Bedford High School (New Hampshire)
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|Bedford High School|
|47B Nashua Rd. Bedford, NH
|School district||Bedford School District|
|Color(s)||Red, Black, and Silver|
Bedford High School is a public high school in the town of Bedford, New Hampshire, United States. The high school adjoins the town's Ross A. Lurgio Middle School (7th and 8th grades). The combined schools are situated on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus at 47 Nashua Road. The two schools share an 810-seat theatre, a 2000-seat gymnasium, a FieldTurf football field and a synthetic 400-meter track. The approximate cost for constructing this facility in combination with Lurgio was $50 million.
Bedford High School's mascot is the bulldog, which was determined from a polling by the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in early 2006. The polling also determined the school colors, which are red, black, and silver.
The school employs a two-level system, which are the PSP level and the IB/Honors level. This was based on a general consensus taken in the fall of 2006. The school also offers rigorous Advanced Placement courses and IB courses for juniors and seniors. Bedford High was the first school in the state of New Hampshire to offer IB classes, and the first group of IB Diploma students graduated with the rest of the first senior class in June 2010. A total of 11 seniors earned the IB Diploma.
Before construction of the high school, Bedford's students were tuitioned to Manchester West High School, an arrangement that had been in place since 1923. The high school began teaching in the 2007-2008 school year, with an enrollment of 550 students (freshmen and sophomores only). For the 2009-2010 year, the school accommodated all four classes (freshmen through seniors), and total enrollment reached 1,250 students.
The first principal of the school, from 2007 to 2009, was George H. Edwards Jr., who was previously the principal at Bow High School in nearby Bow, New Hampshire. The current principal is William Hagen, who came from Salem High School.
The BHS football team is coached by Kurt Hines. The team has improved from no wins their first season (2008) to two wins the following year with a full varsity squad, to a 4-0 start in their third season (2010).
The BHS Golf team has two Division II state titles in 2009 and 2010 all won under head coach Joel St. Laurent.
BHS has a large theatre with seating for 810 people. The school provides choir, band, and art classes. As an afterschool club, BHS Theatre Company does two to three productions a year, including musicals and straight plays.
The BHS Math team has, since its birth in 2009, attained 2nd place in the NH SMASH meet in 2012, and then 2nd again the next year in the next division.
The BHS Swim Team competes in Division I, and the Women's team placed second at states in the 2011-2012 season.
- "Enrollment History/Projections, 2007-2010/2011-2013". Bedford School District, SAU #25. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
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