Mashpee High School

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Mashpee High School
Location
500 Old Barnstable Rd.,
Mashpee, Massachusetts 02649

Information
Type Public
Established 1996
Principal Mr.Sean Gilrein
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 453
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue, Black & White             
Athletics MIAA Division 3 & 4
Athletics conference South Shore League
Mascot Falcons
Rivals Sandwich, Monomoy, Abington, Cohasset
Newspaper "The Mashpee Ledger"
Yearbook "Legacy"
Website

Mashpee High School is a public high school located in Mashpee, Massachusetts. It is located at the intersection of Old Barnstable Road and Route 151 and has an approximate enrollment of 460 students in grades 9–12. The school's mascot is the Falcons, and the school colors are Royal Blue, Black and White.

History[edit]

Mashpee High School opened in 1996. Before then, Mashpee students attended nearby Falmouth High School. Mashpee voted to open its own high school after the town experienced a massive increase in its population. Since 1970, Mashpee's town population has increased by ten times in size and was one of the state's fastest growing towns from 1970 - 2000. The town population as of the 2010 census is approximately 14,000 and the student population is roughly 1,700. As of 2014, The high school's principal is Jane Day.

Mashpee High School originally served students in grades 7–12, but in 2008 the school board decided to separate high school students from the 7th and 8th grade students. Mashpee High School now serves students in grades 9–12, and the 7th and 8th grade students attend Mashpee Middle School, which is located in the same building as Mashpee High School, but runs under its own administration, has its own teachers and staff, and has its own sports teams separate from the high school.

Of the approximately 460 students at Mashpee High, 8.7% of the student population is Native American, the highest percentage of any high school in New England.[1][2]

Mashpee High School's demographics are 84% White or Caucasian, 9% Native American, 5% African-American, 2% Hispanic/Latino and less than 1% Asian.

Every year since 2004, Mashpee High School’s graduation has opened with a traditional Wampanoag language travel blessing, folllowed by a traditional Wampanoag drum circle song and performance by the "Red Hawk Singers", who perform two traditional travel and blessing Wampanoag songs.[3]

Athletics[edit]

Mashpee offers a wide variety of interscholastic sports. It is known for having very competitive football, boy's basketball and field hockey teams. The football and boy's basketball teams have recently been very successful, with the football team winning a state & league championship in 2011, and the boy's basketball team winning a league championship in 2011 and also advancing to the state semi-finals in 2009, 2011, and 2013.

Mashpee is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Mashpee is affiliated with the South Shore League, which competes at the Division 3 & 4 level of athletics in Massachusetts, except for Football which competes at Divisions 5 & 6 (Large & Small). The members of the South Shore League are Mashpee High School, Carver High School, Hull High School, Monomoy Regional High School, Norwell High School, Cohasset High School, Rockland High School, Randolph High School, Abington High School and East Bridgewater High School. Before joining the South Shore League, Mashpee was affiliated with the Patriot League, another Division 3 athletics conference. Also, the boys' and girls' winter track teams compete in the Eastern Athletic Conference, a Division 2 conference. The girl's ice hockey team, which is a co-op program consisting of Mashpee High School, Bourne High School, and Wareham High School (BMW) competes in the Southeastern Massachusetts Girl's Hockey League, which is a Division 2 conference.

The boy's hockey team has a cooperative agreement with nearby Monomoy Regional High School. The combined team plays its home games at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, MA. Before combining with Monomoy, Mashpee had a long standing co-op agreement with Upper Cape Tech, but was disbanded after the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season.

The name of Mashpee's home gymnasium is the Ronald R. Bock Gymnasium, and the name of Mashpee's home football field is the Michael S. Horne Stadium, which was re-dedicated on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 in honor of the former long time athletic director, coach, and teacher at Mashpee High School, Michael Horne.

  • Athletic Facilities
  • Michael S. Horne Stadium (Capacity – 3,000)
  • Ronald Bock Gymnasium (Capacity – 1,000)
  • Hyannis Youth & Community Center (Hockey)
  • Full-Size Running Track
  • 2 Baseball & Softball fields
  • 3 Field Hockey fields
  • 2 Soccer fields
  • 2 Lacrosse fields

As of the 2013 Fall season, the South Shore League will be divided up into Large & Small divisions for Football. This coincides with the new MIAA Football Playoff format and due to Randolph and Monomoy becoming members of the SSL. The SSL-Large (Abington, Rockland, East Bridgewater, Randolph, Norwell) will compete in Division 5 South, while the SSL-Small (Mashpee, Cohasset, Monomoy, Hull, Carver) will compete in Division 6 South.

Football[edit]

Mashpee has developed into one of the most successful, consistent and dominant small school football programs in Massachusetts. Mashpee has developed into a powerhouse football team in Southeastern Massachusetts, and has one of the best winning percentages in the state for the last five years.[when?] Mashpee's main rivals are Monomoy, Cohasset, Abington and Sandwich. Other rivals are Nauset and Falmouth.

Mashpee plays Sandwich on the annual Thanksgiving Day football game. From 1998–2003, they played neighboring Sandwich on Thanksgiving, but both teams dropped the rivalry after 2003 due to Sandwich being a much larger school than Mashpee and also due to lack of competitiveness. Before the rivalry ended, each team had won three times. From 2004–09, Mashpee played Cape Cod Regional Technical High School on Thanksgiving. They never lost a game to Cape Cod Tech in six years. After the 2009 season, the two teams discontinued the rivalry due to lack of competitiveness and Mashpee has since renewed its Thanksgiving rivalry with Sandwich.

After the football team went through back-to-back winless seasons in 2000 and 2001, and from the years 2000–04 had a combined record of 6–42–2, Matt Triveri took over as head football coach in 2005. In his first year, the Falcons went 6–4 and missed out on the MIAA State Playoffs by one point. With Triveri at the helm, the football team has amassed an overall record of 82–26, made it to seven South Shore League Championship Games, won one League Championship, won one State Championship, has been ranked in the Final Top 25 Polls in Massachusetts twice (2008: #17 & 2011: #13), and has an 80% winning percentage. Triveri has become one of the most respected coaches in Massachusetts and is a 3-time South Shore League Coach of the Year, 4-time Cape & Islands Coach of the Year, and was honored as the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in 2009. The team has competed in seven South Shore League championship games (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), had the highest rated defense (points against average) in the state twice (2006 & 2008) and has also sent several players to Division I, II and III colleges for football.

2011 State Championship Season[edit]

On November 11, 2011, The Mashpee Football team played in its 4th South Shore League Championship Game since 2006 against undefeated East Bridgewater. Both teams came into the contest with undefeated records at 9–0. East Bridgewater had a highly touted running back in Casey DeAndrade, who at the beginning of the season signed his letter-of-intent to play football for the University of New Hampshire, a Division 1-AA powerhouse program. Mashpee beat East Bridgewater 16–6 and clinched its first South Shore League Championship, and also its first entry to the MIAA High School Football State Playoffs.

Mashpee faced the Tri-Valley Small champion, Millis-Hopedale, in the first round of the MIAA D-IV Playoffs. Mashpee won 30–12, and advanced to its first ever State Championship game against the Catholic Central Large Champions, Cardinal Spellman, which was also undefeated coming into the game at 12–0. On December 3, 2011, Mashpee finished an undefeated season at 13–0, and also won its first State Championship in football by defeating Cardinal Spellman, 34–8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Mashpee's junior running back, Jared Taylor, set a school record in the State Championship Game by rushing for 306 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns and carried the Falcons to an undefeated season at 13–0, and a State Championship. Taylor's rushing statistics were the third best in Massachusetts High School Football Playoff history, behind Cedric Washington of Holyoke (358 yards) and Melqwan Pickney of Putman (341 yards). Mashpee also finished the season as the #16 ranked team in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe, and the #13 ranked team in Massachusetts by MaxPreps.

Football Accomplishments

  • State Champions - 2011
  • League Champions - 2011
  • League Championship Appearances - 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • State Playoff Qualifier - 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Winning Seasons - 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • #1 Ranked Defense in Massachusetts - 2006, 2008
  • Massachusetts Top 25 Finishes - 2008 (#21), 2011 (#13)

Field Hockey[edit]

The school is also known for having a very strong field hockey team. During the 2004 season, the team posted a record 16 shutouts in a 20 game season and ultimately made it to the state semi-finals, losing 3–1 to powerhouse Canton High School, who eventually won the Division 3 State Championship that year.

Basketball[edit]

During the early 2000s, the boys' basketball team was regarded as one of the best small school programs in the state. The team reached the Division 4 State Semi-Finals in 2000 and 2001 after winning its sectional and regional brackets. Since then, the team has reached the South Sectional semi-finals twice (in 2005 and 2008), losing both times to state powerhouse Cathedral High School of Boston, with whom Mashpee has recently developed a post-season rivalry. Cathedral went on to win the Division 4 state title in both those years.

During the 2010-2011 basketball season, the team rolled through the regular season and is had the best season in the 15-year history of Mashpee High School. The boys' basketball team finished with a regular season record of 18-3. The team claimed a share of the South Shore League Championship. In the most recent poll, which was released on February 20, 2011 by the Boston Globe, Mashpee was ranked as the #15 team in Massachusetts, and the #2 team for Divisions 3 & 4, behind league rival Cohasset.

The 2012-2013 boys' basketball team finished the regular season with a 15-5 record, and was ranked as the #3 team in Division 4 heading into the MIAA State Tournament. The basketball team advanced all the way to the state semi-finals, eventually losing to eventual state champions Bishop Connolly.

Other Sports[edit]

The winter track team won the Class D Massachusetts State Championship in 2001 in indoor and also outdoor track. Also, the 2012 winter track boy's 4x400m relay team of Jared Taylor, Jordan Keli'inui, Romeo Grey, and Vernon Pocknett won the Division IV state championship, and placed 3rd in the state. The boy's track team also won the 2013 Division IV Individual (Romeo Grey) 300m Dash State Championship.

The Fall Cheerleading team was a State Finalist in 2000 and 2001, won the league championship in 2000 and 2003, and has performed during halftime of the Citrus Bowl in Florida in 2001, 2002 and 2004.

The boy's soccer team won their first South Shore League title in 2012, ultimately advancing to the South Sectional Semi-Finals.

The girl's soccer team advanced all the way to the South Sectional Finals in 2008, losing to powerhouse Ursuline Academy in penalty kicks.


Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports
Football Boys Basketball Baseball
Boy's Soccer Girls Basketball Softball
Girl's Soccer Boy's Ice Hockey Boy's Tennis
Field Hockey Girl's Ice Hockey Girl's Tennis
Golf Winter Track Track & Field
Cheerleading Cheerleading Boy's Lacrosse
Cross Country Gymnastics Girl's Lacrosse

School Achievements and Notable Facts[edit]

  • Mashpee High School has the only high school chapter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), founded by Michael Pietrowski. Charter members of SMPTE are: Josh Coffin, Pat Riley, Mike Cook, Jimmy Goldsmith, Arthur Joia, Dennis Gorczyca, Paul Trask and Jonathan Forsythe. This group attended international conferences of SMPTE in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles. The current group works closely with the Stonehill College SMPTE organization. The group traveled to Los Angeles to attend the annual SMPTE Tech Conference & Expo as honored guests. The group has also been invited to Hong Kong as a result of its achievements in the organization. The advisor of the group is Arthur Joia, media arts director at Mashpee High School.
  • The TV Production Club at Mashpee High School was the first high school audio/visual organization in the world to become a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
  • The Mashpee High School Concert Choir, the school's primary choral group, is a three-time gold medal winning choir at the Heritage Festivals National Competition, which is held annually in New York City at the Riverside Church.
  • The Mashpee High School Human Rights Club was instrumental in drafting legislation for the recent Massachusetts "Anti-Bully" Bill that unanimously passed the state house and senate. The club worked alongside the former Rep. Patrick (Barnstable District) in drafting a bill that would create a No Name Calling Day each year. This was done before discussion of the Anti-Bully Bill had even started at the State House in Boston. That bill was dead in committee and they were successful in including it as an amendment to the overall Anti-Bully Bill. Therefore, the fourth Wednesday of every January is No Name Calling Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: a day to educate and inform the public on the effects of bullying and disrespect.
  • The 2011 Mashpee Football team won its first South Shore League Championship by defeating East Bridgewater 16-6. They also won their first MIAA State Championship in 2011 by defeating Cardinal Spellman 34-8 at Gillette Stadium. They also completed their first undefeated season (13-0) in the process.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Isabeau Miller - Class of 2003, contestant on NBC's The Biggest Loser, country music singer.
  • Kevin Byrne - Class of 2009, football player for UMass, 2014 NFL Draft prospect.
  • Jordan Keli'inui - Class of 2012, football player for UMass.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mashpee High School in Mashpee, MA". High-schools.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Student Data". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mashpee Wampanoag graduate delivers blessing in once-lost language". Boston.com. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°36′54″N 70°30′25″W / 41.61500°N 70.50694°W / 41.61500; -70.50694