Generations of Bloomington residents have called Bloomington High School home during their teenage years, and that sense of Raider community grows stronger every year. "Being the only high school in Bloomington means you have years and years of tradition and pride. We’re the flagship school in District 87 where everyone ends up. There is no school rivalry within the district because everyone becomes a Raider," said Principal Tim Moore. BHS is a welcoming environment for students and staff, with adults always showing support for every Raider in the school. The high school offers endless opportunities for students, fitting every interest and passion, said Mr. Moore. Students have reported finding their footing after getting involved in theater, National Honor Society, athletics, art, music, or Advanced Placement classes. BHS is the most diverse high school in McLean County, with more than 17 foreign countries represented by students and staff, creating a rich blend of cultures under one roof. Mr. Moore said he can walk into the student center or cafeteria any day and see all students interacting together. "We've worked hard as a school to embrace everyone. We need to continue to connect with kids to keep that constantly improving," he said. Mr. Moore said he takes pride in the staff who help lead the education of over 1,500 students. "They are talented from a teaching standpoint, but they also embrace the culture and importance of building relationships with students," he said. Any time a new family moves to the community and the student may be nervous about starting school, Mr. Moore tells them, "You're a Raider now. You belong here." And as the saying goes — Once a Raider, always a Raider!
Bloomington High School serves the public high school population in School District #87, located within the city of Bloomington. The Bloomington-Normal area has approximately 100,000 residents. This central Illinois community continues to experience tremendous growth. The major employers including State Farm Insurance, Illinois State University, and Mitsubishi Motor Company provide a stable, yet diverse economy for the residents. Quality higher educational opportunities are provided by Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, and Lincoln College at Normal.
Bloomington High School has an average annual enrollment of 1,500 students with an average class size of 19.4 students. All high school students in District 87 are assigned to BHS. As a result, our statistics reflect all students, ranging from at-risk and alternative programs through advanced placement offerings. The school has engaged in a systematic improvement program the past six years including the initiation of an advanced placement program and increased standards in all of our courses. As a result, average test scores on state achievement tests show continuous improvement, particularly in the areas of writing and mathematics. This is mirrored by continued improvement in the school's graduation rate. Student honors and recognitions have also increased, with BHS seniors selected as the Bloomington-Normal Students of the Year in 1998, 1999, and 2002.