Stevens High School (New Hampshire)
|Stevens High School|
|Claremont, New Hampshire, United States|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
Coordinates: Stevens High School is the only public high school in Claremont, New Hampshire. It is in the center of the city on the corners of Broad and Summer streets. It was founded in 1868, the result of a $20,000 donation by Paran Stevens, donated to Claremont with the proviso that the city appropriate a like sum. In the early 1990s, the school gained status as the host to one of the earlier Apple Macintosh user groups, primarily attended by high school faculty. Stevens High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the State of New Hampshire Department of Education.
The school is located in a single building on the corners of Broad and Summer streets in downtown Claremont. The front of the building is the original structure, built in 1868, which consists of three floors of classrooms (including lab facilities for science classes) and administrative offices. It has been renovated several times over the years. Behind this are two expansions, one in the middle that includes three floors of classrooms and a gymnasium, and another annexation in the back, which holds two floors of classrooms and the cafeteria. The school has no student parking facilities and relies on the city's parking spaces along the median in front of the building, as well as street parking along Broad Street and Summer Street. Owing to its central location, the school does not have its own athletic fields, and instead has an agreement with the city of Claremont to use the city's facilities at neighboring Monadnock Park and Barnes Park.
The school offers five Advanced Placement classes, leading to the AP Exam: Calculus II, Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, U.S. History, and Physics II. During the 2000-2001 school year, Stevens High School moved from a seven period day to a standard 4 x 4 block schedule. All class periods are 85 minutes in length, meeting 5 times per week. One credit is granted for each class that meets daily for a full semester. One half credit is granted for a class that meets daily for one marking period. A minimum of 27 credits is required for graduation along with 48 hours of community service. With approval from faculty and administrations, juniors and seniors are allowed to take one course (per Dartmouth term) at nearby Dartmouth College, provided they have already exhausted curricular alternatives at the high school. Stevens also offers courses in conjunction with the local Sugar River Regional Technical Center, and specific courses that offer credit within the New Hampshire Community Technical College System.
Athletics and extracurricular activities
Stevens High School's colors are red and black, and its mascot is the cardinal. The school's recognized fight song is "Glory to Stevens", sung to the melody of "Glory to Dartmouth", the fight song of nearby Dartmouth College. Its varsity sports include baseball, football, softball, basketball (boys and girls), golf, spirit team, cross country, skiing, swimming, field hockey, soccer (boys and girls), tennis (boys and girls), and track & field. The school will be adding a co-ed bowling team to the athletics in the school year of 2009-10.
The school's extracurricular activities include Amnesty International, Interact, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Stevenaires, St. Paul's Summer Program, Key Club, Literary Club, Fall Production, Comedic Acting, Senior Play, Honors Theater, Musical Theater, National Honor Society, Environmental Club, Envirothon Team, Newspaper (Journalism), Student Council, Peer Outreach, Project Challenge, Boy's State, Girl's State, Granite State Challenge, and Quiz Bowl.