The following is a brief history of Bowling Green School. It was included in the Yearbook and written by the school's first graduating class (1973).
There is a "Time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak." (Ecclesiastes 3:7)
The time to speak is at hand. The Annual wishes to pay tribute to "Bowling Green School" – our school. We all have many thoughts of happy days, hopeful days, discouraging days, and days full of disappointment. As we, the first graduating class, depart Bowling Green, we must set our goals for the future, to meet the needs of society and the world in which we live and grow.
Time will not permit the details that resulted in this happy moment: however, a brief resume of the background of our school, Bowling Green, appears appropriate.
In early February, 1969, a small group of concerned parents met to explore the feasibility of a new school in Franklinton, LA. Following this exploratory meeting, anonymous gifts and work of many citizens aided the project. The fruit of the harvest was a reality on June 24, 1969 when Secretary of State Wade O. Martin, Jr. certified the Articles of Incorporation of "The Bowling Green School."
The original Board of Trustees consisted of Chester Green, Chairman of the Board, Margie Ann Bickham Burris, Michael Crain, Quentin L. Givens, Annell West James, Robert E. Magee, Herd J. Miller, O. D. Myles, and Emma Alice Varnado. All of the above members signed the Charter of Bowling Green School, with the exception of Michael Crain who was deceased.
The Board of Directors of our school was faced with the problem of finding a suitable place to have our school. After many site locations were considered, they found a building that was once used as a bowling alley. Contacts were made with the owners of the building. The "Green Family" of Franklinton, LA owned this building, and a very nice arrangement or lease was worked out for three years. This gave Bowling Green School its start, as well as its name.
The board had difficulty in adopting a name for the school, so they took the "Bowling" name from the "bowling alley" and the "Green" from the Green family and called it "Bowling Green School". The building was divided into nine classrooms – office and teachers lounge, with proper restrooms for both boys and girls. The building was, also, centrally heated and air-conditioned, which made Bowling Green an excellent educational facility. Many parents worked at night to paint, carpenter and make the electrical changes necessary to convert this building into our school. In addition, selected qualified parents collected and catalogued state required library holdings.
Private schools, frequently referred to in history as academies, are not new in these United States. Our founding fathers brought the philosophy to the Colonies on the Mayflower.
Many hours of time, money, work and talent have gone into this foresighted adventure of concerned citizens to develop a private school which would enunciate the basic principles of sound education. We, the students, as the recipients of this adventure, wish to pay tribute to our founders.
Bowling Green School opened its doors on August 29, 1969, with a total enrollment of 255 students, grades one through nine. Our first principal was Bobby R. Pierce and the faculty consisted of nine teachers. Each succeeding year, a grade has been added to provide for a graduating class in 1973, our class. The 1973 student population was 356, with the principal, Samuel C. Jenkins, and a faculty of 19 teachers.
By: BGS Class of 1973 – the first graduating class of BGS