Medford High School (Massachusetts)
|Medford High School|
|489 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA, USA
|Motto||Empowering students to reach their potential as learners|
|School district||Medford Public Schools|
|Average class size||16.5|
|Athletics||Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Crew, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball|
|Rival||Malden High School|
|Average SAT scores||487 Reading
488 Math (2011-2012)
|Yearbook||The Blue and White|
|MCAS % proficient and advanced||ELA: 90
Science: 67 (Spring 2012)
|Website||Medford High School|
Medford High School is a public high school located in the West Medford section of Medford, Massachusetts on the southwest border of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Students in the town of Medford may also attend the Medford Vocational-Technical High School on the same site, or the Curtis/Tufts alternative high school in South Medford.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Curriculum
- 4 Extracurricular activities
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 Notable teachers/faculty
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Old High School building was built between 1894 and 1896 with a rear wing including a gym added in 1914 to its location on 22-24 Forest Street near Medford Square. Additional North and South wings were added in 1929 and 1939 respectively and those wings were the only ones in use following a fire in 1965 until the close of the school in 1971.
The current campus was completed in that year and during the first decade of the 2000s underwent a major renovation in the third phase of the district's three phase school improvement plan.
In 2012, the Medford High School Alumni Association (MHSAA)was founded. The Association serves as a networking bases among all MHS Alumni and works to give back to the MHS community.
Medford High School shares its campus and building with Medford Vocational-Technical High School in the West Medford section of Medford and on the southwest border of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
Most Medford High School students undertake a college preparatory curriculum that includes four classes of English, three classes each of mathematics, social studies, sciences, and for college-prep students, foreign languages, two classes each of physical education, health/wellness, one class of fine arts and one class of media and computer technology. All students must also complete fifteen hours of community service each year.
Students can choose from thirteen Advanced Placement courses to earn college credits.
The English department requires two general literature and writing courses, one on American literature and one on world literature, with Shakespeare appearing in three of those courses. Electives include courses in mythology, plays, writing, AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition. A separate English Language Learners department includes courses for bringing non-native speakers up to fluency. The social studies core requires a credit in world history, and one in United States history with electives including contemporary issues, psychology, and AP courses in U.S. History, European History, U.S. Government and Politics, and Psychology. Humanities electives through the occupational offerings department include an Accounting/Computers sequence and Basic Finance.
Medford High School's foreign language offerings include French, Spanish, and Italian as well as courses on the cultures coinciding with those languages. There are AP electives for French and Spanish.
MHS's science department offers courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Engineering, Environmental Science, and Science Fair Projects. Its AP offerings include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (C). Through the math and media and technology departments, computer oriented electives include C++, digital video, and web design. Math electives include AP Calculus.
The art department includes sequences in ceramics and in sculpture as well as offering AP Studio Art. Music courses include Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.
The family and consumer sciences department offers a course sequence in exploring childhood, while the health department provides courses in relationships, lifestyle choices, and transitioning to adulthood.
Medford High School is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association in the Greater Boston League.
Clubs and publications
Medford High School offers a number of clubs including the Book Club, the National Honor Society, and the MHS Band. The school's yearbook is assembled by its members and Mustang News recently transitioned from an offline newspaper to an all online format.
Academics, Authors, Mathematicians, and Scientists
- Elliot Quincy Adams - scientist (colorimetry)
- Martin Demaine - artist and mathematician
- Fannie Farmer - culinary expert, author
- Elizabeth Neilson - health educator
- Paul Theroux - award-winning author and essayist
- Frederick M. Ellis - athlete, football and basketball coach at Tufts University
- Jack Garrity - Olympic hockey player-Boston University Hall of Fame
- Frank Morrissey - football player and coach
- Jim Reid - football player, coach
- Eddie Rideout -Football- Boston College Hall of Fame
- Shawn Bates-Hockey-Medford High School-Boston University-Boston Bruins-New York Islanders
- Dave Sacco-Hockey-Medford High School-Boston University-Toronto Maple Leafs
- Bill Monbouquette Baseball-Medford High School-Boston Red Sox
- John Feeley Football-Medford High School-University of Massachusetts-Kansas City Chiefs
- Joe Sacco Hockey-Medford High School-Boston University-Washington Capitals-Head Coach Colorado Avalanche
- Jack Riley Hockey-Medford High School-Dartmouth College-Olympic Hockey Coach (Gold Medal)-West Point Hockey Coach
- Bill Riley Hockey-Medford High School-Dartmouth College-US Hockey of Fame
- Bob Moore Football- Medford High School- Boston College (Captain]
- Franz Eberth Football-Medford High School-University of New Hampshire
- Terry Lee Football-Medford High School-Cornell University
- Ed Finn Football-Medford High School-Boston College
- Kevin Cunniff-Football-Medford High School-Boston College
- Tiago Delboni-Soccer-Medford High School-Merrimack College
- Jack Santoro-Football-Medford High School-University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Reggie Graham-Basketball-Medford High School-Tufts University
- Eddie Tryon-Track-Shot Put-Medford High School-Colgate (football) College Football Hall of Fame
- Arantxa King- Bermuda Olympic Athlete (track & field)
- Maria Menounos - actress, journalist, television presenter
Politicians and Government employees
- Michael Bloomberg - New York City Mayor, founder and owner of Bloomberg L.P.
- William L. Uanna - security officer, Manhattan Project and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
- George Stewart Miller - History department head (1912–1916); Acting president of Tufts (1937–1938)
- Annual reports of the Department of the Interior for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1902. Report of the Commissioner of Education. Volume 2., Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, p. 1763.
- "Medford High School Teacher Data". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "Directory Profiles: Medford High School: Student Data: Enrollment". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "Fall Sports << Medford Public Schools". Medford Public Schools. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- "Winter Sports << Medford Public Schools". Medford Public Schools. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- "Spring Sports << Medford Public Schools". Medford Public Schools. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- "SAT Performance Report - School and District Profiles". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "Medford High: MCAS Tests of Spring 2012 Percent of Students at Each Performance Level for Medford High Regional". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "oldmedfordhigh.org Building History". Old Medford High Condominiums. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- "History of New Schools". Medford Public Schools. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "Educational Opportunities Handbook 2010-2011". Medford High School and Vocational-Technical High School. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
- "Member Schools: School Lookup: Medford High School". Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "Activities". Medford Public Schools. Retrieved 2011-05-03.