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An Ohion, M. M . Jackson, along with two other natives of that
state, built one of Arizona's first modern -day irrigation canals
southwest of Phoenix in the 188 0's, and named it Buckeye Canal
for his home state. The townsite laid out in the middle of this
fertile agricultural land in 1889 at first was called Sydney after
an Ohio town of the same year. The community was incorporated
as Buckeye in 1931. Buckeye is situated 35 miles from Phoenix
in a broad valley between the White Tank Mountains on the north
and the Maricopa Mountains to the south and is known as the
Western Gateway to the Valley of the Sun.
The first high school annual for Buckeye Union High School was
published in 1925 with Norma Brown as Editor-inrChief. The
name of the yearbook was "El ,Ocotillo" and its aim, as it is to-
day, was to record the years activities for the school that will
bring many happy memories in the years to come. It was only in-
evitable that the first yearbook would be dedicated to its principal,
Mr. Horace Kincaid. At that time the high school was located at
the present Buckeye Elementary School on 6th Street. The build-
ing contained eight rooms with four rooms on the south for the
elementary grades and four rooms on the north for the high school.
The high school teaching staff consisted of the principal and four
other teachers. With Cordelia and Ethel Campbell as the first two
graduateshin 1921, the alumni of the school at the first year of
publication of the yearbook was 23 .
ln 1929 Arlington, Buckeye, Liberty and later Palo Verde united
for the purpose of making an accredited high school. Ruth Fisher
presently sends its students on a tuitionbasis. The doors of the
New Buckeye Union High School on Eason Avenue opened on
September 24, 1924 with about 100 students in enrollment and
Mr. Herschel Hooper as its principal . ln 1929 the name of the
yearbook was changed to "The Buckeye" and it wasn't until 1935
that the student body gathered on the east side of the campus and.
changed the name of the yearbook to "The Falcon", todistinguish
it from the school newspaper "The Hawk". ln 1925 the athletic
teams were known as the "Wildcats", laterthey became the
"Buckeyes", and finally, in 1929 the mascot became the "Hawks'l
Farsighted planning 1931 provided teniacres of ground and a
building that grew gracefully as the additions of a Study Hall- 1
Library, auditorium, classrooms, and a gymnasium were made to
the existing "A" Building which had ended at the double doors of
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Mr. Herschel Hooper ended his 20 year principalship at B.U.H.S.
with the addition of "B" wing and the moving of the football sta-
dium to its present location. Filling the vacancy left by Mr.
Hooper was Mr. Alvin Ellis who stayed until his untimely death
in the. spring of 1959. Mr. William lBillJ Olsen, the associate
principal, finished off the school year Under Principal Ellis the
old gymnasium was torn down, the front part of the shop area was if mm
built, and the baseball field at the Buckeye Park was finished.
The Homecoming Dance in 1957 was held inthe newly completed
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