M-A alumni

Here’s your chance to hear great bluegrass music – Menlo-Atherton High School style!

The finest bluegrass pickers to emerge from the halls of Menlo-Atherton High School are getting together this Saturday, July 15, for a special show at Club Fox in Redwood City (2209 Broadway). Since graduating in 2004 and 2005, Ryan Breen (banjo), Henry Warde (guitar), Kyle McCabe (bass), and Andy O’Brien (mandolin) have developed into some […]

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Kim Young works with POST to preserve and protect Peninsula lands

Looking back, Kim Young realizes she was too young to fully appreciate the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Program at Stanford. “I went straight into the program after graduating from Dartmouth,” she recalls. “Most of the people were older. It was a bit intimidating.” During her studies, which focused on poetry, she did meet writer and environmental activist Stegner, […]

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Ed Dobbs, local business owner and mentor to many, passes away at age 68

Edward Francis Dobbs, 68, passed away on February 22 at his home in Redwood City after a short and aggressive battle with brain cancer. He will be missed for many reasons, but most certainly for his warm smile and his love of life. A memorial service for Ed will take place at Peninsula Bible Church (3505 Middlefield Rd) […]

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M-A grad Alan Masaoka is respected glass artist with many private and public installations

Given his robost portfolio of private and public glass art, Menlo-Atherton High School alum Alan Masaoka surprised us: He didn’t go to art school nor even study art at either M-A nor the College of San Mateo. During a recent visit to his Carmel Valley studio, he explained: “I’ve always been interested in art and was […]

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Lifelong Menlo Park girlfriends double down on the Women’s March, walking in Oakland and The City

One was not enough for a group of friends who grew up in Menlo Park and all graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. Julia Sommer, Rebecca Strehlow, Rachel Fox, and Leah Worthington (pictured above, left to right, at Oakland Women’s March on Saturday) crossed the Bay Bridge to also participate in the San Francisco March. There they were joined […]

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Jordan Stone is taking “solar suitcases” to Kenya as part of a PG&E program for students and teachers

Menlo Park resident Jordan Stone may teach social science at Independence High School in San Jose, but it’s solar energy that’s taking him and two students to Kenya this February. “I got an email from another teacher about PG&E’s We Share Solar Suitcases® program,” Jordan explained. “It looked like a great opportunity to learn about solar design […]

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Spotted: M-A Class of ’66 parties on at Zott’s today

The Menlo-Atherton High School Class of ’66 held its 50th reunion last night at the Elks Lodge in Palo Alto, the same location they’d held their grad night festivities. And like most every other reunion that takes place locally, Sunday meant a “morning after” reconnection at Zott’s in Portola Valley. The inclement weather had them […]

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Marshall Magoon brews up magic shows from his Menlo Park home

When Marshall Magoon was in high school at Menlo-Atherton, he and some friends performed a magic show at Hillview. “We did the water tank escape and ended up damaging the stage, warping it,” he recalled. “We had to do another show the next year — for free.” Magic has been front and center in Marshall’s […]

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M-A grad Zachary Clarence’s video is a Facebook hit, but his passion is acting

Menlo-Atherton High School grad Zachary Clarence found himself in the spotlight last month when he made a two-minute film focusing on police and race relationships called Feeling Hopeful that was posted on Facebook. But it isn’t filmmaking that is first on Zach’s agenda but rather acting. “Ever since my parents dragged me kicking and screaming to theater camp, I’ve loved acting,” […]

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Peck family with long-time Menlo Park roots, own and operate JP Digital Imaging

JP Digital Imaging may be located in Mountain View, but there’s a lot of Menlo Park in the building. Jim, wife Leslie, and daughter Ashley are all Menlo-Atherton High School grads, and they all grew up here. Jim was first a photographer, shooting architectural interiors for his mother, much-respected local interior designer Mary Peck. “I started […]

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M-A alum Susan Samuels Drake chronicles her work with labor organizer Cesar Chavez in a book

Susan Samuels Drake grew up on Walsh Road in Atherton, graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and then attended Occidental College. It was a life, she says, that was both “white and privileged” —  hardly the background that would lead to working for and volunteering with the California farm workers movement in the ’60s. “Looking back, when […]

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