Burbank High School (Burbank, California)

Burbank High School
902 N. Third Street
Burbank, CA
Coordinates 34°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
Type Public
Established 1914
School district Burbank Unified School District
NCES District ID 0606450[1]
NCES School ID 060645000563[2]
Principal Michael Bertram
Faculty 103
Enrollment about 2800
Color(s)      Royal Blue
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section Pacific League
Team name Bulldogs
Newspaper The Bulldog [3]
Yearbook Ceralbus
Website Burbank High School

Burbank High School is the flagship public high school in Burbank, California, USA. It 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 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, 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.

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.


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.[4]

Show Choir Program

Burbank High is known for its nationally ranked advanced mixed show choir 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.[5][6] 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. The school newspaper, The Burbank Bulldog, produces a paper monthly, and covers events concerning both Burbank High School and the Burbank Community.

Academic Decathlon

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, baseball, softball, golf, swimming, water-polo, volleyball and soccer. It competes in the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section as a member of the Pacific League. Burbank High boys' varsity 2011 cross country team lately completed in the CIF Finals and came in 7th place. They advanced to the State Championships where they finished 11th.

Notable alumni


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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