Merrimack Valley High School

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This article is about the public high school in Penacook, New Hampshire. For the high school in Merrimack, New Hampshire, see Merrimack High School.
Merrimack Valley High School
Merrimack Valley High School, pride symbol.jpg
Motto Veritas Est Potentia
Established 1967
Type Public High School
Principal David Miller
Students 900
Location Penacook, NH, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Navy Blue and White
Mascot Victor E. Lion
Website MVHS
The entrance to the school

Coordinates: 43°16′28″N 71°35′34″W / 43.27444°N 71.59278°W / 43.27444; -71.59278 Merrimack Valley is a four-year high school located in Penacook, a village in the northern part of Concord, New Hampshire. The school has approximately 900 students and serves the communities of Andover, Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, and Webster. Two years of construction and remodeling were completed in 2007, resulting in a completely new facility.

The school was initially accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC) in 1967. The faculty, staff, students, and community began self-study for reaccreditation in 2009; the next visiting team came in 2011. In 2003, the school was recognized by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education award (EDies) for being the best high school in the state of New Hampshire.[citation needed]

Advanced Placement courses[edit]

There are three Advanced Placement courses currently available at Merrimack Valley:

In addition, the school offers several Project Running Start courses through New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. These courses are taught by teachers credentialed by NHTI and follow the curriculum of courses that are offered on the college campus. Students earn dual credit (both high school and college credit).


Merrimack Valley High School has previously used a seven-point grading system (that is, an A corresponds to a 93 or above rather than a 90 or above) instead of the traditional ten-point grading system. In the 2011/2012 school year, the grading system changed from seven-point to ten-point and student GPAs are now measured on a traditional 4.0 scale.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Drapeau longs for good old days; UNH hero weighs in on coaching search". Concord Monitor. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bob Tewksbury Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 

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