- Buffalo Grove High School
Infobox Secondary school
name = Buffalo Grove High School
motto = "...and Back those Bison"
type = Public secondary
principal = Carol Burlinski
associate principal = Robert Hartwig, Mark Schaetzlein, Carol Burlinski
dean = Craig Kinkaid, Richard Carlson
faculty = 149 certified staff members [ [http://www.dist214.k12.il.us/shared/schools/bghs.php Buffalo Grove High School Profile] ]
students = 2161 (2007 Enrollment) [ [http://www.d214.org/shared/info/reportcards/BGHSreport07.pdf BGHS Report card] ]
grades = 9-12
address = 1100 W. Dundee Road
country = USA
district = [http://d214.org/ Township Highschool District 214]
accreditation = North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
mascot = The Bison
colors = Navy Blue, Burnt Orange and White
yearbook = "Stampede"
newspaper = "The Charger"
testname = ACT
testaverage = 23.3 [ [http://www.d214.org/shared/info/reportcards/BGHSreport07.pdf BGHS Report card] ]
National_ranking = 1070 [ [http://www.newsweek.com/id/39380 "Newsweek Best High Schools"] ]
website = [http://bghs.d214.org/ http://bghs.d214.org/]
Buffalo Grove High School, or BG is a public
high schoollocated 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 Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Wheeling.
History and recent events
The first class
In 1973, drawing students and staff from Wheeling and
John Hersey High School, and fed by Cooper Junior High, Rand Junior High, Saint Mary's Catholic School in Buffalo Grove, nearly half of the students at Thomas Junior High in Arlington Heights, and a smattering of students from Saint Peter's Lutheran School in Arlington Heights, BGHS opened for business with no seniors.
The school's colors were chosen as blue and orange combining Wheeling's blue and gold and Hersey's brown and orange.
University of Illinois's alma mater was adopted as Buffalo Grove's school song, with slight changes to the wording.
Dr. Clarence M. "Chick" Miller, formerly assistant principal at
Wheeling High School, was named the school's first principal. Richard R. "Dick" Schnell--who coined the phrase "Back Those Bison"--formerly at Wheeling as a social science teacher and coach, is named an assistant principal. Norman Patberg, formerly at Forest View High Schoolin Arlington Heights, is named as the other assistant principal. Paul Mueller, a science teacher from Wheeling, is chosen as Director of Student Activities. Wayne Selvig, from the physical education staff at Wheeling is the first athletic director.
March 12th, 1976, President Gerald Ford, running a hard-fought campaign against former California Governor Ronald Reagan, made a March primary appearance in the gymnasium of Buffalo Grove High School. During the 1978-1979 school year, Bison varsity football placed second in the state 5A (then the largest division in Illinois football playoffs) championship game, played at Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois. During the 1986-1987 school year, the Bison won the Division 6A IHSA Football State Championship. Two years later, the Bison were the IHSA Boys SoccerState Champions, led by future international soccer star Brian McBride. During the 1999-2000 school year, coach Tom Dineen led the Bison to a Class AA IHSA Girls Basketball State Championship.
Additions and Renovations
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.
Ending a long stand against stadium lights, on August 27, 2004, the Bison hosted their first Friday night Game under the new lights at Bison Stadium as they hosted Glenbrook South. They were the final team in the Mid-Suburban League to switch from Saturday afternoons to Friday night games. [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=ADHB&p_theme=adhb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_text_search-0=The%20AND%20sun%20AND%20sets%20AND%20on%20AND%20Saturday%20AND%20football%20AND%20as%20AND%20Buffalo%20AND%20Grove%20AND%20lights%20AND%20up%20AND%20the%20AND%20night&s_dispstring=The%20sun%20sets%20on%20Saturday%20football%20as%20Buffalo%20Grove%20lights%20up%20the%20night%20AND%20date(8/23/2001%20to%208/25/2006)&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date:B,E&p_text_date-0=8/23/2001%20to%208/25/2006)&xcal_numdocs=20&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no]
In summer 2008, Buffalo Grove renovated their gym with new blue and orange bleachers. [http://www.pioneerlocal.com/buffalogrove/sports/highschools/1013047,bg-clubvball-061908-s1.article] The bleachers read "BGHS".
In 2005, openly
gayand lesbianstudents became the homecomingking and queen, making news in the local community. [http://www.nbc5.com/education/5126635/detail.html]
June 6, 2007The boys varsity baseball team qualified for the state tournament for the first time in school history. They eventually lost in the quarter-final round by eight runs to a ranked New Trier team. The varsity girls basketball team also made it to state (for the second time in the past two years), however, they lost in the first game.
In the 2007/2008 school year, the school hosted two Exchange Students from
Germanyand one Exchange Student from Italy.
In the winter of 2007, senior Joshua Golden produced a parody of
NBC's " The Office" to open the school's film festival. Not long after its completion, Golden sent the video to the cast and crew of the "The Office", earning him and the rest of the video's cast a trip to the show's set in Los Angeles. Fact|date=September 2008
In March 2008, Buffalo Grove's girls basketball team made its third consecutive trip to the state tournament. Leaving with a third place overall finish. It was a 66-50 win over
Marist High School. [http://www.pioneerlocal.com/buffalogrove/sports/highschools/828074,bg-bgstatefri-030608-s1.article]
In spring 2008, Buffalo Grove's boy's volleyball team competed in the state tournament championship game against
Wheaton Warrenville South High School. They lost to the Tigers, receiving the runner-up title. [http://www.pioneerlocal.com/buffalogrove/sports/highschools/987978,bg-bgvbfinal-060508-s1.article]
Buffalo Grove High School was a 1999-2000 Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence winner presented by the
United States Department of Education.
Standardized Test Results
In 2008, BGHS failed to meet
Adequate Yearly Progressof the No Child Left BehindAct because of scores below the minimum target on the Prairie State Achievement Examinationby Hispanics.
In 2008, BGHS had 3
National MeritScholarship Finalists, 1 National Merit Semifinalist and 5 National Merit Commended Students [ [http://www.dist214.k12.il.us/shared/schools/bghs.php Buffalo Grove High School Profile ] ] .
Buffalo Grove High School has consistently scored above the District 214, Illinois and National averages on standardized tests.
Clubs and Activities
*The first selection in the inaugural MLS draft in 1996,
Brian McBride, graduated from Buffalo Grove High School. He has since played in three FIFA World Cups for the US men's national soccer team and was named MVP in the 1998 MLS All-star game. He currently plays for the Chicago Fire of the MLS, after 5 years of playing for Fulham in England's prestigious Premier League. He is considered a U.S. soccer legend.
Tom Zbikowskigraduated from Buffalo Grove High School with the class of 2003, and started for the Bison for three years. He starred as an option quarterbackand strong safetyfor BG. As a standout at the University of Notre Dame, he played safety and returned punts for the Fighting Irish. At ND, he was a two-time 2nd team All-American. He was drafted 86th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. [http://espn.go.com/recruiting/bluechipdiaries/index.html]
Don Thorpwas an All-State Defensive Tackleat Buffalo Grove as he lead the Bison to the State Championship Game his Junior Year. He accepted a scholarship to play football at the University of Illinois. He got the Fightin' Illini to the Rose Bowl his senior year and won the Big Ten MVP, the first defensive player to do so since the great Dick Butkus. He was drafted in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saintsin the 1984 NFL Draft. In his career, he also spent time on the rosters of the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs. [http://ww1.footballdb.com/players/thorpdo01]
Major League Baseballplayers have graduated from Buffalo Grove High School: Mike Marshall, Tim Bogarand Josh Paul. [http://www.thebaseballcube.com/high_school/high_school_476.shtml]
NHL DetroitRed Wings defenseman Brett Lebdaattended Buffalo Grove High School. He won the Stanley Cupin 2008.
* Michael Terson, public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Wolves graduated from Buffalo Grove High School with the class of 1988.
Jessy Schramgraduated from Buffalo Grove High School with the class of 2004.
The Simpsonswriter Larry Doyle graduated from Buffalo Grove High School. In May 2007, he published his first novel, "I Love You, Beth Cooper," set at Buffalo Grove High School. [http://www.larrydoyle.com]
ThreadlessCreative Director Jeffrey Kalmikoff graduated from Buffalo Grove High School with the class of 1997. [http://www.callmejeffrey.com]
* [http://bghs.d214.org/ Official Website]
* [http://www.dist214.k12.il.us/shared/schools/bghs.php School profile from the district website]
* [http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=42.141728~-87.981772&style=h&lvl=17&scene=2364791&sp=aN.42.140296_-87.983595_Cafeteria_~aN.42.139723_-87.984379_Library_~aN.42.141299_-87.984346_Fieldhouse_~aN.42.140988_-87.983617_Gym_~aN.42.141211_-87.983327_Pool_~aN.42.139930_-87.982984_Theatre_~aN.42.142198_-87.981267_The%20Basin_~aN.42.140813_-87.984529_The%20Circle%20Drive_ Windows Live Local satellite photo of school campus with labels]
* [http://buffalogrove87.myevent.com Class of 1987 Reunion Website]
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