Bornova Anadolu Lisesi (BAL), commonly known in foreign languages with its English name Bornova Anadolu High School, is one of the most renowned and prestigious high schools in Turkey.
|Bornova Anadolu Lisesi|
Mevlana Mahallesi Ord. Prof. Dr. Muhiddin Erel Caddesi No: 15 Bornova
|School type||Anadolu High School|
|Motto||"BAL'lı olmak ayrıcalıktır."|
("It is a privilege to be from BAL.")
|Established||26 March 1953|
|Number of students||2031|
The school was established in 1953 as Izmir Koleji in Izmir. In 1955, it was formed into one of the 6 newly opened Maarif Koleji high schools around different regions of Turkey, which was established by the Ministry of Education, to teach in foreign languages.
In 1975, the Ministry of Education decided to change the name Maarif Koleji into Anadolu Lisesi, which is known as Anadolu High School in English. In 1976 the school's name was changed into Bornova Anadolu Lisesi.
Until 1979, the medium of instruction at Bornova Anadolu Lisesi was English. In that year, the school opened its German Language department, to teach in German.
Recently, Bornova Anadolu Lisesi has reached to the largest student population within the high schools of Turkey. In 1997, the school opened its French Department, which made it the first Turkish high school to have its medium of instruction in three different foreign languages.
The school teaches most of its classes in Turkish today, but the students receive intensive education in at least two foreign languages as designated by the Anatolian High Schools law.
Bornova Anadolu Lisesi is the second Anatolian High School in Izmir, according to the high school entry points for 3 consequent years. In 2007, in the University Entrance Exam of Turkey, which has over 1.5 million applicants every year, Bornova Anadolu Lisesi had 7 results in top 100, 81 in top 1000 and 304 in top 5000.
Bornova Anadolu Lisesi is also known for its extracurricular activities and sports teams.
The school song is written and composed by the music teacher of the school, Naci Önöz, in 1965.