Fred C. Beyer High School
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|Fred C. Beyer High School|
|1717 Sylvan Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Home of the Patriots|
|School district||Modesto City Schools|
|Color(s)||Red, white and blue|
Although when it was opened in 1972 to an enrollment of 975 students, mostly freshmen and only a smattering of upperclassmen who transferred from other schools voluntarily, Beyer was originally designed to serve approximately 2000 students. By the time the first class of freshman had advanced to seniority, enrollment was about 1800. With the addition of numerous portable buildings, the number of enrolled students was as high as 3150, but since Enochs High School opened enrollment has returned to 1800.
When built, Beyer was on the outskirts of the city, halfway between Riverbank and Modesto. In anticipation of the 1976 United States Bicentennial, the Patriots were chosen as the school's mascot, and the school colors chosen as red, white, and blue.
Beyer High was intended to incorporate the latest advances in the science of education, the most prominent of which was Daily Demand Scheduling (DDS). It taught students the fourth R (Responsibility). DDS worked so well that school administrators from around the world would tour Beyer to observe how it was done. Unfortunately, DDS was terminated in 1981-82 school year by a decision of the Modesto City School Board of Trustees, over the objections of administrators, staff, students, and parents.
Beyer High School is renowned for its marching band and Color Guard programs. Their rise to excellence started under the instruction of Bill Parks, but the program grew to be nationally recognized under the direction of Gary P. Gilroy. Under Gilroy, the band traveled extensively and won numerous awards and competitions including Bands of America, The Fiesta Bowl and others.
Although a shadow of its former glory (and half the size), the band continues to experience competitive success in local California lower division marching competitions. The band last saw national success in 2001 under the direction of Michael R. DuFour (a former student of Gilroy) when they placed 2nd at The Fiesta Bowl. The band won two parades on St. Patrick's Day 1999 in Ireland, also under the direction of DuFour.
For various reasons, Beyer has seen many directors come and go since DuFour's departure in 2001, as well as dwindling attendance. But even with the lower numbers, the band has been greatly successful. Hovering around 85 members and in WBA Class AAA, Beyer won the Class A/AA/AAA championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007. The Beyer band also won third place in 2008 and second place in 2009, both close competitions. The band is currently under the direction of Marcos Rivera.  This past marching season 2013-2014, Beyer marching band made 2nd place in class AA in preliminaries. In championships, Beyer got 9th out of 17 bands. Championships included bands from Oregon and Arizona.
Debate and competitive speech teams
Former members of the Central California Conference (CCC). Current members of the Modesto Metropolitan Conference (MMC). Coach Doug Severe lead the Beyer Patriots to their first trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs in 2006. In 2007 the Beyer Patriots made their second trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.
Severe played on the 1975 Beyer football team, (nicknamed, the Laun Mower), led by coach Dean Laun, when Beyer won the CCC title while allowing opponents a total of 28 points, including the post-season. There being no Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in the 1970s, Beyer and Stagg High School played a Sac-Joaquin post-season game called the Turkey Bowl.
In 2011, Beyer's varsity football team went undefeated in league, and 8-2 overall. They beat Downey in decision to who won the MMC title, and won that in their division, continuing to proceed into the playoffs.
Beyer's baseball team frequently won conference championships in the 1970s.
Won frequent conference championships in the 1980s including a C.I.F. Sac-Joaquin Section AAA Tournament 2nd-place finish under P. Cornwell in 1985.
Beyer basketball saw a number of conference championships under coach Davis.
Beyer boys' cross-country team has taken three Division I Sac-Joaquin Section (Master's) championships.
Beyer girls' cross-country team went undefeated in the Central California Conference for six years (1994–1999).
Beyer's golf team usually competed in section playoffs and occasionally went to state finals under coach Streeter.
Swim team and water polo
- Eric Bell, former MLB player.
- M. Kevin McDaniel--class of 1993, U.S. Army, author
- Timothy Olyphant – class of 1986, Primetime Emmy-nominated actor
- Felix Pfeifle
- Jeremy Renner – class of 1989, Oscar-nominated actor
- Joel N. Ward
Drew Monson - class of 2013 - Internet personality
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