The Foundation for Excellence (FFE) is a local charitable organization dedicated to financially supporting academic and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at Bishop Union High School through fundraising events and donations from our community partners. The in the last five years alone, the Foundation has contributed about $300,000 to programs at BUHS that enrich the learning opportunities of its students.

Recently, the Foundation provided financial support in two areas of the newly created Bronco Industries program within the CTE sector at BUHS. Last year, through the purchase of large commercial grade printing machines and heat presses, students in the Graphic Arts and Design classes are now able to design and produce custom t-shirts, hats, posters, and stickers for in-house needs as well as for community organizations that request (and pay) for these services. In the spring of 2017, the FFE bought a $25K plasma cutting device for the Agricultural Mechanics/Welding program to supplement the existing equipment so their students can produce custom designed metalwork (see an example by visiting The Toggery in Bishop). Moreover, we continue provide support for classroom technology such as up-to-date interactive whiteboards and projection systems.

On an even larger scale, we partnered with the Bishop Unified School District and the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools to renovate the BUHS Library in order to create the technology-rich 21st century learning environment called the Bronco Student Center. In addition to becoming a vibrant hub on campus for students to gather socially, collaborate on research projects, or simply do homework, this new facility provides spaces for student, school, and community organizations to hold meetings.

Fundraising Goal – Augment Education

  • Tech Center

  • Electronic White Boards

  • Plasma Cutting Table

  • Classroom Equipment

  • Graphic Design Equipment

  • Teacher Exp Reim

  • Trailer for Ag Program

  • Bronco Way

  • Web Hosting

  • Genetics Mini Lab

  • Photo Equipment

  • Library Books

  • Epson Projector

  • Computer

  • Drinking Fountain

  • Fire Tablets

  • ACT/SAT Test Prep

  • Mathletes

  • Timers

  • Large Format Monitors

  • Epson Document Camera

  • Kindle Fires

  • Weekly Subscription to Avid

  • Media/Design Print Supplies

  • Wireless Microphone & iPod System

  • Title VII Program Books

  • iPhones

  • What is your Priority?


Think Big. Act Bigger.


School Spirit Pays makes it easy for businesses to make a difference in our community by supplementing local school funding. They do it without additional cost to businesses, consumers, or taxpayers. This is done through their credit card processing relationship with local businesses. In turn, parents, educators and other community members are motivated to shop at local businesses that support schools. A portion of every transaction processed is donated to Bishop Union High School through the Foundation For Excellence.

Spirit Pays 2018 PDFSchool Spirit Pays matches each businesses’ competitive processing rates, so there are no added expense to the business. The more local businesses get involved, the greater their mission of generosity is magnified in our BUHS. The Foundation believes in a cycle of mutual value, businesses help fund BUHS through their credit card processing with School Spirit Pays. Parents, educators and other community members are motivated to buy from local businesses that support our high school. As the number of School Spirit Pays businesses grow, funds for schools increase. Currently eleven businesses are participating with more signing on each day.

When you live in our community, you have a vested interest in maintaining a diverse and thriving economy of small businesses. They create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvements and promote community development. Property values increase and families are attracted to a community when local schools are recognized for the quality of their education. This can be achieved with adequate sustainable funding for our schools.

If you would like to catch the spirit and become a School Spirit Pays merchant, please contact the Foundation For Excellence, Darin Willey, 760-937-0030.

Our Mission

Businesses Supporting
School Spirit Pays

  • Anne Marie’s Gadgets, Gifts

  • Bishop Creek Lodge

  • Bishop Heating and Air
  • Britt’s Diesel

  • Brune Mortuary

  • Drs. Carter and Richman, Optometrists
  • Community Printing

  • Dean’s Heating and Plumbing
  • Devon’s Flower Patch

  • Great Basin Bakery

  • Laws Railroad Museum

  • The Meat House

  • Mountain View Animal Hospital

  • Mr K Automotive

  • Northern Inyo Hospital

  • Preferred Septic and Disposal

  • Right Way Pool & Spa

  • The Rubber Room

  • Sage Restaurant

  • Skyline Family Dentistry

  • Taqueria Las Palmas

  • Tri-County Fair

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