B.M.C. Durfee High School

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This article is about the present high school. For the historic building, see B.M.C. Durfee High School (1886 building).
B.M.C. Durfee High School
BMC Durfee Athletic Logo.gif
360 Elsbree Street
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720
United States
Coordinates 41°42′55″N 71°7′16″W / 41.71528°N 71.12111°W / 41.71528; -71.12111Coordinates: 41°42′55″N 71°7′16″W / 41.71528°N 71.12111°W / 41.71528; -71.12111
Type Public High School
Open enrollment[1]
Established 1887
Opened 1978
School district Fall River Public Schools
Superintendent Matthew Malone
Principal Maria Pontes
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2249 (2014-2015)
Campus Urban
Color(s) Red & Black         
Athletics conference MIAA Big Three League
Nickname Hilltoppers
Rivals New Bedford, Taunton, Brockton
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Average SAT scores 491 verbal
475 math
468 writing
1434 total (2015-2016)[2]
Newspaper The Hilltop

B.M.C. Durfee High School is a public high school located in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. It is a part of Fall River Public Schools and is the city's main public high school, the other being Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. Durfee is one of the biggest high schools in Massachusetts, and is also the 4th biggest high school in Southeastern Massachusetts behind Brockton, Taunton and New Bedford. These three high schools make up the Big Three League, the conference in which all their athletic teams compete.


The school has been located in two buildings. From its opening in 1886 until the new building was completed in 1978 the school was located in the historic B.M.C. Durfee High School building on Rock Street, The iconic building, with its tall red-capped clock tower and red-domed observatory tower, overlooks the Taunton River and gives rise to the Fall River school district's seal, the school's athletics nickname, the Hilltoppers, their school colors of black and red (for the two roof colors), the school newspaper, the Hilltop, and their school alumni newspaper, the Chimes. For several decades prior to moving, the school also occupied the former Technical High School building across the street.

Since 1978 the school has been located on Elsbree Street in the city's north end. Located in former swamp land, the school was built both to modernize the district and to alleviate the overcrowding at the former sites. The school also moved its athletic fields, which were nearby to the new school, to its new campus, as well as building the on-campus Luke Urban Field House, as the school had formerly used the Fall River Armory for indoor athletics. Since 2011, there has also been a modern recreation of the Durfee clock tower located at the new site.


Durfee's athletic teams are known as the Hilltoppers, a nod to the location of the old school building atop the Highland neighborhood hills overlooking the Taunton River, and their school colors are black and red. The school does not have a mascot. The school fight song is sung to the tune of the Notre Dame Victory March. The school's chief rival has always been New Bedford High School, as the two cities share a deep rivalry in general. The school also has rivalries with Brockton High School, Taunton High School and, to a lesser extent, many of the other local school districts.




Clubs and activities[edit]

  • Theater Company - The Durfee Theater Company is a well-known high school theater company in Massachusetts, with many state finals appearances. The most recent appearance was in 2015 in the METG State Finals in Boston (the Company presented "The Dining Room")
  • Student Government
  • Band (Concert, Jazz & Marching)
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra (Symphony & String)
  • Green Team
  • G.S.A.
  • Hope for Durfee (Christian Club)
  • Peaceful Coalition
  • Skills USA
  • R.O.V. Team
  • The Hilltop - School Newspaper
  • Portuguese Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Connecting Cultures Club
  • The Phoenix Nest (Literary Magazine Club)
  • Fencing Club
  • Science Club
  • Debate Team

Notable alumni[edit]

Many of the below are considered distinguished alumni of Durfee[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/sat_perf.aspx
  3. ^ "B M C Durfee High (00950505) 2013-14 SAT Performance Report". http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/. Mass. Dept. of Ed. Retrieved 16 January 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "CPSS Directory of Schools". Public High Schools (CPSS) / Committee on Public Secondary Schools. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Durfee Alumni, new school opened in 1978 Archived May 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Enrollment Data (2013-14) - B M C Durfee High (00950505)". mass.edu. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  7. ^ B.M.C. Durfee High Alumni - Fall River, MA Archived May 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ http://www.lambdachi.org/about-2/history/
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090825062517/http://mecommunicationspartners.com/professionals/dean/. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090514042710/http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/tGetInfo?jid=982. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Changing of guard: A sober Chris Herren set for post-hoop life - The Boston Globe". boston.com. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Biographies : Brigadier General John J. Liset". Archived from the original on 2009-09-06. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived April 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Carol Lee Costa-Crowell, Lurdes da Silva (August 6, 1997). "Durfee grad nominated to energy post". southcoasttoday.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ General Melvin Zais's Biography Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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