Bishop Fenwick High School (Peabody, Massachusetts)

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Bishop Fenwick High School
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99 Margin Street
Peabody, Massachusetts, (Essex County), 01960
United States
Coordinates 42°32′23.14″N 70°55′5.58″W / 42.5397611°N 70.9182167°W / 42.5397611; -70.9182167Coordinates: 42°32′23.14″N 70°55′5.58″W / 42.5397611°N 70.9182167°W / 42.5397611; -70.9182167
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1958
Principal Brother Tom
Vice principal Sr. Geraldine Burns, SND
Grades 912
Enrollment 600 (approx.) (2010)
Campus size 38 acres (150,000 m2)
Color(s) Brown and Gold         
Athletics conference Catholic Central
Mascot Crusader
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper 'Fenwick 411'
Admissions Director Stephen Czarnecki
Athletic Director David Woods

Bishop Fenwick High School (better known simply as "Fenwick") is a private Roman Catholic high school in Peabody, Massachusetts.[2] While located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, the school is operated independently and with the blessing of the Archdiocese. Students who attend Bishop Fenwick come from many towns and communities on the North Shore, primarily those closest to the campus such as Beverly, Danvers, Lynnfield, Lynn, Peabody, and Salem.


Bishop Fenwick was established in 1959 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It was named after Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick.[2] The Archdiocese of Boston, in an effort to stave off financial difficulties relinquished control of its "Central High Schools" including Fenwick, in 2003. The Archdiocese still owns the property and is involved in school governance, making appointments to the board of trustees. It is not an independent school, it is however operated outside of the financial umbrella of the archdiocese of Boston, thus making it financially independent.

It is one of the largest coed high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.[citation needed]

Bishop Fenwick High School was founded in 1959 by the late Richard Cardinal Cushing and was named for the second Bishop of Boston, Benedict Joseph Fenwick, S.J. The school was the first coeducational Catholic high school on the North Shore and was staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Drama Club[edit]

The Bishop Fenwick Drama Club has been a well-respected and vital part of the school's artistic landscape. Each year, the Club presents both a fall play as well as a musical in the spring.


Bishop Fenwick High School's Athletic Program is a co-ed program consisting of twenty-six different sports. On a yearly basis over fifty percent of Fenwick students take part in at least one sport.[2]

The school's teams have won state championships in baseball (2004), football (1965, 1999, 2000, 2013), hockey, and indoor and outdoor track in boys' sports.

From 2005 to 2010, Fenwick's cross country boys team dominated the Division III league meets winning five times in a row. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 the boys had undefeated seasons.

Girls' teams winning state championships have included softball (1990, 1991,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997), field hockey, cross-country track (1980),[3] and indoor and outdoor track.

The school reached its tennis peak from 2003 to 2006, in which they won the CCL title in 2005.[citation needed]

The boys golf team won the CCL title in 2008 and 2009, their final two seasons in spring golf before transferring to the fall.

From 2007 - 2008 Bishop Fenwick had a record setting running back. Robert Tarr moved up in to the Massachusetts record books by becoming the states third all-time rushing leader with 5,601 yards.[citation needed] His senior season totals were 2,547 yards and he had 31 touchdowns.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b c BFHS. "Bishop Fenwick High School Web site". Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  3. ^ Massachusetts High School Cross Country History of Champions.