Exeter High School (New Hampshire)
|Exeter High School|
|1 Blue Hawk Dr.
Exeter, New Hampshire, USA
|Established||September 9, 1912|
|Grades||High school (9-12)|
|Color(s)||Silver and Navy|
|Mascot||The Blue Hawk|
Exeter High School is a public high school in Exeter, New Hampshire, in the United States. It serves students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in the communities of Exeter, Stratham, Kensington, Newfields, Brentwood, and East Kingston, New Hampshire.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Athletics
- 5 School spirit
- 6 Important events
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Student magazine
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Exeter Area Public School was established in 1848 as a co-educational institution and became a school for boys twenty years later when Robinson Female Seminary was founded. The school was originally located on Court Street until 1912 when it was moved to Linden Street and changed to Exeter High School. The new school opened September 9, 1912, and most of the town stores declared a half-holiday for the occasion. The school was nicknamed "Tuck High School", thanks mainly to a gift of $5,000 by philanthropist Edward Tuck.
The "Pinnacle" yearbook was first produced in 1949 as a joint effort by Exeter High School and Robinson Female Seminary. On April 7, 1954, an affirmative vote of a $760,000 bond was passed to construct a new coed Exeter High School and elementary school; the school opened in September 1956.
After years of a growing population and structural problems experienced in the old building, it was determined that a new 227,000-square-foot (21,100 m2) building would be built. The new Exeter High School opened on the outskirts of town, at 1 Blue Hawk Drive, on New Hampshire Route 27 in September 2006. The original Tuck School/Exeter High School was renovated into the Seacoast School of Technology, and an annex building (formerly Exeter Area Junior High School) was razed to make way for a new YMCA facility.
- National Honor Society: members are academically proficient and are supporters of the Exeter community, volunteering around Exeter and throughout the Seacoast region.
- The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH), or Spanish National Honor Society
- La Société Honoraire Française (SHF) or French National Honor Society
The school has over 60 clubs listed, and many play an important role in student life and the Exeter community. The number of operative clubs fluctuates yearly; the main clubs are listed on the school website.
Student enrollment at Exeter High School fluctuates around 1,700 students.
The Exeter High School campus surpasses most schools across New Hampshire in environmental sustainability. In 2010 the installation of 465 solar panels (supplied by AltE) generates about 100 kilowatts of power and offsets the school's energy consumption by 5%. The addition of a community garden in the spring of 2011 provided further learning opportunities for the school and agricultural benefits for the local community. Exeter has an active Environmental Club and Recycling Committee that have overseen many of the green innovations around the school and community.
- Theater: The Arthur L. Hanson III Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated to the superintendent of schools on June 13, 2008. The Drama Department has been able to produce hit shows such as Grease, Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, and many other plays in the theater.
- Cafeteria: The Latvis Cafeteria was dedicated to Mike and Gail Latvis in November 2007 for their years of service and dedication to the SAU 16 school district.
- Conference hall: The Roy Morrisette Alumni Room was dedicated to Roy Morrisette for his 29 years of service to the SAU 16 school district.
- Gymnasium: The Exeter High school building has a large and a small gymnasium which are used throughout the year for hosting events and tournaments.
- Stadium: William D. Ball Stadium at Eustis Field, a grass-turf, multi-sport facility, is home to the football, soccer, and lacrosse teams.
Students at Exeter High School are required to participate in two semesters of athletic programs. The school offers more than 30 interscholastic teams at the varsity and junior varsity level. Other various physical fitness programs are also available.
The school's football team has won the state championship 14 times since 1955: Class M (1955), Division III (1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1965), Division II (1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007), Division I (2011, 2012)
Beginning in 1996, the Blue Hawks played in 11 of 14 Division II state championship games before moving to Division I in 2010. During the seasons of 1997-1999 Exeter won 26 consecutive games, the longest winning streak in school history. Exeter has sent over 65 representatives to play in the New Hampshire-Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. The Blue Hawks have nine members in the New Hampshire Chapter of the Joe Yukica Hall of Fame. Zack Dziama (class of 2003) and Tyler Grant (2013) have won the Gatorade Player of the Year for football in New Hampshire. Head Coach William Ball has won over 100 games with Exeter and has been inducted into the New Hampshire Coaches Hall of Fame.
The Exeter High football team has played rival Winnacunnet in neighboring Hampton 76 times since 1924. Exeter leads the all-time series 53-22-2. The two schools have played for three state championships in Division II, with Winnacunnet winning in 1983 and 2000, while Exeter won in 2003, one of Exeter's perfect seasons (others being 1964 and 1999). The teams have played each other every year since 1947. The last Exeter/Winnacunnet game played at the original Eustis Field in 2005 was a 26-0 victory for Exeter.
The Blue Hawks' home games are held at William D. Ball Stadium at Eustis Field, a grass-turf stadium facility. In 2005 the 'Hawks won the last game on the original Eustis Field, defeating Merrimack in the semifinals before falling to Bishop Guertin in the Division II championship game.
Exeter was reclassified as a Division I football program for the 2010 season, replacing Manchester West, which moved down to Division II. On November 19, 2011, playing at the home of defending champion Pinkerton Academy of Derry, Exeter won its first Division I title, 23-13.
The Exeter High School boys varsity soccer team has won the New Hampshire state championship four times since 2002. Head Coach Jim Tufts led his boys to the Final Four or further for sixteen years running, until 2008.
The Exeter High School girls' soccer team won the Class L state championship for the first time in 2006 after defeating Merrimack 1-0 and again in 2007 after defeating Pinkerton Academy 2-1 in overtime. They have gone on to win state championships in Division I for the past four years (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012). In 2013 the team was ranked the number one high school team in America in the National Soccer Association of America's weekly poll.
Track and field
Exeter High School has very solid boys and girls track and field teams that compete in the Division I track meet each year. The girls track and field team won the Division I state championship meet in 2012 and runner up in 2013
The Exeter High School field hockey team was the runner up in the 2006 Class L championship game after losing 3-2 in overtime to Salem High School. Seeded #4 going into the NHIAA tournament Exeter High School Girls beat Pinkerton High School's field hockey team to become 2013 Division I State Champions. This is the first championship for the program.
Swimming & Diving
The Exeter High School boys swimming & diving team won the NHIAA Division I state title in 2013 for the first time ever in the school's history.
The Exeter Golf Team has recorded multiple state tournament appearances including back to back in 2006 and 2007.
The Exeter High School Ski team was established in 2006. The team had only 12 skiers its first year and had grown to 35 as of 2011. The women's ski team took second place in the NHIAA Division I state championships in 2010, and won the state title in 2011. The boys team came in third in the Division I state championships in 2010 and second in 2011.
The Exeter Bluehawks football team won the Division I championship in 2012.
The tennis team won the Division I state championship in 2009.
The school mascot is the blue hawk, and the school colors are silver and navy blue.
The Exeter High School song was composed by Harriet M. Ford, an English teacher, in 1927. It is sung to the tune of "Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue":
- "Other schools may deem their banners best
- And cheer them with fervent elation
- But the schools of the north and south and west
- Cannot beat our school, the best in the nation.
- Then cheer for dear Exeter High
- May we ever unite in our effort
- To make it the pride of the state
- And never show it hate.
- Let rivals remember the day
- When our heroes with mighty endeavor
- Proclaim as they march to the fray
- That by their right and by their might
- We win forever."
On January 6, 2008, Barack Obama held a rally in the Exeter High School gymnasium.
The Talon Magazine, an outgrowth of a newspaper founded in 1957, is the school's independent student magazine. The publication has received numerous awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the New England Scholastic Press Association. Printed by Cummings Printing in Hooksett, New Hampshire, the 20-page full color newspaper is published eight times each school year and distributed to students, faculty, local businesses and parents.
The publication transitioned from a newspaper to a magazine format during the 2009-2010 school year under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Chris Allen and Assistant Editors Chris Pope and Nick Ferreri. The first issue of the magazine was released on the first day of the school year. For the new 2010-2011 school year the Editor-in-Chief was Jack Tisdall with no Assistant Editors. It then returned to a newspaper setting in the Winter of 2011.
The magazine is produced by students who research, write, and design each issue. A variety of topics are covered in each issue, ranging from news and politics to sports and entertainment. Since 1986, the group has been advised by Rob Schneider, an English teacher at Exeter High School.
In 2010, The Talon was recognized as the best high school magazine in New England by the New England Scholastic Press Association (for schools with over 1,000 students).
- Exeter Area High School, Alumni Directory: 1993
- Merrill, Nancy C. (1988). Exeter, New Hampshire: 1888 - 1988. Peter E. Randell Publisher. ISBN 0-914339-20-6.
- Exeter Area High School, Alumni Directory: 1993
- National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society - Home
- Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica » Home
- Seacoast Online, "October 22, 2010: Exeter High School Solar Array Unveiled," http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20101022-NEWS-10220335
- Exeter Community Garden, "Home: about," https://sites.google.com/site/exetercommunitygarden/
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