An investigative look at premier athletes from Palo Alto who chose to play elsewhere. by JOSH STERN
BEST THERE NEVER WERE Eric Redwood (Serra ‘13), Nelson PerlaWard (Sacred Heart ‘15) and Camille Zellinger (Sacred Heart ‘14) are just some of the notable athletes who live in the Paly district but chose to attend different schools.
f you ask basketball phenom E.J. Floreal (Laurence Dunbar ‘13) what he misses about Palo Alto, he’ll tell you about the Paly-Gunn crosstown rivalry: green and white versus red and black. The two schools exist in close proximity and relish clashing in a competitive environment. This kind of high-intensity rivalry game is something that Floreal holds close to his heart. Thinking he would finish his high school career as a Viking, Floreal learned at the end of his junior year that he would wear red and black for the entirety of his senior basketball season, not for Gunn but for his new school in Lexington, Ky. Floreal, along with many other Palo Alto natives, chose to leave the Palo Alto area to attend other schools over Paly. Of course, the impact these players may have made if they had chosen to become or remain Vikings is difficult to quantify. However, the most notable athletes that left Palo Alto’s sports programs went on to star at other schools in their respective sports. Many have now committed to play their sports at Division I and Division III colleges
Published on Apr 26, 2013