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Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Palo Alto High School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Palo Alto High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Palo Alto High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Palo Alto High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Palo Alto High School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Palo Alto High School.

List ranges from James Franco to Jeremy Lin and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Palo Alto High School?” and “Which celebrities are Palo Alto High School alumni?”
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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

Age: 40

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his ...more

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer

Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Joan Chandos Baez (; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has ...more

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Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Illustrator, Painter, Songwriter

Age: 79

Birthplace: USA, Highland Park, Illinois

Grace Barnett Wing Slick (born October 30, 1939) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's ...more

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Charles Haid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 75

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Charles Maurice Haid III (born June 2, 1943) is an American actor and film director, with notable work in both movies and television. He is best known for his portrayal of Officer Andy Renko in ...more
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Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Novelist, Author, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1889-1970)

Birthplace: Malden, Massachusetts, United States of America

Erle Stanley Gardner (July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970) was an American lawyer and author. He is best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, but he wrote numerous other novels and ...more
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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player

Age: 52

Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio

James Joseph Harbaugh (; born December 23, 1963) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head football coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines and is a former ...more

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Dave Franco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 33

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

David John Franco (born June 12, 1985) is an American actor. He began his career with small roles in films such as Superbad (2007) and Charlie St. Cloud (2010). Following a starring role in the ...more

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Kirk Wise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Animator

Age: 55

Birthplace: California

Kirk Wise (born August 24, 1963) 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 ...more
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Jim Loscutoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni

Age: 89

Birthplace: California

James Loscutoff Jr. (February 4, 1930 – December 1, 2015) was a professional basketball player for the NBA's Boston Celtics. A forward, Loscutoff played on seven Celtics championship teams ...more
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Ollie Johnston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Animator, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 96 (1912-2008)

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. ("Ollie") (October 31, 1912 – April 14, 2008) was an American motion picture animator. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, and the last surviving at the ...more
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Ron Wyden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Politician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

Ronald Lee Wyden (; born May 3, 1949) is the senior United States Senator for Oregon since 1996. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of ...more
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Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Drummer

Age: 40

Birthplace: California

Torrance Heather Castellano (born January 8, 1979, in San Francisco, California) is an American percussionist and the former drummer of The Donnas. She announced her retirement from drumming in ...more
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Whitfield Crane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Musician, Singer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California

William Whitfield Crane IV (born January 19, 1968) is a founding member and lead singer of the rock band Ugly Kid Joe, which was formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1997, reforming in 2010.
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Rink Babka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni

Age: 82

Birthplace: Cheyenne, Grant Village, Wyoming

Richard Aldrich "Rink" Babka (born September 23, 1936) is a retired American discus thrower. A former world record holder, Babka also won a silver medal in the discus event at the 1960 ...more
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Luke Paquin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
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Franklin "Pitch&quo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Franklin "Pitch" Johnson, Jr.

Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois

Mr. Franklin Pitcher ("Pitch") Johnson was co-founder in 1962 of Draper and Johnson Investment Company, venture capital company, and became an independent venture capitalist in 1965 as ...more
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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He unexpectedly led a winning ...more

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Teresa Noyola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
Teresa Noyola

Age: 28

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Teresa Noyola Bayardo (born 15 April 1990) is a Mexican footballer who plays for Icelandic club Valur and for the Mexico national team. She previously played for the Houston Dash, FC Kansas ...more