Haverhill High School

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Haverhill High School
137 Monument Street
Haverhill, MA 01832

Coordinates 42°47′14″N 71°6′25″W / 42.78722°N 71.10694°W / 42.78722; -71.10694Coordinates: 42°47′14″N 71°6′25″W / 42.78722°N 71.10694°W / 42.78722; -71.10694
Type Public
School district Haverhill Public Schools
Principal Beth Kitsos (Interim)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,200
Color(s) Brown & Gold         
Athletics Merrimack Valley Conference
Mascot none: The Thinker is de facto; nickname: 'Hillies'
Average SAT scores 508 verbal
510 math
496 writing (2010)[1]

Haverhill High School is an American high school in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It enrolls about 2,200 students in grades 9 through 12. The school offers a variety of Advanced Placement classes, a wide range of clubs, a number of varsity and junior varsity sports, as well as a program entitled the "Classical Academy". The Classical Academy is a school-within-a-school program and has a prescribed curriculum. It offers a rigorous curriculum consisting of entirely honors and AP classes. The Classical Academy is currently underway in its fifth year, and will be offered to future students via a test. The school also offers other services. The campus includes the Charles C. White Swimming Pool, the Manuel Epstein Library Media Center HHS/LMC[2] and the Veterans' Memorial Skating Rink. At the school's entrance is a replica of one of the famous statues by Michelangelo in Tomb of Leorenzo De' Medici,[3] affectionately nicknamed "The Thinker".

Haverhill High Mission Statement

"The Mission of Haverhill High School is to produce self-directed learners who read, write, and speak effectively in Standard English and who apply analytical and technological skills to interpret information and problem solve."

Bob Montana, the creator of Archie Comics, based the high school featured in his popular comics, Riverdale High School, on Haverhill High. Even the comic's school newspaper, The Blue and Gold, indirectly references Haverhill High's student paper, The Brown and Gold. The high school in the comics is based on Haverhill High's old building, which has since become Haverhill City Hall. Haverhill High School relocated to 137 Monument Street.


High School's mascot is Michelangelo's "The Thinker"(Il Penseroso) but is commonly mistaken for Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker."

The athletic teams are called the "Hillies," which is short for "Hilltoppers" - the cannons on the top of hills to defend against infidels during war periods.

The school colors are brown and gold.

There are 18 varsity level sports at the school: Field Hockey, Cross Country (recently ranked one of the best teams in the state), Golf, Swimming, Football, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Football and Basketball Cheerleading, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Skiing, Wrestling, Ice Hockey, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Lacrosse. Haverhill's Swimming coach is Mr. George Nigro. Haverhill High school engages in a biannual dodgeball tournament. This year's Autumn tournament victor was The Kings whose name had to be shortened due to obscenities. Haverhill High competes in the Merrimack Valley Conference and is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).[4]

Clubs and activities[edit]

There are about 35 teams, clubs and activities in which students can participate. Of which is included the "Haverhill Robotics Team", which recently came in First Place in the USA in the Zero Robotics Competition run by NASA and MIT. The club features both middle schoolers, and high schoolers, who do not have to be a part of the Haverhill Public Schools, in fact, many members attend Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School.


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