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No School: January 20, 2016

Bowling Green City Schools will be closed Wednesday, January 20, 2016, due to inclement weather. 

Widener Announces Plans To Resign as BGHS Soccer Coach

Bowling Green High School Coach Craig Widener met with members of the Purples Soccer team on Wednesday, December 9, to share his intent to resign as Head Coach, effective December 10, 2015. He will continue his role as a teacher at BGHS, however plans to use time from coaching to spend more time with his family.

Strong Individual Finishes for BGHS Speech & Debate

Eight BGHS students competed in the Henry Clay Speak of the Devil Speech & Debate Tournament in Lexington on Saturday, November 14. Seven of those students made final rounds of competition and earned recognition.

Rotary Club Continues Adopt-a-Class Project with Donation of Chromebooks

The Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club continues to support members of its “Giving Hope Adopt-a-Class,” which started five years ago with fifth grade students at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary. On November 12th, 2015, Rotarians presented 26 Chromebook computers to the now 10th grade students, as part of a meeting with the students, parents and school officials.

BGHS Sophomore Selected for Commissioner's Advisory Council

Bowling Green High School sophomore Amrit Avula is among six newly-selected Kentucky public high school students named to the Next-Generation Student Advisory Council, a group that provides input to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt.

WKU Honors Local Seniors at Luncheon

Western Kentucky University recently honored 134 students from local high schools for their academic achievements, including 38 seniors from Bowling Green High School. Overall, the group has an average ACT composite score of 29 and grade-point average of 3.92 and included 33 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and six National Merit Semifinalists.

BGHS Announces 2015 Homecoming Court

Bowling Green High School’s 2015 Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime of the BGHS vs. Barren County game, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015. Queen candidates include seniors Paige Fields, Savannah Freeman, Caroline Hopkins, Erin Jones, Lucy Key, Sydney Sims, and Lauren Wiseman. The Homecoming Court also includes representatives from the junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes of BGHS.

Purple Spirit Week: October 12 - 16, 2015

Bowling Green Independent School District will celebrate school spirit the week of October 12-16, 2015, concluding with BGHS Homecoming football game on Friday evening, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. The week will include opportunities for students preschool-12th grade, alumni, and friends to recognize the rich history and unique spirit known by the Bowling Green Purples. Click here to learn more!

TEaCH 2 Engage Funds Four Classroom Projects

The BGISD Foundation, Inc. and Bowling Green Independent Schools have awarded more than $15,000 to add technology tools and encourage more student engagement. The four TEaCH 2 Engage classrooms will also be used as models for researching future endeavors of the school district. The winning teachers and classrooms are Dylan White, a primary teacher at Dishman McGinnis Elementary with emphasis on writing, science and social studies; Jay Hollis, an 8th grade science teacher at Bowling Green Junior High; and Drew Fulkerson and Rachael Carrico, both math teachers at Bowling Green High School.

Parent Teacher Night - Tonight from 5-7PM

Three Named 2016 National Merit Semifinalists

Three seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program as 2016 National Merit Semifinalists: Jessica Klusty, daughter of Mark and Karen Klusty; Priyanka Sheth, daughter of Nirav and Ami Sheth; and Jessica Zhu, daughter of Jianhua Zhu and Lois Wang. All will continue in the competition, including approximately 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Class of 2015 ACT Scores Improve

ACT, Inc. has released scores from the Bowling Green High School Class of 2015. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2014, as juniors, the Class of 2015 scored an average composite score of 21.0. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 21.7.

97 BGHS Students Named AP Scholars

Bowling Green High School is honored to have 97 students recognized as AP Scholars by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. Eight students have also earned the National AP Scholar designation, earning a score of four or higher on eight or more AP exams.

BGHS Schedule & First Day Info

BGHS student schedules will be available online beginning Monday, July 27th. Freshman Day Camp will be held July 29, Open House on August 3 and the first day for students is August 5. 

Welcome New Assistant Principals

Bowling Green High School welcomes two new assistant principals for the 2015-16 school year, Ms. Elisa Beth Brown and Mr. Robert Lightning.

BGHS Selects William King as Principal

The Bowling Green High Principal Selection Committee voted Wednesday morning, June 24, to select William King as their new principal.


Free Meals for Children in June & July

The Bowling Green Independent School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Survey: BGHS Principal Selection Criteria

Members of the Bowling Green High School Principal Selection Committee are developing a list of criteria for the next school principal and would like input from stakeholders. Please take a brief survey, identifying qualities most important to you. The final list of criteria will be used to screen principal candidates. The survey will close at noon on Tuesday, May 26.


The Washington Post Ranks BGHS on Most Challenging High Schools List

The Washington Post has again ranked Bowling Green High School on America’s Most Challenging High Schools list. Education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking high schools in the country and the D.C. region for several years. This year, there are more than 2,300 schools on the list, including 16 in Kentucky. BGHS ranks 14th among the 16 Kentucky schools included and currently #1,263 in America.

Ten to be Inducted to BGHS Hall of Honor as Class of 2015

The twenty-fourth annual Hall of Honor Celebration will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the Commons of Bowling Green High School. Ten graduates will be inducted to the Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor including: Mary Alice Oliver (1950), Ronald Tinsley (1954), Frank C. Van Fleet (1956), Theo Maxey (1970), Ron A. Skillern (1972), Laura Williford Phillips (1982), John B. Brown (1984), Todd Barnard (1986), Brett A. Reynolds (1989) and Matt Travis (1994).

STLP Teams Win Awards at State Championship

Four teams from Bowling Green City Schools earned awards and recognition as part of the annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship held Thursday, March 26, in Lexington, Kentucky. Bowling Green Junior High student journalists from both The Purple Spirit newspaper (online and print versions) and the BGJHS Broadcast Team earned Best Showcase Projects from Regional Groups. The BGHS Interactive Map project earned a Best in Show as a Regional Showcase Winner, and in the live competition category, the BGJHS Help Desk Support Team won 2nd place in the 6-8 grade division.

Purples Return To Rupp Arena: Game and Ticket Information

Congratulations to the Bowling Green Purples basketball team, 2015 4th Region Champions! The Purples will travel to Rupp Arena to play the Elliott County Lions on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 CST. Tickets to the game will be sold for $10 each at BGHS during school hours Monday-Wednesday, March 16 - 18. Purples fans unable to travel to Lexington may view the game live on

BGHS Presents: Into the Woods

The Bowling Green High School Choral Department presents, Into the Woods, March 20 - 22, 2015, at the Capitol Arts Center. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon's show begins at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $11.50 and may be purchased online at

Into the Woods is based on the book by James Lampine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The BGHS production is directed by Trish Beresford and Greg Robertson. 

Bowling Green City Schools Closed February 17th - 20th

Bowling Green City Schools will remain closed through Friday, February 20th, due to winter weather.

  • The ballots to elect certified and classified employee representatives to the superintendent search screening committee will be distributed Tuesday, February 24, in all schools and district offices. Ballots will be collected and the committee established on Thursday, February 26th.
  • The Military Ball scheduled for Friday, February 20 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • BGHS tennis tryouts have been cancelled for the week.
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. 

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.

BGHS Students win Acer Chromebook for STLP

Congratulations to Michael M and Jacob M for winning an Acer Chromebook for BGHS STLP.  Check out their video on Cyberbullying!




WKU Surprise: New Members of the Class of 2020

Western Kentucky University President Dr. Gary Ransdell hand-delivered acceptance letters to Blake Forshee and Jessy Brennan as part of a surprise visit to Bowling Green High School on Monday, August 10. The two BGHS students are among the first admitted to the WKU Class of 2020. Joining Ransdell were special guests: Big Red, WKU Cheerleaders and many from the WKU Admissions Team.

BGHS Football Coaches Named Finalists for National Awards

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced Kevin Wallace and Mark Spader from Bowling Green as finalists for coaching awards from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

Bowling Green High School Football Coach Kevin Wallace is one of eight finalists from across the country for the national football coach of the year. Mark Spader, BGHS Defensive Coordinator, is one of eight finalists for the NHSACA assistant football coach of the year.

Winter Weather Communication Plan

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 utilizing various communication tools and local media.

Spring Semester of 2nd Opportunity High School Begins February 2

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 2, 2016, for the spring semester. Math, English, Science, Social Studies and elective courses will be offered. The cost is $50.00.  Students registering for the first time should bring their high school transcript to registration. For more information, contact Jon Lawson, 270-746-2200.

School Computer Lab Hours Extended

School computer labs are open afternoons and evenings for Bowling Green students wishing to complete school work or projects. Students may visit any school lab (not only their home school) and log in using a student username and password. The District's Acceptable Use Policy applies. Primary students must be accompanied by an adult.