Buena High School (California)

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Coordinates: 34°16′39.32″N 119°13′01.76″W / 34.2775889°N 119.2171556°W / 34.2775889; -119.2171556

Buena High School
Buena High School Front Entrance
5670 Telegraph Rd
Ventura, California, 93003 United States

Type Public
Established 1961
Principal Mike Irving
Enrollment 2,029
Campus Mid-Size City
Color(s) Blue and Black
Athletics conference CIF Channel League
Mascot Bulldogs
Rival Ventura High School

Buena High School is part of the Ventura Unified School District and serves most of the eastern portion of Ventura. The school has an enrollment of 2,312 students.


In Fall 2009, Buena High School went 8-2 to go on to the play offs, where they won their first game and lost their second against Valencia. Early in 2010 St. Bonaventure announced it would forfeit its 11 wins and its Channel League title, making Buena number one in the Channel League. Buena also beat Ventura High school for the first time in 6 years.

Rivalry With Ventura High[edit]

Buena High School has a long lasting rivalry with Ventura High School, which is in the Mid-Town district. Buena has lost five of the past six football games between the two. The winning team of the varsity football game is awarded with the Suzanne Brown Memorial Trophy. As a result of the 2013 victory, the trophy now stands at Ventura High.

Girls Basketball[edit]

Buena High Schools girls basketball team is the most successful team in both wins and winning percentage in California History. Joe Vaughan created a basketball culture in the city of Ventura leading Buena to a record of 765-112 during his tenure at Buena, most in California along with best winning percentage. Vaughan led the Buena girls program has 2 California State Titles, and 14 CIF Championship appearances. Vaughan has accumulated numerous individual coaching awards along the way including State Coach of the Year. Buena and its rivalry with cross town rival Ventura is one of the most watched girls game every year as these two teams represent some of the best in the area. Buena has won 34 Channel League titles in 40 years. Buena has produced 2 Parade All Americans, Kelly Greathouse and Courtney Young, along with one McDonald's All American, Courtney LaVere. Buena girls have 8 undefeated regular seasons, most in California. Buena is currently coached by David Guenther, who has one CIF Finals appearance and two State tournament appearances.

Music Department[edit]

Buena Music Department Home Page

The marching band performs routinely at almost every home game, as well as participation in several of the area's marching band competitions. Being the only high school in the city of Ventura to offer a marching band, the group makes an appearance in the city's two major parades; the Ventura County Fair Parade and St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The Buena High School Music program dates back to the fall of 1961 when Buena first opened its doors for students. Since that time, the band program has been led by seven Band Directors. The current director is Daniel Algazy. Enrollment is as high as 180 musicians.

Students participating in the Buena Music Department have opportunities to perform in many high caliber ensembles including Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Beginning Instruments, Studio 'A' Jazz Band, Lab Jazz Ensemble, Winter Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Colorguard.

The Buena High School Music program has a reputation for excellence. The school's groups have traveled through 10 of the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico. In 2002, Buena represented the United States at the XIV International Festival of Festive Music in Castellón de la Plana. The marching band also attended the Rose Parade in Pasadena in 1983 with over 200 band members in enrollment.

During the 2012-2013 School Year, three music ensembles qualified for regional championships. The "Pride of the Gold Coast" Marching Band qualified for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) Championships, placing 7th in the 2A Division. The Winter Percussion Ensemble qualified for the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA) Championships, Placing 10th in the Percussion Scholastic A Division. The Winter Colorguard received a Bronze Medal at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Championships in the Regional AA Division, having been promoted from the Regional A Division at the beginning of the season.

In the 2013-2014 School Year the Winter Percussion Ensemble qualified for the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA) Championships in the Percussion Scholastic Open Division, placing 10th in this higher classification than the previous year. The Winter Colorguard began competition in the Regional AAA Division of the Winter Guard Association of Southern California and was promoted to the Intermediate A division based on their talent. This classification is four levels higher than when the program was re-established in 2013. The Wind Ensemble received a Unanimous Superior Rating at an SCSBOA Concert Festival held at West Ranch High School in the Spring of 2014.

In the 2014-2015 School Year the Pride of the Gold Coast Marching Band, edging on a membership of 100 members, will be donning new uniforms, seen here: www.gofundme.com/prideofthegoldcoast


Previous productions include The Nightmare Before Christmas (2004), The Breakfast Club (2005), Moulin Rouge! (2007), To Kill A Mockingbird (2007) and Little Shop of Horrors (2008). The 2008/2009 season included Much Ado About Nothing and Beauty and the Beast as well as student directed One Acts, a Musical Revue, an annual Short Film Festival, Red Ribbon Week skits, and the annual "Comedy Shop."

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