Purples Alumni to say goodbye to old BGHS before demolition

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green High School is a name that has made purple pride swell in alumnus’ hearts since the early 1970s.

Now, the school reaches a bittersweet crossroads. Over the pandemic, the school has worked hard to expand.

With the school’s new additions flourishing, the old building is scheduled for demolition over winter break.

This leaves alumni feeling a little nostalgic.

Class of 1997 BGHS Assistant Principal Ben Bruni said, “It’s a little hard. It’s a little hard to say goodbye to this building.”

Class of 1976 BGHS Secretary Cathy Rogers added, “These kids don’t have a clue what we had back in the 70s and 80s.”

Class of 1975 Judge Steve Alan Wilson said, “You know, we came from the junior high school, which was old, dark and then we come out to Bowling Green High School, and it’s round and it’s light!”

The school hopes to start Spring semester completely in its new building.

On top of a gorgeous new pool, the new BGHS is home to a top tier football field, classrooms, offices and most of all, home to new memories.

Bruni said, “You’ve got to take steps forward. And you know, we’re excited about that as well.”

“BGHS has always been much bigger than the building,” said Wilson. “It’s bittersweet not being able to take your grandchild through the school, but you know, my children got to go to that school and that’s good enough for me. There are two kinds of people in the world. There are Purples and those who want to be.”

This Saturday, old alumni can walk through the old BGHS one last time from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m for a last whiff of purple tinted memories.