Haverhill High School
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|Haverhill High School|
|137 Monument Street
Haverhill, MA 01832
|School district||Haverhill Public Schools|
|Principal||Beth Kitsos (Interim)|
|Color(s)||Brown & Gold|
|Athletics||Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC)|
|Mascot||none: The Thinker is de facto; nickname: 'Hillies'|
|Average SAT scores||494 verbal
1477 total (2014)
|Website||Haverhill High School|
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 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, 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, commonly known to his swimmers as "The Infallible.". Matt Amadeo, of Haverhill High School class of 2016 became the MIAA D1 sectional champion in 2015 with his impressive 500 Freestyle. Haverhill High school engages in a biannual dodgeball tournament. A previous 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).
Clubs and activities
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.
Haverhill High School's Model UN team is run by Mr. Zachary Simmons who has received tremendous praise for his dedication to the students.  Having earned the praise and respect of many after their victory in the first annual Boston College Model UN tournament, Haverhill's Model UN team now annually competes in the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) held in New York City. Deemed by the students on the team as Haverhill High School's most successful athletic team, Haverhill's Model UN program has led to numerous students choosing to enter academic fields within the realm of International Relations and Global Studies.
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