Dartmouth High School (Massachusetts)

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Dartmouth High School
Dartmouth High School Indian.png
555 Bakerville Road
South Coast (Massachusetts)
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Bristol County, 02748
United States
Coordinates 41°35′39.32″N 70°58′39.80″W / 41.5942556°N 70.9777222°W / 41.5942556; -70.9777222Coordinates: 41°35′39.32″N 70°58′39.80″W / 41.5942556°N 70.9777222°W / 41.5942556; -70.9777222
School type Public high school
Established 1902
Status Open
School district Dartmouth Public School District
Superintendent Ana C. Riley
Principal John Gould
Vice principal Joanne Desmarais
Faculty 78.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Age range 14-20
Enrollment 1,264 (as of 2007/08)[1]
 • Grade 9 288
 • Grade 10 313
 • Grade 11 325
 • Grade 12 338
Student to teacher ratio 16.1[1]
Language English
School colour(s) Dartmouth Green and White         
Song Glory to Dartmouth
Athletics conference Old Colony League, Division 1
Mascot Indian
Nickname Indians, Big Green
Team name Dartmouth Indians
Rival Fairhaven High School (Thanksgiving Day Game)
Bishop Stang High School
New Bedford High School
Average SAT scores 523 verbal
536 math
505 writing
1564 total (2014)[2]
Newspaper The Spectrum
Yearbook The Pathfinder
Communities served Town of Dartmouth

Dartmouth High School is a four-year public high school located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.[3]

As of the 2007/08 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,264 students and 78.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 16.1.[1]


The school began in 1902 on Russell's Mills Road in what is now the Salt-Marsh Pottery. By the 1930s the school had moved to a building on Slocum Road (referred to as the Elmer Poole School), which is now used as the town hall. In 1955 a new school was built next door, on the corner of Hawthorne Street, with the building being expanded twice, in 1965 and 1981. In 2003, the school was moved to its new location at the end of Bakerville Road, at the junction of Russells Mills Road, on the former farmland of the King family, with the former high school now being used as the middle school.

In 1993 during a social studies class a student was stabbed to death by classmates who barged into the classroom armed with baseball bats, billy clubs and knives. Karter Reed, Gator Collet, both 16, and Nigel Thomas, 15 were charged with first degree murder of Jason Robinson.[4][5] The story gained national attention due to the severity of the crime and that it was the first of its kind in the school's history.

Music Department[edit]

The Dartmouth High School Marching Band was a Division 5 winner of both USBands (formally USSBA) and NESBA in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. It is under the direction of Bill Kingsland, and brass and visual techs are Ian Flint, and Michael Reyner. Additionally, they have many other titles in NESBA (where the marching band holds the highest score in history, 99.1,[citation needed] received in 2014 with the field show entitled "voodoo") MICCA, and formerly in EMBA. The group has also performed at the 1996 Tournament of Roses Parade, as well as several other festivals and Magic Music Days at the Walt Disney World Resort. Notably, in 2008, 2009, and 2010, the band won first place at the USSBA National Marching Band Championship in Annapolis, beating 16 other bands. In addition to the band, the percussion and colorguard have performed in the winter competition season, where the Dartmouth High Winter Percussion has consistently placed in the top 3 since entering the competition in 1998: winning the Winter Guard International Percussion Scholastic World Championships in 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, and 2014, with 2nd place finishes in 2000, 2006, 2007, 2011, and 2012, and 3rd place finishes in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2015. They also hold the record for the highest scoring group in the world class division which has held for 12+ years, and still does to this day. The high school's orchestra has also traveled to many places national as well as international. Places such as Ireland, the Azores, Canada, Austria and Germany, New York, and they will be traveling to Ireland again this April of 2014, which includes playing for the mayor, and getting critiqued by music professors there. [6][7][8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Dartmouth High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed January 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "SAT Performance Report - School and District Profiles: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-Profiles.doe.mass.edu. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ School web site
  4. ^ "Model School Tries to Cope With Killing in a Classroom". April 14, 1993. New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2007
  5. ^ "Timeline: School violence in the U.S.". CNN.com. December 14, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ 1998, Winter Guard International. Accessed December 1, 2007.
  7. ^ 1999, Winter Guard International. Accessed December 1, 2007.
  8. ^ 2008, Winter Guard International. Accessed April 19, 2008.

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