B.M.C. Durfee High School
|B.M.C. Durfee High School|
|360 Elsbree Street
Fall River, Massachusetts, 02720
|Type||Public High School|
|School district||Fall River Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Red & Black|
|Athletics conference||MIAA Big Three League|
|Rivals||New Bedford, Taunton, Brockton|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Average SAT scores||444 reading
1338 total (2014)
B.M.C. Durfee High School is a public high school located in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. It is a part of Fall River Public Schools and is the city's main public high school, the other being Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. Durfee is one of the biggest high schools in Massachusetts, and is also the 3rd biggest high school in Southeastern Massachusetts behind Brockton and New Bedford. These three high schools make up the Big Three League, the conference in which all their athletic teams compete.
The school has been located in two buildings. From its opening in 1886 until the new building was completed in 1978 the school was located in the historic B.M.C. Durfee High School building on Rock Street, The iconic building, with its tall red-capped clock tower and red-domed observatory tower, overlooks the Taunton River and gives rise to the Fall River school district's seal, the school's athletics nickname, the Hilltoppers, their school colors of black and red (for the two roof colors), the school newspaper, the Hilltop, and their school alumni newspaper, the Chimes. For several decades prior to moving, the school also occupied the former Technical High School building across the street.
Since 1978 the school has been located on Elsbree Street in the city's north end. Located in former swamp land, the school was built both to modernize the district and to alleviate the overcrowding at the former sites. The school also moved its athletic fields, which were nearby to the new school, to its new campus, as well as building the on-campus Luke Urban Field House, as the school had formerly used the Fall River Armory for indoor athletics. Since 2011, there has also been a modern recreation of the Durfee clock tower located at the new site.
Durfee's athletic teams are known as the Hilltoppers, a nod to the location of the old school building atop the Highland neighborhood hills overlooking the Taunton River, and their school colors are black and red. The school does not have a mascot. The school fight song is sung to the tune of the Notre Dame Victory March. The school's chief rival has always been New Bedford High School, as the two cities share a deep rivalry in general. The school also has rivalries with Brockton High School, Taunton High School and, to a lesser extent, many of the other local school districts.
- Boy's and Girl's Cross Country
- Boy's and Girl's Soccer
- Girl's Swimming
- Girl's Volleyball
- Field Hockey
- Boy's and Girl's Basketball
- Boy's and Girl's Winter Track
- Boy's Swimming
- Ice hockey
Clubs and activities
- Theater Company
- FRED TV
- Student Government
- Band (Concert, Jazz & Marching)
- Orchestra (Symphony & String)
- Green Team
- Hope for Durfee(Christian Club)
- Peaceful Coalition
- Skills USA
- R.O.V. Team
- The Hilltop - School Newspaper
- Portuguese Club
- Spanish Club
- Connecting Cultures Club
- The Phoenix Nest
- Fencing Club
- Science Club
- Debate Team
Many of the below are considered distinguished alumni of Durfee
- Mark Bomback - Former MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays)
- James Chace - (1949) - Distinguished historian.
- Morton Dean - (1953) - American television news journalist
- Margery Eagan - journalist and writer
- Edward Francis Harrington - (1951) - United States federal judge.
- Tom Gastall - Former MLB player (Baltimore Orioles)
- Russ Gibson - Former MLB player (Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants)
- Brandon Gomes - Current MLB player (Tampa Bay Rays)
- Chris Herren - (1994) - Former NBA player for the Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics 
- Brig. Gen. John J. Liset, USAF - (1938) - chief of the USAF Section of the Joint Brazil-United States Military Commission, and chief of the Air Force Section, Military Assistance Advisory Group in Brazil.
- James M. McGuire - (1931) - Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York 
- Ernest Moniz - (1962) - United States Secretary of Energy under Barack Obama.
- Humberto Sousa Medeiros - (1937) - Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church; Former Archbishop of Boston.
- John Moriarty - (1948) - noted vocal coach and accompanist and a conductor and stage director of productions at opera companies throughout America.
- Jerome Namias - (1928) - Prominent American meteorologist; former Chief of the Extended Forecast Division of the National Weather Service and was involved in the research of both the Dust Bowl and El Niño phenomena.
- William J. Porter - (1930) - American diplomat; former ambassador to Canada, Saudi Arabia, and others.
- William K. Reilly - (1958) - former Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and current director of DuPont.
- James M. Swift - (18??) - first head football coach at Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University)
- Luke Urban - Former MLB player (Boston Braves)
- Gen. Melvin Zais, US Army - (1933) - Decorated United States Army General
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