2150 N. Fowler Ave. Fresno, CA 93727  |  (559) 327-0100

About Us

Home  \  About  \  About Us

Hirayama Elementary will emphasize:

  • The district's vision of maximizing every student’s potential in mind, body, and spirit.
    • Mind: having a growth mindset, celebrating individual academic growth
    • Body: competition starts within each student; each student will learn to love to compete with themselves
    • Spirit: learning about identity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Teaching and learning with AVID strategies
    • College and career readiness
    • Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading

About Our Namesake

Clovis Unified School District’s next elementary school, which opens in August of 2024 at Fowler and McKinley avenues, will bear the name Satoshi Hirayama Elementary in honor of a long-time Clovis Unified teacher and leader, and ground-breaking Japanese American.
Hirayama, who retired in 1991 and passed away in 2021, represents those educators who work in the classroom, those who lead schools and departments, and the district’s classified staff whom he worked with as a human resources leader under founding Superintendent Floyd “Doc” Buchanan.  He was a teacher at Clovis High School, the first principal of Gateway High School, and devoted a large part of his career to helping disenfranchised students overcome challenges and excel.
As a Japanese American who was interned during WWII and overcame that challenge to excel academically and athletically, Hirayama is an example of perseverance.  Hirayama was drafted into the MLB St. Louis Browns after being a highly successful student athlete at Fresno State University, only to put his career on hold to serve the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He then went on to become the first Japanese American to play in Japan’s professional baseball league. The naming of the school after Mr. Hirayama also celebrates the important role the Japanese community has played in the Central Valley. After discussion during the regular meeting, the Board voted on the school’s naming during a special meeting that also occurred in conjunction with the March 15, 2023 meeting.
Learn more about Satoshi Hirayama in his 2018 CUSD Athletic Hall of Fame induction video.

Clovis Unified School District: Be the best you can be in mind, body, and spirit
Buchanan Area Schools
Buchanan link image Alta Sierra link image Cole link image Century Elem logo with "C" and Tiger Dry Creek link image Garfield Elementary Logo Tarpey link image Woods link image
Clovis High Area Schools
Clovis High link image Clark link image Cedar Wood link image Clovis Elementary link image Mickey Cox link image Gettysburg link image Jefferson link image Red Bank link image Sierra Vista link image Weldon link image
Clovis West Area Schools
Clovis West link image Kastner link image Ft. Washington link image Liberty link image Lincoln link image Maple Creek Nelson link image Pinedale link image Valley Oak link image
Clovis North Area Schools
Clovis North link image Bud Rank link image Copper Hills Fugman link image Mountain View link image River View link image
Clovis East Area Schools
Clovis East wolf logo Boris link image Fancher Creek link image Freedom link image Hirayama link image Miramonte link image Oraze link image Temperance Kutner link image Reagan Elementary link image Young Elementary link image
Educational Services Area Schools
CART link image Gateway link image Clovis Online School link image Clovis Community Day School link image Clovis Adult Education link image Sierra Outdoor link image
View text-based website