Bloomington High School North

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Bloomington High School North
Bloomington North
3901 N Kinser Pike
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana 47404
United States
Coordinates 39°11′56″N 86°32′57″W / 39.19889°N 86.54917°W / 39.19889; -86.54917Coordinates: 39°11′56″N 86°32′57″W / 39.19889°N 86.54917°W / 39.19889; -86.54917
Type Public high school
Established August 1, 1972
School district Monroe County Community Schools
Principal Michael Akers
Faculty 96
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,588 [1] (2014–2015)
Athletics conference Conference Indiana
Team name Cougars
Rivals Bloomington High School South

Bloomington High School North (often referred to as BHSN or simply North) is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in the northern part of Bloomington, Indiana, United States. The school is accredited by the Indiana State Department of Public Instruction and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


As of the 2014-2015 academic year, BHSN has an enrollment of 1,588 students[2], which are fed predominantly by Tri-North Middle School as well as Batchelor Middle School, Jackson Creek Middle School, St. Charles School, Harmony School, Lighthouse Christian Academy, and the Pinnacle School.

It operates on a block schedule with students taking four 85-minute courses on some days and four 85-minute courses on the alternating days. The curriculum includes over 140 different course offerings and allows students to design academic programs to meet their individual needs. Graduation requirements are based on work completed in grades nine through twelve. Accelerated programs enable students to complete high school requirements in seven semesters. Special features of the curriculum include AP and Accelerated Learning courses, vocational/technical training, work-study programs, interdisciplinary studies, and independent study.


Bloomington High School North is noted for its academic achievement in several areas.[citation needed] It has consistently ranked in the 95th percentile in ACT, PSAT and SAT scores, well above the Indiana state average.[citation needed] Its Advanced Placement program is above the state average, with 76% of students earning a score of 3 or above in 2004 and students chosen as Advanced Placement Scholars each year.[citation needed] Many seniors choose to take courses at Indiana University, with some courses taught by BHSN faculty during the day. The average percentage of students who pass the ISTEP English and Math state-mandated assessments for NCLB has been above the Indiana state average since at least 2000.[3]

During the 2005–2006 school year, the school's students showcased their talents and abilities throughout the state and nation:

  • In science: state champion in Science Olympiad for eight out of the past ten years. The team won 10th place in the 2008 National Science Olympiad competition at George Washington University in Washington D.C, netting a 1st place medal in the Disease Detectives event[4].
  • In music: Advanced Jazz Ensemble named Honor Band at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Symphonic Band third in state at ISMAA competition. In 2016 the Marching Band placed 5th at the state level, which had not happened since 2006.
  • In art: Gold and Silver Keys at Indiana Scholastic Art competition, Scholastic American Vision Award Nominee, and student Exhibitor in the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition.

School life[edit]

The school is known for its eclectic student body, composed of students from many nations around the world.[citation needed] Students are active with performing arts opportunities in Bloomington, including North's Theater Department,the Rhino's Music Club and the Bloomington Playwrights Project. The school's service learning programs include cadet teaching, community service, and internship opportunities for seniors. The school's service organizations and student clubs are active fundraisers. During the 2016-17 school year, the school's Habitat for Humanity chapter co-sponsored and built its 16th house in as many years for Habitat for Humanity, the only high school in the nation to accomplish this undertaking.[5]

Music department[edit]

Bloomington North's Music Program is known to be one of the best music programs in Indiana. The Music Program includes the Bloomington High School North Cougar Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Advanced Jazz, Wind Ensemble, Studio Jazz, Advanced Concert Band, Beginning Concert Band, Intermediate Jazz, Beginning Jazz, and Orchestra. Bloomington North also offers a variety of style in their music program, especially in the choral program with three different choirs; Vocal Jazz, Intermediate, and Advanced. All three choirs have a variety of styles, from Jazz to Broadway tunes. Recently the Marching Band has placed 9th twice in 2008, 2009, and 2015 and 5th in 2016 at ISSMA Marching Band State Finals in Indianapolis and the Symphonic Band placed 4th in 2010 at the ISSMA Concert Band State Finals. The Symphonic Band also traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to participate in the National Adjudicators Invitational, where they placed first. In the 2015–16 school year, the Orchestra performed in Washington D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Janis Stockhouse and Thomas Wilson are the two band directors that run the large program.

Theater department[edit]

Bloomington North has a new black box theater and a refurbished auditorium. Recent theatrical productions have included My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, You Can't Take It with You, West Side Story, The Dining Room, The Fantasticks, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Pajama Game, & Anything Goes. The theater director's students also perform as Living Statues each fall at the Bloomington Farmers' Market.[6][7]

The Jets sing along in the BHSN production of West Side Story in April 2006.

National championships[edit]

Cross Country[edit]

Bloomington North High School was awarded the 1980 National Cross Country Championship through the XC Legacy series published through in an effort to begin filling in the national rankings from 1980–1988. The Harrier Magazine, operated by Marc Bloom formerly of Runners World Magazine began keeping official rankings in 1989. "At the state xc championships Bloomington North annihilated the field with an impressive 34–149 point showing over defending state champion Carmel,"[8][9][10] Carmel would rebound the following two years to claim the 1981 & 1982 National crowns.[10][11] "A team who stormed through Indiana in epic fashion culminating in a state championship in which they would average 15:13 for 5000 meters with a 32 second 1–5 spread. The top four were perhaps the best 1–4 spread in US history, Marty Bassett and Keith Sharpless were individual title favorites with Jeff Grove competing against the top runner from any team in the state."[12] "Our average 5k time of 15:12.7 for the top 5 runners remains, to this day, the fastest average 5k time ever run by a high school team in a state meet."[13]

Cheerleading The Bloomington High School North cheerleading team won a national championship at the 2010 National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida. The team has also placed third, fifth, seventh, and ninth at this national competition in past years.

Sports and Extracurricular Activities[edit]

In the 2016–2017 school year, BHSN earned several athletic honors, including:

  • Four sectional championships in Boys' Tennis[14], Boys' Track and Field[15], Girls' Cross Country[16], and Girls' Tennis[17]
  • Two regional championships in Boys' Tennis[18] and Boys' Track and Field[19]
  • One semi-state championship in Boys' Tennis[20].

Boys' Soccer[edit]

  • 13 Sectional Championships[21]
  • 6 Regional Championships[22]

Girls' Cross Country

  • 3 Semi-State Championships
  • 12 Sectional Championships (16th most in Indiana history)
  • 8 Regional Championships (14th most in Indiana history)
  • 1 Semi-State Championship
  • 1 Individual State Champion 1991–92
  • 1 Individual State Runner-Up 1988–89[23]

Boys' Cross Country

  • 17 Sectional Championships (19th most in Indiana history)
  • 15 Regional Championships (6th most in Indiana history)
  • 14 Semi-State Championship (2nd most in Indiana history)
  • 1 Team State Championship 1980–81
  • 1 Individual State Runner-Up 1981–82[24]

Girls' Track & Field

  • 16 Sectional Championships (14th most in Indiana history)
  • 7 Regional Championships (8th most in Indiana history)
  • 5 Individual State Champions[25]

Boys' Track & Field

  • 17 Sectional Championships (35th most in Indiana history)
  • 9 Regional Championships (12th most in Indiana history)
  • 6 Individual State Champions[26]


  • 1 Team State Runner-Up 1975–76
  • 1 Team State Championship 1976–77

BHSN has also won multiple individual state championship in wrestling.[27]

The school tries to assist its students and the guidance counselors and social workers are trained to offer the following support services:

  • Grief Group,
  • HELP (Heritage and Environmental Learning),
  • ISG (International Student Group),
  • SAVE (Students Against Violent Acts),
  • TAP (Tobacco Awareness),
  • US (United Students, the school GSA)
  • ESAHG (Eliminate Surplus Amount Of Hicks Group)
  • MIBAG (Marijuana Is Bad Awareness Group)

Cougar Wall of Fame[edit]

In 2006, the BHSN parent organization Cougars for Better Education,[28] which was founded 10 years prior, started the Cougar Wall of Fame, with nomination by application, which recognizes and honors alumni of BHS North and the schools that consolidated into BHS North upon opening in 1972.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bloomington High School North - Public School". Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2006-12-29. 
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  5. ^ Report, H-T. "North's Habitat for Humanity home to be dedicated Saturday". HeraldTimesOnline. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
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