Barnstable High School

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Barnstable High School
Barnstable High School entrance.jpg
744 West Main Street
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 02601
United States
Type Public
Open enrollment[1]
Motto Pride, Respect, Honor
Established 1889
School district Barnstable Public School District
Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown
Principal Patrick Clark
Grades 8–12
Enrollment 2,030[2] (2013)
Language English
Color(s) Red & White          
Athletics conference MIAA District D – Old Colony League
Nickname Red Raiders
Rivals Falmouth
Average SAT scores 564 verbal
557 math
1121 total (2016-2017)[3]
Newspaper Insight
Yearbook Barnacle
Communities served Town of Barnstable
Feeder schools Barnstable Intermediate School

Barnstable High School is a public high school (grades 8–12) in the village of Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States, Town of Barnstable. It is the largest high school in Barnstable County on Cape Cod. It is divided into 5 "houses", described as "schools within a school".[4] BHS has approximately 2,000 students in grades 8-12. The school's principal is Patrick Clark. Scott Pyy is the assistant principal.[4] The school is operated by the Barnstable Public School District.

The school was founded in the 19th century after several attempts of creating a public high school. The school was then moved to the High School Road location for about thirty years before being relocated to its present location in 1959. The school has also gone through three different major renovations and building additions over the years, with the last one being completed in 1998.


First permanent location[edit]

The school never really had a permanent location until 1905, when a building was erected at the present site of Saint John Paul II High School. In 1930, the building was rebuilt. The building was renovated in 1939, due to the increase of students. Unfortunately, the building was already three stories tall in the 1950s and there was very little room with which the building could use for expansion. This also was complicated by a lack of room for athletic fields, which included McKeon Field and a football/soccer field. It was decided that a new school should be built using land willed to the town by Enoch Cobb.[4]

Modern building[edit]

The modern high school building was built from 1956–1957. On September 5, 1957, the new building was officially opened. The original layout included the modern 1200s, 1300s, 1400s, and 1500s.[4]

The original layout lacked the present library and cafeteria, which were added later on. The original library was located near the entrance to the modern library. A unique feature of the building were the two cafeterias. One cafeteria was located near on the site of the weight room and athletic office, and the kitchen was also located on the site of the present weight room. The field house was also absent in the original layout.[5]

Originally, the high school hosted a vocational school in the modern lower 1200s. The basement of the original building also was built as a bomb shelter, not unusual during the Cold War.

The completion of the school did not mean an end to the usage of the old building's facilities. When the school was completed, it lacked athletic fields, which were still under construction. For at least the first year, sporting events were held at the old building.[5]

In 1963, the modern 1600s wing was added. The school underwent a renovation in 1976, which added the field house, cafeteria, library and some classrooms nearby. In 1975, the vocational high school closed because of the opening of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich. The wing was then turned into the art wing for the school. Mechanical drawing was one of the classes offered in the old shop wing.[5]


In 1998, the wing that was part of the old vocational high school was demolished so that new classrooms could be added in place of the shop rooms. The new renovation also added the Performing Arts Center, the 1100s, lower 1200s, 1700s, 2200s and 2700s.

Modern day[edit]

Today, Barnstable High School is a diverse school with over 20 different spoken languages. The school has hosted 7th and 8th;grades at the time that the Barnstable Middle School at Hyannis was being renovated.


Barnstable High School sports teams are known as the Red Raiders (using a logo similar to the University of Utah), a name they share with Texas Tech University.

W. Leo Shields Memorial Field is the sports field on the campus of Barnstable High School in 2010. On November 25, the Red Raider football team played its first game on newly installed FieldTurf. Previously the field had been natural grass and Barnstable is the first school on Cape Cod to have Field Turf installed. Renovations also included new field goal posts. It was also home to the Cape Cod Crusaders of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL).



The Barnstable High School girls' volleyball team has won at least 13 Division One State Championships in the past 15 years, including the past 6[when?] State Championships.

The team holds the state volleyball record for the most consecutive victories,[6] and also holds the state volleyball record for the most consecutive victories.[7] The team's 110-game winning streak came to a halt on October 6, 2007, when the team played Brentwood, California and lost.



Barnstable football has won 2 State Championships in its history, one in 1995, and the other in 1999.[citation needed]


The boys' hockey team has won several state championship games. They have also had several undefeated seasons during their history and have also been ranked the #1 team in Massachusetts and New England on several occasions.

  • Boys' Hockey - State Champions (1972, 1980, 1991)
  • Girls' Hockey - State Champions (2007)

Other sports[edit]

Barnstable also has traditional baseball, soccer, and hockey programs.

Music department[edit]

The Barnstable High School Red Raider Marching Band was the Division 2 winner in MICCA from 2006 to 2009. In 2010 the band competed in Division 1 of MICCA due to changes in the number of members in the band.

The Marching Band performs at various venues, including football games, holidays, and community events.

The Red Raiders primarily march in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association circuit, often referred to as MICCA. Other appearances occur at the NESBA and USSBA marching shows around the state. The Winter Percussion unit, an offshoot of the marching band season, compete in Winter Guard International championships on a bi-yearly basis. The winter percussion was the 2004 Class A NESBA Champions. The Winter Guard has won Class Championships in 2000, 2001 & 2004.

Drama club and Performing Arts Center[edit]

In the late 1990s, the school received a major renovation and expansion. This project included the construction of the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, which also serves as the home stage for the drama club, music department concerts, and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. The Performing Arts Center has a capacity of 1,440 people and has hosted a number of events, including large cast musicals that the Drama Club has performed. It also hosts musical performances such as the All Cape and Southeast District music festivals. In 2008, after a nationwide search, the Drama Club was selected by Warner Brothers to produce The Wizard of Oz.[8] Over 360 hours of auditions, rehearsals, classroom lessons and free time was recorded by Warner Bros. Company for webisodes of a real high school musical from start to finish called "High Drama, Against all OZ" to be shown on in September 2008 and sold on iTunes as a four-part television series.

Foreign language department[edit]

In recent years, the high school has been home to the annual convention of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League. This also coincides with the creation of a chapter at the school.


The school is also home to over twenty clubs, including a chapter of the Model United Nations, Astronomy, Drama, Film and Broadcasting, Key, Photography, Student Council, and Young Democrats/Republicans clubs.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "CHART: The Most and Least Diverse Public High Schools in MA". GoLocalWorcester. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "SAT Performance Report - School and District Profiles: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education". Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Barnstable High School Student Handbook, 2008–2009" (PDF). Barnstable High School Technology Office. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  5. ^ a b c Barnacle (ed.). Barnacle Fifty-Eight (Twenty Fourth ed.). Hyannis, Massachusetts: Delmar. p. 1. 
  6. ^ McCluskey, Jack (September 22, 2007). "Barnstable spikes win record". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Red Raiders roll to fifth straight title". Cape Cod Times. November 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, John. "Barnstable High School Drama Club". Archived from the original on November 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 

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