Buffalo Grove High School
|Buffalo Grove High School|
|1100 W. Dundee Rd.
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, 60089
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Twp. H.S. District 214|
|Superintendent||Dr. David Schuler|
|Faculty||149 certified staff members|
|Average class size||22.9|
|School color(s)||navy blue
|Athletics conference||Mid-Suburban League|
|Average ACT scores||23.3|
Buffalo Grove High School, or BGHS is a public high school located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. It is one of six four-year comprehensive high schools in Township High School District 214, serving portions of the Villages of Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights and Wheeling.
Dr. Clarence M. "Chick" Miller, formerly assistant principal at Wheeling High School, was named the school's first principal.
In 2003, new classrooms, a foyer, and offices opened as part of a six-million dollar new development. The "circle drive" on the west side of the school was greatly reduced in size to make room for the new classrooms and foyer. The new classrooms included new science labs and special-ed facilities. Additionally, room was made in old storage space on the second floor of the south side of the building for new foreign-language classrooms.
On August 27, 2004, the Bison hosted their first Friday night game under new lights at Bison Stadium. They were the final team in the Mid-Suburban League to switch from Saturday afternoons to Friday night games.
In 2008, the average ACT score was 23.3, and 95.5% of the class of 2008 graduated on time. BGHS failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act because of scores below the minimum target on the Prairie State Achievement Examination and ACT in two student subgroups.
Competitive teams from Buffalo Grove HS compete in the Mid-Suburban League (MSL). Buffalo Grove is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the governing body for most interscholastic sports and competitive activities in Illinois.
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for boys and girls in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Boys may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Girls may compete in badminton, bowling, and softball.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state tournaments or meets:
- Basketball (girls): 4th place (1979–80); 3rd place (2007–08); State Champions (1999–2000)
- Bowling: 3rd place (1984–85)
- Football: 2nd place (1978–79); State Champions (1986–87)
- Gymnastics (girls): 2nd place (1991–92, 1992–93, 93–94)
- Soccer (boys): 2nd place (2004–05); State Champions (1988–89)
- Soccer (girls): 4th place (1992–93, 1994–95); 2nd place (1991–92)
- Volleyball (boys): 4th place (1997–98, 2005–06); 2nd place (2007–08); 3rd place (2008–09 ; 5th place (2009-10)
Buffalo Grove supports 47 student clubs and activities, an entire and updated list of which can be found at the school's website for activities. These clubs range from music and the arts to culture and language, to social/political action and student government. Buffalo Grove also has an excellent Speech and Debate team, boasting the 99th best Lincoln Douglas Debate team in the NFL. (National Forensics League)
Among the clubs are chapters of these more nationally notable groups: NJROTC, SADD, Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad, and Mathletes. In March 2012, the Scholastic Bowl Team qualified for the IHSA State Meet in Peoria, IL by beating William Fremd High School in the Sectional Final at North Chicago High School. They were also the Regional Champions and MSL Conference Champions, beating Fremd in dramatic fashion 485-480.
Another prominent group at Buffalo Grove is its show choir, The Expressions. The Expressions is a mixed competition show choir composed of 38 singer-dancers, 12 band members and 4 crew members. The Expressions are directed by Debora Utley and choreographed by Randy Sage, and the Expressions band is directed by Bryan Itzkowitz . Similar to the hit television show, Glee, the group meets as a class as well as competes throughout the country at various show choir competitions. Some competitions which they attend are the Dekalb Indiana Show Choir Invitational Competition, the Chicagoland Showcase Competition, and the Nashville Show Choir Nationals Competition. Since the show choir was founded at Buffalo Grove, under the direction of Linda McEachran. The Expressions have a history of sweeping show choir competitions with awards in Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, and Grand Champions. Much of The Expressions' success can be attributed to the strong direction first implemented by Linda McEachran, known as "Miss Mac."
Several Expressions alumni have gone on into careers in music and dance. Current choreographer, Randy Sage, was an Expressions member himself and now choreographs for many award-winning high school and junior high show choirs around the United States. The Expressions' current band director, Bryan Itzkowitz, was also an Expressions member in high school, playing saxophone in the Expressions band. In addition to directing the Expressions band, Itzkowitz teaches band at Holmes Middle School as well as Frost, Twain, and Whitman Elementary Schools.
- Tim Bogar was a Major League Baseball infielder (1993–2001), playing most of his career for the New York Mets and Houston Astros.
- Larry Doyle is a comic writer who worked on The Simpsons (1997–2001). His first novel, Thurber Prize winning I Love You, Beth Cooper, is set at Buffalo Grove High School.
- Lindsey Durlacher, wrestler
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- Brett Lebda is a professional ice hockey defenseman, currently playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. He was a member of the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.
- Brian McBride is a professional soccer player, who was the first overall selection in the inaugural MLS draft in 1996. He has played for Fulham in England's Premier League, and just finished playing for the Chicago Fire of the MLS. He has since played in three FIFA World Cups for the US men's national soccer team, and was captain of the national team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- Mike Marshall was a Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman (1981–91), playing most of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a member of the 1988 World Series champions.
- Tony Martino (Singer) is a singer/songwriter from Chicago, Illinois.
- Josh Paul was a Major League Baseball catcher (1999–2007), playing most of his career with the Chicago White Sox.
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- Don Thorp was a defensive lineman in the NFL (1984, 87–88).
- Tom Zbikowski was a special teams in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears.
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- Official Website
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