Arlington Catholic High School

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Arlington Catholic High School
16 Medford Street


United States
Coordinates42°24′56″N 71°9′3″W / 42.41556°N 71.15083°W / 42.41556; -71.15083Coordinates: 42°24′56″N 71°9′3″W / 42.41556°N 71.15083°W / 42.41556; -71.15083
TypePrivate, coeducational
Motto"Accept the Challenge"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderOscar O’Gorman
PrincipalLinda Butt
Enrollment791 (2008)
Color(s)Blue and gold         
Athletics conferenceCatholic Central League
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
PublicationImaginary Gardens (literary magazine)
NewspaperCougar Growl

Arlington Catholic High School (ACHS) is a coeducational Catholic high school in Arlington, Massachusetts. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and serves grades 9-12.


The members of St. Agnes Parish, a Catholic church in Arlington, established the school in 1960. Monsignor Oscar O’Gorman headed the school's development.[2] Initially the school had 9th grade students.[3] The rear of the school building includes a portion of the Russell School,[4] a Victorian-style school building first built in 1873.[5] In 1956 Russell School closed due to the opening of nearby Francis E. Thompson Elementary School, and the first and second floors of the building were built into the Arlington Catholic facility.[4]

Arlington Catholic's first class graduated in 1964.[2]

Student body[edit]

As of 2017 the school has about 650 students, including American students and students who were citizens of eight other countries. Students reside in over 47 communities in the area. Over 50 churches within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston had members who were students.[2]

Athletics and student culture[edit]

As of 2017 the school's athletic program has twenty-six sports which have varsity-level teams.[2]

In addition there are twenty-three activity programs and student clubs.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Our Celebrated History." Arlington Catholic High School. Retrieved on May 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Key Facts." Arlington Catholic High School. Retrieved on May 2, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Duffy, Richard A. Arlington. Arcadia Publishing, 2006. ISBN 0738545422, 9780738545424. p. 32.
  5. ^ Duffy, Richard A. Arlington. Arcadia Publishing, August 1, 1997. ISBN 0738590436, 9780738590431. p. 30.
  6. ^ Sweeney, Emily (2017-03-02). "Julianne Nicholson series 'Eyewitness' canceled after one season". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-05-02.

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