Auburn High School (Massachusetts)

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Auburn Senior High School
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Auburn High School
99 Auburn Street
Auburn, MA, Worcester County 01501
School type Public
Open enrollment[1]
Established 1935, rebuilt in 2006
Principal Casey J. Handfield, C.A.G.S.
Faculty 60
Grades 9-12
Number of students 759
Color(s) Blue and Grey          
Mascot Rockets 1992-present
Dandies 1935-1992
Rival Oxford High School
Accreditation NEASC
Average SAT scores 488 verbal
505 math
477 writing
1470 total (2015-2016)[2]
Affiliations Auburn Public Schools

Auburn High School is the only public high school in Auburn, Massachusetts, United States, a town approximately 5 miles south of Worcester. It has an enrollment of 759 students in grades 9-12, as of the 2010-2011 school year. Founded in 1935, the original school building served the town until the spring of 2006. In August 2006, the town of Auburn opened a new facility directly behind the original building.


Auburn High School's sports venue is called Auburn Memorial Field. New as of August 2006, the centerpiece is a lighted 1000 seat FieldTurf stadium surrounded by a 6 lane track. The stadium is used for AHS Football, AHS Soccer (boys and girls) and AHS Track and Field (boys and girls). In addition, the stadium has two long jump runways and sand pits for Track and Field, as well as a pole vault and high jump area.

There is also a lighted FieldTurf facility dedicated for AHS Field Hockey. New baseball and softball fields have also been built on the grounds, with the softball field being on the site of the old high school.

"We The People..." 2014 & 2015 State Champions[edit]

For the last six years Auburn High School’s Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics class has competed in an academically demanding event known as the "We the People..." State Competition. Mr. Kennard and Mr. Benacchio run the "We The People..." team and each year the competition is hosted by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Auburn was named 2014 & 2015 Massachusetts We the People State champions.[3] As state champions, Auburn High School represented Massachusetts at the national level in Washington, D.C. The team raised over $50,000 each year in order to get to Washington D.C., most of which came from the local Auburn community.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution provides students with the opportunity to utilize and expand upon their knowledge regarding civic education by simulating congressional hearings. This program is the most extensive educational program in the country that prepares young adults to be active and informed citizens who are able to contribute to the betterment of society.[4]

Community involvements[edit]

Invisible Children[edit]

Auburn High School students recently won a nationwide fund raising effort for children in war-torn Uganda known as the Schools For Schools campaign. In several months, Auburn High School students raised over $17,000. As a result, the organization Invisible Children sent two Auburn students and one teacher to Uganda in July 2007. In total, the amount raised is approximately $40,000.

Rachel's Challenge[edit]

Recently, Auburn High School has become involved in Rachel's Challenge, a non-profit organization raising awareness for kindness and non-violence. It was established after the Columbine shootings. AHS was visited by Craig Scott on October 28, 2009, brother of Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Tyler Beede - Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft and currently plays baseball at Vanderbilt University.
  • Raphael Crawford (President, Albemarle Corporation)[5]
  • Dr. Arthur M. Pappas - Former team doctor of the Boston Red Sox
  • Michael Kimball - author of Firewater Pond, Undone, Mouth to Mouth and Green Girls
  • Barbara ("Barb") Marois - member of the US Women's Field Hockey team that finished fifth at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Keith McEachern - Lead singer and guitarist for the WANDAS
  • John H. (Jack) Nicholson, former front office executive with Boston and New England Patriots (1965-1972) and Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins 1972 - 1977 (PR, Media, Administration and Scouting)-- also acting GM of Boston Garden


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Coordinates: 42°12′30″N 71°50′13″W / 42.2084°N 71.837°W / 42.2084; -71.837