Martha's Vineyard Regional High School

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Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
100 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, 02557
Coordinates 41°25′4″N 70°35′47″W / 41.41778°N 70.59639°W / 41.41778; -70.59639Coordinates: 41°25′4″N 70°35′47″W / 41.41778°N 70.59639°W / 41.41778; -70.59639
Type Public high school
Established 1959[1]
School district Martha's Vineyard Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. James Weiss[2]
Principal Gil Traverso[3]
Faculty 78[4]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 687[5] (as of the 2013-14 school year)
 • Grade 9 195
 • Grade 10 166
 • Grade 11 176
 • Grade 12 147
Hours in school day 7:49-2:05
Campus type Rural
Colour(s) Purple & White         
Nickname The Vineyarders
Rival Nantucket High School
Average SAT scores 533 verbal
533 math
519 writing
1585 total (2014)[6]
Newspaper "The High School View"[7]

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School or MVRHS is a high school in Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States.


MVRHS opened in September 1959.[8] It is the larger of the two high schools located on Martha's Vineyard, the other being the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School in West Tisbury. MVRHS is part of the Martha's Vineyard Public Schools and serves the six towns on the island: Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah.


MVRHS has a vocational program that offers training in automotive, building trades, horticulture, culinary, and child care.[9] MVRHS offers an alternative program known as the Rebecca Amos Institute, an open-campus program offering individualized instruction for a small group of students.[10] Students can choose to engage in extracurricular activities ranging from community service, sports, art, drama and debate. MVRHS won two National Blue Ribbon School Awards.[11] MVRHS is one of the very few schools to have won this honor two times. Most recently, MVRHS was the only public high school in Massachusetts selected for Award and one of 111 nationwide.[12]


Martha's Vineyard's athletic teams are called the Vineyarders, and their colors are Purple & White. Martha's Vineyard is a member of the Eastern Athletic Conference, which competes at the Division 2 & 3 level of competition. Members of the EAC are Bishop Feehan High School, Bishop Stang High School, Coyle & Cassidy High School, and Somerset-Berkley Regional High School.

The Martha's Vineyard football team, has a long-standing rivalry with Nantucket High School. Their rivalty culminates every year in the annual Island Cup. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are located approximately 15 miles apart from each other, and the only way to reach the islands is either by ferry or by airplane. In 2010, the U.S. Marine Corps chose to include the Nantucket vs. Martha's Vineyard football game on their list of 42 Great American Rivalries. It was the only New England football game to make the list. Currently, the Vineyarders possess the cup, and have for the last seven years.[13]

In the 1970s and 1980s the school's Boys Basketball team advanced to the state South Sectional Finals on a few occasions, once bowing 86-72 to a Cathedral Latin team in Boston Garden, that featured Boston Globe All-Scholastic players the likes of Dwan Chandler, Gary Burke, and Mimi James (1976). A longtime Vineyard summer resident, Bijan C. Bayne is writing a book about Martha's Vineyard schoolboy, schoolgirl, and summer league basketball, due out in March 2015.

The Girls' Basketball team achieved even greater success. They have won state championships in 1979 and 1981, won a sectional championships, and played deep into other state tournaments. The girl's basketball team has produced numerous players who won all-state honors.

The Boys' Ice Hockey team has won the Massachusetts State Championship in 1999-2000 (Division 3), and in 2001-2002 (Division 2). The boy's hockey team is one of the most successful athletic teams at the school. Also, the girl's hockey team has become a successful program in recent times as well, qualifying for the State Tournament for the last 3 years, and even coming within 1 win of a Sectional Championship.

The Football team has won the State Championship a total of 5 times. They won the state title in 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, and 2003. In addition, they have been the state runner-up 3 times, in 2000, 2001, and 2008. Head coach Don Herman is one of the winningest active high school football head coaches in Massachusetts and New England. He has won 5 State Championships, appeared in 8 State Championship games, won 9 League Championships, won Boston Globe Coach of the Year 2 times, and numerous other accolades.

Martha's Vineyard competes in the Eastern Athletic Conference, which competes in Division 3. Before they joined the EAC in 2010, they had been a member of the Mayflower League, which competes at the Division 5 & 6 level, and is also the largest high school athletics conference in Massachusetts.

While in the Mayflower League, the MVRHS Cross Country team consistently took the championship title. After joining the EAC, they have fought for first place against the well-known Bishop Feehan high school.

  • State Champions - 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2003
  • State Runner-Ups - 2000, 2001, 2008
  • Mayflower League Champions - 1973, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008

Mr. Ned Fennessy retired in June 2013, after 23 seasons as the boys tennis varsity coach. During his storied career, Mr. Fennessy coached his teams to 290 victories, winning back-to-back MIAA Division 3 state championships in his final two seasons.



David McCullough Jr, 56, teacher and author of 'You Are Not Special" Steve LeMenager, 56, Princeton University director of Admission


  1. ^ "p. 1". The Vineyard Gazette. 11 Sep 1959. 
  2. ^ Office of the Superintendent
  3. ^ Gil Traverso named new Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School principal
  4. ^ MVRHS Info
  5. ^ MVRHS Info
  6. ^
  7. ^ The High School View
  8. ^ "The Vineyard Gazette". 11 Sep 1959. 
  9. ^ Courses
  10. ^ Courses
  11. ^ MVRHS Info
  12. ^ "MVRHS Info". 
  13. ^ "Vineyard wins Island Cup". Martha's Vineyard Times. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
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  15. ^ "The Official Willy Mason Website". Retrieved 2009-03-10. 

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