Tantasqua Regional High School

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Tantasqua Regional High School
School seal
School seal
Location
Tantasqua
Fiskdale, Massachusetts, 01518
USA
Information
Established 1952
Principal Michael Lucas [1]
Color(s) Green & Gold          
Song Men of Harlech
Mascot Warrior
Average SAT scores 505 verbal
547 math
502 writing (2010)[2]
Publication Passages
Newspaper The Tomahawk
Yearbook Tantasquan
Website
Tantasqua Route 148 entrance.jpg
The Route-148 entrance to Tantasqua Regional High School, listing the 5 towns in the region

Tantasqua Regional High School is a public high school in south-central Massachusetts, that serves the towns of Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales.

Overview[edit]

Tantasqua Regional High School is located in the village of Fiskdale, Massachusetts (Town of Sturbridge, MA). The school is divided into two divisions, an Academic Division, and a Technical Division, which offers vocational training in Carpentry, Computer Aided Design/Drafting, Computer Technology, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Health Sciences and Manufacturing. Currently there are approximately 1300 students enrolled in the school in both divisions. The school colors are green and gold and the school song is "Hail, Tantasqua", set to the music of Men of Harlech.

History[edit]

Tantasqua Regional High School was founded in 1952. A new high school was completed in 2002. The school derives its name from Tantiusques ("tan-tas-qua"), a Nipmuck word meaning "to a black deposit between two hills."[3]

Athletics[edit]

Tantasqua has varsity teams in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Tennis, Lacrosse, and Volleyball.

In 2007, the Boys Basketball team captured the MIAA Division II State Championship. The following season they made it to the MIAA D-2 State Finals again, only to lose in a rematch with Catholic Memorial.

The Varsity Football team won the state championship, going undefeated (13-0) in 2008. The Varsity Football team won only six games in 2007.

The varsity baseball team won the Division II state championship in 1977.

Marching band[edit]

In 2007, Direction of the Tantasqua Warrior Marching Band was taken over by Music Director Lucy Colwell. Mrs. Colwell serves as Marching Band Director in addition to her duties as director of the Tantasqua Junior High School band program. In 2008, Colwell brought in Massachusetts drill designer and creative consultant Nicholas McKenzie to assist with the marching band program. Under this joint leadership, the group has evolved from a "park-and-play" band to a true "corps-style" field show marching band.

Clubs and activities[edit]

  • Anime Club
  • Amnesty International Club
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Choraleers
  • Chorus
  • Color Guard
  • Dungeons and Dragons club
  • Fitnessclub
  • Football
  • Future Teachers of America
  • GSA
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Jazz Band
  • Karate
  • Marching Band
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial
  • Mountain Biking Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Passages Literary Magazine
  • Recycling Club
  • Show Choir
  • Ski Club
  • Student Council
  • Thomas Jefferson Forum
  • Video Gaming Club
  • Vocal Jazz
  • Yearbook

Media[edit]

There is currently one school newspaper at Tantasqua, The Tomahawk which is produced by its own after-school club and students in the journalism classes. Students also air a weekly program on the local Public-access television cable TV channel titled T.W.N. "Tantasqua Weekly News." Published once a year is the literary and creative arts magazine, Passages. In addition to these publications is the yearbook, The Tantasquan, which also publishes a blog on its website.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Joel Crouse - Country Singer

James Lynch - Guitarist, Dropkick Murphys

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°09′36″N 72°07′52″W / 42.160°N 72.131°W / 42.160; -72.131