Cranston High School West
Cranston High School West (often called Cranston West or abbreviated as CHSW) is a public high school located in Cranston, Rhode Island. The school comprises five buildings; one of these buildings is the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center. The school grounds include six tennis courts, a baseball field, and a track and football field. West has 155 staff members who work with the student population of approximately 1850 daily. The program of studies encompasses 203 different courses. The Cranston Area Career and Technical Center offers 17 different courses. All courses are geared toward student academic abilities. Fifty-two percent of graduates go on to pursue a four-year degree while twenty-two percent pursue a 2-year degree.
Numerous athletic teams have won championship titles for the school, more recently being the 2004 varsity football team, 2006 varsity wrestling team, 2007 varsity wrestling team, 2008 varsity wrestling team, 2009 varsity wrestling team, 2006 varsity baseball team, 2007 varsity baseball team, 2009 varsity hockey team, 2011 varsity baseball team, and 2012 varsity boys tennis team. Also the varsity boys volleyball team made it to the semifinals of the State Championship in back to back years in 2011 and 2012 as well. It is also the high school of former NFL Pro Bowl running back Mark Van Eeghen.
Ahlquist v. Cranston
On April 4, 2011, 10th-grade student Jessica Ahlquist filed a federal lawsuit aimed at ending the school's display of a prayer on a banner. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux issued a decision in favor of Jessica on January 11, 2012. The decision was in part based on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and the Lemon v. Kurtzman, Lynch v. Donnelly, and Lee v. Weisman US Supreme Court cases. Upon learning of the results of the case, some residents of Cranston, and others opposed to the decision and to Jessica's atheism, took their anger out on Jessica on Twitter and Facebook, and local florists refused to deliver to her.
- Jessica Ahlquist - speaker/activist
- Monty Are I - An alternative rock band named after Arthur Montanaro, a teacher at West.
- Amber van Eeghen - former cheerleader for the New England Patriots. She is also the daughter of former NFL running back Mark van Eeghen, who also attended Cranston West.
- Mark van Eeghen - Former NFL Pro Bowl running back. Van Eeghen is the only person ever from Cranston West to have their number retired in any sport.
- Edward Laborio - Baseball right-handed pitcher. He was drafted in the 25th round by the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 MLB draft. Laborio is the First professional athlete in any sport from Cranston West.
- Marissa Castelli - United States figure skater in the 2014 Winter Olympics
- The West Wind, the student-run newspaper
- Ahlquist v. Cranston (D.R.I. 01/11/2012) (“...this Court grants Plaintiff’s motion for a mandatory permanent injunction, and orders the immediate removal of the School Prayer mural from Cranston High School West.”). Text
- Schieldrop, Mark (16 January 2012). "Ahlquist: Fight over Mural, Despite Harassment, Threats, "Worth It."". patch.com. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
- Paul Davis (January 19, 2012). "Florist found in Connecticut to deliver roses to Cranston West prayer banner opponent / Poll". Providence Journal. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
After florists in Cranston and Warwick refused, a Connecticut florist agreed to deliver the flowers.