The mission of Matthew Turner School is to provide students with a positive and safe learning environment where students are encouraged to achieve to their highest potential, to become contributing members of our community, to be tolerant and respectful of others, and to be empowered with the knowledge and skills to shape their future.

Turner History

Matthew Turner was considered the greatest individual American shipbuilder of his time and the most prolific shipbuilder in North America during the 19th century having launched 159 vessels at his South San Francisco shipyard and 169 at his Benicia yard. He was awarded medals by Queen Victoria of England and King Haakon VII of Norway for bravery in rescuing seamen during storms at great danger to himself and his ship. A true humanitarian, Turner commissioned four new ships from his own retirement fund to help rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Matthew Turner’s ships were known to be extremely seaworthy and fast. The dolphin was chosen to be Turner Elementary School’s mascot because they possess the qualities of speed, intelligence, and helpfulness valued by Matthew Turner himself.

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District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or related recovery, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
The Title IX coordinator for BUSD is the Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Khushwinder Gill.  She can be reached at 707-747-8300 or by emailing TitleIX@beniciaunified.org.
In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Benicia Unified schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020.Click Here for The Latest Info
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