wyden Ron Wyden
    Ronald Lee Wyden is the senior United States Senator for Oregon, serving since 1996, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1996. He is the current dean of Oregon's Congressional Delegation.
  • Tad Williams Tad Williams
    Robert Paul "Tad" Williams is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. He is the author of the multivolume Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, Otherland series, and Shadowmarch series as well as the standalone novels Tailchaser's Song and The War of the Flowers.
  • The Donnas The Donnas
    The Donnas are an American rock band from Palo Alto, California. They consist of Brett Anderson, Allison Robertson, Maya Ford and Amy Cesari. Cesari replaced Torry Castellano, who left the band in 2009 due to tendonitis.
  • Tom Franco
    Thomas Andrew "Tom" Franco is an American actor, artist and the founder of the Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley, California. Tom Franco is the brother of actors James Franco and Dave Franco.
  • Tom Stern (cinematographer)
    Thomas Evans "Tom" Stern, ASC, AFC is an American cinematographer best known for his work on films directed by Clint Eastwood. He has been Eastwood's primary cinematographer since Blood Work in 2002 and has worked as a gaffer since 1977.
  • Torry Castellano Torry Castellano
    Torrance Heather Castellano is the former drummer of The Donnas, announcing her retirement in July 2010.
  • Whitfield Crane Whitfield Crane
    William Whitfield "Whit" Crane IV is a founding member and lead singer of the rock band Ugly Kid Joe, which formed in 1989 and disbanded in 1997, reforming in 2010.

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