Bishop Fenwick High School (Peabody, Massachusetts)

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Bishop Fenwick High School
Bishop Fenwick High School.jpg
99 Margin Street

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United States
Coordinates42°32′23.14″N 70°55′5.58″W / 42.5397611°N 70.9182167°W / 42.5397611; -70.9182167Coordinates: 42°32′23.14″N 70°55′5.58″W / 42.5397611°N 70.9182167°W / 42.5397611; -70.9182167
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Mottobonitas et fidelitas
(goodness and fidelity)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalBr. Thomas Zoppo, F.S.C.
Faculty44 teachers
Enrollment580 [1] (2013–14)
Campus size59 acres (240,000 m2)
Color(s)Black and Gold         
Athletics conferenceCatholic Central League
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
NewspaperThe Fenwickian

Bishop Fenwick High School (better known simply as "Fenwick") is a private Roman Catholic high school in Peabody, Massachusetts.[3] While located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, the school is operated independently and with the blessing of the Archdiocese. Students who attend Bishop Fenwick come from many towns and communities on the North Shore, primarily those closest to the campus such as Saugus, Salem, Peabody, Beverly and Danvers, Massachusetts.


Bishop Fenwick was established in 1959 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It was named after Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick.[3] The Archdiocese of Boston, in an effort to stave off financial difficulties relinquished control of its "Central High Schools" including Fenwick, in 2003. The Archdiocese still owns the property and is involved in school governance, making appointments to the board of trustees. It is not an independent school, it is however operated outside of the financial umbrella of the archdiocese of Boston, thus making it financially independent.

It is one of the largest coed high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.[citation needed]

Bishop Fenwick High School was founded in 1959 by the late Richard Cardinal Cushing and was named for the second Bishop of Boston, Benedict Joseph Fenwick, S.J. The school was the first coeducational Catholic high school on the North Shore and was staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Drama Club[edit]

The Bishop Fenwick Drama Club has been a well-respected and vital part of the school's artistic landscape. Each year, the Club presents both a fall play as well as a musical in the spring.


Bishop Fenwick High School's Athletic Program is a co-ed program consisting of twenty-six different sports. On a yearly basis over fifty percent of Fenwick students take part in at least one sport and over the course of their four years, over 80% of the students participate in one or more sport.[3]

The school's teams have won state championships in boys' sports in baseball (2004), football (1965, 1999, 2000, 2013), hockey, and indoor and outdoor track.[citation needed]

Girls' teams winning state championships have included softball (1990, 1991,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997), field hockey, cross-country track (1980), basketball (2016) [4] and indoor and outdoor track(2015).[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Bishop Fenwick High School". Private School Universe Survey. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ a b c BFHS. "Bishop Fenwick High School Web site". Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  4. ^ Massachusetts High School Cross Country History of Champions.

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