Principal's Message

Dr. Thomas Crowther


    On behalf of our dedicated and talented faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you to Burbank High School and to the 2020-2021 school year!

    As you know by now, this year we open in a virtual distance learning model. While this is not the opening any of us want, it is certainly the right decision under the current circumstances. We are eager for return to campus, but in the meantime we will support each other virtually.

    I make the following promise to our BHS stakeholders and community members:

    We will deliver a rigorous and robust academic program, having learned much while triaging instruction last spring. Our team is ready and eager to “Meet the Moment.”

    Fall Distance Learning:

    Students will work towards traditional (A-F) academic marks this semester while in this untraditional distance model. They will have access to their teachers each day. Students will take at least six classes, with a zero-period option available to students as well. Monday-Thursday, most students will attend three live virtual periods each day; backed by a thirty-minute interaction opportunity to extend learning. On Fridays, students will complete asynchronous learning and have the opportunity to meet with their teachers through virtual office hours.

    Additionally, we are focused on keeping students connected to our campus. Our ASB and BHS-TV will lead these efforts. Athletes will be placed in a conditioning period which will help coaches post workouts for their student-athletes as the County and State modify guidelines. The CIF-SS has revised the sports calendar with the goal of all sports competing in late-2020 and early-2021.


    Our goals have not changed. We collaborate with all stakeholders in assuring a campus culture and safe environment where every student thrives. BHS is a school community built on “PRIDE.” Students leave after four years ready to compete and contribute in a global society. They are:




    Determined &


    Our Bulldogs also model the PBIS schoolwide expectations of being respectful, responsible and compassion.

    A Message to Parents:

    By high school, every student seeks the independence as they are on the horizon of adulthood. It is also a hectic and confusing time in one’s life. Students need us to work together in support of their efforts in-and-out of the classroom. This is even more true while forced to be safer at home and while learning remotely. We look forward to working with parents as partners in support of their student’s experience.

    Every parent should also join our PTSA and seek other opportunities to connect with our campus. Our PTSA hosts virtual meetings each month. I host monthly “Coffee with Crowther” as well.

    Our school website and many social media platforms are great ways to learn more about the BHS experience. You will continue to receive weekly call and email blast messages from me, so please keep your contact information with our office current. I encourage you to follow me on Twitter, Dr. C @BHSBUSD, for frequent updates on all things BHS.

    Thank you for trusting us with your Bulldog. We look forward to an amazing school year.


    Thomas Crowther, Ed. D.

    Burbank High School

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    Dr. C. is a husband, father and educator. He has lived in the Burbank community since 1986 and he attended BUSD schools. He is a former teacher, coach and assistant principal. He has been an educator for 20 years and a site leader for 10. He believes in the potential of every student and he tries to model the life-long learning he wants to see in students and staff. He loves music, movies, sports, cooking and reading.