Natick High School

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Natick High School
15 West Street
Natick, Massachusetts

Type Public high school
Principal Rose Bertucci
Faculty 90 (2004)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1300 (2010)
Color(s)      Red
Team name Red Hawks
Average SAT scores 544 verbal
558 math
533 writing
1635 total (2014)[1]
Newspaper Sassamon

Natick High School is a public high school serving students in grades 9–12 in Natick, Massachusetts. The school is located on the banks of Dug Pond. It enrolled 1189 students as of the 2005-06 school year. In 2010, Rose Bertucci was appointed as principal after the retirement of former principal John Hughes.[2]

The original building was built in 1953 at approximately 189,000 sq ft (17,600 m2). and opened in 1954. The building was expanded in 1965 (additional 94,000 sq ft.). Additional renovations took place in 1985.[3] In 2010, the town voted to replace the Natick High School building.[4] The new facility was constructed on the fields immediately to the south of the former building. Demolition on the former building began on June 25, 2012.[5] The new building design is based on a model approved by the state of Massachusetts. This was necessary in order to maximize state reimbursement for design and construction; it cost $78 million. The new high school opened to students on August 29, 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]

Joe Coleman, Former MLB player (Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants)

Doug Flutie, who played football, basketball, and baseball at the school, went on to play football at Boston College and won the Heisman Trophy in 1984. His career continued in the NFL and Canadian Football League before retiring after the 2005 season with the New England Patriots.

William Finn is a Tony Award-winning lyricist and musical theater composer. One of Finn's greatest commercial successes was Falsettos, the combination of the latter two parts of his Falsettos Trilogy. It won two 1992 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical, the latter shared with James Lapine. In 2005, Finn was acclaimed for the success of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he wrote both music and lyrics. The show won two Tony Awards in 2005; one for Best Book of a Musical, and another for the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, and toured the United States in 2006. Presently, Finn is continuing to compose and is a teacher of musical theater composition at New York University (NYU).

Jim Riley graduated from Natick High School and went on to become drummer and band leader for the award winning country band Rascal Flatts.

Alison Fraser is well-known stage actress and a two-time Tony Award nominee for her roles in The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance.

Walt Hriniak, Former MLB player (Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres)

Jonathan Richman is a singer-songwriter who graduated from Natick High and featured an instrumental track entitled "Maybe a Walk Home from Natick High School" on his album "Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow".

Paul Dellegatto is the chief meteorologist for Fox13 WTVT in Tampa and a contributor to the Fox News Channel is a 1978 graduate of Natick High.

Augustine Og Mandino (1923–1995) was the self-help inspirational author of 22 books and, at last count, has sold more than 25 million copies. He was born in Framingham and a 1940 graduate of Natick High School where he was an editor of the high school newspaper, "The Sassamon" and earned his varsity letter in outdoor track. He served as an officer and B-24 navigator/bombardier, completing 30 missions over enemy-occupied Europe. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and was awarded three battle stars.

Marc Terenzi of the boy band Natural is a graduate of Natick High School where he experienced early success in the music program. His marriage to German pop singer Sarah Connor ended in divorce four years later; but the couple reunited for a German reality show titled "Sarah and Marc: Crazy in Love". Terenzi released some singles and formed a new group, the self-titled Terenzi. He provided the singing voice for The Simpsons character Millhouse Van Houten in the episode "New Kids on the Blecch".

Cayenne Rouge is a Drag queen and artist who attended Natick High School. He is an active member of the Atlanta-based Legendary Children art collective, a group that has been integral in shaping Atlanta's queer cultural landscape.

The Arts at Natick High[edit]

Natick High School Drama produces two full-length plays each year, usually presenting a full-scale musical in the fall semester and a more intimate straight play, revue or theatrical event in the spring. In the winter, students have the option of staging a completely student-run, student-acted, student-directed piece as well.

The Natick High School Speech Team is an award-winning, nationally-recognized speech and debate team. The team has won the Massachusetts Forensic League State Championship and has had multiple state and national champions. Each year, the Natick High School Speech Team sends students to the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament and occasionally sends competitors to the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament as well.

The Natick High School Music Program provides students with a rich selection of vocal and instrumental ensembles including Concert Choir and Symphonic Band, both offering an honors designation. Other musical ensembles include Jazz Band, Chamber Singers (all-female vocal ensemble), Men of Style (all-male vocal ensemble) and Seven's Not Enough (coed a cappella group). Each year, Natick High sends vocalists and instrumentalists to the Jr. District Festival, Sr. District Festival and All-State Music Festival. Historically, Natick High's musical ensembles have had success at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Competition, winning gold medals.

Notable alumni of Natick High's theatre program, speech team and music programs include William Finn, Alison Fraser, Jonathan Richman and Marc Terenzi.

Athletics at Natick High[edit]

Fall Boys: Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Sailing
Girls: Cross Country Cheerleading Golf Soccer Sailing Swimming Volleyball Field Hockey
Winter Boys: Basketball Ice Hockey Indoor Track Swimming Wrestling Skiing
Girls: Basketball Ice Hockey Indoor Track Gymnastics Cheerleading Skiing
Spring Boys: Baseball Lacrosse Outdoor Track Tennis Sailing Volleyball
Girls: Softball Lacrosse Outdoor Track Tennis Sailing
  • Natick High School offers 17 sports for boys and 19 for girls.
  • Natick's Football team has made USA Today‍‍ '​‍s Top 25 list a total of three times. In 1982 (No. 23). 1983 (No. 10), and 1984 (No. 13).

The Sassamon[edit]

The Sassamon was the school newspaper that was published four times a year, in December, February, April, and June. It eventually became the annual yearbook. The Sassamon was named after John Sassamon, the Native American aid of John Eliot (missionary).[6]

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Coordinates: 42°16′28.91″N 71°21′42.36″W / 42.2746972°N 71.3617667°W / 42.2746972; -71.3617667