Arlington High School (Massachusetts)

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Arlington High School
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869 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County 02476
Type Public high school
Established 1922
Principal Mathew Janger
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1150 (2006-2007)
Color(s) Maroon/Red, Gray, and White             
Slogan "Red and Gray Spirit, Let's Hear It! (May not still be the slogan)
Song "Cheer today for the Red and Gray"
Mascot The Indian
Team name Spy Ponders
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Average SAT scores 581 verbal
592 math
576 writing
1749 total (2015-2016)[1]
Newspaper The Ponder Report
Yearbook Spy Ponder (Formerly "The Indian")

Arlington High School is a public high school located in Arlington, Massachusetts. As of 2010, the school enrolls approximately 1,300 students annually. The current principal is Mathew Janger.


The current Arlington High School, designed by Howard B.S. Prescott, was opened in 1915 for grades 10-12. What is now known as "Fusco house" was the only original building. Boys and girls were required to enter the building through two separate entrances. Two additions were later added on, the "Collomb house," as it is now known, in 1937 and then the "Downs house."

Peirce Field, an outdoor field for football, soccer, track, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball and softball, was created by filling in "Cutter's Pond", which had been previously used for milling. Mill Brook still runs underneath the high school to this day. The field was renovated in 2004 due to toxin levels in the soil, which stemmed from a company located where the Department of Public Works is currently situated. A settlement was reached with the company to pay for the entire cleaning, capping, and renovation.

Since the mid-1990s several news documentary shows have been to Arlington High School, including Chronicle, Nightline, and MTV Made. It has also been the topic of many news stories covered by Fox News, Fox 25, Channel 7, among many other TV channels and radio stations.

An HBO show chronicling Dane Cook's Tourgasm tour featured a segment where Cook returned to Arlington High School and spoke to the students and faculty.

In 2011, interim principal Mary Villano suspended school dances because of drinking and inappropriate dancing.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "2015-16 SAT Performance Statewide Report". 
  2. ^ Brock Parker (November 30, 2011). "Arlington High bans student dances". Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ "Arlington High School Alumni News". 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 

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Coordinates: 42°25′4.5″N 71°9′42.2″W / 42.417917°N 71.161722°W / 42.417917; -71.161722