Brookline High School
|Brookline High School|
|115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA 02445
|Type||Public High School|
|Headmaster||Deborah Holman (Starting 2012-13)|
|Faculty||150 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,804 (as of 2011-2012)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.6 |
|Average SAT scores||570 verbal
573 writing (2012)
As of the 2011-12 school year, 1,804 students were enrolled in the high school, served by 150 teachers (on an FTE basis). The student to teacher ratio was about 11.6 to 1. The students represent 76 nations and speak 31 different languages.
Brookline High School is a distinguished center for learning. It has received the Gold Medal for Best High Schools from U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Boston Magazine has ranked BHS as one of the best high schools in Massachusetts for consecutive years. In the fall of 2008, Boston Magazine ranked Brookline High number one in the state in academic performance.
The High School is characterized by student accomplishments across a broad spectrum of endeavors, in and beyond the classroom. In 2009, Rebecca Onie, BHS Class of 1994, was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant for her work in health care. In January, 2008, two graduates of the BHS Class of 2004 — Clara Blattler and Nadine Levin— were named Rhodes Scholars, two of 32 in the nation.
The high school regularly sends students to top universities. In 2012, as many as 40% of the graduating class matriculated to Top 35 universities and colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report. Brookline High School has also fostered close relationships with nearby universities, including Boston University.
In November, 2009, 42% of the senior class – the Class of 2010 — was inducted into the National Honor Society, the second highest percentage in the history of the school. Fourteen percent of the students in the senior class were named National Merit Semi-Finalists or Commended Students in this national competition.
The high school frequently sets precedents with its innovative initiatives, including School Within A School (SWS), widespread integration of METCO, and an extensive ELL program as well as a foreign exchange program with China.
All students at Brookline High School must complete three credits worth of electives, with the intent of fostering student creativity. The drama department is especially omnipresent, regularly holding plays, musicals, and other events in the auditorium. A newly opened film program, facilitated through Brookline Access Television (BATV), enables students to produce their own films with state-of-the-art technology.
Brookline High School features the largest interscholastic athletics program in New England.
Although the Advanced Placement (AP) program at BHS is smaller than at other high schools, it has grown dramatically over the past 10 years. In 2009, 370 students took 679 AP exams, and 93% of students scored “3” or above on these exams.
Brookline High School does not calculate a weighted GPA for its students. Students receive only an unweighted GPA out of 4.0, so grades in Advanced Placement classes do not contribute any more to a student's GPA than grades in Honors and Standard level classes. Furthermore, grades from freshmen year are not calculated in ones GPA, as students are still making the transition from elementary school.
BHS does not place an emphasis on Advanced Placement classes. Moreover, most advanced placement classes are only available to Juniors and Seniors. Honors level classes are considered rigorous, and students who excel in these classes often receive top scores on SAT Subject Tests. Students who decide to take AP level classes are encouraged not to take more than 2 or 3 of them at one time, as these classes feature difficult research projects and labs in addition to standardized material.
Since 1894, the Brookline High football team plays rival Newton North High School in the traditional Thanksgiving Day game. This is one of the oldest high school football rivalries in Massachusetts and on the List of high school football rivalries (100 years+).
In 2007, Brookline's boys cross country team made history by winning the first ever Nike Team Nationals northeast regional meet by just one point over Danbury High School at Bowdin Park, NY. They went on to place 7th at Nike Team Nationals in Portland, OR. In addition to the 2007 campaign, in the 2006 and 2009 seasons the team placed 3rd at the Massachusett's Division 1 State Meet, in 2005 they finished 2nd, and on Nov. 20, 2010 won their second state championship giving them their fifth top 3 finish in six years and second 1st place finish in four. On Nov. 19, 2011, they won their third state championship, for a run of 3 championships in five years.
Beginning in late 2006, there was much controversy surrounding the school mascot, the Warriors. The school department had many meetings about whether or not this mascot was politically correct and if it should remain (in the early 90s the mascot was changed from the Brookline Indians to the Warriors). One idea was to change the Brookline High mascot to the "Brookline Bookworms." Some argued that the "feathered arrow" was a tool common among cultures of all kinds throughout history including medieval Europeans and had no negative connotations relating specifically to Native Americans. After deliberation, it was decided that the mascot would remain the Warriors; however, the arrow that has represented the team for many years would have to be changed. The new symbol has yet to be determined.
In 2005, Brookline High School's Rugby Football team captured the DI New England Championship, its first since 1987. In 2009, the team captured the DII title in the NERFU tournament in Pembroke, New Hampshire. The ruggers defeated Belmont 29-0 to win the New England title for the second time in five years (first in DII).
School Within A School 
School Within A School (SWS) is an alternative education program based in Brookline High School. Made up of about 120 students, SWS promotes democratic education in the form of a Town Meeting every Wednesday. Students also enjoy smaller class sizes, mixed-level as well as mixed-grade English classes, and a single Dean/Guidance Counselor. Teachers are on a first name basis, and a number of committees, created during Town Meeting or outside of class, convene during the student's free blocks. The program governs itself during Town Meeting, and teachers and students participate in a fair and equal democratic community.
The Sagamore 
The Sagamore is a school-affiliated publication (newspaper) produced monthly by the students of Brookline High School. The newspaper is independent; the production is funded entirely through the means of advertisement. It receives no funding from the high school. Over the past few years, the paper has publicized and discussed issues in and around the school, including racism and teenage pregnancy. The school is noted for its tradition of high tolerance of sensitive topics discussed in the newspaper. The Sagamore staff consists of two adult advisers, who also teach English at the high school, and around 30 student members. In 2011, New England Scholastic Press Association awarded The Sagamore "Highest Achievement" in Newspaper Class I category.
Notable incidents 
Members of Fred Phelps' anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church protested at the 2005 graduation ceremony against Brookline High's strong tolerance of homosexuality. They were met by dozens of supporters and counter-protesters. Members from the Westboro Baptist Church protested again in 2009. They were met with about 2,000 counter-protesters, including students and members of Brookline High School's staff and PTO, and various other groups from surrounding areas. Surrounded and barricaded by police and deans of Brookline High, the 'silent, not violent' counter-protest (organized by the school's GSA) took place with no altercations between the two groups.
Pop culture references 
Before renovations in the late '90s, Brookline High School was used as the school in The Next Karate Kid starring Hilary Swank. In the movie, a bell can be heard between classes, although the school has no bell. The outside of the school was shot as the high school in the short lived sitcom Raising Dad starring Bob Saget and as the high school Paul Rudd works at it in The Oh in Ohio starring Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Danny DeVito, Mischa Barton and Liza Minnelli. Some exterior shots of the school was used for TV series Do Over. Brookline High School is also the school of Evan Rachel Wood's character, Lucy, in Julie Taymor's 2007 Beatles film, Across the Universe. Images of Brookline high are also used in a Saturday Night Live sketch entitled "Malibu High".
The school is very diverse. BHS describes itself as a "laboratory for the future of a global society." Students come from 76 nations and speak 57 languages. 26 percent of students speak English as a second language. Brookline also has the second most graduate degrees in the nation after Bethesda, Maryland.
Notable alumni 
- Michael Dukakis '51, 1988 Democratic presidential nominee and former Governor of Massachusetts.
- Jeff Adrien '04, NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Charlotte Bobcats and former University of Connecticut Huskies power forward and captain.
- Lenny Baker '62, Tony Award-winning actor, I Love My Wife.
- Michael Bluestein '87, Musician. Keyboardist for multi-platinum rock band Foreigner
- Safra A. Catz, Co-president of Oracle Corporation
- Hugh B. Cave '27, Short story writer.
- Johnny Contardo '69, singer from the group Sha Na Na.
- Mindi Dickstein '78, Broadway lyricist, wrote lyrics for musical version of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
- Theo Epstein '91, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs.
- Richard N. Goodwin '49, author, columnist, speechwriter for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
- David Hazony '87, author, columnist, editor and translator, best known for his 2010 book The Ten Commandments (Scribner).
- John Hodgman '89, humorist and author, best known for Apple's Get a Mac advertising campaign.
- George Kenney 1907, U.S. Air Force General during World War II.
- Robert C. Kingston '47, U.S. Army General of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
- Robert Kraft '59, owner of the New England Patriots.
- Albert Maysles '44 & David Maysles '49, documentary filmmakers of Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens.
- Richard Moloney, Former MLB player (Chicago White Sox)
- Fred Newman '60, professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels.
- Conan O'Brien '81, comedian and TV host
- Tom Osenton '71, economist, author, for CEO The Sporting New Publishing Company
- Francis Ouimet '11, professional golfer and winner of the 1913 U.S Open.
- Paul Pender '49, World middleweight boxing champion.
- Alan L. Rachins '60, actor, Dharma and Greg, L.A. Law.
- Eli "Paperboy" Reed '02, musician
- Joseph D. Reitman '86, actor, ex-husband of Shannon Elizabeth
- Dan Rosenthal '84, member of the White House Senior Staff under Bill Clinton
- Gabe Sapolsky '90, pro wrestling promoter of ECW and Ring of Honor
- Lew Schneider '79, Hollywood producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and American Dad.
- Mike Wallace '35, journalist, 60 Minutes.
- Joe Walsh, Former MLB player (Boston Bees)
- Rick Weitzman '63, professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics.
- Jonathon Riley '97, 2004 Olympian in the 5000m run
- James Driscoll '96, Professional Golfer on the PGA Tour.
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- "Fanfares for Michael Dukakis", The New York Times, July 23, 1988. Accessed February 5, 2008. "And then the candidate, once a trumpeter in the Brookline High School band, took the podium and performed his own Fanfare for the Common Man."
- Lashinsky, Adam (September 28, 2009). "The Enforcer". Fortune 160 (6): 117–124.
- Adrian, Jack. "Obituary: Hugh B. Cave; Prolific writer of pulp (`pure' supernatural, `Spicy', SF, romance, westerns, hard- and soft-boiled detective fiction, weird-menace and shudder- pulp) over eight decades.", The Independent, June 30, 2004. Accessed April 18, 2008. "His astonishing career spanned all but the first couple of decades of the 20th century and into the 21st, his first published writing, as a 15-year old student at Brookline High School, Massachusetts, being a short story in The Boston Globe entitled 'Retribution'..."
- Beggy, Carol; and Shanahan, Mark. "Monet goes to Vegas; Kerry goes out on the town", The Boston Globe, November 6, 2003. Accessed February 17, 2008.
- Chase, Katie Johnston. "True to his nerd: John Hodgman finds a niche as 'Daily Show' resident expert, mendacious author, and dorky PC", The Boston Globe, September 24, 2006. Accessed December 3, 2007. "Fletcher graduated from Brookline High School a year before he did, and the two have been together since Hodgman was 17."
- Baird, Susanna. "KRAFT CEMENTS HIS LOVE FOR THE OLD ALMA MATER", The Boston Globe, November 14, 2004. Accessed April 18, 2008. "Robert Kraft's hands have pressed down into history. Brookline High School, alma mater of the NFL's winningest owner, has instituted a Hollywood-esque Walk of Fame, complete with concrete handprints. Kraft, "Bobby" to his peers in the BHS class of 1959, is the walk's first inductee."
- Athletic Hall of Fame, Brookline High School. Accessed February 21, 2008.
- Brozan, Nadine. "Chronicle", The New York Times, March 16, 1993. Accessed April 21, 2008. "The year is being bracketed by two celebratory weekends -- one last June, one this June -- that include class reunions. Last year's event brought more than 2,000 graduates back to the school, including Mr. Wallace, Alan Rachins, a star of "L.A. Law," and former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts and his wife, Kitty."
- Brozan, Nadine. "Chronicle", The New York Times, March 16, 1993. Accessed February 5, 2008. "MIKE WALLACE is lending a hand to his old school, Brookline High School, at a benefit -- unusual for a Massachusetts public school -- in New York tomorrow evening. Mr. Wallace, class of '35, will interview the school's acting headmaster, Dr. ROBERT J. WEINTRAUB, at a cocktail party that is expected to draw 60 or so Brookline graduates to the University Club on West 54th Street."