Benicia High School

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Coordinates: 38°03′56″N 122°10′30″W / 38.06556°N 122.17500°W / 38.06556; -122.17500[1]

Benicia High School
Established 1892
Type Public High School
Principal Damon Wright
Faculty 111
Students approx. 1700
Grades 9 - 12
Location 1101 Military West,
Benicia, California, United States
District Benicia Unified School District
Campus Suburban
47 acres (0.19km2)
Colors      Blue
Athletics Solano County Athletic Conference
Mascot Panther
Newspaper The Paw

Benicia High School is a public school serving roughly 1,700 students, grades nine through twelve.[2] 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[edit]

Benicia High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:[citation needed]

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus (AB and BC)
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Studio Art
  • United States Government
  • United States History
  • Human Geography
  • European History

Extra-curricular activities[edit]


Benicia High School competes in the Solano County Athletic Conference (SCAC) in Division III of the Sac-Joaquin Section.[3]

Sports include:[4]

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling


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:

Production Academic year Director Notes!
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
Scapin 2003-2004 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
Sweet Charity 2004-2005
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[5]
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
Odd Couple 2010–2011
Beauty and the Beast 2010–2011
Twelfth Night 2011-2012
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.[6][7][8][9] 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.

Student Leadership[edit]

The leadership class puts on events, rallies, and spirit days for the high school.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Benicia High School
  2. ^ "Benicia Unified School District". Benicia Unified School District. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  3. ^ "BHS Sports: Solano County Athletic Conference". Benicia Unified School District. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  4. ^ "BHS Sports". Benicia Unified School District. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  5. ^ 2006-2007 Arty Award Nominees and Winners
  6. ^ "Rose Parade Bands 1950 - 2006". Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  7. ^ Steve Rubenstein (December 28, 2000). "Pride of Benicia Marches Off to Fame and Roses / Predawn 5-mile rehearsals pay off". Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  8. ^ "FINAL 2005 ROSE PARADE BANDS & FLOATS". Dec 1, 2004. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Rose Parade Bands 1950 - 2006". Retrieved 2013-01-26.