Buckeye
School History
Friday, September 21st, 2007


Buckeye History

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The Buckeye Elementary School District covers 212 square miles and is located 30 minutes west of Phoenix at the confluence of the Gila and Hassayampa Rivers. The main site (BES, Buckeye Elementary School) campus is located East and West between 6th and 7th Streets. This campus includes the two schools; Buckeye Primary (k-4) and Buckeye Middle (5-8) as well as the District Offices.

The Buckeye Elementary School District became a school district in approximately 1889. The school began as a hospital, served as a grade school, and at one time, was combined as a high school. The original building, known as the U-building was used from 1900 to 1985, when it was torn down and new buildings constructed. Some of the other buildings were constructed in 1937, 1950, and 1953. Several renovations have taken place over the years. The cafeteria was completed in 1954. Two new buildings were completed in 2000. Construction was completed for a new Fine Arts building and a media center located next door to the current library on the BES campus in 2003. Additionally, BESD is currently in the process of completing its 5th school campus located in the West Park community development. The schools currently in the district are the Buckeye Primary School(K-4), Buckeye Middle School(5-8), Bales Elementary (k-8), and Sundance Elementary (k-8). Each campus has between 800 to 1000 students.