A new Clovis Unified campus opened in 1990 at 5948 East Tulare Avenue in Fresno, on the southwest corner of Tulare and Fowler avenues to accommodate the growth in Fresno's southeast neighborhoods. The enrollment at nearby Temperance-Kutner Elementary School had grown by leaps and bounds and a new school was needed to relieve crowded conditions.
Just across the street from the new school Fancher Creek runs strong and snakes six miles through the southeast Fresno neighborhood. As an homage to the original Fancher School, located 21 miles northeast of the new campus, and to the nearby waterway, the Clovis Unified School District Governing Board approved its newest school to be named Fancher Creek Elementary. Sue Van Doren, Ed.D., the first principal of the new Fancher Creek Elementary School, recalled that a committee of parents and staff recommended to the Governing Board the colors of red, white, and blue as no other school in the district boasted these same school colors at the time. The committee also suggested that the school's mascot be the falcon, a meaningful symbol to the community. The falcon represented the wildlife in the rural part of Fresno where Fancher Creek was located and it was part of a vision that teachers, Gayle Peck and Charley Ford, had for creating a refuge and rehabilitation sanctuary for injured birds of prey, a vision that was ultimately realized at Red Bank Elementary School.
Fancher Creek, built on land previously used a plum orchard owned by John Garabedian, was designed by Darden Architects and built by Palmo Construction Company for $9 million. The 41,683-square foot facility included 24 classrooms, an administration office, a library media center, technology lab, and a multi-purpose room.
One year prior to the 1990-91 school year opening of the new school, Fancher Creek's 650 students were housed at a temporary school of portable classrooms located on the east side of the Clovis High campus that served as home while their new school was being built. Van Doren served as Fancher Creek Elementary School's first principal followed by Pete Reyes, Rosie Rivera-Borjas, Kevin Kerney, Corrine Folmer, and the current principal, Erin Parker.
Fancher Creek History Excerpted from 50 Unified Years by Susan Sawyer Wise