85 Years of The Buckley School


Celebrating eight and a half decades of growth and learning

Historical Timeline

Life Before The Buckley School

1900-1933

Isabelle deMunn Palms was born on October 3, 1900, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She attended Manhattanville School in New York, and married Harold Buckley. The Buckleys moved from Michigan to Los Angeles in the 1930s.

First Campus

1933

“Mrs. Buckley’s Private Kindergarten” opens its doors on Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills.

The Robert Young Ranch Years

1940s

Classes are moved to the Tarzana ranch of actor Robert Young’s (“Father Knows Best”). Young was a good friend of Isabelle Buckley’s and played an important role in the early years of the school.

Hayvenhurst Campus

1946

A second primary campus opens on Hayvenhurst drive in Encino.

Campus Expansion

1951

A new campus on 4477 Woodman Avenue opens for the elementary and Upper division. At the time, this campus was located in Van Nuys; since then the address has become park of Sherman Oaks.

A Fourth Campus

1960-1961

The Riverside Drive campus opens, relocating the elementary grades from the Woodman campus.

One Buckley, One Campus

1964-1973

The Glenaire Country Club on Stansbury Avenue, nestled  in the Santa Monica Mountains, is purchased and the consolidation of The Buckley School campuses begins. Lower School students begin classes here in 1965, and the entire student body will join them by 1973.

College Begins at Two

1965

Isabelle Buckley pens her first book, College Begins at Two. In it, she promotes the idea of “self-expression through self-discipline.” Time Magazine calls it “… a no-nonsense approach to education.”

A New Image

1966-1967

In 1959, the first annual (yearbook), Lucerne, is published. Seven years later, the yearbook is renamed Images, a name that remains today.

A Place to Play

1972

Gilley Field is built using dirt from construction of the 101 freeway. On it is space for a track, tennis courts, and fields.

In this picture, Cheryll Clarke Gilley and her son Robert attend the dedication.

A New Addition

1974

The Quinn Martin Hall of Science opens with new state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, and will inspire scientific learning for years to come.

A Place to Study

1975

Robert Young’s generosity enables the opening of a new Middle and Upper School library. This two-story structure features rows and rows of books, gathering spaces for students, and an adjoining senior courtyard and turtle pond.

A Place to Compete and Perform

1977

Construction of The Roy Disney Family Pavilion is completed, and the brand new gymnasium, pool, locker rooms, and stage offer students a space for performances, games, Spirit Week competitions, assemblies, and more.

A New Headmaster

1978

Isabelle Buckley names Walter Baumhoff headmaster of The Buckley School. Baumhoff’s warmth and love of children will guide the school for the next 20 years.

Buckley Turns 50

1982

The Buckley School celebrates its fiftieth birthday.

Isabelle Buckley Remembered

1986

At the age of 86, Isabelle Buckley passes away.

Divisions Defined

1991

Current Head of Middle Neal Roden helps form the Middle School division in 1991. In 2001, he is named Head of Middle School.

The Horovitz Years

1999

Walter Baumhoff retires, and Paul Horovitz is named the second headmaster of The Buckley School.

Larry Dougherty, Ed.D.

2006

Dr. Larry Dougherty succeeds Paul Horovitz as the newly titled Head of School.

Buckley Turns 75

2008

Buckley celebrates its seventy-fifth birthday.

A Place to Create

2012

The Marciano Family Academic and Performing Arts Building is completed. It houses state-of-the-art music, dance, and performing arts spaces, as well as flexible sixth grade classrooms and a journalism room.

James Busby Succeeds Dougherty

2013

James Busby is named Head of School. He had previously served as Assistant Head of School for two years under Larry Dougherty.

A Place to Analyze

2013

The Mathematics and Science Building opens, complete with physics, chemistry, biology labs, and math classrooms with upgraded technology for collaborative learning.

Robert Young Revisited

2015

After 40 years, the Robert Young Library is moved from its original location and to a newly renovated Richard O. Theis Administration Building. The re-imagined library  meets the needs of students in 2015 with rooms for both quiet and collaborative study. Downstairs, newly remodeled World Languages classrooms and a college counseling suite open.

A Place for Community

2016

The Center for Community and the Arts opens at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. It houses a flexible space for musicals, performances, community gatherings, lectures, as well as five English classrooms and a department office downstairs.

A Place to Flourish

2017

With all science and math classes relocated to their new home, the Quinn Martin Building becomes a new, expanded visual arts space, head of school suite, and athletic training facility.

Buckley Turns 85

2018

After 85 years, Buckley remains one of the competitive independent school in Los Angeles. On the heels of a glowing CAIS re-accreditation,  Buckley is poised to create a new Strategic Plan that will carry the school into the future.

Archives

On the occasion of our 85th anniversary, we invited an archivist to come to campus to sift through hundreds of photos, articles, documents, and memorabilia to paint a picture of Buckley throughout the years. Over the years, historical material was scattered across the library, advancement office, and business office, and is now under one roof. So, take a peek through the archives to see what moments of Buckley history we have unearthed!

If you have details about a specific photo, please don’t hesitate to share (or correct us!) by emailing our Director of Alumni Relations Joyce Jones at jjones@buckley.org.

View the Archives

Events

OCT
06

Founder’s Day

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Buckley School
FEB
03

The Gala

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center
MAY
12

The Buckley Fair

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Gilley Field
JUNE
09

Alumni Weekend

June 9 – June 10 The Buckley School