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Burbank High School (Burbank, California)

Burbank High School is a public high school in Burbank, California. It was established in 1908 and opened on September 14, 1914, and its inaugural class had 334 students. It is a part of the Burbank Unified School District. The area had previously been served by the Glendale Union High School District.

Burbank High School
Burbank High School Bulldog and Letter Logo.jpg
902 N. Third Street
Burbank, CA
Coordinates34°11′17″N 118°18′48″W / 34.1880°N 118.31326°W / 34.1880; -118.31326Coordinates: 34°11′17″N 118°18′48″W / 34.1880°N 118.31326°W / 34.1880; -118.31326
School districtBurbank Unified School District
NCES District ID0606450[1]
NCES School ID060645000563[2]
PrincipalMichael Bertram
Faculty106.15 FTE
Enrollment2,582 (2016-17)[3]
Color(s)     Royal Blue
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section Pacific League
Team nameBulldogs
NewspaperThe Bulldog [4]

Burbank High began an extensive facility update in 2003, and its first phase of reconstruction was a building housing new classrooms for the entire school. By 2005, the campus also had a new gym, pool, visual and performing arts center, parking structure[clarification needed], athletic field, and tennis courts.

In addition to a core curriculum that satisfies the University of California A-G requirements, Burbank High offers 17 Honors and Advanced Placement classes, a wide variety of visual arts classes, career technical classes and nationally recognized performing arts.[citation needed]

In the past several years, the Academic Performance Index score (derived from State Testing) has risen by 95 points to a score of 806. No other school in the State with similar demographics made this amount of gain.[citation needed]


Burbank High was first established in 1908. Previously students attended Burbank schools until the high school level, when they moved onto Glendale Union High School District. After 1908 the Burbank School District withdrew from the Glendale High School district.[5]

Show Choir ProgramEdit

Burbank High is known for its nationally ranked advanced mixed show choir[citation needed] called In Sync, directed by Brett Carroll. Also directed by Brett Carroll, is the advanced women's group, "Impressions", the advanced men's group, "Sound Dogs", and an intermediate mixed group, "Out of the Blue". Burbank High School also had an intermediate women's group, "Sapphire", directed by Donna Dandino, but no longer does as of 2014. The Burbank High School show choir program was recently ranked number one in the country for 2009 and 2010 and is ranked number one on another ranking list for the 2009 to 2010 season.[6][7] Burbank High School hosts its own non-competitive show choir competition called Burbank Blast, intended to be held annually starting 2008; starting in 2011, Burbank Blast will be a full-fledged judged competition, the first Burbank High has ever hosted. Burbank High Show choirs finished the 2010 competition season ranked in the top five overall in the nation. This marks the third straight year for this accomplishment.


The students and staff publish a newspaper and a yearbook, the Ceralbus. "Ceralbus" means "blue and white". In 2010, Burbank High's 2009 yearbook reached the finalist round in the National Pacemaker Award for the first time.[citation needed] The school newspaper, The Burbank Bulldog, produces a paper monthly, and covers events concerning both Burbank High School and the Burbank Community.

Academic DecathlonEdit

Burbank High School runs two competitive Academic Decathlon teams, ranked in 2007 23rd in the United States, and currently holding 12th overall in Los Angeles County Office of Education.

The Roberta Kordich award was given to coach Valerie Beidelman for her support and dedication to the Burbank High School Academic Decathlon Team.


Burbank High School ("The Bulldogs") fields a full range of high school interscholastic athletic teams including both men's and women's basketball teams, tennis, American football, cross country, baseball, softball, golf, track and field, swimming, water-polo, volleyball and soccer. It competes in the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section as a member of the Pacific League.

Notable alumniEdit

In the mediaEdit

The Nickelodeon TV show Victorious used digitally altered images of Burbank High School as a model of the front of Hollywood Arts, the fictional high school in which most of the series took place. The interior of the school, however, was filmed at Nickelodeon on Sunset. Also, the Disney Channel TV show A.N.T. Farm used only the front of the school as transitions between scenes.


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