AKA: Paly High, Palo Alto, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - high schools

Designers: Allison and Allison, Architects (firm); David Clark Allison (architect); James Edward Allison (architect)

Dates: constructed 1917-1918

50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Building History

A public high school has served students in Palo Alto, CA, since 1898. This school complex, erected during World War I, celebrated its grand opening on 12/24/1918. The campus cost $225,000 to build. By 1918, Allison and Allison had designed a number of modern school buildings in California, making them a design leader in the field; the school board's selection of a Los Angeles firm, despite its qualifications, was controversial, as many thought this important commission should go to a local practitioner. The firm operated from 1910 until the advent of World War II, in 1942.

PCAD id: 4284