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Welcome to James H. Bowen HS

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Bowen High School, named after developer James H. Bowen, the "Father of South Chicago," is a new 9th-12th grade high school. We offer an array of Advanced Placement, performing arts, and enrichment courses, including AP Studio Art, AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature & Composition, dance, show choir, sculpture, ceramics, robotics, and “Cooking is Math!”

We welcome you to our website and know you will find it a useful tool for the benefit of every student within our walls. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff here at Bowen High School, and we encourage you to visit and see why our students, teachers, and parents make BHS a great place to grow and learn.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Boilermaker Family,

Our school year has gotten off to a great start, and I would like to personally invite you to our November 13 Parent Report Card Pick-Up. On this day, you will have the opportunity to meet with all of your students' teachers and other members of the Bowen faculty. This is the perfect venue for understanding how we support your child and his/her development in order to ensure he/she reaches his/her full potential! This is also a great time to provide our faculty with insight on what’s going on at home. The more information we have about your child and his family, the better we are able to serve him. 

College News - Our Post-Secondary Leadership Team (PLT) is committed to ensuring every BHS student is college and career ready and enrolled in a college or university immediately after high school graduation. The PLT meets every second and fourth Friday at 9:00 a.m. and all parents are welcome! In order to stay abreast of important college events, please closely review the dates below:

  • November 20 - BHS College Fair
  • November 24 - Northern Illinois University College Tour
  • December 19 - Deadline for submission of seven college applications
  • December 19 - BHS College Fair
  • January 1 - FAFSA season begins
  • January 22 - BHS FAFSA Parent Night

I invite you to read my full, updated, Message from the Principal so you can stay up to date on additional information regarding academic performance, attendance, our tardy policy, and upcoming dates to add to your calendar.

As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.  


Nia Abdullah

Nia Abdullah