News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Advisory Committee Recommends Future Options for Cubberley
Contact : Thomas Fehrenbach, Economic Development Manager, City Manager's Office    650-329-2604
Mike Cobb, CCAC Co-Chair    650.328.2622
Cubberley Community Advisory Committee to Present Final Report and Recommendations on the future of Cubberley at Joint Meeting of School Board and City Council Planned

Palo Alto, CA – On Thursday, March 14, a joint meeting of the full Palo Alto Unified School District board and City Council will be held at the Cubberley Community Theater at 7 PM to discuss the future of Cubberley. This 35-acre site is the last major plot of publicly-owned land in the City proper, and its long term future use is critical to both community services and education. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting and be a part of this important discussion.

Since June 2012, a group of citizen volunteers, the Cubberley Community Advisory Committee (CCAC), has been meeting with staff from the City and the School District to prepare a report outlining their recommendations for the future of Cubberley. The CCAC will present its findings in the public study session. The joint study session provides the School Board and City Council an opportunity to discuss the report with the community.

According to the CCAC report, "Cubberley is again at a critical crossroads." The School District may need land at Cubberley again for a high school if student enrollment numbers rise. At the same time, Palo Alto's changing population values the essential community center services that have evolved at the center over the last few decades.

“The Cubberley site represents a critical and important decision that is both a great challenge and a great opportunity for the entire community,” said Mike Cobb, CCAC Co-Chair. “To fully realize the opportunity that Cubberley presents for defining a better future for the Palo Alto community, visionary decisions are needed to define that future — nine months of dedicated effort by the CCAC has demonstrated that it is not only possible, but truly imperative that the needs of the schools and community services and recreation are accommodated on the site well into the future.”

In 1979, Cubberley was closed due to decreasing enrollment. The City replaced the vacant high school with a thriving community center that has grown in use and importance over the years. 

The City currently manages and maintains the entire 35-acre site, of which it owns 8 acres. The remaining 27 acres is owned by the School District and leased to the City. The current lease has two 5-year options for continuation beginning in 2014 that must be jointly agreed upon by the City and School District by the end of 2013.

“The committee agrees that the City and School District must work together to assure community services can be accommodated while maintaining flexibility for a likely school in the future,” said Mandy Lowell, CCAC Co-Chair.

The CCAC report is presented in four volumes and includes the following:

  • Volume 1 - Summary of the opportunity that Cubberley presents and recommendations for how to shape a future that will serve both community and educational needs;
  • Volume 2 – Reports of the four subcommittees: School Needs, Community Needs, Facilities, and Finance;
  • Volume 3 – Background information, including the formation of the CCAC and a record of meetings; and
  • Volume 4  - Appendices, including CCAC minutes, master planning documents, City and School District financial outlook and budgetary information, joint use concepts, a CCAC briefing book, and tenant-related information.

The full CCAC report can be found here [] and the meeting agenda here [].