Dover-Sherborn High School
|Dover-Sherborn High School|
|9 Junction St.
|Headmaster||John G. Smith|
|Color(s)||Blue and white
|Average SAT scores||591 verbal
586 writing (2010)
|Budget||$15,901 per pupil (2010)|
Dover-Sherborn High School, or DSHS, is a regional public high school in the town of Dover, Massachusetts, United States. It serves students from the towns of Dover and Sherborn, and is the senior school of the Dover-Sherborn Public School District, housing grades 9 through 12. It also hosts some METCO students.
Until the 1960s Dover and Sherborn sent their high school students to neighboring town's high schools (Needham for Dover, Framingham for Sherborn). By the 1950s, the population boom was making it difficult for those schools to accept outside students, and the two towns created a regional school district. The first building was built on Farm Street in 1962. As the population continued to increase, the current high school was built on the same campus and completed in 1968. In 2004, a $43 million renovation on the campus was completed, which included a renovation of the High School building, the razing of the Middle School (the original high school building) and the new construction of the Middle School. The other schools in the district are Dover Sherborn Middle School (DSMS), Pine Hill School and Chickering School.
Academically, the Dover-Sherborn High School is one of the top-performing Massachusetts public schools annually. Most recently, Boston Magazine Ranked the Dover-Sherborn School System as number one in Massachusetts for 2011. US News recognized this by including DSHS amongst the top 100 public high schools in America. For the 2006-2007 school year, DSHS tenth-grade students ranked fourth in English and math amongst their peers on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam. Ninety-six percent of the Class of 2006 took the SAT I and 56% scored over 600 in the verbal section, 65% scored over 600 in the math section and 58% scored over 600 in the writing section. Graduates attend colleges and universities. 97% of those that graduated in 2006 attended college.
The school offers sports including American football, soccer, cross country, golf, field hockey, basketball, alpine and Nordic skiing, swimming, baseball, lacrosse, track and field, tennis, hockey and sailing. Dover-Sherborn has won Tri-Valley League and Mass Bay East League titles dating back to the early 1970s, and has won nine state championships over the course of its history: 1981 Boy's Basketball, 1982 Men's Skiing, 1992 Boy's Soccer, 1994 Girl's Tennis, 2009 Girl's Tennis, 2010 Boy's Soccer, 2011 Girl's Soccer, 2012 Boy's lacrosse, and 2013 Boy's lacrosse. From 2003-2007 the boy's and girls lacrosse teams have met with success in the Tri-Valley League, consistently placing second only to Medfield. The boy's lacrosse team as of recently though, has won two Division III state championships and three Tri Valley League titles in the past three years. Anchored by the 2013 graduate goalie Ryan Goodall, the Raiders mens lacrosse team was able to win back to back state championships in 2012 and 2013. Throughout the four years that his class was enrolled in Dover Sherborn High School, the Varsity team has made it to the semi finals (2010) or the finals (2011-2013) all four years.
The High School has seen most athletic success in Men's Basketball, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's Tennis and in Men's Lacrosse. The school has won the Basketball TVL Championships under the leadership of coach Chris DuBose, most recently in 2004-2005.In 2002, the Women's Basketball team made it to the State Championships, playing in the Fleet Center (now the TD Bank North Garden). Although the team lost, it was responsible for the resurgence of the Dover-Sherborn women's basketball program. The Men's Tennis team has consistently won TVL Championships since the early 70s, most recently in 2013.
The boy's hockey program won the TVL championship and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1991 in 2009-2010. Their home playoff game against Marian attracted a sellout crowd at William Chase Arena in Natick, which is widely considered the toughest place to play in all of Massachusetts.
The school is part of The Education Co-operative (TEC), which allows DSHS students to take part in internships with local companies and also enroll in TEC Classes.
The Dover-Sherborn Physics Olympics Team, coached by Physics teacher Charlie Chicklis, has on occasion taken first place at the Eastern Massachusetts Physics Olympics against schools such as Boston Latin, Milton Academy, Thayer Academy, and Medfield High School. The Chess Team, also led by Charlie Chicklis, became league champions in 2007. Guided by Biology teacher Greg Tucker, a DSHS student project officially represented MA State at the prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair hosted by Intel in 2006. In 2007, DSHS became home to a Siemens Competition Semifinalist.In 2006-7 the Dover-Sherborn's Math Team made New Englands for the first time in several years. It is coached by Jim Baroody, who helped the team maintain its success after the retirement of veteran coach and math teacher Tom Powers in 2005.
The school's Drama Department puts on two productions each year: an autumn play and a spring musical. The program is directed in the fall by the English teacher Joseph Catalfano. In the winter and spring, the program is directed by the middle school English teacher Scott Walker. The program is supported by the local community through organizations such as Friends of the Performing Arts, The Mudge Foundation, The Dover-Sherborn Education Fund, and Len Schnabel of DesignLight. Theater productions are performed primarily at The Mudge Auditorium in the Lindquist Commons building. Some local productions are also performed at the Sherborn Community Center/1858 Town House. Productions include: Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, The Importance of Being Earnest, Godspell, The Odd Couple, Anything Goes, Once Upon a Mattress, The Crucible, and West Side Story.
- Dan Itse, Class of 1976, engineer, inventor, and member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
- Chad Urmston, Class of 1994, singer-songwriter of Dispatch and State Radio
- Pat Bresnahan, Pitcher, attended Arizona State University and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006
- Kenny Florian, Class of 1994, UFC fighter, Fox/UFC analyst
- Paul Calello, Class of 1979, Chairman Credit Suisse
- "Top 100 public high schools in America"
- "Top-scoring schools on the 10th-grade MCAS." Online. Accessed 30 Nov 2007. www.boston.com
- South Shore Interscholastic Chess League Results 
- "DSHS student represents MA State"
- Siemens Competition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_Westinghouse_Competition
- DSHS student named Siemens Semifinalist
- DS School System website
- Website for the Athletics Department
- Dover town website
- Sherborn town website
- The Education Co-operative website
- The DS Boosters (The High School's Sports Program)
- FOPA (The High School's Arts Program)
- The Drama Department Wiki