September 25, 2015
Join us in celebrating 100 years
of excellence at BH-BL
Centennial celebration October 10
This school year marks the district's 100th year in
existence. It all began when three one-room schoolhouses joined
to form New York state's first "consolidated" school
district--known then as the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Union Free
In 1916, the district's first official school was built on
Lakehill Road (the current Stevens Elementary School) and served
students in grades 1-12.
Over the past 100 years, BH-BL has grown from a one-school
district serving 314 students and graduating two students in its
first year of existence to a five-school district serving more
than 3,100 students with an average graduating class of 270
It’s quite an accomplishment to be able to celebrate 100
years of academic excellence and progression, and as such BH-BL
has big plans!
Centennial Celebration Oct. 10
Join us on Saturday, Oct. 10 at BH-BL High School's
multi-purpose athletic field for a day-long celebratory
event in conjunction with Homecoming festivities. (There will be
many more Centennial events held throughout the year.)
The Centennial Celebration kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Below is
the detailed schedule:
- 10:30 a.m. Walter Reid Gates at
BH-BL High School, 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills open.
The first 100 people through the gates will receive a
complimentary Centennial cinch bag from the BH-BL Business &
- 11 to 11:15 a.m. Burnt Hills Oratorio
Society & Skidmore's a cappella group Drastic Measures will
perform on the field.
- 11:30 a.m. Centennial Ceremony
begins and includes the BH-BL High School Select Choir performing
the National Anthem and the Alma Mater accompanied on the
piano by 1949 graduate Beverly
Stephenson Oudt. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will
be held to officially name the new turf field and the new
Centennial Field sign will be unveiled.
- 12:15 to 4 p.m. Homecoming festivities
include the Class Club Fair with student-led food and
Spartan memorabilia vending. The Centennial Book "100
Memories of BH-BL" will also be on sale for $25.
- 12:30 p.m. Student band "Hush" will
perform near the high school's science wing.
- 1:30 to 2 p.m. BH-BL Senior Recognition
Ceremony on Centennial Field.
- 2:25 p.m. A train whistle specially
designed by a resident for the Centennial will be sounded as
the BH-BL varsity football team takes the field and the Homecoming game
- 2:30 to 5 p.m. Homecoming football game.
- 3 to 4:30 p.m. Spartan Catering
Pre-Ordered BBQ Dinner pick-ups
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- 6 to 7:30 p.m. Senior Night & Varsity field hockey
game under the lights on Centennial Field. (The BH-BL Booster
Club will be selling refreshments.)
- 7:30 p.m. Fireworks co-sponsored by
Terry Morris Ford, Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and
BH-BL BPA. Spectators should sit on the field bleachers
to enjoy the fireworks.
- 8 p.m. Centennial musical
performance in the high school auditorium. Returing alumni
will perform songs from musicals performed at BH-BL
Musical entertainment throughout the day
In the true spirit of Burnt Hills, we are featuring several
live performances in addition to the High School Choir:
- The BH Oratorio Society will perform works by Irving
Berlin between 11 and 11:15 a.m. to represent the district's
first quarter century.
- Drastic Measures, Skidmore's a cappella group, will
perform a contemporary piece between 11 and 11:15 a.m. to
represent the district's most recent quarter century.
- BH-BL student band "Hush" will perform at 12:30 p.m.
near the high school's science wing.
- No Admission Fees: We want our
community, returning alumni and retired staff to enjoy a day
with us celebrating our 100th anniversary, therefore, all
admission fees have been waived for Centennial Celebration
events. If you would like, however, you may make a donation.
- Parking & Shuttles: Please remember to
use both the front (faculty) and back (student) parking lots
at the high school. However, additional parking will be
available at Stevens Elementary School (25 Lakehill Road)
and O'Rourke Middle School (173 Lakehill road) with two
shuttles running from both locations to the high school
between the hours of 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Simply park
your vehicle and wait for the shuttle bus to arrive.
- Hunger Games Food Drive: We kindly ask
that in lieu of admission you bring a non-perishable food
item for the districtwide food drive. Collected items are
donated to local food pantries to help families in our
community. Our goal is to collect 800 items. We appreciate