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2nd Opportunity High School Begins February 7

The Bowling Green City Schools Second Opportunity High School will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Bowling Green High School beginning February 7, 2017, for the spring semester. The courses are an opportunity for individuals over 18 years old to complete a high school diploma.

1-Hour Delay: January 6, 2017

Bowling Green City Schools will operate on a 1-hour delay on Friday, January 6, 2017.

BGHS and McNeill Choir Performances on TWC Purple and red ornaments

BGHS and McNeill choirs performed holiday carols at the Warren County Courthouse in mid December. Performances will be broadcast several times on Time Warner Cable channel 3 beginning Monday, December 19 through Christmas Day.

Vaughan and Woodring: Speech Event Champions

Seventeen BGHS students competed at the Hilltopper Invitational Speech Tournament at WKU on Saturday, December 10. The tournament hosted over 400 competitors from 27 teams and 6 states. The BGHS team placed 7th overall with two individual event champions, Cole Vaughan and John Woodring.

Forensics Teams Compete at UK; Prepare for Vette City Classic Nov. 19

Both the BGHS Speech & Debate Team and the BGJHS Forensics Team competed at the University of Kentucky in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Tournament on Saturday, November 12.  The BGJHS team finished 3rd in their season opener among the 11 junior high teams. BGHS came in 2nd among 12 high school teams.

LEAD Academy Students Pledge C2G Class of 2020 members commit to graduate

The Class of 2020 is COMMITTED to graduate. The introductory C2G (Commitment to Graduate) ceremony was held at BGHS on Friday, October 28. Students learned about the importance of commitment and the support that C2G offers. The students signed a class banner, verbalized their commitment to administrators, and celebrated their commitment with a mock cap toss.

Students Learn About Local Manufacturing Opportunities BGHS students visit Kobe Aluminum

Student groups from Bowling Green High School recently visited Constellium and Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products to learn about the companies, take a plant tour and have conversations with human resources departments, specifically addressing important soft skills for the workplace.

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BGHS Names Matthew Myers Purples Baseball Coach

Bowling Green High School has named Matthew Myers the new Purples Baseball Coach. The school hosted a press conference on Friday, June 24, 2016, to make the announcement.

Tinius Finishes 8th in National Speech Competition

Over Memorial Day Weekend, BGHS sophomore Chapel Tinius finished 8th in her first national speech tournament, hosted by the National Catholic Forensics League in Sacramento, California. Tinius participated in the Oratorical Declamation event, and delivered the memorized speech, "Wear Blue, Run to Remember." 

Class of 2016 Commencement held Sunday, May 22

Congratulations to the 302 graduates of Bowling Green High School’s Class of 2016. Collectively, they plan to enroll in 43 different post-secondary institutions and enlist in three branches of the military. To date, the class has been offered more than $7.8 million in scholarships.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Kids: Weekdays, May 31 - July 29

When school is out, the Summer Food Service Program offers free nutritious meals to all children ages 18 years and younger at Dishman Mcginnis, Parker-Bennett-Curry, T. C. Cherry and the BGISD Professional Development and Learning Center. Meals will be available Monday through Friday, May 31 - July 29, 2016, and free for all children under 18 years of age with no paperwork necessary. Lunch for adults is $3.00.

Commissioner Pruitt Visits BGISD

Kentucky's Commissioner of Education, Dr. Stephen Pruitt spent time talking with students and staff at Bowling Green High School and Dishman McGinnis during an informal ?visit on Thursday, April 28. Click here to view photos.

Ten BGHS Alumni Added to Hall of Honor

The twenty-fifth annual Hall of Honor Celebration will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016, in the Commons of Bowling Green High School. An informal reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. The program will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. Tickets to the event are $15 each and may be reserved by contacting Bettye Brown at (270) 843-9430 or Ann Dickey (270) 843-8358. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Gural Named BGHS Soccer Coach

Bowling Green High School has named Scott Gural as the Boys Head Soccer Coach. The school hosted a press conference on Thursday, March 31, 2016, to make the announcement.

BGJHS and BGHS Students Honored as Distinguished Musicians

Congratulations to the Bowling Green Junior High and Bowling Green High School musicians who dedicated time and effort to perform for the Kentucky Music Educator Association Festival Evaluation on Saturday, March 5. The following earned Distinguished ratings.

Vaughan Places 4th in Storytelling at Kentucky High School Speech League Tournament

Six BGHS freshmen competed in the Kentucky High School Speech League State Tournament held at the University of Kentucky on March 12. The BGHS team had its strongest showing at a state tournament since 2003, with Annika Avula, and Cole Vaughan making it to semi-finals (top 18) in two events each. Plus, Vaughan, placed 4th in the state in storytelling with his piece, “Triune Tale of Diminutive Swine.”

Saylor Nominated for The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Cameron Saylor, a Freshman at Bowling Green High School is a Delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 29th - July 1st, 2016.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

BGJHS and BGHS Regional Speech Champions

The Bowling Green Junior High Speech and Debate Team won its third straight Regional Title on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Plus, for the first time in over a decade, the Bowling Green High School Purples are also Regional Speech Champions. 

Congratulations Purples! 4th Region Champions

The Bowling Green High School Purples Basketball Team won the Regional Championship on Tuesday, March 8, defeating Barren County 49-49. For the first time since 1983, the 4th Region will send teams from the same high school to both the boys and girls basketball state tournament. The Purples will play the first game of the Whitaker/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen Tournament  vs. Elliott County on Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. EST in Rupp Arena.

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Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy Opens at BGHS

The ribbon was cut on the Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy at Bowling Green High School on Wednesday, August 3. The LEAD Academy is structured as a school within a school on the second floor of BGHS. The name of the academy is an acronym formed with the words leadership, excellence, achievement and diversity.

Skillern Named 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ron Skillern, 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Valvoline, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education have named Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School, the 2017 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year, and overall 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. 

Skillern Selected for Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Ron Skillern

Bowling Green High School teacher, Ron Skillern has been selected as a member of the ninth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Skillern is one of three chosen by the statewide selection committee and will be inducted during a ceremony on March 8, 2017, in Frankfort.

Each One, Teach One Begins at PBC BGHS students mentor PBC 4th and 5th graders

Students from Bowling Green High School and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary kicked off the Each One Teach One mentoring program on Tuesday, November 29. The program matches former PBC students with 4th and 5th graders, now walking the same hallways they once traveled. The pairs met for 45-60 minutes during the first visit and completed an activity to share about themselves and future goals.

BGHS to perform Charlotte's Web charlottes web production poster

Bowling Green High School is bringing the timeless classic tale of Charlotte’s Web to life for three public performances October 22nd and 23rd, at Bowling Green Junior High School. It will be the first fall play for the school in more than a decade.

Two BGHS Students Named Kentucky Torchbearers

The Kentucky Storytelling Association has named rising BGHS Sophomore Cole Vaughan and Freshman Darby Tassel as two of the association’s five Torchbearers for 2016-17.

Beta Club Members Qualify for Nationals

Eighteen members of the BGHS Senior Beta Club attended the Kentucky State Convention at the Galt House in Louisville, January 25-27, 2016.The following students placed in the top 3 of their category/division: Sara Rastoder, Jessica Klusty, Kate Chaudoin, Annika Avula, Colin Haase, Rithik Reddy, and Priyanka Sheth. They qualify to attend Nationals in New Orleans this summer.

DECA Students Win State Awards

Congratulations to students from Bowling Green High School, placing in the top 5 of state competition at the Kentucky Association of DECA State Conference, held March 6-8, in Louisville, Kentucky. The DECA organization is intended for high school students with a career interest in marketing, management, hospitality, finance, entrepreneurship, and/or business administration.

BGHS Future Business Leaders Advance to State Conference

Several Bowling Green High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members attended the Region 2 Leadership Conference on March 4, held at the Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. Congratulations to the members who placed in the top three and who have qualified to advance to the state FBLA Leadership Conference to be held in Louisville, Ky, April 18-20.

BGHS Names Franklin Softball Coach

Demont Franklin has been named the Bowling Green High School Lady Purples Softball Head Coach. Franklin has worked in the BGHS athletics department since 2002 and in the special education department since 2004. He has been an assistant football coach since 2002, was an assistant baseball coach in 2004 and has worked with the softball program since 2009.

Tinius and Vaughan Selected for Leadership Committee

Two Bowling Green High School Students, Junior Chapel Tinius and Sophomore Cole Vaughan, have been named to the National Speech and Debate Association’s Student Leadership Committee. They were selected out of over 120,000 NSDA members in the U.S. and several other countries to serve on the 200 member SLC committee for the 2016-2017 school year.

Schools Win Regional Attendance Day Competition

The High Attendance Day competition results are in and BGISD won all 3 divisions in the 4th Region with excellent attendance on September 20th. Overall, 97.43% of BGISD students were in school that day, plus, Potter Gray, BGJHS and BGHS won with attendance rates of 99.12% (PGES), 98.26% (BGJH) and 95.98% (BGHS). As regional winners, the three schools advance to state competition.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME INFO Purples take the field November 4, 2016

The Bowling Green Purples will play in the KHSAA 5A Football State Championship game on Sunday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Central Time at Houchens/L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Tickets will be sold for $10 each at Bowling Green High School during lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online. The Purples will be the home team for the game, and fans will sit on the club side of the stadium.

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Congratulations Lady Purples! 4th Region Champions

The Bowling Green High School Lady Purples Basketball Team won the 4th Regional Championship on Sunday, March 6, defeating Glasgow 50-47. The girls will play in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare / KHSAA Girls' Sweet Sixteen Tournament vs. Butler High School on Thursday, March 10th, at 1:30 p.m. EST in the BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

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Tinius Qualifies for National Speech Tournament

BGHS sophomore Chapel Tinius qualified for the National Catholic Forensics League Speech Tournament after winning First Place in Declamation. Tinius and freshman teammate Zachary Martin competed at the Kentucky NCFL Qualifying Tournament at Larue County High School March 5. 

$29,527 in Technology Grants Awarded to Bowling Green Schools

Two schools in the Bowling Green Independent School District have been selected to receive technology grants from the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE). Bowling Green High School will receive $23, 049 and W. R. McNeill Elementary will receive $6,478 in funding. Both schools applied for the grants last fall and will officially be recognized as grant recipients on March 11, 2016, at the annual KySTE Conference to be held in Louisville.

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