• PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR:  Scott Hilgenberg

    Phone:  (813) 975-7600
    Fax:  (813) 975-7610

    Student Hours: 9:25 AM to 4:20 PM

    Uniforms: Mandatory

    Before School Program: Yes
    After School Program: Yes

    Vision Statement:
    Buchanan Middle School will be a safe, caring, and orderly school.  We will create a school that builds life-long learners.

    Mission Statement:
    We will model and teach a strong academic work ethic based on trust, respect, and honor with an emphasis on building relationships.

    Staff Philosophy:
    Once a student is admitted to Buchanan, we will exhaust all available resources to maximize that student's opportunity for success in academics, sports, society, citizenship, and involvement in community activities.

School History

  • Buchanan Middle School is named after the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan.
    Buchanan officially opened for the 1961-1962 school year. The school's first principal was Frank Carpenter. Our school underwent a major renovation in 2000, which included an awesome new gymnasium.

    The school has had nine principals throughout its history:

    • Frank Carpenter
    • Lee Cheshire
    • Jack Pillsbury
    • Ashley Smith
    • Wilma Hurst
    • Dwight Raines
    • Jim Gatlin
    • Scott Hilgenberg
    • Frank Scaglione

    The school mascot is the Buccaneer, and our colors are purple and white.

    The coach who still holds the State record for the most consecutive football wins, for a Junior High School, is our own Coach Randolph. The record still stands at 54 consecutive victories!