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Virtual Reality: #NewBGHS2020

Ross Tarrant Architects shared the following links to allow our students, parents, employees and the community to see inside the future Bowling Green High School. If viewing on a phone, click the links and move to see 360-degrees of each space. If viewing on a computer, use the mouse to click, drag, and move around and inside the space.

  • Click here to view outside the new Bowling Green High School. This portion of the building will be completed in phase two.
  • Click here to view inside the BGHS Commons, to be completed in phase two.
  • Click here to view inside a common hallway space, near teacher work spaces, hallways, and classrooms. Most to be completed in phase one.
BGHS Open House: Aug. 2, 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Get your schedule EARLY

  • Skip the line! Complete online registration before the event: https://t.co/PX5x80wPp0

  • Hear a Construction Update

  • Athletic passes available for $35

  • Food Provided

  • Free School Supplies

  • Door Prizes


Congratulations Class of 2018!

The Bowling Green High School Class of 2018 includes 275 graduates, with 85 honor graduates and four National Merit Finalists. The class has earned over 45 industry certifications, $4.99 million in scholarship offers, plan to attend 37 different post-secondary institutions and enlist in three branches of the military. Congratulations, Class of 2018! 


Earlier today the Bowling Green Police Department contacted the Bowling Green Independent Schools to seek their assistance in communicating information to families about a possible crime potentially involving multiple student victims. 

BGHS Groundbreaking Scheduled: May 21st

Bowling Green Independent Schools will break ground on a new Bowling Green High School, Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony signals the beginning of a complete rebuild of the district’s only high school, which will occur over several years and two phases of construction. Alumni and friends are invited to join with Board of Education members, BGHS and district administration, faculty and student representatives to celebrate the future home of the Purples.

Peru Trip Info Meeting: February 8

The BGHS Foreign Language Trip to Perú meeting will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:00pm in Ms. Tinch's room.

Upcoming ASVAB Test: February 2

The next ASVAB will be on Friday, February 2 at 8:30 am in the Math Lab. This is an awesome Career Exploration Program whether you are considering the military or not. It is highly recommended for everyone, especially those who are trying to figure out what they are going to do for a career in the future! It is also GREAT for ACT Prep! Sign up by clicking HERE. For more information, contact Mrs. O’Rourke.

Visit your College and Career Readiness Website HERE!

Check out the latest BGHS Newsletter

Photos, links and information from the week of January 22 - 26, 2018.

Hall of Honor: Applications Available Online

The Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor has recognized distinguished graduates since 1992. Honorees include doctors, athletes, community advocates, architects, military personnel, engineers and more. Each member recognized for their outstanding contributions in both personal and professional lives. Many outstanding graduates have yet to be nominated. Is there one or more in your class? If so, nomination forms and more information are available online by clicking here.

BGHS Student Performances on Local TV

Bowling Green High School musicians will have performances replayed on local television several times this holiday season. Local Cable Channel 195 will show Concerts at the Courthouse featuring the Bellissima and A Cappella choirs through December 25 and WBKO will air A Hometown Christmas Special on December 24th and 25th, including music from the annual PTO Concert.

BGHS Annual Concert featuring the Band, Choir, & Orchestra BGHS Orchestra performs at the Holiday Concert 2017

Bowling Green High School's Annual Holiday Concert was held December 7, 2017, featuring the school's band, choir, and orchestra. The musicians performed at 9:00 a.m. for Bowling Green Junior High School students and at noon for the school district's fourth and fifth grade students from all five elementary schools. Local television station, WBKO recorded the concert to air December 24th and 25th at 10:00 p.m. 

BGHS Medical Arts Academy Recognized for Business Partnerships Medical Arts Academy Logo

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce honored 20 businesses with awards Tuesday night, October 24th, at the annual Targeted Business and Industry Banquet. The 2017 Business-Education Partnership Award was awarded to Bowling Green High School, Med Center Health and TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital for their work on the Bowling Green High School Medical Arts Academy.

2018-19 School Calendar Survey

The District Calendar Committee would like your opinions to assist with developing a 2018-19 school calendar. This survey is the first step in the process. A calendar recommendation will be presented for a first reading at the Board of Education on November 13. The calendar will be approved at the December Board of Education meeting, December 11th. 

Please complete this survey by October 27, 2017. 

McKenzi Loid Memorial Internship Offers New Opportunities

A public relations internship at Bowling Green High School is now available for WKU PR students through a private donation in memory of BGHS and WKU PR alumna McKenzi Loid. The interns, one each fall and spring semester, will work at Bowling Green High School with the BGHS Journalism Department with the goal of expanding the program to include public relations principles, as well as providing hands-on professional experience to a future PR professional.

BGHS Construction: Schematic Designs Approved BGHS Schematic Design 2017

Ross Tarrant Architects presented schematic designs to the Bowling Green Board of Education on Monday, October 9, 2017. The computer renderings of the two-phase project include large open spaces and natural light inside the building, and a column design, plus purple-tinted brick on the exterior. 

Ross Tarrant Design Plans

BGHS Celebrates Opening of Medical Arts Academy

Students, faculty, community partners, and elected officials met Friday, September 15, to celebrate the opening of the Bowling Green High School Medical Arts Academy. The mission of the new academy is to develop the next generation of health and fire science professionals, preparing them to implement high-quality and evidence-based care.

Four BGHS Students Named 2018 National Merit Semifinalists Peter Guthrie, Mini Ganesh, Ann Hines, and Hayden Crosby

Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Four students from Bowling Green High School have received this recognition: Hayden Crosby, Rukmini Ganesh, Peter Guthrie, and Ann Hines.

Calvin Head Hired as Girls Basketball Coach Calvin Head, Lady Purples Head Coach

Bowling Green High School has hired Calvin Head to lead the Lady Purples Basketball Team. Head is a special education teacher in the school’s LEAD Academy and also serves as Assistant Athletic Director.

BGHS Newsletter: February 23

BGHS Purples Newsletter

Changes to Parking & Traffic: August 2018

Due to construction of #newbghs2020, several changes to traffic and parking have been implemented. Watch this 1-minute video to learn more.

Hall of Honor 2018 to be held April 28

Six graduates of Bowling Green High School will be recognized Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the 27th Annual Hall of Honor Dinner. Class of 2018 Hall of Honor inductees include (BGHS year of graduation noted in parentheses): Rosalind Stuart Spillman (1965), Jay D. Eversole (1967), Michael Collins (1969), Robert “Bobby” Fuller Rabold (1972), John Geary Deeb (1975), and Cynthia Jones West (1981).

BGHS to Pilot Pre-Apprenticeship IT Program

Bowling Green High School is making plans to offer a pre-apprenticeship program in information technology next year. The pilot program, one of 21 in Kentucky will be provided through Interapt, an award-winning technology firm that focuses on workforce engagement and social impact through technology training and mobile software development.

BGHS Selects Mark Spader to Lead Purples Football Mark Spader

Mark Spader has been named the Head Coach of the Bowling Green High School Football Team. Principal William King made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Spader, the Defensive Coordinator for Purples Football, takes over the program following Kevin Wallace’s resignation last month.

2018-2019 Student Handbook Online

Student Handbook CoverClick here to view the 2018-2019 Student Handbook including a school and district directory, the household communication plan, school calendar, school hours and attendance policy, food service, code of conduct, and more!

Manual del estudiante

BGHS Speech wins Regional Championship BGHS Regional Speech Champions 2018

The BGHS Speech Team won its 3rd consecutive KY High School Speech League Regional Championship at Bowling Green Junior High on Saturday.  Twenty Bowling Green High students competed in 14 speech and drama events. 

Purples Football Coach Wallace Resigns Kevin Wallace (Photo by Paul Gray)

Bowling Green High School Head Football Coach Kevin Wallace met with members of the team today, February 5, 2018, to share his intent to resign as coach of the Purples. Wallace has led the Bowling Green team since 1996 with a record of 254-41, including five 5A State Championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016).

Online Registration Now Available

Parents and guardians may login to IC Parent Portal to complete online registration and enroll or verify enrollment for all students in Bowling Green Independent Schools. All are encouraged to complete this process before visiting schools for Back to School events to allow most paperwork to be completed. Click here to visit the IC Portal and begin. Registration is available in English and Spanish.

BGHS Student to Compete in Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Sixteen champions will advance to the Poetry Out Loud state competition March 13, at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort, including Blanca Aleman of BGHS. The winner of the state championship will advance to the Poetry Out Loud national finals April 23-25 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Two Students Qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament

Two BGHS students, Cole Vaughan, a junior, and Christian Butterfield, a sophomore, qualified for the National Speech and Debate tournament taking place in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in June.   They earned their spots on the Kentucky national team by placing in the top two in their events; Vaughan in Informative Speaking and Butterfield in Congressional Debate at the qualifying tournament at Centre College.

BGISD Foundation, Inc. Provides Class Reunion Support

Each year, Bowling Green High School welcomes hundreds of alumni and friends back to campus to celebrate reunion milestones and the BGISD Foundation, Inc. is available to assist with planning those events. Reunion planners and coordinators from each class should submit a contact form (linked here) to receive information from BGHS specific to group needs.

Vaughan Repeats Qualification for National Speech Tournament

At the Kentucky Catholic Forensics League Speech Tournament at LaRue County High School on Saturday, BGHS Junior Cole Vaughan, for the 2nd year in a row, won the Dramatic Performance category and qualified to go to Washington, D.C. for the National Catholic Forensics League Speech Grand Tournament in May.

BGISD Adds S.T.O.P. Tipline STOP Tipline

New for 2018-19, BGISD is partnering with the Kentucky Center for School Safety to provide a S.T.O.P. Tipline reporting tool.

How the STOP Tipline works:
Click the link under RESOURCES on the district website. Choose whether you want to submit a tip about 1) bullying, 2) violence or 3) other risky behaviors (i.e. alcohol, drugs, self-harm, sexual abuse or theft, etc...). Next, fill-in the check boxes and explain then click submit.

BGISD to Make Up Days Missed 2017-18 Calendar Edited February 5

BGISD will be in session February 19, March 15, and March 16 to make up days missed for snow.

New Kentucky Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019 New Immunization Requirement for 2018-2019

An amendment to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation added new immunization requirements beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Effective July 1, 2018, ALL students in kindergarten through 12th grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine and students 16 or older must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) to attend school.

Winter Weather Communication Two steps to receive text message alerts.

During the winter months, school officials keep a close watch on the weather. If the decision is made to delay or close school, our district will make every effort to notify parents, guardians, employees and the community as soon as possible. With few exceptions, the decision to delay or close school is made by 5:45 a.m., before buses begin morning routes.

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