LearnBoost welcomes Fred C. Beyer High
Although when it was opened in 1972 to an enrollment of 975 students, comprised mostly of freshmen and only a smattering of upperclassmen who transferred from other schools voluntarily, Beyer was originally designed to serve approximately 2000 students. By the time the first class of freshman had advanced to seniority, enrollment was about 1800. With the addition of numerous portable buildings, the current number of enrolled students was 3150, but since they opened Enochs High School the number of students hase dropped back down to 1800.
When built, Beyer was on the outskirts of the city, halfway between Riverbank and Modesto. In anticipation of the 1976 United States Bicentennial, the Patriots were chosen as the school's mascot, and the school colors chosen as red, white, and blue.
Beyer High was intended to incorporate the latest advances in the science of education, the most prominent of which was Daily Demand Scheduling (DDS). It taught students the fourth R (Responsibility). DDS worked so well that school administrators from around the world would tour Beyer to observe how it was done. Unfortunately, DDS was terminated in 1981-82 school year by a decision of the Modesto City School Board of Trustees, over the objections of administrators, staff, students, and parents.
Beyer High School is renowned for its outstanding Marching Band and Color Guard programs. Their rise to excellence started under the instruction of Bill Parks, but the program grew to be nationally recognized under the direction of Gary P. Gilroy. Under Gilroy, the band traveled extensively and won numerous awards and competitions including Bands of America, The Fiesta Bowl and others. Although a shadow of its former glory (and half the size), the band continues to experience competitive success in local California lower division marching competitions. The band last saw national success in 2001 under the direction of Michael R. DuFour (a former student of Gilroy) when they placed 2nd at The Fiesta Bowl. It should also be noted that the band won two parades on St. Patrick's Day 1999 in Ireland, also under the direction of DuFour.
For various reasons, Beyer has seen many directors come and go since DuFour's departure in 2001, as well as dwindleing attendance. Most recently, director Blair Williams was dismissed due to budget constraints with no announcements made yet as to future plans for the school's once prestigious program. The band is currently under the direction of Marcos Rivera.
Former members of the Central California Conference (CCC). Current members of the Modesto Metropolitan Conference (MMC). Coach Doug Severe lead the Beyer Patriots to their first trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs in 2006. In 2007 the Beyer Patriots made their second trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.
Severe played on the 1975 Beyer football team, (nicknamed, the Laun Mower), lead by coach Dean Laun, when Beyer won the CCC title while allowing opponents a total of 28 points, including the post-season. There being no Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in the 1970s, Beyer and Stagg High School played a Sac-Joaquin post-season game called the Turkey Bowl.
Beyer's Baseball team frequently won conference championships in the 1970s.
Beyer basketball saw a number of conference championships under coach Davis.
Beyer's cross country team has taken many league and section titles.
Beyer's Golf team usually competed in section playoffs and occasionally went to state finals under coach Streeter.
Coached by Doug Severe, Beyer High has had several wrestlers place at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Wrestling Championships.
Famous celebrities who have attended Beyer include: