Weymouth High School

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Weymouth High School
Address
One Wildcat Way
Weymouth, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, 02190, USA
Information
Established 1854
School number 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth MA 02189
Principal Peter Haviland
Grades 9-12
Hours in school day 6 hours, 45 minutes
Houses Maroon House, Gold House
School colour(s) Maroon & Gold         
Fight song Maroon and Gold
Mascot Wild cat
Team name The Wildcats
Average SAT scores 498 verbal
509 math
479 writing (2010)[1]
Newspaper WHS Free Press
Website

Coordinates: 42°10′56″N 70°56′38″W / 42.182186°N 70.943855°W / 42.182186; -70.943855

Weymouth High School (WHS) is a comprehensive public high school in Weymouth, Massachusetts that serves students in grades nine through twelve. Weymouth High School also offers a Career and Technical Education Program offering such courses as Aesthetics, Allied Health, Architectural Design, Automotive Technology, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Communications and Metal Fabrication.

History[edit]

Weymouth High School was first established in 1854.[2] Since that time, it has gone through several incarnations:

  • The building used to house Weymouth High in the early 20th century stood next to the Town Hall on Middle Street.[3]
  • A new building to house Weymouth High opened in 1963 on Commercial Street. A great example of mid-century modernism, it earned a prestigious national architectural award. It housed students in the 11th and 12th grades; 10th graders attended school in the Middle Street building.
  • The town population grew in leaps and bounds in the mid 20th century, necessitating a second high school. In 1970, Weymouth South High School opened on Pleasant Street. The building on Commercial Street became Weymouth North High School. In 1971, an arsonist set fire to the original Middle Street location of WHS, and the current Abigail Adams Middle School was built in its place.
  • The high schools were again merged into one Weymouth High School in 1991, and this new high school was housed in the former Weymouth North High School building.
  • The building that currently houses Weymouth High School opened in 2004 at One Wildcat Way in South Weymouth. This building was the original Weymouth South High School and most recently housed the junior high school students in Weymouth. The old Weymouth South High School is known as the "Maroon House." The "Gold House" was newly constructed for the opening in 2004, and was built on the site of the old South Intermediate School. This expansion cost the school approximately USD$22 million,[4] and took about two years to complete.
  • With the opening of the facility at One Wildcat Way, several security staff were introduced to maintain order among students. The performance of these staff has been negatively received and criticized by students, faculty, and the general public since their installment.[citation needed]

Terminology[edit]

  • The Maroon Building is the first building of WHS constructed. It houses the English, History, Art and Music wings, as well as the gymnasium. The auditorium and one of WHS's two cafeterias are located here, appropriately named the Maroon Cafeteria.
  • The Gold Building refers to the addition completed in 2004. The building's site partially overlaps with where South Intermediate School's track once resided. It houses the Mathematics, Science, vocational education, and foreign language wings, as well as the planetarium, the library and the Gold Cafeteria. Vocational students may also work in its bakery, school store, restaurant, and salon for academic credit.
  • The connector, as it is called informally, which is one of two long, wide corridors that connect the two Houses. It leads from south of the gym to the intersection of the Math and Science wings. This connector joins the 2000-level classrooms of the Gold House with the 100-level classrooms of the Maroon House.
  • The back connector is the second corridor that acts as the passage from the English wing to the Science wing.

Athletics and Activities[edit]

Weymouth High School students partake in a range of after-school clubs and activities. These activities include chapters of SADD and Amnesty International, a Student Senate, a Math Team, a Concert Band, a Choir, a Drama Club, an FRC Robotics Team, and a Yearbook Committee.[5]

Weymouth High School also has many athletic teams. Fall sports include cheerleading, boys' and girls' cross country, dance team, football, golf, boys' and girls' soccer, swimming, and girls' volleyball. Winter sports include boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' hockey, boys' and girls' indoor track, wrestling, and gymnastics. Spring sports include baseball, softball, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' lacrosse, boys' and girls' outdoor track, boys' volleyball. Ultimate (Sport), also known as Ultimate Frisbee, is also offered as a club sport in the spring, open to both boys and girls.

In the 2009–2010 Season, Girls Cross Country, Football, Wrestling, and Boys Outdoor Track were Bay State Carey Division Champions.

Graduation[edit]

Weymouth High requires passing the MCAS and a minimum of 21 credits to graduate. A credit is rewarded each time a class is passed with an average letter grade of D- or higher, or at least 60%. The amount of credits is dependent on how often the class is taken. For example, a Calculus course that meets every day for the year will reward the student with 1 credit if that student passes. In classes that do not meet every day or that are only a semester long, such as Psychology, which is only for half the year, will receive reduced credits. In this case, Psychology meets every day in a 6-day cycle for either the first two or last two quarters of the term, so the passing student would receive .5 credits.

For the past 6 years[when?] Weymouth has received Academic Support Grant money to tutor students who have failed the Math and/or English MCAS exam. There are small numbers that need support for the retests. A six week program is run for these students immediately prior to the exams. The students generally come from studies to tutoring. The student to teacher ratio is often 1:1 or 1:2. This individualized approach has been very successful.[citation needed]

The minimum amount of courses that one must take from 9th–12th grade are as follows:[6]

  • 3 credits of History courses (US History II required)
  • 4 credits of English courses (English 9, 10, 11 & senior electives required)
  • 3 credits of Mathematics courses (Mathematics course in grade 10 required)
  • 3 credits of Science courses (Biology course required to be taken in grade 9 or 10)
  • 1.5 credits of Unified Arts
  • 1.0 credits of Physical Education (CTE students are required to take .4 credits)
  • 0.25 credits of Health Education

Schedule Structure[edit]

In contrast with other educational institutions, WHS's non-vocational schedule structure is not static from day to day. The school year is based around a repeating seven day schedule lettered from A to G with each day broken up into 7 blocks labeled 1 through 7. In a full-length school day, there will be Standard standard blocks of 47 minutes and one long block of 70 minutes that consumes either the preceding or proceeding block.

Alumni Association[edit]

The Weymouth High Schools' Alumni Association is an independent, open-membership organization which was created and is operated by persons who have graduated from a Weymouth public high school during the period, 1900 to the present. Membership is open to all graduates of Weymouth High School, Weymouth North High School, Weymouth South High School, Weymouth Vocational-Technical High School, Weymouth Evening High School and Weymouth High School/Vocational Technical High School.

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