Brookline High School
|Brookline High School|
|115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA 02445
|Type||Public High School|
|Faculty||145.5 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,905 (as of 2014-2015)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.6 |
|Average SAT scores||588 verbal
1796 total (2014)
Brookline High School is a four-year public high school in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts. As of the 2011-12 school year, 1,804 students were enrolled in the high school, served by 150 teachers (on an FTE basis). The student to teacher ratio was about 11.6 to 1. The students represent 76 nations and speak 31 different languages.
Brookline High School received the Gold Medal for Best High Schools from U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Boston Magazine has frequently ranked BHS as one of the best high schools in Massachusetts for academic performance; in 2008, it was ranked top in the area.
All students at Brookline High School must complete three credits' worth of electives, with the intent of fostering student creativity. The drama department is especially omnipresent, regularly holding plays, musicals, and other events in the auditorium. A newly opened film program, facilitated through Brookline Access Television (BATV), enables students to produce their own films with state-of-the-art technology.
Although the Advanced Placement (AP) program at BHS is smaller than at other high schools, it has grown dramatically over the past 10 years. In 2009, 370 students took 679 AP exams, and 93% of students scored “3” or above on these exams.
Brookline High School does not calculate a weighted GPA for its students. Students receive only an unweighted GPA out of 4.0, so grades in Advanced Placement classes do not contribute any more to a student's GPA than grades in Honors and Standard level classes. Furthermore, grades from freshmen year are not calculated in one's GPA, as students are still making the transition from elementary school.
Most advanced placement classes are only available to Juniors and Seniors. Honors level classes are considered rigorous, and students who excel in these classes often receive top scores on SAT Subject Tests. Students who decide to take AP level classes are encouraged not to take more than 2 or 3 of them at one time, as these classes feature difficult research projects and labs in addition to standardized material.
Since 1894, the Brookline High football team plays rival Newton North High School in the traditional Thanksgiving Day game. This is one of the oldest high school football rivalries in Massachusetts and on the List of high school football rivalries (100 years+).
In 2007, Brookline's boys cross country team made history by winning the first ever Nike Team Nationals northeast regional meet by just one point over Danbury High School at Bowdin Park, NY. They went on to place 7th at Nike Team Nationals in Portland, OR. In addition to the 2007 campaign, in the 2006 and 2009 seasons the team placed 3rd at the Massachusett's Division 1 State Meet, in 2005 they finished 2nd, and on Nov. 20, 2010 won their second state championship giving them their fifth top 3 finish in six years and second 1st place finish in four. On Nov. 19, 2011, they won their third state championship, for a run of 3 championships in five years. The 2015 team is currently training for what looks to be an incredible season, as there is a strong likelihood that the cross country team may be going on to nationals, and possibly even galaxies. The 2015 team will be led by seniors Noah Lindeman, Hal Triedman, Evan Baker, Zachary Leonard, Jordan Fried, Joshua Grossman, Sam Klein, and juniors Chris Bell, Bobby "Shmurda" Stitt, and Henry Peebles-Capin.
In 2005, Brookline High School's Rugby Football team captured the DI New England Championship, its first since 1987. In 2009, the team captured the DII title in the NERFU tournament in Pembroke, New Hampshire. The rugby players defeated Belmont 29-0 to win the New England title for the second time in five years (first in DII). In 2014, the rugby team again won the DII rugby state championship against Milton High School under head coach Craig Mackenzie. The team came into the season not knowing if it was going to be successful after losing many seniors, but after new key players like Jack Miller, Max Chapman, Jake Parla, Alejandro Marin, Jesse Barret, and many others, the team found their way to become champions once again.
In 2015 Brookline High School launched its first ever varsity Ultimate Frisbee team. The team is being coached by local coaching legend Dovrah Plotkin, and will be captained by the Nicholas Rhodes, Joshua Grossman, Zachary Leonard, and Priscilla Chung. The team has started off with a strong season, and is looking to expand its political machine into the national division, and hopes to send many of its players to US Ultimate Nationals.
School Within A School
School Within A School (SWS) is an alternative education program based in Brookline High School. Made up of about 120 students, SWS promotes democratic education in the form of a Town Meeting every Wednesday. Students also enjoy smaller class sizes, mixed-level as well as mixed-grade English classes, and a single Dean/Guidance Counselor. Teachers are on a first name basis, and a number of committees, created during Town Meeting or outside of class, convene during the student's free blocks. The program governs itself during Town Meeting, and teachers and students participate in a fair and equal democratic community. Brookline's SWS is very well known amongst Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs); in recent years, students in SWS have received admission to Haverford, Vassar, Swarthmore, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Amherst, and other selective LACs.
The Sagamore is a school-affiliated publication (newspaper) produced monthly by the students of Brookline High School. The newspaper is independent; the production is funded entirely through the means of advertisement. It receives no funding from the high school. Over the past few years, the paper has publicized and discussed issues in and around the school, including racism and teenage pregnancy. The school is noted for its tradition of high tolerance of sensitive topics discussed in the newspaper. In 2011, New England Scholastic Press Association awarded The Sagamore "Highest Achievement" in Newspaper Class I category.
Members of Fred Phelps' anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church protested at the 2005 graduation ceremony against Brookline High's strong tolerance of homosexuality. They were met by dozens of supporters and counter-protesters. Members from the Westboro Baptist Church protested again in 2009. They were met with about 2,000 counter-protesters, including students and members of Brookline High School's staff and PTO, and various other groups from surrounding areas. Surrounded and barricaded by police and deans of Brookline High, the 'silent, not violent' counter-protest (organized by the school's GSA) took place with no altercations between the two groups.
Pop culture references
Before renovations in the late '90s, Brookline High School was used as the school in The Next Karate Kid starring Hilary Swank. In the movie, a bell can be heard between classes, although the school has no bell. The outside of the school was shot as the high school in the short lived sitcom Raising Dad starring Bob Saget and as the high school Paul Rudd works at it in The Oh in Ohio starring Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Danny DeVito, Mischa Barton and Liza Minnelli. Some exterior shots of the school was used for TV series Do Over. Brookline High School is also the school of Evan Rachel Wood's character, Lucy, in Julie Taymor's 2007 Beatles film, Across the Universe. Images of Brookline high are also used in a Saturday Night Live sketch entitled "Malibu High". The Dean's List filmed a music video for their song, "I'll be Ok", inside of Brookline High. Brookline High School is also briefly viewed in the hit sitcom, Scandal starring Kerry Washington.
Students come from 76 nations and speak 31 languages. 26 percent of students speak English as a second language.
- Jeff Adrien '04, NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Charlotte Bobcats and former University of Connecticut Huskies power forward and captain.
- Lenny Baker '62, Tony Award-winning actor, I Love My Wife.
- Michael Bluestein '87, Musician. Keyboardist for multi-platinum rock band Foreigner
- Michael Burnstein '08, co-founder of Janji
- Safra A. Catz, co-president of Oracle Corporation
- Hugh B. Cave '27, Short story writer.
- Johnny Contardo '69, singer from the group Sha Na Na.
- Jim Davis '61, Chairman of New Balance
- James Driscoll '96, professional golfer on the PGA Tour.
- Michael Dukakis '51, 1988 Democratic presidential nominee and former Governor of Massachusetts.
- Theo Epstein '91, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs.
- Richard N. Goodwin '49, author, columnist, speechwriter for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
- David Hazony '87, author, columnist, editor and translator, best known for his 2010 book The Ten Commandments (Scribner).
- John Hodgman '89, humorist and author, best known for Apple's Get a Mac advertising campaign.
- George Kenney 1907, U.S. Air Force General during World War II.
- Robert C. Kingston '47, U.S. Army General of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
- Robert Kraft '59, owner of the New England Patriots.
- Albert Maysles '44 & David Maysles '49, documentary filmmakers of Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens.
- Fred Newman '60, professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels.
- Conan O'Brien '81, comedian, writer, and TV host
- Thomas G. Osenton '71, economist, author, for CEO The Sporting New Publishing Company
- Francis Ouimet '11, professional golfer and winner of the 1913 U.S Open.
- Paul Pender '49, World middleweight boxing champion.
- Alan L. Rachins '60, actor, Dharma and Greg, L.A. Law.
- Eli "Paperboy" Reed '02, musician
- Jonathon Riley '97, 2004 Olympian in the 5000m run, 3 time U.S. champion, 2001 NCAA champion. 
- Dan Rosenthal '84, member of the White House Senior Staff under Bill Clinton
- Larry Ruttman '48, attorney and author
- Gabe Sapolsky '90, pro wrestling promoter of ECW and Ring of Honor
- Lew Schneider '79, Hollywood producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and American Dad!.
- Alan Trefler, CEO of Pegasystems
- Mike Wallace '35, journalist, 60 Minutes.
- Joe Walsh, Former MLB player (Boston Bees)
- Rick Weitzman '63, professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics
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- Adrian, Jack. "Obituary: Hugh B. Cave; Prolific writer of pulp (`pure' supernatural, `Spicy', SF, romance, westerns, hard- and soft-boiled detective fiction, weird-menace and shudder- pulp) over eight decades.", The Independent, June 30, 2004. Accessed April 18, 2008. "His astonishing career spanned all but the first couple of decades of the 20th century and into the 21st, his first published writing, as a 15-year-old student at Brookline High School, Massachusetts, being a short story in The Boston Globe entitled 'Retribution'..."
- "Fanfares for Michael Dukakis", The New York Times, July 23, 1988. Accessed February 5, 2008. "And then the candidate, once a trumpeter in the Brookline High School band, took the podium and performed his own Fanfare for the Common Man."
- Beggy, Carol; and Shanahan, Mark. "Monet goes to Vegas; Kerry goes out on the town", The Boston Globe, November 6, 2003. Accessed February 17, 2008.
- Chase, Katie Johnston. "True to his nerd: John Hodgman finds a niche as 'Daily Show' resident expert, mendacious author, and dorky PC", The Boston Globe, September 24, 2006. Accessed December 3, 2007. "Fletcher graduated from Brookline High School a year before he did, and the two have been together since Hodgman was 17."
- Baird, Susanna. "KRAFT CEMENTS HIS LOVE FOR THE OLD ALMA MATER", The Boston Globe, November 14, 2004. Accessed April 18, 2008. "Robert Kraft's hands have pressed down into history. Brookline High School, alma mater of the NFL's winningest owner, has instituted a Hollywood-esque Walk of Fame, complete with concrete handprints. Kraft, "Bobby" to his peers in the BHS class of 1959, is the walk's first inductee."
- Athletic Hall of Fame, Brookline High School. Accessed February 21, 2008.
- Brozan, Nadine. "Chronicle", The New York Times, March 16, 1993. Accessed April 21, 2008. "The year is being bracketed by two celebratory weekends -- one last June, one this June -- that include class reunions. Last year's event brought more than 2,000 graduates back to the school, including Mr. Wallace, Alan Rachins, a star of "L.A. Law," and former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts and his wife, Kitty."
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- Brozan, Nadine. "Chronicle", The New York Times, March 16, 1993. Accessed February 5, 2008. "MIKE WALLACE is lending a hand to his old school, Brookline High School, at a benefit -- unusual for a Massachusetts public school -- in New York tomorrow evening. Mr. Wallace, class of '35, will interview the school's acting headmaster, Dr. ROBERT J. WEINTRAUB, at a cocktail party that is expected to draw 60 or so Brookline graduates to the University Club on West 54th Street."