Bowling Green High School News

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.
Five Named 2015 National Merit® Finalists

Five seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. They will compete for more than 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million offered to National Merit Finalists.

BGHS students recognized as 2015 National Merit Finalists:
John “Jack” Grise
Brandon Lee
Hannah Lindsey
Sonora Schuck
Jesse Shadowen

Students to Attend Spread the Red Education Game at WKU

Students from Bowling Green and Warren County Schools will attend the fourth "Spread the Red Education Game" at Western Kentucky University on Thursday, January 15, 2015 as Lady Topper Basketball hosts Florida Atlantic. The game marks the culmination of a month-long program between WKU Athletics and local schools, synergizing education and athletics. Bowling Green students in 3rd through 8th grades will attend the Spread the Red event.

BGISD Non-Resident Application

The Bowling Green Independent School District (“BGISD”) and the Warren County School District (“WCSD”) approved a 15-year nonresident student agreement in December 2014, which will remain in effect until June 30, 2030.


Congratulations to the Bowling Green High School boys soccer team for winning the 2014 State Championship! The Purples defeated Scott High School 6-4 to win the second championship in school history. Congrats Coach Widener and BGHS Purples!

Photo by Paul Gray

2015-16 Calendar Options to Consider

The District Calendar Committee met Thursday, November 6, 2014 to begin the process of recommending an academic calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The academic calendar must be approved by the Board of Education and is tentatively scheduled for approval at the December 8 Board of Education Meeting. Before finalizing the 2015-16 calendar, the Calendar Committee would like input from parents and community members. Two calendar options are available and surveys must be completed by November 17, 2014.

Beacon Yearbook and Staff Earn Awards at WKU Journalism Scholars Day

During the Journalism Scholars Day at Western Kentucky University Oct. 24, the Beacon yearbook was awarded third place in division AAAA for Best Overall Yearbook. The statewide Mark of Excellence contest is sponsored and judged by members of the Society of Professional Journalists and by faculty and staff of the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting. 

Last year marked the 75th volume of the Beacon at BGHS. The theme was developed around the concept of the book and school’s “Legacy.” 

Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All Results Released to the Public

The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district results from the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All system for school year 2013-14. Overall scores and classifications are based on three categories: Next-Generation Learners, Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support, and Next-Generation Professionals. Results from 2013-14 are calculated based on two of the three: Next-Generation Learners and Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support. Scores may not be compared to prior years as the total components of the system have changed.

Summary of the Unbridled Learning Accountability System

2013-14 Results from Bowling Green Independent Schools

All school and district data is available through the Kentucky School Report Card:

PARENTS: Internet Safety Links & Information

Internet safety for kids requires a partnership between parents, guardians and schools. Students have access to many devices and online resources at school, at home, and with friends. The BGISD Technology Department has collected several links and handouts to assist parents with tips and conversation starters to ensure online safety for all.

Newsweek Adds BGHS to Beating the Odds List

Newsweek has released two lists recognizing public high schools: “America’s Top High Schools,” which ranks schools on performance and a second list, “Beating the Odds: America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students,” considering both achievement and percentage of poverty. The rankings identify schools that are preparing students for college, and overcoming obstacles from socioeconomic inequity. Bowling Green High School is ranked 401st of 500 schools on the “Beating the Odds” list.

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.

BGHS Students Recognized at WKU Scholars Luncheon

WKU honored 94 students from Bowling Green and Warren County high schools for their academic achievements at the annual Scholars Luncheon held Friday, October 17 at the Augenstein Alumni Center. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.4 and grade-point average of 3.9 and included 31 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and six National Merit Semifinalists.

BGHS Seniors Honored as Distinguished Young Women of Warren County

Distinguished Young Women of Warren County is an official local preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. The top three honorees in the 2014 Warren County event are seniors at Bowling Green High School. Overall winner, Savannah Young is the daughter of Tim and Angela Young. First Runner-Up, Sara Cohron is the daughter of Van and Laura Cohron, and Second Runner-Up, Amy Cherry is the daughter of Oscar and Jeanine Cherry.

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.

PSA from BGHS Wins Digital Citizenship Contest

Congratulations to the STLP group from BGHS that submitted the PSA announcement which was the winning video of the Digital Citizenship Video contest.  All school videos are now streaming on BGISD-TV. Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and for contributing to teaching internet safety and digital citizenship. We sincerely appreciate all of your efforts to make this competition a success. 


Sharon Logsdon, District Technology Coordinator

Eight Named 2015 National Merit Semifinalists

Eight seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Six are currently attending BGHS and two are now enrolled at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. All will have the opportunity to compete for more than 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Bowling Green High School:
John “Jack” Grise, son of John and Sarah Grise;
Brandon Lee, son of Minwoo and Mee Kyung Lee;
Hannah Lindsey, daughter of James and Leigh Lindsey;
Craig Redden, son of Allen and Melanie Redden;
Sonora Schuck, daughter of Brian and Julie Schuck;
Jesse Shadowen, son of David and Rebecca Shadowen

BGHS students attending Gatton Academy:
Benjamin Guthrie, son of Chris and Nicole Guthrie;
Valerie Richmond, daughter of Thomas Richmond