Buckhorn High School

A Tradition of Excellence
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Principal's Message

Greetings and welcome to our website.  My name is Todd Markham, and I serve as the principal at Buckhorn High School.  I began my teaching career in Madison County Schools in 1990.  In 1996, I was very fortunate that my career path brought me to the Buckhorn cluster of schools.  Since that time, I have served in multiple roles around the cluster.  I taught and coached at BHS from 1996 until 2003.  In 2004, I gave up coaching, continued teaching, and began driving a bus.  The following year, I became an assistant principal.  I served in that capacity until May 2007 when I was named the principal of Riverton Middle School.  In October 2010, the middle school grades from Riverton and New Market moved into the new Buckhorn Middle School building.  I served as principal there until November 2011 when longtime BHS principal Tommy Ledbetter retired.  I was extremely fortunate that the board saw fit to allow me to return to BHS to replace Mr. Ledbetter.

Buckhorn High School opened its doors in 1958, and since that time, the faculty and staff have educated the children of the New Market and Riverton communities with distinction.  Originally built for a student population of 400, today the school serves just over 1300.  The school has a tradition of excellence both in academics and athletics.  BHS is a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Distinction as well as a Lighthouse Blue Ribbon School; has appeared on The Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools a number of times; routinely ranks among the best public schools in the state for Advanced Placement scores; and has a faculty of advanced degree holders and National Board Certified teachers.  

We welcome you to call or visit the school to learn more about Buckhorn High School and the Buckhorn Community.