Buchanan High School

Buchanan fans group photo

Facilities: Gymnasiums, Athletic Fields, Sports Complex, Stadium, Science Labs, Computer Lab, Library, Cafeteria, Kitchen, Locker Rooms & Pool

BHS alumni have gone on to study at universities such as Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and USC.

Awards and Achievements:

  • National Blue Ribbon School
  • California Distinguished School
  • World Championships Robotics
  • California Athletic High School of the Year
  • Clovis Unified CLASSI Award
  • Athletic League Championships – 160
  • California Central Championships -108
  • California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships – 7
  • National Championships – 5
  • Athletic Supremacy Award
  • CA excellence in education

Situated in a rapidly growing suburban community in the northeast section of Clovis with a strong concentration of business managers and professionals, Buchanan High School (BHS) is a comprehensive four-year high school. The school opened in the fall of 1991 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 1995. BHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and holds memberships in the College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. BHS is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School.

Core Values

  • All students can learn.
  • Education is a journey of continuous improvement involving the school, the family, and the community.
  • Preparation, work ethic and accountability promote achievement.
  • Public responsibility and citizenship promote unity.
  • Together we succeed…it’s people not programs

Expected School Wide Learning Results

  • Understand how to connect their knowledge to the global community.
  • Utilize their skills as critical and creative thinkers to succeed in any post secondary environment.
  • Practice a work ethic which allows them to manage time and set goals toward the future.
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices and contribute to their community.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language, English Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art Drawing, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History.

Honors Courses

Honors courses are offered in the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.

Special Programs

Special programs include accelerated placement, work experience, college courses without credit, bilingual education, and special education.


The course schedule is organized on a rotating block schedule. Students attend all courses on Monday and attend alternating blocks on Tuesday through Friday.

A minimum of 230 units are required for graduation with course requirements as follows:

  • English: 8 semesters
  • Mathematics: 4 semesters (including Math 1/Algebra 1 and Math 2/Geometry)
  • Social Science: 7 semesters (World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government and Economics)
  • Science: 5 semesters (including biological, physical and health)
  • Physical Education: 8 semesters
  • Academic Breadth: 2 semesters (Foreign Language, Visual or Performing Arts, or CTE Course)
  • Other: 2 additional semesters (Foreign Language, Visual or Performing Arts, Science (3rd year), Math (3rd year), Language Arts or Math Intervention,or CTE Course)

Buchanan was awarded “California Athletic High School of the Year” in 05-06. The Bears received “Special Mention State School of the Year” by CalHiSports for their athletic success in 07-08 and 08- 09. 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. The Men’s Volleyball team were Maxpreps Top-Ranked team in CA in 2011. Buchanan High school won the national, state and valley championships for baseball in 2011.


  • Boys and Girls Water Polo
  • Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • Football
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Gymnastics


  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Soccer
  • Wrestling


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Softball
  • Track and Field

BHS also offers a wide range of fine arts and extracurricular clubs activities, including:

  • Performing arts: band, jazz band, orchestra, choir, improv, orchestra
  • Visual arts: photo, ceramics, videography
  • Academic teams: Academic Decathlon, Destination Imagination, Forensics/Debate, History Day, Math Team, Mock Trial, Robotics, Science Bowl, Science Fair, Science Olympiad
  • Clubs: 40 clubs including Key Club, College Bound, Women in STEM, Chess Club, Computer Science Club, and Writer’s Club


1560 North Minnewawa Avenue, Clovis, CA, USA

School Details

Year Established: 1991
School Type: Public, Co-ed
Grades: 9-12
Grades For International Students: 9-12
Campus Size: 160 Acres
High School Enrollment: 2699
AP / Dual Credit Courses: 17 AP
SAT / ACT Average: 1129 / 24.0