Quincy High School (Massachusetts)
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|Quincy High School|
|100 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA, 02169
|Motto||Think Work Share|
|Number of students||1,519 as of 2014|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Nickname||"The Pony" A plaster copy of "Appeal to the Great Spirit" by Cyrus Dallin|
|Website||Quincy High School|
Quincy High School (QHS) is a public secondary school located on Coddington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. It doubles as one of two high schools in the city of Quincy and as the vocational center. Quincy's mascot is known as the 'Presidents' and their school colors are Blue & White.
Quincy High School was founded in the mid-nineteenth century and moved to its current location in 1924. North Quincy High School was established at a separate location in 1926.
QHS construction was completed in 2010. Over the first year. There are Four wings with three floors for the B, C and D wing and four floors in the A wing. In 2007, Quincy has finished constructing the A wing behind where the old school was located. Once the A wing was completed, they moved all the Students from the Tech to the new A wing. They then demolished the old bridge attaching the old school to the Tech as well as the Tech. They then eliminated the street east of the school. They built the B, C and D wing attaching the A wing east of the edge. Construction was finally finished in September 2010. They then moved the students to the new school and closed the old QHS. The old school was Vacant until 2013 when Mayor Koch and the School committee got approval from the Massachusetts Department of Historical Sites to demolish the old school. They proposed a green space to be built on top of where the school was and put a Panel that described the old school. The C-Wing is known as the Foreign Language wing on the third floor. The D-Wing on the third floor is the 'Freshman Wing". The entire A-Wing is the Math, Science and Technology room. QHS offers freshmen a seminar program called Freshman Seminar which allows freshmen to observe and do activities with a major for the upcoming years. The program is around 2–6 weeks rotating turns with different majors from different fields, "Business" to "Technology". Unlike NQHS, QHS offers more classes in non-academic classes. Since the school was opened, over 450 new freshmen arrived at the new school, when there was around 1,300 students in 2009-2010. Quincy High School was the 1st of Several projects done in Quincy Public Schools. Central Middle School got a new building in October 2013 due to the old facility being built in 1896 and had a lot of structural and health issues. There is a proposed new building for Sterling Middle School. New Windows and Doors for North Quincy High, Wollaston Elementary School and Parker Elementary School. And also a total reconstruction of the Intersection outside of North Quincy High and North Quincy MBTA between East Squantom Street and Hancock Street.
Quincy's academic program consists of normal academic classes as well as a vocational program.
Academic classes are offered in standard, honors, advanced, and some AP level. They include:
- Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, and Latin)
- The Heritage Program
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- The Arts
- English Language Learners Program for Student Immigrants.
Career and trade
Career electives are offered in subjects such as:
- Culinary Arts
- Information Technologies
- Graphic Arts
- Business Tech
- Health and Human Services
- Protective Services
- Broadcasting Technology [Channel 22]
- Computer Skills
Quincy is part of the Patriot League, and previously competed in the Atlantic Coast League (A.C.L).
Its rival school is North Quincy High School, which faces Quincy High in the annual Thanksgiving football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Despite the rivalry, Quincy High's track, crew, girls' hockey, swimming, rugby and sailing teams are joined with North's.
Clubs and organizations
- Academic Decathlon Team
- Art Club
- Foreign Language Honor Society
- Student Council
- Drama Club
- Programming Club (Formerly Computer Club)
- Debate Club
- National Honor Society
- Science Honor Society
- Math Club
- Hyper Robotics
- Club of Hope
- National Business Honors Society
- Fashion Club
- Friends of Rachel
- Future Chefs
- Harvard Model's Congress
- Harvard's National Model UN
- History Bowl
- Horizon's Choir
- Horticulture Club
- Interact Club - Community Service
- Italian Club
- Latin Club
- MFA Docents
- Mu Alpha Theta-Math Honor Society
- Pony Express School Newspaper
- Operation Days Work
- Philosophy Club
- Ping Pong Club
- Prom Committees
- Recycling -QUEST
- Skills USA
- Spectrum (Gay/Straight Alliance)
In 2013, Quincy Public School had launched a pilot for 11th and 12th graders participate in a graduation requirement for 20 hours of community service done before graduation. In June 2014, they announced that Community Service is now a graduation requirement for all Quincy and North Quincy High School Students. As of 2014, Freshman must complete 40 hours of community service by graduation, Sophomores, 30 hours, Juniors, 20 and Seniors 10 hours.
- Surf guitarist Dick Dale attended Quincy High School through the 11th grade.
- Ruth Gordon - Actress
- John Cheever - Author
- Crowe, Julia (2012). My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians. ECW Press. pp. 92–93. ISBN 1770902759.
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