Kennett High School (New Hampshire)
|Kennett High School|
|409 Eagles Way,
North Conway, NH, 03860
|School district||Conway School District|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Color(s)||Black, White, and Gold|
Kennett High School is an American high school located at 409 Eagles Way in North Conway, New Hampshire, near the village of Redstone. The present school building opened in 2007, replacing the former A. Crosby Kennett High School (built in 1923) located at 176 Main Street in Conway, which is now a middle school. Kennett High School serves the towns of Conway, Albany, Bartlett, Eaton, Freedom, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, and Tamworth.
Kennett has several departments, including English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, and Arts. The school also has an outstanding Career-Tech department, which includes several shops and classrooms fitted with updated technology. These rooms are often looked at as a key point of the new school building. The department includes a woodshop, a metal shop, an auto shop, a drafting and architecture room and a kitchen where culinary students are able to serve food to the public in the "Mineral Springs Cafe". The school has been working to improve its SAT scores and is now ahead of several national averages for testing standards, and has also lowered the dropout rate since 2007-2008, the first year in the new building.
The school's performing arts department includes several groups of varying sizes: Symphonic Band, Stage Band, Drumline, "Odd's 'n Ends" Jazz Ensemble, Select Choir, Chorus, A Cappella choir, Marching Band and Dance Team. Several of the groups have performed around the Northeast and even in Canada. The Marching Band attends the Band Day at the University of Massachusetts Amherst annually and also performs at local parades, sporting events and fairs. The Dance Team has performed in TD Garden in Boston during a Boston Celtics basketball game, and has also won several awards in competitions around the Northeast. The Stage Band has traveled to several cities, including Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, and Montreal. The Kennett Drumline has also participated in many events throughout the area. They were chosen in 2009-10 to perform at the New Hampshire Music Educators Conference, and also to answer questions about setting up similar drumlines at other schools. The line performs regular shows in the spring of each school year, using different themes and acts. Several members of the department have also competed in prestigious festivals like New Hampshire All State (both band and chorus members), All New England Honors Band, and even national honor bands. The performing arts groups rehearse and play in the school's Loynd Auditorium.
Kennett's athletics program has won many titles and awards since the school was created. As a member of the NHIAA, the school competes against many schools from across the state, including Berlin High School, Monadnock Regional High School, Trinity High School, and their rival Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro. In recent years, the winter season teams have been particularly successful. The ice hockey team won division state championships in 2008-09, 2011-2012, 2011–12 and finished runners up in 2010-11. The ski team has also been successful, winning Alpine and Nordic Boys, Alpine Girls, Combined and Jumping titles in recent years (New Hampshire is the only state with high school ski jumping competition). The girls basketball team won the state championship in 2009-10. In 2010-11, the field hockey team won their state championship. The football team has been consistently qualifying for playoff games in recent years, and is known for ending the Plymouth Regional High School football team's national record streak of 57 wins in 2010. The football team plays its home games on Friday nights at Gary Millen Stadium, named after a late teacher and football coach at the school. The stadium also houses the Livingston Oval, named for the current track and cross country coach, Bernie Livingston, for track events and sometimes serves as a soccer field during the fall season. The school's tennis, cross country and track teams have also won titles in the past. The baseball and softball teams have also done well during recent years. The combined titles of the ski teams total more than all of the other sports at the school combined.
Clubs and activities
Kennett offers several clubs and activities to students. These include an FBLA club, a DECA club, a health-awareness club, and a Key Club. The Key Club has won a record number of competitions in a row, and continues to send students to the national gatherings.
- Sean Doherty, 2014 biathlon athlete Olympics; graduated 2013
- Jeff Locke, starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball; graduated 2006
- Don Orsillo (Kennett Middle School), play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox on New England Sports Network (NESN)
- Leanne Smith, 2010 and 2014 Olympic downhill athlete; graduated 2005
- Martha D. Tobin. "August 25, 2005 Minutes of the Building Steering Committee". Conway School Board. Retrieved 2008-03-04.[dead link]