Longmeadow High School

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Longmeadow High School
Location
95 Grassy Gutter Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
U.S.A.

Information
Type Public
Established 1956
Principal Mr. Lawrence Berte
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,000
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black and White
Mascot Lancer
Rivals East Longmeadow High School, Leominster High School, Minnechaug Regional High School.
Newspaper The Jet Jotter
Yearbook Masacksic
Website

Longmeadow High School is located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States. Longmeadow High School was founded in 1956 and enrolls approximately 1,000 students.[1] The school's mascot is a Lancer, and the school's colors are black and white.

Longmeadow High School is known for being one of the best public schools in its area, ranking sixth best public school in Massachusetts in a 2011 report by Newsweek.[2] The high school consistently scores above the national average in both the verbal and mathematics section of the SAT.[citation needed] It also scores above the state average in the state wide test, the MCAS.[citation needed] 96% of graduates continue their studies at the college level.[2] Top students often gain admission to the most respected schools in the nation.
In February 2013, a new high school building replaced the original 1956 building.

New School Building[edit]

The original high school building built in 1956, with additions in 1964 and 1971 was replaced by a new high school building. The original high school building was demolished with the exception of the 1971 science wing, that includes the swimming pool and library spaces which were renovated. Construction began in 2011 and continued until April, 2013. The renovated natatorium (swimming pool) and locker rooms opened in the fall of 2012, and the new school building opened on February 25, 2013 following the school's winter vacation. As of 4/2/2013, renovation of the remainder of the 1971 wing and demolition of the original high school building were underway. The renovated 1971 wing were reopened during the summer of 2013 and currently house the school department offices, and Longmeadow's public access TV station LCTV as well as some additional academic space for the high school's physical education and business departments. A parking lot and drop-off now occupies the space where the former high school stood and a new athletic field is located where the former student parking lot was located. A ceremony was held in September of 2013 for the completion of the new high school building. The new school was built at an estimated cost of $78.4 million, with the town paying $44 million and the Massachusetts School Building Authority paying the rest. [3]

Athletics[edit]

Longmeadow is also known for excellence in athletics, particularly their rivalry against neighboring suburb, East Longmeadow, and their Thanksgiving Day football game is very popular among residents of both towns. Other rivals include Minnechaug Regional High School, Agawam High School, Springfield Central High School, Westfield High School, and South Hadley High School. Approximately 85% of students are involved in sports at Longmeadow High School.

Lacrosse[edit]

  • Longmeadow is widely known for their storied high school lacrosse tradition in both the boys' and girls' programs. Since 1970, the first year of varsity play for the Boy's Lacrosse program at Longmeadow, the team has established a tradition of excellence and earned a position as one of the top programs in the State, winning Massachusetts State Championships (a total of 18) in 1970, '74–'77, '79–'81, '83–'86, '88–90, '92, '97 and '08 and most recently 2013 (Boys), a win over Medfield (10–7). The 1981 team was legendary coach Dave Stockwell's final year at the helm; the team went undefeated.
  • Longmeadow's Boys team has produced 36 All-American selections and 6 Academic All-American selections, and many of the lacrosse alumni have gone on to play lacrosse for top collegiate programs.

Football[edit]

  • Longmeadow High School's Football team has gone to 14 straight Western-Central Mass Division I Super Bowls under Head Coach Alex Rotsko.
  • Longmeadow has won 8 of the 12 Western-Central Mass Division I Super Bowls (which began in 1997) and 10 overall since 1972.
  • Four out of the last five seasons, the football team has gone undefeated, including back to back to back perfect seasons. The 2005 football (12–0) team beat Leominster in the Division 1 Super Bowl 21–20 in Holyoke.
  • The 2006 team (12–0) beat Leominster again, but in a more dominant fashion, 42–0 at Worcester State University .
  • The 2007 team finished 13–0, a school record due to the new playoff system, and beat Leominster 21–0 in the Division 1 Super Bowl at Westfield State University.
  • Longmeadow held a 47-game winning streak from 2005–2008, one of the longest high school winning streaks in the country at the time. The streak eventually came to an end on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008 to heated rival East Longmeadow, losing by a score of 16-13 and ending the 47-game winning streak. However, they went on to participate in their 13th consecutive Division I Super Bowl, and went on to win their 9th Western-Central Mass State Championship over Fitchburg.

Boys Tennis[edit]

  • Longmeadow's Boys Tennis program has won seventeen straight Western Mass titles (D-I). In 2006, the team ended a 9 year losing streak to St. Johns (All 9 loses came in the state semi-final). Recently, the program proves to be a contender every year. Meadow fell short in 2006 against Sharon, 2008 against Central Catholic, and lost 3–2 in 2009 against Central Catholic.
  • The Longmeadow boys tennis team has not lost a match against a Western Mass team in six years.
  • Patrick Magowan coaches this team.

Other Sports[edit]

  • Longmeadow's Hockey Team won the Division III State Championship in 2006 and 2010. They were the 2009 Western Mass Champions. In 2007, they lost to East Longmeadow in the semi-finals, and in 2008 they lost to Westfield in the Western Mass finals. In 1980, the team went to Boston Garden for the first time, losing the Division II State Final to Barnstable in overtime.
  • The Girl's Lacrosse team won the Division I State Championship in 2004. The girl's lacrosse team currently holds a 103-game winning streak against Western Massachusetts opponents. They were also State Finalists in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • The Girl's Soccer team won the Division I Western Massachusetts Championship in 2004. Considered an underdog going into the finals, they beat Cathedral in the semi-finals to earn the spot against Minnechaug, the number one team in Western Mass. They beat Minnechaug 1–0 to claim the Western Mass Championship. Longmeadow went on to State Semi-Finals, losing to Nashoba 1–0 in o/t.
  • The Boy's basketball team won their first ever Western Massachusetts Division I Championship over West Springfield in 2008 under head coach Tim Allen (a former standout at Longmeadow)
  • The 2007 Girl's Volleyball team won their first ever Western Mass Division I Championship over Amherst. In 2008, they repeated, and beat East Longmeadow in the Western Mass Finals. Both teams lost in the State-Semifinals, the 2008 team to Central Catholic.
  • In 2004 and 2005, the Golf team won back-to-back Division I State Championships.
  • The Girl's Swimming team has won multiple Western Mass Titles and State Titles.
  • The Boy's Swimming team has won multiple Western Mass and State Titles along with many Runner-Ups.
  • In 2013, a boy's bowling team was developed. The team went 13-4 in their first season.

Music Program[edit]

Longmeadow High School is also known for its Grammy award-winning music program, which includes an orchestra, a student-run chamber orchestra, two bands (one concert band and one honors level Wind Ensemble), a jazz band, a pep band, four women's choirs, a men's choir, an honors choir, an a cappella women's choir, and an honors a cappella choir. These ensembles have received numerous awards and honors, including international tours, performances at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, and MICCA Festival Gold Medals. In the 50s and 60s, Longmeadow High School was known for musical productions like "Oklahoma" and "The Mikado". In 2014, for the first time in history, Longmeadow Symphony Orchestra was picked to perform at All-Eastern in Providence, Rhode Island.

Other Accomplishments[edit]

In June 2010, Longmeadow High School won the championship of the WGBH TV program, High School Quiz Show, defeating The Bromfield School in the final match. The school also competes in the WGBY-TV quiz show, As Schools Match Wits where their 2010 team reached the finals.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Get The Feeling: Masacksic 1988, Vol. 32.
  2. ^ a b "America's Best High Schools". Newsweek. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Roman, Elizabeth (26 February 2013). "New Longmeadow High School opens its doors to students, staff". The Republican. MassLive. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "As Schools Match Wits" website. "2010 Championship Game: Longmeadow High School Vs. Northampton School, Wed June 23, 2010, 7:30pm

External links[edit]

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