Bowling Green High School News

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.”

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.


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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Register for AP Exams Online with MyPaymentsPlus

Online registration available through March 11, 2016!

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.

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