Bishop Stang High School

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Bishop Stang High School
500 Slocum Road
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, (Bristol County), 02747
United States
Coordinates 41°38′12″N 70°58′04″W / 41.636566°N 70.967860°W / 41.636566; -70.967860Coordinates: 41°38′12″N 70°58′04″W / 41.636566°N 70.967860°W / 41.636566; -70.967860
Type Private coed. high school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1959
President Mr. Peter Shaughnessy
Chaplain Fr. Richard Roy
Grades 912
Color(s)      Maroon
Athletics conference Eastern Athletic Conference
Team name Spartans
Rival Dartmouth High School (Massachusetts)
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication ETHOS (literary arts magazine)
Newspaper Spartan Script
Yearbook The Torch
Principal Peter Shaughnessy
Assistant Principal of Academics Kathleen Ruginis
Assistant Principal of Students Michael O'Brien
Athletic Director Ryan Sylvia

Bishop Stang High School is a private Catholic high school located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in the New England region of the United States. It was the first diocesan secondary school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, which includes most of southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. It is named after William Stang, the first bishop of the Diocese of Fall River, and has been coeducational since its founding.


It is located in the suburban town of North Dartmouth, on the south coast of Massachusetts. Stang's 8-acre (32,000 m2) campus is 25 minutes west of the Cape Cod Canal and 20 minutes east of the Rhode Island border. Its 800-plus student body draws from more than 50 cities and towns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Catholic secondary education in southeastern Massachusetts began in the early 20th century with local parochial schools affiliated with various Catholic parishes. Some of these, such as the now-closed Holy Family High School, located near St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford, had strong academic reputations and produced generations of prominent Catholic alumni in the region. While Stang was not the first Catholic secondary school in southeastern Massachusetts, it was the first regional, diocesan, coeducational institution. Founded in 1959, Stang's original faculty included Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in full religious habit. The new 8-acre (32,000 m2) campus across from the Country Club of New Bedford in then-pastoral Dartmouth drew students from cities and towns in a 60-mile (97 km) radius from Rhode Island to Cape Cod. In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the number of Sisters of Notre Dame decreased. By the 1970s the vast majority of faculty and administrators were lay men and women, and the remaining sisters dressed conservatively, but in lay clothing. Since its inception, Stang has had a large number of alumni return as teachers and administrators.


Stang is a United States Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a designation awarded by the United States Department of Education and conferred by the President of the United States.

96% of Stang graduates continue their education, with over 91% going on to four-year colleges and universities.

Courses are diverse and offered at four levels. Students are placed in levels according to their individual strengths and weaknesses.

  • Advanced Placement courses
Advanced placement courses are highly accelerated courses. They provide students the opportunity to pursue college level studies while in secondary school. AP courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1 and 2, Calculus A/B, English Language, English Literature, Psychology, United States History, and Modern European History. These mainly apply to Juniors and Seniors. Freshman and Sophomores are eligible for Advanced Math placement - i.e. "skipping" a level of math according to their performance - in the course typically taken by the grade above them.
  • Honors level courses
Honors level courses are characterized by content which is more extensive and detailed than standard level and college preparatory level courses. They have greater depth requiring application, analysis, and evaluation of the material, the understanding and use of concepts as well as facts. Independent research, extensive use of resources and outside reading is also expected.
  • College Preparatory level courses
The majority of Stang students are in college preparatory courses. These courses are characterized by detailed content requiring application, analysis, and evaluation of the material presented. As of the 2011-2012 school year, CP classes have been re branded College Preparatory A or CPA classes.
  • Standard level courses
These courses are characterized by basic learning skills such as reading, note-taking, study skills, reinforcement of memory skills, organization and management of a student's time. Because of these built-in supports, more time is spent on developing these learning skills in specific content areas. As of the 2011-2012 school year, standard classes have been re branded College Preparatory B, or CPB classes.

Athletics and activities[edit]

Bishop Stang offers over 11 varsity, junior varsity, and freshman interscholastic sports teams and more than 20 co-curricular activities. Stang athletic teams have historically been a success in both men's and women's sports, including a 2005 championship football team that made it to the Massachusetts high school "Super Bowl". Earlier in 2005, the Spartan hockey team won the Southeastern Mass Championship. The hockey team has made consecutive playoff runs, making it to semifinals against post season rival Hanover in 2014 and 2015. In 2008, 2010, and 2012 the men's swimming and diving team won the Southern Conference Championship. Boys lacrosse won their conference title in 2014 against rival Feehan.

Each school year more than 80% of the student body participates in one or more co-curricular activities. These include Photography Club, an award winning student council, mock trial, DECA Business Challenge, Campus Ministry, separate men's and women's faith groups - the Fellowship and Soul Sisters, jazz band, marching/stand band, concert band, guitar band, chorus, Pro-Life Club, and Student Ambassadors. Stang also has a few activities that have not become official such as an Improvisation Group.

The Bishop Stang Forensics and Debate team is known for its excellence, having brought in numerous top honors during the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons. This culminated in a trip to the final round in 2015.

The Roseanne Barker Library and Media Center was headed up by Jennifer Thomas who, in 2012, was awarded the Web Seal of Excellence from the Massachusetts School Library Association. The award recognizes excellence in a school library's use of web tools in areas such as web-pages, ning (an online platform for people to create their own social networks,) and blogs. Thomas also taught information and digital literacy, a course taught to all freshmen students in cooperation with the English department. Thomas left in 2013.

In 2013, the school completed a multi million dollar renovation of the school's old convent into a new Academic Resource Center. The ARC, as it is called by members of the Stang community, is home to the guidance department, admissions and advancement offices, a new library and research commons, two new English classrooms, and art space to be opened in the near future.


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 

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