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 (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 the 2013-14 school year, a brand new eleven-million dollar swimming facility was put in.
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.
A renovation of the school in 2014 added a multimillion-dollar pool area. 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. In 2011 the school inducted a co-ed competitive cheerleading team to perform at athletic games and compete in the winter and spring.
The following teams have finished in the top four of eight 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, 1993–94)
- Gymnastics (boys'): 8th place (2013)
- 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)
- Competitive Co-Ed Cheerleading: State Champions (2014)
Buffalo Grove supports 47 student clubs and activities, an entire and updated list of which can be found at the school's website. These include music, the arts, culture and language, 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 National Forensics League.
In March 2012, the Scholastic Bowl Team qualified for the IHSA State Meet in Peoria, Illinois 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. This mixed competition show choir is composed of 38 singer-dancers, 12 band members and 4 crew members. 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. They attend the Dekalb Indiana Show Choir Invitational Competition, the Chicagoland Showcase Competition, and the Nashville Show Choir Nationals Competition.
- Tim Bogar — Major League Baseball infielder (1993–2001), playing most of his career for the New York Mets and Houston Astros, former interim manager Texas Rangers.
- Zach Borenstein, professional baseball player
- Melanie Chandra — actress, Code Black.
- Larry Doyle — 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 — Greco-Roman wrestler who competed for the United States.
- Brett Lebda — 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.
- Mike Marshall — 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.
- Brian McBride — professional soccer player, who was the first overall selection in the inaugural MLS draft in 1996, has since played in three FIFA World Cups for the US men's national soccer team
- Josh Paul — Major League Baseball catcher (1999–2007), playing most of his career with the Chicago White Sox.
- Jessy Schram — actress. Among her most notable roles are Hannah Griffith in Veronica Mars, Rachel Seybolt in Life, Karen in Falling Skies and Cinderella/Ashley Boyd in Once Upon a Time.
- Judd Sirott — radio broadcaster who has national experience broadcasting for the NHL, and more locally with the Chicago Wolves, Chicago Blackhawks, and on WGN (AM), where he works with the Chicago Cubs.
- Don Thorp — defensive lineman in the NFL (1984, 1987–88).
- Tom Zbikowski — special teams in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, as well as professional boxer.
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