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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?”
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
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James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. He is also known for his roles in the films Flyboys, Pineapple Express, Milk, 127 Hours, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, This Is the End and The Interview. He had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital. For his role in 127 Hours, Franco was nominated for an Academy ...more

Age: 39

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

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#80 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

#80 on The Best Living American Actors

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
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Joan 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 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people's work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson ...more

Age: 77

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

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#59 on The Best Female Rock Singers

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#52 on Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like

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Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
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Grace Slick is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. She is considered one of the best female voices in rock history. ...more

Age: 78

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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#92 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#12 on The Best Female Rock Singers

#43 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#20 on The Most Psychedelic People Ever

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Charles Haid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Palo Alto High School Alumni
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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. Haid was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Grace Marian and Charles Maurice Haid, Jr. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he met Steven Bochco. He was associate producer of the original stage production of Godspell in 1971, which was developed at CMU. Haid's acting credits include the 1976/1977 police drama series Delvecchio as Sgt. Paul Schonski, the 1980s police drama series Hill Street Blues as Officer Andy Renko, and the 1980 movie Altered States as Dr. Mason Parrish. In ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: San Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area, + more

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