History of the School

  • Beginnings
    Buena Park High School opened its doors with 508 students on September 11, 1956, as the third school in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. Our school was made possible by a bond issue voted by citizens in the FJUHSD to serve students in Buena Park, La Palma, and west Fullerton.

    Under the leadership of the first principal, Mr. Richard Spaulding, the enrollment increased to 2,200. The BPHS student body recognized Richard Spaulding for his many years of service as principal by re-naming the football stadium in his honor. Dr. John Machisic succeeded Mr. Spaulding in 1974, and served in that capacity until 1975. Dr. Jack Holm followed Dr. Machisic for the next seven years until 1983, when Mr. Jim Bremer, a BPHS graduate (1960) began his tenure at Buena Park. Dr. George Giokaris assumed the responsibilities of principal from 1987 to 1989; Ms. Christine Hoffman served from 1989-1992; and Tom Triggs served from 1992-1998. Dr. Michael Conroy served from 1998-2001. Mrs. Maggie Buchan served from 2001-2006. Dr. Benjamin Wolf served from 2006-2009. Mr. Jim Coombs served from 2010-2016. Currently, Mr. Sonje Berg is serving as principal, he began in 2017. All of these leaders, including the assistant principals, have given their time, energy and creative talents to mold BPHS into the fine school it is today.

    Since 1967, Buena Park High School has undergone the accreditation process eight times. Most recently, the school went through the process in 2010-2011. Under the supervision of the Western Association of Schools and colleges, an intensive review was completed of every facet of the school's operation. A full six-year accreditation was awarded to Buena Park High School which certifies to all other educational institutions that our high school meets all standards set for high quality schools and that credits and grades earned by our graduates are based on quality criteria.

    Buena Park High School enjoys high status in academics, athletics and the performing arts. High performance standards in the classroom, in competitive sports, and in artistic productions have earned an outstanding reputation. Numerous trophies, awards, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars awarded in scholarships validate these claims.

    Continuing On
    Every student at Buena Park High School is encouraged to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to learn, participate, and grow. By doing so, the best can be derived, and at the same time, through such effort, the strength of our school will continue to grow.