Bloom High School

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Bloom High School
brown and white multi-story building, Art Deco style, with stone statues on each side of the steps, a circular drive in front, and green trees on the sides and center island of the drive
Front entrance
Address
101 W. 10th Street

,
60411

United States
Coordinates41°30′51″N 87°38′38″W / 41.5142°N 87.6440°W / 41.5142; -87.6440Coordinates: 41°30′51″N 87°38′38″W / 41.5142°N 87.6440°W / 41.5142; -87.6440
Information
School typepublic comprehensive secondary
Opened1900
School districtBloom Twp. HS 206
Grades912
Gendercoeducational
Enrollment1,654[1] (2016-17)
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)     Blue
     White
Slogan"We're From Bloom, & Couldn't Be Prouder"
Athletics conferenceSouth Suburban Conference
MascotBlazing Trojans
Team nameBloom Township Blazing Trojans
AccreditationAdvancED[2]
NewspaperThe Broadcaster
YearbookThe Annual
Website
Bloom Township High School
Bloom High School is located in Illinois
Bloom High School
Bloom High School is located in the United States
Bloom High School
Location10th St., Dixie Hwy. and Chicago Heights St., Chicago Heights, Illinois
Area10.7 acres (4.3 ha)
Built1931
ArchitectRoyer, Danely & Smith
Architectural styleArt Deco, Other, Zig-Zag Modern
NRHP reference #82002527[3]
Added to NRHPJune 3, 1982

Bloom High School is a public school in Chicago Heights, Illinois. It is part of Bloom Township High School District 206.

The school was founded in 1900. A second Chicago Heights high school, Bloom Trail, was established in 1976 to offset overcrowding.[4] Since 1995, however, Bloom and Bloom Trail have shared the same sports programs, drawing from over 3,000 students[5][6] in grades 9 to 12.

The present Bloom High School building, erected during the Great Depression, was named to the National Register of Historic Places on June 3, 1982. It is an Art Deco structure with six WPA murals.[7] The frescoes were created by Edgar Britton in 1935. The two limestone sculptures were designed by Curtis Drewes. The main structure of the high school was designed by the architectural firm of Royer, Danley, and Smith of Urbana, Illinois. Major additions were finished in 1956 and 1976.

In celebration of the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial, Bloom High School was selected as one of the Illinois 200 Great Places [8] by the American Institute of Architects Illinois component (AIA Illinois).

Athletics[edit]

Since 1995, Bloom and Bloom Trail have operated a cooperative athletic program. Prior to consolidating in sports, Bloom's teams were known as the Trojans. When combined with Bloom Trail (which used the name Blazers), teams are called the "Bloom Township Blazing Trojans". Both alone, and as a part of the cooperative program, Bloom was a member of the South Inter-Conference Association (SICA) until the conference dissolved in 2005. Since 2006, the program has been a member of the South Suburban Conference.

The following teams won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament/meet.[9]

  • Cross Country (boys): 1950–51, 1974–75, 1975–76
  • Track & Field (boys): 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1976–77, 1987–88
  • Wrestling: 1974–75, 1975–76

Bloom played in the title game of the Illinois High School Boys Basketball Championship in both 1974 and 1975.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloom High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-10
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ About Bloom Trail High School Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 22 August 2007.
  5. ^ Taylor Bell. Hoops consistent over ages for Bloom boys. Chicago Sun-Times. 25 December 2000.
  6. ^ They've gone to great heights Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine. Chicago Sun-Times. 6 June 2007.
  7. ^ Delia O'Hara. "After 50 years, WPA frescoes bloom under duo's care." Chicago Sun-Times. 22 July 1987.
  8. ^ Waldinger, Mike (January 30, 2018). "The proud history of architecture in Illinois". Springfield Business Journal. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Season Summaries: Chicago Heights (Bloom Twp.)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 28 March 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Bloom: They've gone to great Heights", Chicago Sun-Times, 6 June 2007, retrieved 7 April 2010
  11. ^ Jeff Slade obituary

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