Bloom High School
|Bloom High School|
101 W. 10th Street
|School type||public comprehensive secondary|
|School district||Bloom Twp. HS 206|
|Slogan||"We're From Bloom, & Couldn't Be Prouder"|
|Athletics conference||South Suburban Conference|
|Team name||Bloom Township Blazing Trojans|
Bloom Township High School
|Location||10th St., Dixie Hwy. and Chicago Heights St., Chicago Heights, Illinois|
|Area||10.7 acres (4.3 ha)|
|Architect||Royer, Danely & Smith|
|Architectural style||Art Deco, Other, Zig-Zag Modern|
|NRHP reference #||82002527|
|Added to NRHP||June 3, 1982|
The school was founded in 1900. A second Chicago Heights high school, Bloom Trail, was established in 1976 to offset overcrowding. Since 1995, however, Bloom and Bloom Trail have shared the same sports programs, drawing from over 3,000 students 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. 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.
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.
- 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.
- George Barnes (musician) was a pioneer of the electric guitar with a 44-year career in jazz, blues, pop, and country as a guitarist, arranger, composer, conductor and producer.
- Terry Boers was co–host of a weekday afternoon sports talk radio show in Chicago.
- David S. Broder was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, author, and television commentator. He was a White House correspondent and a political columnist for the Washington Post.
- Jim Bouton is a former Major League Baseball pitcher (1962–70, 78), playing most of his career for the New York Yankees, pitching in 1963 and 1964 World Series; also author of best-seller Ball Four.
- Luke Butkus, NFL and University of Illinois assistant coach, graduate of Bloom Trail.
- Jerry Colangelo is a sports mogul; former owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Arizona Rattlers. He is currently chairman of operations of the Philadelphia 76ers, national director of USA Basketball, and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Eddie Condon, jazz musician and bandleader.
- Ricky Dillard, gospel singer.
- Mike Downey has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
- Tom Erikson is a NCAA All-American wrestler and mixed martial artist.
- Wally Flager was a shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.
- Robert P. Hanrahan is a former US Congressman (Illinois's 3rd congressional district).
- Cory Hardrict, actor, graduate of Bloom Trail.
- Debbie Halvorson is a former US Congresswoman, who represented Illinois's 11th congressional district.
- Lynn Hamilton is an actress, best known for her work on television (Sanford and Son, The Waltons, Roots: The Next Generations).
- Leroy Jackson was a running back for Western Illinois and the Washington Redskins. He was a three-time winner of the Illinois state championship in the 100 meter dash from 1956-58.
- Jan Johnson is a former pole vaulter who won three NCAA championships plus a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics.
- Carol Mann is a former LPGA golfer and 1977 inductee in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
- Audie Matthews, basketball player, captain of 1976-77 and 1977-78 Illinois Fighting Illini teams.
- Jeff Slade (1941–2012), NBA player for the Chicago Zephyrs
- Derrick Walker, class of 1985, was Chicago Sun-Times Athlete of the Year, played football for University of Michigan and for NFL's San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
- Bryant Young is a former defensive lineman (1994–2007) for the San Francisco 49ers, member of the Super Bowl XXIX championship team and NFL 1990s All–Decade Team; assistant coach for Atlanta Falcons.
- Steve Miller, a former Bloom track-and-field coach, has been a football player for the Detroit Lions, track coach and athletic director at Kansas State University, executive at Nike and director of the Professional Bowlers Association.
- Wes Mason won 316 games as Bloom's head basketball coach and is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He was a player for the Bradley college team that won the 1957 National Invitation Tournament championship.
- "Bloom High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
- Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-10
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- About Bloom Trail High School Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 22 August 2007.
- Taylor Bell. Hoops consistent over ages for Bloom boys. Chicago Sun-Times. 25 December 2000.
- They've gone to great heights Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine. Chicago Sun-Times. 6 June 2007.
- Delia O'Hara. "After 50 years, WPA frescoes bloom under duo's care." Chicago Sun-Times. 22 July 1987.
- Waldinger, Mike (January 30, 2018). "The proud history of architecture in Illinois". Springfield Business Journal. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Season Summaries: Chicago Heights (Bloom Twp.)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 28 March 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- "Bloom: They've gone to great Heights", Chicago Sun-Times, 6 June 2007, retrieved 7 April 2010
- Jeff Slade obituary