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Buffalo Grove High School, or BGHS is a public high school located in Buffalo Grove, Illinoismarker, a northwest suburb of Chicagomarker. It is one of six four-year comprehensive high schools in Township High School District 214, serving portions of the Villages of Arlington Heightsmarker, Buffalo Grove, and Wheelingmarker.


Buffalo Grove opened in 1973, drawing students and staff from Wheelingmarker and John Hersey High Schoolmarker.

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

On March 12th, 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.

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. [102131]


Buffalo Grove High School was a 1999-2000 Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence winner presented by the United States Department of Education.

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.


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 young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Young women may compete in badminton, bowling, and softball.

The following teams have finished in the top four of their 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, 93-94)
  • 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)


Buffalo Grove supports 46 student clubs and activities, an entire and updated list of which can be found at the school's website for activities. These clubs range from music and the arts to culture and language, to social/political action and student government.

Among the clubs are chapters of these more nationally notable groups: NJROTC, SADD, Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad, and Mathletes.

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