Buffalo Grove High School

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. Feeder schools are Cooper Middle School, Thomas Middle School, and London Middle School.

Buffalo Grove High School
1100 W. Dundee Rd.


United States
Coordinates42°08′26″N 87°58′58″W / 42.1405°N 87.9829°W / 42.1405; -87.9829Coordinates: 42°08′26″N 87°58′58″W / 42.1405°N 87.9829°W / 42.1405; -87.9829
School typepublic secondary
School districtTwp. H.S. District 214
SuperintendentDavid R. Schuler[1]
PrincipalJeff Wardle
Teaching staff114.60 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,921 (2019–20)[2]
Student to teacher ratio16.76[2]
Color(s)  navy blue
  burnt orange
Athletics conferenceMid-Suburban League
NewspaperThe Charger[4]
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Buffalo Grove High School opened in 1973, drawing students and staff from Wheeling and John Hersey High Schools.

Dr. Clarence M. "Chick" Miller, formerly assistant principal at Wheeling High School, was named the school's first principal.

On March 12, 1976, President Gerald Ford, during his campaign against former California Governor Ronald Reagan, made a March primary appearance in the gymnasium of Buffalo Grove High School.[5]

In 2003, new classrooms, a foyer, and offices opened as part of a six-million dollar renovation. 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.


Buffalo Grove High School won a 1999–2000 Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence, presented by the United States Department of Education.[6]

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.[7]


A renovation of the school in 2014 added a multimillion-dollar pool area. 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.[8]

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for boys and girls in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, 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.

State championshipsEdit


  • Basketball (girls'): 1999–2000
  • Bass fishing: 2016–17
  • Football: 1986–87
  • Soccer (boys'): 1988–89
  • Competitive Co-Ed Cheerleading: 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2022–23[10]


Buffalo Grove supports 47 student clubs and activities, an entire and updated list of which can be found at the school's website.[11] These include music, the arts, culture and language, social/political action, and student government. Buffalo Grove also has a nationally recognized Speech and Debate team, boasting the 99th best Lincoln Douglas Debate team in the National Forensics League.

Among the clubs are chapters of these more nationally notable groups: NJROTC, SADD, Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad (which won the Illinois State Championship in 1989 and 1990), and Mathletes.[12]

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 was its show choir, The Expressions. This mixed competition show choir was composed of 38 singer-dancers, 12 band members and 4 crew members.[13] Similar to the hit television show Glee, the group met as a class and competed throughout the country at various show choir competitions. They attended the Dekalb Indiana Show Choir Invitational Competition, the Chicagoland Showcase Competition, and the Nashville Show Choir Nationals Competition.[13]

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ a b c "Buffalo Grove High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
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  5. ^ "BG Turns 60: A Look Back on Village's Early Years, Rapid Growth - Journal & Topics Media Group". 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ "BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM – Schools Recognized – 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002; United States Dept. of Education; p. 28; accessed June 15, 2009" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2003-09-22. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
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  26. ^ Judd Sirott bio; Chicago Blackhawks homepage; accessed June 16, 2009 Archived December 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ Judd Sirott Named Host of WGN Radio's Cubs Central Pregame; wgnradio.com; accessed June 16, 2009 Archived March 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ "Don Thorp stats & bio; databasefootball.com; accessed June 15, 2009". Databasefootball.com. 1962-10-07. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  29. ^ "Tom Zbikowski stats & bio; databasefootball.com; accessed June 15, 2009". Databasefootball.com. 1985-05-22. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-15.

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