Wakefield Memorial High School
|Wakefield Memorial High School|
|Wakefield High School|
|60 Farm Street
Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA 01880
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Wakefield Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Kimberly J. Smith|
|Faculty||83 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,006 (as of 2006–07)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.1|
|Color(s)||Red, White, and Silver|
|Rivals||Melrose High School
(Melrose, MA; borders Wakefield to the south)
|Average SAT scores||529 verbal
534 writing (2010)
The 2008-2009 school year marks the first drastic scheduling change in over ten years. WHS switched to a more traditional schedule (as opposed to a block schedule). Six blocks meet each day as opposed to five. Periods condensed to 54 minutes from 74 minutes. The assistant principals are Mr. O'Leary and Ms. Farrar. The Director of Guidance is A.J. Beebe and the four guidance counselors are Suzanne Burns, Richard McKenna, Kathryn O'Maley, and Brian Robertson. WHS began offering Italian classes for the 2008-2009 school year through a special grant.
The school newspaper, advised by English teacher James Martin, is titled the Wakefield Express and is published exclusively online. The paper is available for viewing at The Express Online.
In 2008, WHS was featured in Boston Magazine for spending the least money per student of any public school in the state, landing it at number one in the "Most Bang for the Buck" category.
Advanced Placement Course offerings
Winter Sports: Indoor Track, Basketball, Hockey, Swimming (Northeast Vocational), Wrestling
Spring Sports: Outdoor Track, Baseball, Lacrosse, Boys' and Girls' Tennis, Softball
Under Head Coach Mike Boyages, the football team has achieved an overall record of 89–34–3 in his eleven years leading the team since 1997. The team has won the Middlesex League Championship seven times under Boyages, in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001,making it to the Division II "Super Bowl" State Championships each of those years. In 1999, the team earned its first Super Bowl Championship, with a 13–7 win over Acton-Boxboro High School.
In 1997, both the boys' and girls' basketball teams from Wakefield High School won Division II state championships, and the boys' soccer team won the state title that same year, defeating East Long Meadow High School 1-0 to win the state championship.
The 2007–2008 Girls' Ice Hockey team advanced to the state championship game for the first time in Wakefield history.
In the fall of 2008, the varsity dance team (under the direction of Candice Spencer and Stacey Gargano) took 3rd place in the MSSAA State Dance Tournament. In the fall of 2009, the varsity dance team (under the direction of Candice Spencer) took 3rd place in the division of High School Varsity Dance and took 3rd place overall in the entire Dance Division at the New England Cheer and Dance Tournament. In the fall of 2009, the varsity dance team was honored with the team academic excellence award from the MSSAA.
The 2010–2011 boys' hockey team made it all the way to the Division One Championship at the TD Garden but lost in a close game. The team are the 2010–2011 Division One North Hockey Champions.
The Warrior Marching Band competes in the MICCA competitions every year. Their 2008 show was "A Moonwalk Through Time," was collection of Michael Jackson music and featuring the musicians dancing the Thriller in the midst of their performance. The band came in first place in their division at NESBA Finals and won a gold medal for the first time since 2003. Wakefield hosts its own MICCA competition every October at Landrigan Field. The Warrior Marching Band is the last band to perform. The new director and Music Program Facilitator for Wakefield Schools is Mr. Thomas Bankert. Its 2011 show, based on the music of Aerosmith, came in first with a platinum medal at NESBA Finals.
The Drama Club, which is headed by English and Theatre teacher Emily Holmes, puts on three productions each year; one in the fall, a 40 minute piece in the winter (which they bring to the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild One-Act Festival), and a musical in the spring.
On February 28, 2009, the Drama Club competed in the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild One-Act Festival, performing their play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe at Newburyport High School in Newburyport, Massachusetts. WHS was one of three schools to move on to the semi-final round. In addition to securing a spot in the semi-finals, Wakefield received awards for excellence in set design, costumes, and three for acting.
In summer 2010, the Drama Club participated in the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the largest performing arts festivals in the world. The Drama Club was accepted after a representative for AHSTF saw their February 2008 performance of Cymbeline at the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild One-Act Festival. At The Fringe, the club performed an original play by Emily Holmes, Pandora's Book.
The racial makeup of Wakefield High School is: 94% White, 3% Black, 2% Hispanic and 1% Asian/American Indian.
Wakefield High School participates in the METCO program, a grant program funded by the Commonwealth intended to reduce racial imbalance. Students from the inner-city are given the opportunity to attend Wakefield High School.
- Scott Brown, Massachusetts State Senator and US Senator
- Stephen Carriere (2007 Graduate), 2007 World Junior Champion in figure skating (men's singles)
- David Dellinger, Radical pacifist and member of the Chicago Seven
- Israel Horovitz, Playwright
- Mark Kumpel, Member of the 1984 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team and former NHL player with the Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, and the Detroit Red Wings
- Dave Lapham, Cincinnati Bengals radio broadcaster and formerly a player for the Bengals and USFL team the New Jersey Generals
- Marcia Pankratz, Member of the 1988 and 1996 Olympic field hockey team and former head coach of field hockey at the University of Michigan
- , NCLB. Accessed June 18, 2008.
- Valachovic, Adam. "Kicking Off the Holiday Gridiron Course Comes Before Turkey as Local Football Foes Continue Tradition", The Boston Globe, November 24, 2002. pg. 13.
- Mike Boyages profile, Wakefield High School. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- "Margaret O'Leary Named Unsung Hero", The Boston Globe, February 13, 2000. "Wakefield has had tremendous success in recent years. In 1997, the boys' and girls' basketball teams and The boys' soccer team all won state titles."
- MIAA 1997 Boys' Soccer Tournament, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, updated November 12, 1997.
- State Senator Scott Brown, Massachusetts General Court. Accessed June 21, 2001.
- Mittan, J. Barry. "Kerrigan Influences Carriere's Career", SkateToday, December 17, 2005. Accessed June 21, 2007. "Carriere is a junior at Wakefield High School, where he takes a full academic load. He made the academic honor roll for his first two years at the public school."
- 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Figure Skating. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- Statistical data for Wakefield High School, National Center for Education Statistics
- The Wakefield Étudiant
- WHS TV 15 Productions