Timberlane Regional High School

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Timberlane Regional High School
Plaistow, NH
Type Public
Motto Opes Homium est Sapientia Quam Relinquent - The strength of man is the wisdom which he leaves behind.
Established 1966
School district Timberlane Regional School District
Principal Donald Woodworth
Grades 9-12
Enrollment approximately 1,413
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon & White
Athletics Lacrosse, Wrestling, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Swimming, Golf, Ski Team and Cross Country
Mascot Owl

Coordinates: 42°50′35″N 71°06′57″W / 42.84306°N 71.11583°W / 42.84306; -71.11583 Timberlane Regional High School is located in Plaistow, New Hampshire, and serves the towns of Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, and Sandown, New Hampshire. The school was built in 1966 and is a part of the Timberlane Regional School District. A co-educational school for grades 9-12, and winner of the 1996, 1997 and 2014 Excellence In Education Award, the school has a current population of approximately 1,413 students. The school mascot is the owl.


Timberlane was built in the vicinity of Plaistow's town dump[1][2] in 1966 as a regional high school for the four towns it still serves today. The name 'Timberlane' came from the forestry industry that played a major role in the economic development of New Hampshire. Before the school was built, students attended several different high schools in the area, including Haverhill High School in nearby Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The 1970s brought tumultuous times for the school, including a strike of nearly all its faculty, as well as overcrowding which necessitated double sessions (one half of the student population would take classes in the morning, with the other half taking classes in the afternoon). This gross overcrowding was rectified in 1975 by the opening of the Timberlane Regional Middle School as a neighbor to the school.

Timberlane High School (right) and Middle School in May 2001. The Performing Arts Center was under construction in the center. The 2001 addition to the high school can be seen at the rear of the school.

The respite from overcrowding did not last long though, and by the early 1980s it was evident that the school would need to be expanded. An addition was completed in 1987, which included a second gymnasium and increased space for the athletic program. The student population continued to grow as families moved from Boston, Massachusetts, further out to the suburbs, and the school was again overcrowded by the mid-1990s. In the fall of 1998, several modular classrooms were installed on the property as a temporary solution, and the community rallied for an extensive remodeling of the building and the six other schools in the Timberlane School District.

In 1999, a $40 million renovation program was instituted district-wide, which included a complete remodeling and expansion of the high school as well as the construction of the $7 million Timberlane Regional Performing Arts Center. H.L. Turner Group Architects and Engineers completely redesigned the school, adding several new classrooms, increasing the size of the cafeteria and gymnasium, and installing a ventilation system to bring decent air to all spaces. The project was completed in early 2002, but by 2005, many students began to report that the system made the school cold in the winter and hot in the summer. During the summer of 2007, a new roof was brought to the school after many years of leaks.

In early 2014, controversy arose when the decision was made to cancel the next years' spring musical of MTI's High School Edition of Sweeney Todd, which had been decided on and announced a few years previously. The decision proved to be unpopular with a large portion of the community and drew interest from many members of the Broadway community, along with many theater professionals around the country. Including a very known columnist and director Howard Sherman from New York, NY. The attention caused an open forum to be arranged. Though it was originally to be held in the high school library, it was moved to the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and then the high school cafeteria due to proposed attendance. The response in favor of putting the production on was immense. Every member of the community who got up to speak was, more or less, in favor of the production. The decision to cancel the musical was reversed a week after the forum and the production is to take place in the Spring of 2015.


The academic day is divided into eight class periods of around 45 minutes each, with 5 minutes of passing time between each. The day begins at 7:20 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.. Each student has one period for study/lunch (underclassmen) or one free period (seniors). In addition to its traditional academic offerings, Timberlane allows students to take vocational classes at Salem High School and Pinkerton Academy.

Advanced Placement offerings[edit]

Timberlane offers the following AP courses:

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  1. ^ "Source Water Protection Plan". Environmental Protection Agency. November 2001. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. ^ NH Department of Environmental Services Remediation Site Database. ID#200012032. NHDES OneStop Program Web GIS, accessed Feb. 18, 2011.

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