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History of Music at Buckeye MS, Redding, CA
History of Music at Buckeye MS, Redding, CA

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The History of Music EducationatBuckeye Middle School 1984 -2003byRuth PolcariIn partialfulfillment of History of Music EducationMusic 601July 1, 2003
The History of Music Education at Buckeye Middle School 1984 -2003
By Ruth Polcari
The history of the Buckeye Schools in Redding, California has a sorted past. There is atremendous amount of name changing and shifting of students and locations which ishard to trace. Through this convoluted history, there are stories of the rise and fall of music programs within the district. To understand the dynamics of the school is tounderstand those events that shaped the towns within Shasta County. There are lakes andgold rushes, presidential visits, and cities such as Kennett (Fig. 1), which was founded asa railroad town site in 1884 and later was submerged under Lake Shasta when the damwas built.Fig. 1     Kennett in 1884Stories from administrators, newspaper reporters and music teachers intertwine tocollaborate this trek back in time. The picture of Buckeye is one of pride; winningmarching trophies and jazz band awards during the best years and suffering budget cuts
3and consolidation into a new district with hopes of regaining the reputation of asuccessful music program.The school was one of the first schools in Shasta County. It was on the route of one of theoldest stage coach roads in northern California. This route crosses modern day schoolplaygrounds and parking lots throughout the northern Redding area. There are pictures of the Buckeye Elementary schoolhouse as early as 1919, but the actual start date is unclear.Fig 2.  Buckeye ElementaryMy quest for information brought me to Ken Matias, Superintendent of Schools from1980-1998. The Buckeye School District was a one school district and was located at thecurrent Buckeye Elementary school site. The school had been a K-8 and pictures throughthe Shasta Historical Society show the various names and sizes of the buildings where itwas housed (Fig. 2-3). The documentation and further information through thisorganization was not detailed, although several hundred pictures are available to view for the Shasta County area. Schools at Shasta Elementary (1853), Sequoia (1952) and ShastaHigh are shown with limited text.

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