Cumberland High School (Rhode Island)

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Cumberland High School
2600 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

United States
Coordinates 41°57′54″N 71°26′51″W / 41.96500°N 71.44750°W / 41.96500; -71.44750Coordinates: 41°57′54″N 71°26′51″W / 41.96500°N 71.44750°W / 41.96500; -71.44750
Established c. 1895
School district Cumberland Public Schools
Principal Alan Tenreiro
Faculty 115[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1536[1]
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Clipper Ship
Information (401) 658-2600

Cumberland High School is a public school located in Cumberland, Rhode Island. In its current location since 1962, the school currently serves approximately 1,600 students.


The current building was built in 1961 and renovated in 1973. The town's mayor presented a capital improvement plan for the school in 2002, but funding was limited and residents questioned the project's first phase plans for a wellness center (athletic complex). A few months later, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges gave the school until October 2005 to improve the school's facilities and technology or have its accreditation status placed on probation.[2]

A town referendum was held in September 2005 asking voters to approve the town borrowing $30 million to renovate Cumberland High School.[3] The referendum's success is credited in part to a student group called Save Our Schools, which had been organized as part of the school's requirement of 15 hours of teacher-supervised service learning.[4]


Cumberland High school has three main buildings. The Main building houses the school cafeteria, main office, and the majority of the CHS's classrooms and resources. The Transitional building primarily houses the ninth grade class including homerooms and lockers. Additionally the Transitional building is home to the Cumberland School Department administration. The Transitional building and Main buildings are connected by an enclosed bridge. The Wellness Center houses CHS's gymnasiums and locker rooms as well as health classrooms and a weight room. It is the newest of the three buildings.

The campus finished major renovations known as CHS 2010 at the end of the 2007-2008 school year. This project was designed to create a 21st-century learning environment on the campus of Cumberland High School. These renovations included the addition of a science and technology wing, the Wellness Center, a fine arts wing, and the refurbishing of numerous other areas.

The 2008-2009 school year marks the opening of several newly installed computer labs, including the Graphic Design Lab, the World Language Lab, and the CAD Lab.


Cumberland High houses departments in English, Mathematics, Sciences, History, Languages, Special Education, and Fine Arts.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school hosts approximately 28 clubs and co-curricular activities as well as over 20 sports for girls and boys. The more successful of these clubs include: Mock Trial, Math Team, Debate Team, The World Language Club, Living Lessons, Future Business Leaders of America, and Ecology Club.

The three publications at the school are "The Scanner", the Literary Magazine, and the French Newsletter.


Cumberland High School teams hold 47 state championship titles and 3 New England titles. These include five state championships in golf (1980, 1982, 1989–1991), seven state championships (1977–1980, 1986–1988) and one New England championship (1974) in boys' swimming, five state championships in girls' swimming (1992–1996, 1999), as well as three state championships in girl's soccer (2002, 2003, 2004). The school took the 2005 state championship title in wrestling. The wrestling team also won the 2009-2010 state championship. Most recently, the Ice Hockey team won the 2008 state championship and the girls basketball team also won the state championship in 2008. There is also a Robotics Team that traveled to Atlanta in 2007 to participate in the VEX World Competition. In 2012 the girls lacrosse team were named state champions with a 12-0-0 season.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b Learning and Achievement: Accountability. Cumberland High School. Information Works! School Year 2005-06. Rhode Island Department of Education.
  2. ^ Ranganathan, Deepa (2004-03-22). "High school renovation priorities questioned". The Providence Journal.
  3. ^ Kimball-Stanley, Arthur (2005-09-23). "A prescription for learning". The Providence Journal.
  4. ^ Steiny, Julia (2006-05-07). "Edwatch by Julia Steiny: In Cumberland, attitudes and a high school are changing". The Providence Journal.
  5. ^ Rhode Island High School Sports.Team State Championships (Schools Beginning With C). Accessed 2007-06-25.
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  7. ^ Parker, Paul Edward (2006-09-19). "Authors win $500,000 'gift of time'". The Providence Journal.
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