Belvidere High School (Belvidere, Illinois)

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Belvidere High School
Belvidere High School logo.jpg
1500 East Avenue
Belvidere, Illinois, 61008
Coordinates 42°14′38″N 88°49′50″W / 42.2438°N 88.8306°W / 42.2438; -88.8306Coordinates: 42°14′38″N 88°49′50″W / 42.2438°N 88.8306°W / 42.2438; -88.8306
School type Public Secondary
School district Belvidere Community Unit School District 100
Superintendent Michael Houselog[1]
Principal Todd Martens
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1217[2] (2012-2013)
Average class size 21.4[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Purple
Slogan It's the Year of the BUCS!
Song Notre Dame Victory March
Athletics conference Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10)[4]
Mascot Buccaneer
Team name Bucs[3]
Average ACT scores (2012) 20.1[2]
Newspaper The Buccaneer'[5]

Belvidere High School is located in at 1500 East Avenue, Belvidere, Illinois in Boone County.

The school is perhaps most notable for the deaths of 13 students and staff on the afternoon of April 21, 1967 when an F4 tornado struck the school as part of a massive tornado outbreak in the Midwest.It is the sixth worse loss of life at an American school as a result of tornadoes, and the worst since 1955.[6][7] In 2007 a statue was erected in front of Belvidere High School in memorial of the lives lost in the Belvidere Tornado.


Notable alumni[edit]

In 1969 Belvidere native Judith Ford won the Miss America pageant as Miss Illinois. Ford was a Belvidere High School graduate. She was the first Miss America to go to Vietnam as part of a USO tour.

Architect Jeanne Gang (born 1964, Illinois) is an American architect. She leads Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based architecture and design firm.


Belvidere competes in the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Teams are stylized as the Bucs (a shortening of Buccaneers).

BHS Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Bowling, Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Swimming, and Cross Country.

The school won back–to–back state championships in football in the autumns of 1993 and 1994.[8]

Belvidere High School's current biggest rival is Belvidere North High School. Before that school was created, however, Rockford Boylan Prep School was their biggest sports rival.


  1. ^ "Central Office Complex Staff". directory. Belvidere Community Unit School District 100. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Illinois School Report Card: Belvidere High School". Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Belvidere (H.S.)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "IHSA School Directory". Illinois High School Association. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Buccaneer". Belvidere High School. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
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  7. ^ "The Ten Worst Tornado Related Disasters in Schools". The Tornado Project. 1999. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Season Summaries: Belvidere (H.S.)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 28 March 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 

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