Berkeley Unified School District

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The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) is the public school district for the city of Berkeley, California, United States. The district is managed by the Superintendent of Schools, and governed by the Berkeley Board of Education, whose members are elected by voters. Its administrative offices are located in the old West Campus main building at 2020 Bonar Street, on the corner of Bonar and University Avenue.


The current "unified" district was created on July 1, 1936 with the merger of the Berkeley Schools District and the Berkeley High School District.[1]

District administrative offices were originally (in the late 19th century) at or near the Kellogg School (above Shattuck Avenue between Center Street and Allston Way).

In 1927 a two-story administration building was completed at 2325 Milvia Street (at the corner of Durant Avenue, across from the grounds of Berkeley High School). Designated a seismic hazard after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, it was put to non-school purposes beginning in 1940[2] and was razed sometime before 1948, the site becoming tennis courts for the high school.

In January 1940 administrative offices were moved to 1414 Walnut Street (the original Garfield Jr. High, later University Elementary and the temporary site, after the 1923 fire, of Hillside Elementary).

In 1979, the district offices moved to the Old City Hall at 2134 Martin Luther King Way, and in 2012 to 2020 Bonar Street (originally Luther Burbank Junior High School, then Berkeley High School West Campus, and finally the Berkeley Adult School).[3]


The school district is managed by the Berkeley Board of Education. It consists of five members (who serve four-year terms) and two student directors. As of 2015 the members are:[4]

  • President Judy Appel
  • Vice President Beatriz Levya-Cutler
  • Director Karen Hemphill
  • Director Josh Daniels
  • Director Ty Alper


  • Berkeley Adult School
  • Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School at Whittier (formerly Whittier Elementary)
  • Berkeley High School
  • Berkeley Technology Academy (opened Fall 2001; replaced East Campus, Berkeley High School)
  • Cragmont Elementary School
  • Emerson Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • John Muir Elementary School
  • LeConte Elementary School
  • Longfellow Magnet Middle School
  • Malcolm X Arts & Academics Magnet Elementary School (formerly Lincoln Elementary)
  • Martin Luther King Middle School (formerly Garfield Junior High School), site of the Edible Schoolyard project
  • Oxford Elementary School
  • Rosa Parks Environmental Science Magnet Elementary School (formerly Columbus Intermediate School)
  • Thousand Oaks Elementary School
  • Washington Communication & Technology Elementary School
  • Willard Middle School


  • Burbank Jr. High School (closed 1968; remodeled and reopened as West Campus-Berkeley High School)
  • East Campus, Berkeley High School (first located at renamed McKinley Continuation School, relocated to temporary buildings at former Savo Island federal housing site(Derby at Grove) in 1971; closed after Spring 2001, replaced by Berkeley Alternative High School)
  • Edison Junior High School (located on Oregon Street and Russell at King Street; became the Instructional Materials Center for the district, remodeled after a major fire in August, 1970)
  • Franklin Elementary School (closed 2002; re-opened as Berkeley Adult School; originally was the site of the oldest school in Berkeley, the Ocean View School, established in 1856, renamed the San Pablo Avenue School in 1879, renamed Franklin in 19??)
  • Grizzly Peak Primary School (formerly Little Hillside Primary School) (closed 1981)
  • Hillside Elementary School (closed 1983)
  • Kellogg Primary School (1880–1910, Berkeley's second public school, located at Center and Oxford; Berkeley High School was located on the grounds from 1880–1900; after Kellogg closed, its buildings were rented to the California College of Arts and Crafts from 1911–1921; subsequently razed)
  • Lorin School
  • McKinley Continuation School (renamed East Campus of Berkeley High in late 1960s (closed 1970); building razed, site became part of the Rochdale Apartments student housing cooperative)
  • Rose Street School
  • Tilden Primary School (formerly Cragmont Primary School; closed 1981)
  • University Elementary School (opened in 1922–23 at 1414 Walnut Street in a building originally housing Garfield Junior High, and in later years, the site of the Berkeley Unified School District's headquarters building now located at the former West Campus)
  • West Campus, Berkeley High School (closed 1986; became the site of the Berkeley Adult School until 2004; since 2012, the site of the administrative offices of the district)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The City of Berkeley, Mary Johnson, 1942, p.56 (typewritten mss in Berkeley Public Library History Room)
  2. ^ Berkeley Daily Gazette, Aug.10, 1944, p.5
  3. ^ Campus Project
  4. ^ "School Board Members". Berkeley Unified School District. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 

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