Burbank Unified School District
1900 W. Olive Avenue
, California, 91506
United States
Coordinates34°09′55″N 118°19′28″W / 34.16528°N 118.32444°W / 34.16528; -118.32444
District information
GradesK through 12
Established1908; 116 years ago (1908)
PresidentSteve Ferguson
Vice-presidentDr. Emily Weisberg
SuperintendentDr. John Paramo
NCES District ID0606450[1]
Other information

Burbank Unified School District is a school district headquartered in Burbank, California, United States.


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Founding; 1908

Originally students attended Burbank schools until the high school level, when they moved on to Glendale Union High School District. The Burbank school district established its first high school, Burbank High School, in 1908, and therefore withdrew from the Glendale High School district.[2]


The district passed a general obligation bond in the 1950s.[3]

In 1992 the Brighton Community School, a school for students with disciplinary programs, moved to a site adjacent to the BUSD headquarters, on a 4-acre (1.6 ha) property. In 1998 BUSD sold the property to the city government for $8 million. The city planned to build a park and a library branch on this land. The district planned to move the Burbank school on the same site as Monterey High School, a school for students with academic problems, but by August 1998 the district withdrew these plans due to a negative response from area residents.[4]


In March 1993 the district board voted 5–0 to approve random metal detector searches of middle and high school students.[5]

In April 1994 the district failed to pass a $100-million bond. Superintendent Arthur Pierce resigned in May of that year.[6] The district successfully passed a $112 million bond in 1997, the first-such bond passed since the 1950s.[3]

2010- 2019

In August 2015 Matt Hill, previously a chief strategy officer at the Los Angeles Unified School District, became the district superintendent of BUSD.[7]

In November 2015 the district approved board starting the following school year during the third week of August.[8][9]

In April 2019, the district board voted unanimously to rename the David Starr Jordan Middle School due to David Starr Jordan's involvement with the eugenics movement.[10] The middle school kept Jordan's name for the next two years while the school district searched for a replacement name that everyone could agree with. In March 2021, the district board finally decided to rename their middle school in honor of labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.[11]


On September 9, 2020, the school district removed Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Theodore Taylor's The Cay and Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry from middle school and high school whole class instruction after complaints were received from four parents of students. The decision gained the attention of anti-censorship organizations such as PEN America and the National Coalition Against Censorship who object the banning of these books from the classroom.[12][13]

Governing Board

Burbank Unified School District's Governing Board is composed of five members, elected to a four-year term. Elections were held at the same time as the Burbank City Council elections during the November General Election of even-numbered years.

In late 2022, a legal demand form letter was sent to the District, noting the Board of Education’s use of At-Large Elections for the Board of Education Members was in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and that the district would either need to pay a $30,000 settlement and transition to trustee area elections (districted elections) or see the individual in court. Understanding that most CVRA Court Cases were not successful fights for school districts the Board of Education agreed unanimously to transition to trustee areas for the 2024 election cycle.[14]


High schools

Middle schools

Elementary schools

Providencia School

Other schools

Former schools


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Burbank Unified". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  2. ^ "Brief History of Burbank High School" (Archive). Burbank High School. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "History" (Archive). Burbank Unified School District. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Blankstein, Andrew. "Board Drops School Plan After Protests." Los Angeles Times. August 19, 1998. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Bond, Ed. "Burbank Schools OK Metal Detector Use." Los Angeles Times. March 19, 1993. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Bond, Ed. "BURBANK : Superintendent of Schools Will Retire." Los Angeles Times. May 18, 1994. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Corrigan, Kelly. "Hill wowed by new post as Burbank Unified's superintendent." Los Angeles Times. August 11, 2015. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Corrigan, Kelly. "Burbank Unified to begin next school year three weeks into August." Los Angeles Times. November 24, 2015. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Fuller, Bruce (August 27, 2019). "Op-Ed: Joe Biden seems to think school segregation is nearly unsolvable. These efforts prove him wrong". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Sahakyan, Marian (April 22, 2019). "Burbank school board votes to change name of David Starr Jordan Middle School". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Paredes, Lisa (March 5, 2021). "Jordan Renamed To Dolores Huerta Middle School". My Burbank.
  12. ^ Lock, Samantha (November 13, 2020). "'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Other Books Banned From California Schools Over Racism Concerns". Newsweek. Newsweek Digital. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Jensen, Kelly (November 16, 2020). "Burbank, CA School District Faces Unique Anti-Racism Book Ban Situation". Book Riot. Riot New Media Group. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "California Voting Rights Act (CVRA)". Burbank Unified School District. Retrieved August 7, 2023.