Londonderry High School

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Londonderry High School
Established 1978
Type Public secondary
Principal Jason Parent
Faculty 271
Students 1827
Grades 9–12
Location 295 Mammoth Road
Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA
Coordinates 42°52′09″N 71°22′40″W / 42.86917°N 71.37778°W / 42.86917; -71.37778Coordinates: 42°52′09″N 71°22′40″W / 42.86917°N 71.37778°W / 42.86917; -71.37778
Campus Suburban
Colors Red, White, Blue
Mascot Lancer
Website [1]

Londonderry High School is a public secondary school serving grades 9 through 12 in the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire. The school, located on Mammoth Road (New Hampshire Route 128), is on a 135-acre (0.55 km2) parcel of land in the center of town. The main building is 232,250 sq ft (21,577 m2). and the separate gymnasium takes up an additional 52,000 sq ft (4,800 m2). The current capacity is 2100 students; 1827 are enrolled.[1]

History[edit]

The original building was constructed in 1972 as a Junior High School. In 1978, the town voted to create a separate high school for the town's students, instead of sending them to Pinkerton Academy in Derry and Memorial High School in Manchester. The building then became a combination Junior/Senior High School. In 1982, a new Junior High School was built nearby, and the original building adopted its current ninth through twelfth grade system. The school has received several additions, including a separate two-story gymnasium which opened in January 2003.

Administration[edit]

School district[edit]

Londonderry High School is the only high school in the Londonderry School District under the authority of School Administrative Unit (SAU) #12 of New Hampshire.[2] The district superintendent is Nate Greenberg.[3]

House system[edit]

Londonderry High School is administered through a house system, comprising four houses based on last name. Each assistant principal is in charge of one house; however, they all help with the day-to-day running of the school.

In-school administrators[edit]

A front view of Londonderry High

The principal of the school is Jason Parent.[1] Assistant Principals are Abbey Sloper, Greg Warren, Amity Ferraro, and Katie Sullivan.

Academics[edit]

The school day at Londonderry High School is divided up into eight 45 minute periods (A-H). Classes begin at 7:20am and end at 1:58pm. The school offers many different accelerated programs, such as Project Running Start or Project Lead the Way, which help students transition into tertiary education or careers. AP and Honors credit are offered as well, which are weighted into a student's GPA.

Athletics[edit]

Londonderry High School has 36 different athletic teams, ranging from the varsity level to freshman teams, and covering three sports seasons: fall, winter and spring. All of the sports schedules for Londonderry can be found on the Londonderry Athletics sports page. Links to booster clubs that support the different athletic teams at Londonderry can be found at the Londonderry School District website.

Baseball[edit]

Londonderry High School's Baseball team has consistently been one of the top programs in the state. In 2010 the Varsity program won its 4th State Championship. The team is coached by Brent Demas.

Cross country[edit]

Londonderry High School's boys cross country team has won more New England titles than any other team in the state.

Track and field[edit]

Londonderry High School's boys track and field team has totaled over 25 state Class L titles, indoor & outdoor, since the program was initiated in the 1980s. It is one of Londonderry's most successful sports program, it has produced 4 All-Americans and sent numerous athletes to NCAA Division I sports programs. Steve Carroll of the class of 2009, holds the state record in the 400 meter dash.

Soccer[edit]

Londonderry High School's boys varsity soccer team is considered one of the top powerhouses in the state, frequently finishing near the top of the standings and winning the Class L championships in 1996 and 1999. Finishing as runners up several times in the past few years also.

Gymnastics[edit]

Londonderry High School's gymnastics team placed 2nd in the state ('06-'07) and then beat the state champions, Salem High School, in the New England Regionals, placing 4th (Salem placing 7th). This is the first time since 2001 that they accomplished so much.

Tennis[edit]

Londonderry High School tennis is one of the premier teams in Class L, winning the state title in 2010 and 2012.

Hockey[edit]

The Londonderry High School ice hockey team is coached by Peter Bedford.

Lacrosse[edit]

Londonderry's lacrosse program has boys' freshmen, JV, and varsity, and girls' freshmen, JV, and varsity teams.

Activities[edit]

Londonderry High School Marching Lancer Band, from New Hampshire during the 2004 parade

Marching band[edit]

The Londonderry High School is particularly notable for its Lancer Marching Band and Colorguard, which is the second largest marching band in all of New England and the seventh largest east of the Mississippi, consisting of 340+ members.[citation needed] The Lancers have gained fame through performances across the country, including four performances at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Every year they march in the New York St. Patrick's Day parade. In 2009 they were invited to march in Ireland's St. Patrick's Day parade but turned it down for New York. They performed in the pre-game festivities at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China when they marched on the Great Wall of China and went to Washington, D.C. to march in the 2009 and 2013 U.S. presidential inauguration parades on January 20 and 21, respectively. The band also attended the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. The band also marched in the 2002 Miss America Show us your Shoes Boardwalk Parade in Atlantic City, NJ.

FIRST Robotics Team 1058 "The PVC Pirates"[edit]

Londonderry High School's FIRST Robotics Team 1058 began as the "Dragoons" during the 2003 FRC competition season playing "Stack Attack". During the 2004 season, Team 1058 changed their name to the "PVC Pirates" due to their robot design resembling a sailing ship when full deployed. This novel design is still remembered by many local FRC alumni. Team 1058's innovative designs have received recognition over the years due to the team's focus on innovation and engineering excellence. Team 1058 has been to the FRC Championship competition three times in its nine year history.

In 2012, Team 1058 won the Granite State Regional Chairman's Award, the most prestigious regional award, due to the team's significant outreach efforts.

Math team[edit]

The LHS math team placed first in the New Hampshire State Mathematics Competition in 2006-2007, 2007–2008 and 2010-2011. The team finished 12th in the New England Mathematics Competition. The team, led by Coach Mike Wenger, also finished second in the Tri-State Math League for the year's competition.[4]

Quizbowl[edit]

Londonderry has a quizbowl team that participates in the Granite State Challenge television program. The team won the championship in 1984 under the leadership of James Choquette.[5] In the 2006-2007 season the team advanced to the semi-finals before being knocked out by Hanover.[6][7] The team also competes in the New Hampshire Quiz Bowl League and in 2007 finished first among at-large teams to make the playoffs, and placed fourth out of eight teams. The 2007-2008 team finished first in their division with a victory at their home meet.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ant, comedian
  • Brian Wilson (class of 2000), relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://schools.londonderry.org/assets/documents/lhs/lhs_profile.pdf
  2. ^ SAU Schools
  3. ^ Londonderry School District | Superintendent's Office
  4. ^ Laurent, Suzanne (2007-03-29). "Londonderry High's math team is tops in the state". Derry News. Retrieved 2007-04-21. 
  5. ^ Granite State Challenge: An NHPTV Production
  6. ^ http://www.nhptv.org/product/gsc/current_season.asp retrieved 2007-05-22
  7. ^ Joncas, Sean (May 10, 2007). "LHS Quiz Team to Compete in Granite State Challenge Semi Finals". Londonderry Times. p. 10. 

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