Norwell High School (Massachusetts)

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Coordinates: 44°35′26″N 69°36′16″W / 44.590517°N 69.60437°W / 44.590517; -69.60437

For other schools of a similar name, see Norwell High School.
Norwell High School
Norwell High School as seen from the back parking lot.
18 South Street
Norwell, Massachusetts, USA
Type Public Secondary
Established 1888
Superintendent Donald Beaudette
Principal William Fish
Asst. Principal Matthew Marani, Diane Provenzano
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 677
Campus Suburban, 100 acres
Color(s) Blue & Gold         
Mascot Clippers
Rival Hanover, Scituate, Cohasset
Accreditation NEASC
Average SAT scores 548 verbal
568 math
549 writing (2010)[1]
Newspaper 'The Navigator'

Norwell High School is a public secondary school, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is located in Norwell, Massachusetts. The school includes approximately 50 full-time teachers. Its students consistently score above state and national averages on the SAT and other standardized tests, and on average, 97% of students from each graduating class at Norwell High School continue on to post-secondary education.[2]

NHS has been ranked as the 12th best secondary school in Massachusetts, and is ranked in the top 6% for best public education high schools in the country by Newsweek Magazine.[3]

Mission statement[edit]

To provide an engaging, supportive environment where students strive for excellence, practice respect, and contribute to society.

Norwell High School graduates will meet expectations regarding:

  • Creative Expression
  • Effective Researchers
  • Effective Writers
  • Laboratory Investigation
  • Oral Presentation
  • Reflective Problem Solvers


On July 1, 2011, William Fish became the new principal of Norwell High School, replacing Matthew Keegan, who had been serving the school since 2006.[4] The school's administration includes assistant principals Matthew Marani and Diane Provenzano.[5] The school's administration also includes four guidance counselors [6]

Toward the end of the 1980s Norwell High School lowered their grading system, as the numbers were higher than standard grading systems. (For example, a final grade of 82 was a C+ versus a B-)

The school's staff also includes nine cafeteria workers and six custodians.


A full list of teachers can be found here.[7] The list includes all the teachers in the school and the courses they teach.


The school's faculty offers a wide array of academic courses in several departments. Students that attended NHS are required to take four years of English, History, Mathematics and Science courses. Students are required to take at least three years of a Foreign Language. Some students complete their first year of foreign language while in middle school so they will only have to complete two years; some students choose to take their fourth and fifth year of a language and continue these courses into college. Students are required to take at least two years of Health/Physical Education(Gym Class). Students are also allowed to take other courses including classes in art, music and technology, as seen below.

Course Name Notes
English Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors take classes involving American and World Literature. Seniors are allowed for their final year school to choose through array of courses for their English class including a class on the study of Shakespeare's work, a creative writing class, Nonfiction, Adolescent in Literature and two other AP courses.
Social Studies Classes offered for students include: World History, US History (including AP), European History (including AP), Psychology(Including AP), Global Studies, Law, Gender/Race/Class, American Government (AP), The Holocaust and Human Behavior, Modern War
Mathematics Classes offered for students include: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics and Discrete Mathematics (including AP), Calculus (including AP) and Problem Solving.
Science For science freshmen take Biology. NHS also offers an AP course for biology that students are allowed to take after freshmen year. Sophomores are required to take Chemistry in their second year at the school. Like biology, NHS offers an AP course for chemistry that students are allowed to take after their sophomore year. Juniors are required to take Physics. Like that of biology and chemistry, NHS offers an AP class for students to take after their Junior year. Seniors are allowed to choose which science class they want for their final year at the school. These classes include Anatomy, Astronomy, Marine Biology and Renewable Energy.
Foreign Language NHS offers four languages for students to choose from. The classes include: Arabic, Spanish, French and Latin, including AP course offerings in each and courses specializing in Vergil, Horace and Catullus.
Art Studio Art (Art 1, Art 2, AP Art). When students reach a certain level in their art studies they are allowed to paint a painting on a wall located somewhere in the school. The school also offers Digital Photography classes and a Film class.
Music NHS offers students Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, mixed Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation. The ensembles usually perform four to five major concerts a year, on special occasions including graduation, and for dozens of other events each year in the community.
PE/Health Students are required to take two years of Health/Physical Education. After they complete course, students are allowed to choose between other Physical Educations classes. These classes include: Strength Training, Lifetime Activities, Yoga, Pilates and Lifetime Fitness
Applied Technology Students are allowed to take other classes during their time at NHS. Students can take classes that include: Java, Publications and Presentations, Web Design, Computer Animation, Computer Repair, TV Studio, Robotics, CAD, Engineering the Future and Building Construction
Special Education Skills Program, Direct Academic Instruction, Life Skills, Work Experience, Life Skills Reading, Content Area Reading
Theater Students may also take a Theater class and/or a Public Speaking/Acting class taught by the school's current director of the Fourth Wall Players, Chris Lacy


Norwell High School offers several sports programs for students that include:[8]

Sport Notes
Baseball Boys JV, Boys Varsity
Basketball Boys Freshman Team, Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls Freshman Team, Girls JV, Girls Varsity
Cheerleading Girls Game Team, Girls Competition Team
Cross Country Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls JV, Girls Varsity
Field hockey Girls JV, Girls Varsity
Football Boys Freshman Team, Boys JV, Boys Varsity
Golf Boys JV, Boys Varsity
Gymnastics Girls Varsity
Hockey Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls Varsity
Lacrosse Boys Freshman, Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls Freshman, Girls JV, Girls Varsity
Skiing Boys & Girls Co-ed Varsity & JV
Spring track and field Boys & Girls Co-ed
Soccer Boys JV, Boys Varsity, Boys Freshman / Girls JV, Girls Varsity, Girls Freshman
Softball Girls JV, Girls Varsity
Swimming and Diving Boys & Girls Co-ed
Tennis Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls JV, Girls Varsity
Winter track and field Boys & Girls Co-ed
Wrestling Boys & Girls Co-ed


Norwell has a long and storied football program. During the last 30 years, Norwell has been regarded as one of the most successful and consistent football programs in Massachusetts. Under legendary head coach Jim Sullivan, who was coach from 1987 to 2010, The Clippers football program has won 7 league championships, appeared in 4 state championship appearances, and won 3 state titles. The Clippers have also won the South Shore League Sportsmanship Award a record 12 times under Sullivan. Norwell has also produced 4 South Shore League MVP's and 3 Massachusetts Players of the Year. Norwell had one of the highest winning percentages in New England from 1985 - 2005. Coach Jim Sullivan retired as Norwell's head football coach in 2010. He currently lives on Cape Cod and is an assistant football coach at Mashpee High School.

Football Accomplishments

  • State Champions - 1987, 1997, 1998
  • State Finalist - 1999
  • League Champions - 1985, 1987, 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
  • South Shore League MVP - Brian Hajjar (1994), Brian Fabrizio (1997 & 1998), Greg Thornton (2004)
  • Massachusetts Player of the Year - Brian Hajjar (1994), Brian Fabrizio (1998), Greg Thronton (2004)

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Roughly 90% of Norwell High School's students participate in co-curricular activities. An Red XN means the club is now defunct. The school boasts a wide range of clubs and activities, including but not limited to:[9]

Club Notes
Amnesty International student chapter
Animal Activist club Red XN
Art club
Pep Band
Best Buddies
Book Club
Bowling club
Chess Club
Dance Team
Decibelles A cappella vocal group
Diversity Club/Gay-Straight Alliance
Fourth Wall Players The Fourth Wall Players (4WPs) is an accomplished, award-winning theater company. The 4WPs compete in the Massachusetts Festival, and were state finalists in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2008 they represented Massachusetts in the New England Theater Festival and have been invited every year since then to represent the USA at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Environment Club
Equestrian Club Red XN
French Club Red XN
Film Club
The Halyard The school's award-winning literary and art magazine
Junior State of America
Invisible Children
Latin Club
Math Team
Mock Trial
National Honor Society
Norwell Navigator The school's newspaper.
Paint Ball Club Red XN
Peer Education
Robotics Club
Sailing Club Red XN
Snowboarding Club Red XN
Space Cadet Club Red XN
Spanish Club Red XN
Surf culture Red XN
Student Government
Ultimate Frisbee Red XN
Young Democrats
Young Republicans

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Year of Graduation Claim to Fame
Jennifer Coolidge Class of 1982 Actress who appeared in American Pie (as Stifler's Mom), Click, For Your Consideration and other films.[10]
Jeff Corwin Class of 1985 Host of The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin's Quest, two television programs on Animal Planet. He often visits Norwell to help at the Norwell Science Center.[11]
Jennifer (Bond) Reed Class of 1985 Award winning children's book author. Published The Falling Flowers in 2005 and many books since. Creator/editor of the first online children's magazine, Wee Ones Children's Magazine.
Susan Tedeschi Class of 1988 American Blues and soul singer. Received Grammy nominations in 2000, 2003, and 2007.[12]
Colin Reed Class of 2002 Press Secretary for Senator Scott Brown.[13]

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