Bow High School

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Bow High School
Bow High School, November 2016, Bow NH.jpg
32 White Rock Hill Road
Bow, NH 03304[1]
Type Public high school
Established 1997[2][3]
School district Bow School District
Principal John House-Myers[4]
Faculty 53.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 618 (as of 2009-10)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.1[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Navy Blue, Gold and White[5]
Mascot Falcon

Coordinates: 43°09′14″N 71°32′54″W / 43.15389°N 71.54833°W / 43.15389; -71.54833 Bow High School is a four-year public high school located in Bow, New Hampshire, United States, as part of the Bow School District.[6] The principal is John House-Myers[4] who took over in June 2006 from George Edwards who had been principal since the school's establishment.[7]

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 640 students and 53.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 12.1.[1]


Bow High School was established in 1997, serving grades 9 through 12.[3] Before this time high school students from Bow went to Concord.[2] In 1993 the Concord School District told Bow they could no longer send Bow students to Concord High after the 1996-1997 school year.[2] Immediately Bow started to make plans for a high school of their own.[2] The school was built and now sits on the shores of Turee Pond.[2] The school was originally designed to accommodate 600 students,[2] and in 2005/2006 had a student population of 640.[1] The school cost $16 million. Beginning in the fall of 2014, the school began serving students from the neighboring town of Dunbarton.[8]

The school has a 600-seat auditorium, an 800-seat gym, a video production facility and state of the art technology.[2]



Classes at Bow High School are leveled in a heterogeneous manner.[9] Each student at BHS is required to take two science classes, which is fulfilled through a mandatory Integrated Science and Technology class freshman and sophomore year, although the majority of students take more than that.[9] Students are required to graduate with two and a half Building Essential Skills for Tomorrow (B.E.S.T) classes (physical education).[9] Students are also required to take a freshmen Humanities class, a sophomore American studies class, a junior World Studies class, and seniors are required to take Senior Seminar, a class that directs them through their senior project.[9]

Graduation credit requirements[edit]

Graduation requirements for Classes 2007-2010:[9]

  • Humanities - 8 credits
  • Math, Science, Technology, and Business - 8 credits
  • B.E.S.T - 2.5 credits
  • Electives - 5 credits


Jim Kaufman is Bow School District's Athletic Administrator.[10] As of 2007, Bow had won 25 state championships (including a total of five state championships in spring 2003 alone).

The athletic teams participate in NHIAA Division II and Division III. The following sports are represented: soccer, golf, field hockey, football, cross country, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, indoor track, spirit, swimming, lacrosse, tennis, softball, baseball, and track and field.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student Teal Van Dyck won second place in the national Poetry Out Loud in 2006, earning a $10,000 scholarship.[11] Van Dyck was also selected to be one of Bow High School's Granite State Challenge competitors on New Hampshire's PBS station, NHPTV.[12]

The school was the scene of a set piece speech by Bill Clinton on January 8, 2008 in support of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.[13]


In 2005 there was controversy when the Bow High School administration told a student, Isabel Gottlieb, that she would not graduate for not satisfying the state's physical education requirement. The student did not want to take the minimum state requirements of Physical Education, and opted for study hall instead. [14] The situation was resolved when her previous high school issued her a new transcript, awarding her credit for participation in varsity athletics.[15]

In June 2005 the student population, with the exception of the senior class, took place in a school mandated DHHS survey. 17% of surveyed students reported smoking marijuana during a 30-day period and 31% reported consuming alcohol during the same period. The results were below the state average for student substance abuse and the school principal did not consider the results sufficient to necessitate drug testing of student athletes.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bow High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g The Story Of Bow High School Archived October 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., Bow High School. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Sullivan, Margo. "Board to decide whether to open school with two or four grades Other schools say there are advantages, disadvantages to both approaches"[permanent dead link], The Eagle-Tribune, February 5, 2008. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Welcome to Bow High School Archived October 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., Bow High School. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  5. ^ Profile 2005-2006 Archived October 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., Bow High School. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  6. ^ Public Schools Archived November 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Concord Chamber of Commerce. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  7. ^ "Bow says goodbye to George Edwards", Ryan O'Connor, The Bow Times, 22 June 2006
  8. ^ "Bow High School Profile 2014-2015" (PDF). Bow High School. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Profile 2007-2008 Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Bow High School. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  10. ^ Bow High School Athletics Archived February 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Bow High School. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  11. ^ "Making Poetry Come Alive: Poetry Out Loud 2006 National Finals" Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine., NEA ARTS 2006, Volume 3, National Endowment for the Arts. Accessed January 26, 2008. "Second place went to Teal Van Dyck, who received a $10,000 college scholarship, and Kellie Taulia Anae came in third, receiving a $5,000 scholarship."
  12. ^ Wolfe, Jodi. "Bow High Team Takes On Granite State Challenge", The Bow Times, October, 2004
  13. ^ Reid, Tim. "Frustrated Hillary Clinton gets up close and personal as crowds drift away", The Times, January 8, 2008. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  14. ^ "Study hall or BEST? Gottlieb chose study, says Bow principal". The Bow Times. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  15. ^ Edgerton, Joseph (2005-06-09). "Gottlieb to graduate; old school gives credit". The Bow Times. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  16. ^ Pathak, Sapna (2006-03-30). "Passing the test? Schools, student-athletes and substance abuse". The Bow Times. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 

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