Andover High School (Massachusetts)

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Andover High School
Andover High School, Andover MA.jpg
Andover High School
80 Shawsheen Road
Andover, Massachusetts, 01810
 United States
Coordinates 42°39′26″N 71°09′18″W / 42.6571°N 71.1551°W / 42.6571; -71.1551Coordinates: 42°39′26″N 71°09′18″W / 42.6571°N 71.1551°W / 42.6571; -71.1551
Type Public
School district Andover Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Marinel D. McGrath, Ed.D
Principal Mr. Stephen Murray
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Number of students 1,734
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Color(s) Navy Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC)
Mascot Golden Warriors
Team name Andover Golden Warriors
Rival Central Catholic High School
Average SAT scores 563 verbal
586 math
559 writing
1708 total (2014)[1]
Newspaper Warrior Weekly
For other schools of the same name, see Andover High School.

Andover High School (formerly Punchard High School) is a high school in the town of Andover, Massachusetts. As of December 2014, Andover High's Principal is Mr. Stephen Murray; its Assistant Principals are Marilyn Jordan and Luz Valverde.[2] The school is located at 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover, Massachusetts.

The school building[edit]

The school has a Media Center/Library located in the center of the school and a cafeteria located toward the north-west side of the school. AHS also has a "Field House" and a "Dunn Gymnasium." The former is a large room that is used for indoor track, and it is used for other Physical Education classes and for voting as well. It was added on to the school after its initial construction. The latter is a normal, wood-floored, gymnasium that also holds Phys-Ed classes, but it has a separated weight-room/physical exercise room toward the far end.

The Collins Center (named after J. Everett Collins, a local choir conductor who worked at AHS for many years) serves as the school's theatre. Built in 1983, the Collins Center is separated from the rest of the school, annexed to one end of the high school opposite the field house. The AHS Band, Choral, Drama, and Orchestra Departments are housed here. The Collins Center is home to the marching band, concert band, all-town orchestra, concert choir, chamber choir, show choir, and drama guild. Some of the many productions that have taken place at the Collins Center by the highly talented AHS Drama Guild include Rent: School Edition (2010), The Farnsworth Invention (2010), Sound of Music (2009), Brighton Beach Memoirs (2009), A Chorus Line (2008), and Titanic: The Musical (2007).

Student life[edit]

Andover High School offers a variety of activities for students. There are over 60 clubs that meet after school ranging from dance to UNICEF, Amigos Unidos to academic clubs. It is also easy to start a new club as long as there are people who want to join it and a faculty advisor to oversee it.

Sports are also offered at AHS for both men and women. Offered year round, the sports vary from Track and Field to Swimming and Diving as well as Volleyball and much more. The teams compete in the Merrimack Valley Conference. The teams are styled as the Golden Warriors, and the mascot is a golden eagle. Andover school colors are navy blue and gold. The Girls Basketball team just won their third State Championship in a row, "three-peat". The Andover boys basketball team was involved in a sexually explicit hazing scandal in November 2011.[3]


Andover High School, as of the 2012–2013 school year, has a population of 1,799 students in grades 9 through 12.[4]

As a reflection of the town of Andover, the racial distribution of the school is:[5]

(Data from Massachusetts state department of education) There are a total of 132 full-time teachers on staff, creating a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Andover Public Schools Web Site accessed 2010-10-23
  3. ^ Andover students ‘disgusted’ by hazing incident Accessed 2011-11-30
  4. ^ Andover High School Enrollments Rates Accessed 2009-04-26
  5. ^ Andover Highschool Student Demographics Accessed 2009-04-26
  6. ^ Brian Messenger (June 26, 2008). "Keys to the town for Michael Chiklis: Andover's own TV bad boy to be honored tomorrow". The Andover Townsman Online. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jay Leno". NNDB. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Tim Lima (July 31, 2014). "Classmates cheer kind, hard-working Arthur T. Demoulas; Embattled Market Basket ex-CEO called 'just one of the boys'". The Andover Townsman Online. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Barry Scanlon. "After a brilliant amateur career, Andover's Rob Oppenheim has set his sights on the PGA Tour". North Shore Golf and Tennis. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Andover’s Ryan Hanigan Signs Extension With Reds". CBS Boston. March 14, 2011.