Apponequet Regional High School
|Apponequet Regional High School|
|100 Howland Road
Lakeville, Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
|School district||Freetown-Lakeville Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Barbara Starkie|
|Faculty||83As of 2004[update]|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue, White & Red|
|Athletics||MIAA - Division 3|
|Athletics conference||South Coast Conference|
|Accreditation||The New England Association of Schools & Colleges|
|Average SAT scores||523 verbal
1551 total (2014-2015)
|Budget||$10,920 per pupil (2010)|
|Communities served||Freetown, Assonet, and Lakeville|
In the early 20th century many small towns in Massachusetts sent their older students to other cities' or towns' high schools on a tuition basis to avoid the cost of building and maintaining their own secondary facility. As towns with high schools grew, they became unable to provide tuition spaces, needing the space for their own students. This created the need for more high schools, as tuition contracts slowly began to expire and not be renewed.
The communities of Freetown, Berkley, Carver, Lakeville, and Rochester, Massachusetts formed a planning committee for a regional high school, as each town needed a location for its secondary school students. Carver dropped from the board in 1955 after forming a region with Plymouth, and the remaining towns voted. Freetown and Lakeville approved the school, while Berkley and Rochester did not. Berkley would go on to form a tuition agreement with Somerset, and Rochester formed a region with Marion and Mattapoisett (Old Rochester Regional).
On April 8, 1957, town meetings were held in Freetown and Lakeville on the issue of the two towns building and operating a high school together. The vote in Freetown was 140-22 in favor, and in Lakeville 160-90, also in favor.
Freetown appropriated $20,347 for the preliminary planning of the school, and Lakeville appropriated $18,152 as its share. Land for the school was given by Paul Leonard and Frank Mello on Howland Road in Lakeville. On September 10, 1957, Israel T. Almy, a Fall River architect used for the original Freetown Consolidated Elementary School, was selected as the architect for the school. Charles Sawyer was chosen to be the first principal for the school.
Apponequet Regional Jr./Sr. High School opened on September 21, 1959, with an initial enrollment of 610 students in grades 7 through 12, including students from Freetown and Lakeville and tuition students from Berkley and Middleboro. The facility originally housed a vocational school, the Apponequet Regional Vocational High School, in addition to the current academic program. Apponequet Voke admitted students in grades 9-12. Phased out in the early 1990s in favor of sending students to Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester, the vocational program at Apponequet remains in several independent living classes.
With the building of the former George R. Austin Middle School in 1972, Apponequet became a senior-only high school, enrolling grades 9-12 in both the academic and vocational schools.
Major additions and renovations were completed in 1972 (8 classrooms), 1989 (9 classrooms, a new Library/Media Center, and a TV studio/choir room) and 2000 (two classrooms, an Art Room, a Lecture Hall/choir room, and extensive renovations throughout the building). The 2000 renovation was noted for the destruction of many murals throughout the building that had been designed by students in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Apponequet Regional High School currently has an enrollment of approximately 800 students in grades 9-12. Although the school's 83% graduation rate is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 86%, a select few notable alumni have attended prestigious universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, and Dartmouth College, among others.
In the mid-to-late 1960s the school belonged to the South Shore League. It later removed itself to the Mayflower League for the 1970s and early 1980s, and finally joined the South Coast Conference upon its founding in 1986. The 2000 renovation, noted above, also updated the athletic complex, including the football field (Griffith Field), the gymnasium, several Baseball fields, a Softball field, six Tennis courts, and provisions for Soccer, Field Hockey and Ultimate Frisbee venues.
The school boasts a Southern Conference Championship girls swim team and a separate two-time Southern Conference Championship boys swim team (2013 and 2014), both coached by Brett Pacheco. The girls and boys teams combined into a co-ed swim team in 2014 when they joined the South Coast Conference. Both teams went on to claim the South Coast Conference Championship titles in both 2015 and 2016. The boys swim team has remained undefeated in conference dual swim meets for the past four consecutive years (2013-2016). The swim teams practice at the George R. Austin Intermediate School pool.
The football team has won the South Coast Conference Championship 5 times - 1997, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010
In 2008, the football team completed an undefeated regular season (11-0), won its first outright SCC Championship, and earned a spot in the EMass D-IIA Playoffs for the first time. Unfortunately, Apponequet was defeated in the first round by powerhouse Duxbury by a score of 31-13.
In 2007 the Apponequet Cheerleading Squad was featured on the MTV reality show MADE.
Apponequet has five choral groups. One is the general concert choir, which is led by Dennis Robinson. Anyone can join the concert choir, and it rehearses during the school day. They are accompanied by the talented Regina Lopes. There are also three select choral groups, which are led by Beth Anne Young. In order to be in these groups, one must try out at the beginning of the year. The Femmes are the women's group, Har-Men-Ized is the men's group, and the Sandpipers and Tribesmen, or S&T, are a combined group. All have won multiple awards at regional and national competitions under the leadership of, now retired, Denise Haskins. Apponequet also has a summer choir led by Jeremy Young, an alumnus studying Music Education at Susquehanna University. The summer group meets once per week during the summer and performs at the beginning of August. All money raised is donated to the Apponequet Music Boosters, a fundraising group led by the devoted parents of the music students.
Several members of the Apponequet Choir have been recognized by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association over the years. Students have auditioned and earned acceptances into the Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association Choruses, Southeastern Massachusetts Junior and Senior District Choruses, Massachusetts All State Choruses, and All Eastern Choruses.
-  YouTube Video of Fenway Performance.