Buchanan High School (Clovis, California)

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Buchanan High School
Buchanan High School (Clovis, California) logo.jpg
1560 N. Minnewawa
Clovis, Fresno, California
United States
Coordinates 36°51′29″N 119°42′52″W / 36.8580°N 119.7144°W / 36.8580; -119.7144Coordinates: 36°51′29″N 119°42′52″W / 36.8580°N 119.7144°W / 36.8580; -119.7144
Type Public High School
Opened 1991
School district Clovis Unified School District
NCES School ID 060903000367
Principal Joe Aiello
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,601[1] (2014–15)
Color(s) Air Force Blue and Red
Athletics conference CIF Central Section Division 1
Team name Bears
Rival Clovis high
Accreditation WASC

Dr. Floyd B. Buchanan High School, known as Buchanan High School, is a four-year public high school in Clovis, California, United States. The school is part the Buchanan Educational Center, which houses approximately 5,000 students at Garfield Elementary School (K-6), Alta Sierra Intermediate School (7-8), and Buchanan High School. The school graduated its first class in the spring of 1995, and is named after CUSD's first district superintendent, Dr. Floyd B. Buchanan, which makes Buchanan High School the only CUSD high school that does not contain "Clovis" in its name.


Buchanan High School fields academic teams in Science Olympiad, FRC Robotics, Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, Science Bowl, and Forensics. The high school offers fifteen AP classes as well as six honors classes, two comprehensive four-year foreign language programs, and a variety of performing and visual arts classes including drama, photography, ceramics, art, videography, choir, orchestra, color guard, and band among others. Additionally, students have the option of, as a Junior or Senior, taking vocationally-oriented courses through the Regional Occupational Training program or CART high school.

Honors classes:

  • Honors Biology,
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors English 9
  • Honors English 10
  • Honors Algebra 2
  • Honors Advanced Math and Analysis

AP Classes:

  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics C
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Language and Literature
  • AP World History
  • AP United States History
  • AP United States Government
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Spanish
  • AP French


The school has the largest campus in CUSD.

Years after the Track & Field/Football Stadium opened for use, it was renamed Veterans Memorial Stadium after the numerous Buchanan Students that have died in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars (unlike most high school stadiums, such as neighboring Clovis High's Daryle Lamonica Stadium, that are named after a former student athlete).

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) will be holding the CIF California State Track & Field Championships at Buchanan High School's Veteran's Memorial Stadium through 2017.

Test Scores and Honors[edit]

The school is a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School.[citation needed] For the 2007-2008 school year, Buchanan High School received a score of 76 (API) rating.[citation needed]


Buchanan was awarded "California Athletic High School of the Year" in 05-06.[citation needed] The Bears received "Special Mention State School of the Year" by CalHiSports for their athletic success in 07-08 and 08- 09.[citation needed] The Bears wrestling team was State Champions in the 2005-2006 season. The Bears Baseball Team was awarded the Powerade Fab50 National Champions title for the 2010-2011 season.[2] The Men's Volleyball team were Maxpreps Top-Ranked team in CA in 2011.

Varsity Athletics


  • Fall: Football, Water Polo, Cross Country
  • Winter: Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling
  • Spring: Baseball, Tennis, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball


  • Fall: Gymnastics, Water Polo, Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Golf
  • Winter: Soccer, Basketball
  • Spring: Badminton, Track and Field, Softball, Swimming and Diving


The marching band has won awards and trophies in the Western Band Association and Northern California Band Association.[citation needed] Under the direction of Key Poland, both concert wind ensembles were selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, April 14, 2001. [3]

The jazz band has produced several recordings, and has gone to the Monterey Next-Generation Jazz Festival in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and in 2014 of which they placed 2nd in the nation. They have also performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2014.

In May 2006, all four choir groups won 1st Gold at the spring festival[citation needed] and were given the prestigious Sweepstakes Award, earning the title of best high school choir on the entire West Coast that year. Similarly, in 2008 the groups placed 1st and 2nd and were duly noted for their outstanding work.

The school also has an award-winning National History Day team, an award-winning robotics team and a nationally ranked pep & cheer program.

Buchanan High School is also known for its nationally recognized Space Mission simulation, titled Columbia Space. This program was started to expose students to the wonders of space, as well as to honor the crew members on the Space Shuttle Columbia. In the program, students create an entire mission, from planning experiments to training and selecting astronauts, by themselves. The Columbia Space Mission had a downlink with the International Space Station with Astronaut Greg Chamitoff. Buchanan High school won the national, state and valley championships for baseball in 2011.

Other Distinctions[edit]

As of December 2010, eight Buchanan HS alumni have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than from any other California high school.[4]

Buchanan Library

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ "Buchanan High". NCES. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "POWERADE FAB 50 Rankings: Final". ESPN. Retrieved 1/7/2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 

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