Benicia High School
|Benicia High School|
|Type||Public High School|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Location||1101 Military West,
Benicia, California, United States
|District||Benicia Unified School District|
47 acres (0.19km2)
|Athletics||Solano County Athletic Conference|
Benicia High School is a public school serving roughly 1,700 students, grades nine through twelve. It is located in Benicia, California, in the East Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Like most California high schools, it is an open-air facility. The campus is adjacent to Mary Farmar Elementary School.
Advanced Placement courses
- Art History
- Calculus (AB and BC)
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- Environmental Science
- Spanish Language
- Studio Art
- United States Government
- United States History
- Human Geography
- European History
Benicia High School competes in the Solano County Athletic Conference (SCAC) in Division III of the Sac-Joaquin Section.
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
- Water Polo
Throughout the year, the department puts on two dance shows and two plays, one of which is a musical. In some years the students put on their own production. The department also funds an improvisational comedy team which performs shows on select Fridays throughout the school year.
Previous productions include:
|Noises Off||2001-2002||Paul Heller|
|Anything Goes||2001-2002||Christine Mani|
|Big Love||2002-2003||Paul Heller|
|A Chorus Line||2002-2003||Christine Mani|
|Little Shop of Horrors||2003-2004||Greg Blunt||Choreographed by Christine Mani|
|Hard Candy||2003-2004||Natasha Harris|
|John Simon Hates Me||2003-2004||Derek Noel|
|Thieves Carnival||2004-2005||Paul Heller|
|42nd Street||2004-2005||Christine Mani||Choreographed by Natasha Harris|
|You're A Good Man Charlie Brown||2003-2004||Natasha Harris and Lauren Cheak|
|Five Women Wearing the Same Dress||2004-2005||Christine Mani|
|10 Little Indians||2004-2005|
|Bye Bye Birdie||2005-2006||Christine Mani|
|Rumors||2005-2006||Amelia Gonsalves and Jordan DeLong|
|The Mouse that Roared||2006-2007||John Baker||Nominee for Best Set Design in local "Tony-esque" award ceremony|
|Seussical||2006–2007||Christine Mani||Choreographed by Leslie Chapman. Winner of several local awards, including Best High School Production|
|On the Razzle||2007–2008||John Baker|
|On the Town||2007–2008||Kim Thompson||Winner of all nine awards in the "High School" category in the Artys|
|Crimes of the Heart||2008–2009||Christine Mani||Produced by John Baker|
|Once Upon a Mattress||2008–2009||Christine Mani||Produced by Carl Kittrell|
|Into the Woods||2009–2010||Christine Mani and Kim Thompson|
|Beauty and the Beast||2010–2011|
|The Music Man||2011-2012|
|The Imaginary Invalid||2012-2013||Christine Mani|
|Spamalot||2012-2013||Kim Thompson||Choreographed by Christine Mani|
|The Elephant Man||2013-2014||Christine Mani|
|Guys and Dolls||2013-2014||Christine Mani||Choreographed by Juliet Henry, vocal direction by Chris Piazza|
The band consists of five main groups: the marching band, the concert bands, the color guard, the jazz band, and the drumline. The bands and the colorguard perform and compete regularly in the fall and spring, as well as a winter color guard and winter drumline during the winter. The band competes in the Northern California Band Association. The band was formerly under the direction of award-winning directors including Dalt Williams and Roxanna Macheel. The program is now led by Patrick Martin.
- Marching Band - The marching band performed in the 2001 and 2005 Tournament of Roses Parades. The marching band receives high scores at NCBA competitions every year.
- Concert Bands - Benicia High School has two concert bands, a symphonic band and an audition-only wind ensemble. In 2003 the wind ensemble performed at the California Band Directors' Association state conference. In 2005 the wind ensemble was selected to perform at the California Music Educators' Association state convention in Pasadena, California. Both concert groups play some of the most difficult music in concert band repertoire, including "To Tame the Perilous Skies," "Twelve Seconds to the Moon," "Music of the Spheres," "Spin Cycle," "Exotic Particles and the Confinement of Quarks," and "The Tyger."
- Color Guard - The Benicia High School Color Guard competes along with the marching band during marching season and by itself during the winter season.
- Jazz Band - The jazz band competes and performs in several concerts throughout the year at venues such as jazz festivals, car shows, gift and wine auctions, crab feeds, school concerts, and back-to-school night.
- Drum Line - The Benicia High School Winter Drumline is an NCBA Open class marching percussion ensemble. Their 2010 show, "A Dark Circus," won the unit first place at the NCBA Winter Championships hosted at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California.
- A capella - Originally founded by Ryan Betita in 2009, A capella is the Panther Band Program vocal group. Their repertoire includes hip hop songs by various artists. Their name is not to be confused with "a cappella," the genre of music that includes no instruments other than the human voice.
The yearbook is designed and produced by students as part of a class.
The leadership class puts on events, rallies, and spirit days for the high school.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Benicia High School
- "Benicia Unified School District". Benicia Unified School District. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "BHS Sports: Solano County Athletic Conference". Benicia Unified School District. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "BHS Sports". Benicia Unified School District. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- 2006-2007 Arty Award Nominees and Winners
- "Rose Parade Bands 1950 - 2006". Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- Steve Rubenstein (December 28, 2000). "Pride of Benicia Marches Off to Fame and Roses / Predawn 5-mile rehearsals pay off". SFGate.com. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- "FINAL 2005 ROSE PARADE BANDS & FLOATS". Dec 1, 2004. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- "Rose Parade Bands 1950 - 2006". Retrieved 2013-01-26.