Athletic activity is regarded as vital to the total educational experience at The Buckley School. We consider sports and games to be a necessary and integral part of every child’s education and work consistently to introduce skill development at the appropriate age levels.

Lower School Athletics

Our youngest students have a chance to participate in many different games and sports, with a focus on instruction and guidance in teamwork, skill-building, and leadership. Intramural teams begin in the fifth grade.

Middle School Athletics

Students may choose to take either a regular physical education class or join a team (everyone plays) in league competition. All practices are held during the school day as part of the regular class schedule.

Upper School Athletics

Upper School students increasingly focus on commitment, individual strengths, and competition that has led several teams to become finalists and league champions.

News & Updates

List of 5 news stories.

  • K-2 Field Day Brings the World to Gilley Field!

    Venturing through campus and up to Gilley Field, students in kindergarten, first, and second grade were in for a treat! Each class represented countries from around the world including France, England, Chile, Italy, Ireland, and Mexico. Students spent the morning playing soccer, exercising, and enjoying time playing with their friends. 

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  • Alumni Sports Spotlight: Tony Cameron '73

    Tony Cameron '73 returned to his alma mater to talk baseball with the boy's varsity team and coaching staff. Recently in town to honor his late father, film and television star Rod Cameron at the Gene Autry Museum, Tony toured the campus and learned about the latest renovation projects, which include upgrades to the Lower School and Gilley Field.
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  • Celebrating Lower School Athletics in a BIG Way!

    Students in K-5 gathered in the CCA earlier this month to celebrate the achievements of the Lower School fall sports teams. 

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  • Let the Winter Games Begin!

    Gathering together in the Pavilion, students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School cheered and danced as Director of Athletics Coach Amelia Mathis introduced the winter sports teams and celebrated the accomplishments of the fall sports teams.
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  • Lower School Field Day Scores Again!

    Grades three, four, and five headed up to Gilley on a bright and beautiful day before Thanksgiving Break for Lower School’s traditional “Field Day” – a morning of exercise, skill-building, and games led by Buckley coaches and P.E. staff.
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Game Locations

Off-Campus Locations & Addresses
  • Balboa Tennis Center | 5651 Balboa Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
  • Woodley Lakes Golf Course | 6331 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

On-Campus Locations
  • Pavilion
  • Pool
  • Lower School
  • Gilley Field

History of the Griffin

The Griffin was named Buckley’s spirit mascot in the early to mid-1960s by Ted Hartman, the school’s first athletic director, and Isabelle Buckley. Half eagle, half lion, the mythical Griffin spoke to Dr. Buckley’s affinity for the classics and is a symbol of courage and perseverance. Greek mythology—along with the wishes of several Upper School athletes who asked to move beyond intramural competition—also inspired Hartman’s creation of the Delphic athletic league (in which Buckley still competes in today), named for the ancient Greek city of Delphi.