Cape Elizabeth High School

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Cape Elizabeth High School
Cape Elizabeth High School seal.gif
345 Ocean House Road


United States
School typePublic, high school
PrincipalJeffrey Shedd
Teaching staff46.50 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment516 (2017-18)[1]
Average class size22
Student to teacher ratio11.10[1]
Campus sizeLarge
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)  Maroon and   gold
RivalGreely High School
Falmouth High School

Cape Elizabeth High School is a public high school in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States.

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 2004–05 school year, Cape Elizabeth School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[2] the highest award an American school can receive.[3][4]

CEHS is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's list of "America's Best High Schools"[5] and Newsweek Magazine's annual list of "America's Top High Schools".[6]


Cape Elizabeth High School students undertake a college preparatory curriculum that includes at least 4 years of English, 3 years each of Math and Science courses, 2½ years of history courses, 1 year each of technology, art, and physical education courses, ½ year of government courses, and ½ a year of health education. Students are required to take at least 6 courses every semester and may take as many as 8.

The school offers Advanced Placement courses to earn college credit. Foreign languages offered include French, Spanish, and Latin. Cape Elizabeth is well known for its substantial music department supporting a Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Select Choir, and a Treble Choir. A broad selection of elective courses are also offered, ranging from the more unusual, such as motion picture production, boat building, metal working, drafting, and digital design, to more standard fare like art fundamentals, ceramics, photography, painting and drawing, illustration and design, art studio, and typing.

The average class size is 22 students. There are 63 professional staff members; 71% have advanced degrees. Last year 100% of 11th grade students took the SAT in accordance with Maine Law, which requires at least 95% of students in each junior class to take the test in order to meet the standards set up by the No Child Left Behind Act.


Cape Elizabeth High School was built in 1969 directly adjacent to the middle school and elementary schools, creating a large campus. The high school has about 40 classrooms, a theater, auditorium, 10,000 volume library, a computer lab, and cafeteria. The building was renovated in 2005-06.

Athletic facilities at the high school include a gymnasium, the Don Richards 25-yard swimming pool and weight lifting facility, a multi-purpose lighted turf field, six tennis courts, a baseball field, a softball field, a recently resurfaced six-lane track, and two other multi-purpose fields. In 2003 the Gull Crest Fields were built to support the football program, and in 2006 five kilometers of 12-to-15-foot-wide (3.7 to 4.6 m) multi-purpose trails were added for running and Nordic skiing.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]


The Cape Elizabeth High School Athletics logo

There are 36 teams at CEHS, 23 of which are varsity. Sports include Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Diving, Indoor Track, Nordic Skiing, Lacrosse, Golf, Volleyball, Tennis, Track, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Baseball, Softball, and Sailing. Unlike most other high schools, Cape Elizabeth does not have a mascot. Sports teams are referred to as The Cape Elizabeth "Capers".

In 2009 70% of Cape Elizabeth High Schools students participate in athletics.[7]


CEHS Music has 3 large Jazz Ensembles, 3 Jazz Combos, Concert Choir, Select Choir and Treble Choir that participate in District, State and National competitions and festivals. CEHS has won first place in the Berklee College Jazz Festival for Small American High Schools five of the past six years.

CEHS Theatre is a leader in State One-Act Festival plays and is often commended for its technical merits and inventive design. Over a hundred students participate in theater each year.


Students publish the Cape Insight, the school's monthly newspaper. The Bartleby is a quarterly arts publication featuring student works. The Nautilus is the CEHS yearbook.

Clubs and more[edit]

Student Advisory Council is the high school's student government and provides a student representative to the Cape Elizabeth School Board.

Cape Elizabeth Mock Trial has competed in State Finals seven times since 2002. In 2002, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 the team represented Maine at the National High School Mock Trial Championships. The 2016 team finished #20 in the national competition. The 2017 team finished #8 in the national competition.

Other extracurricular activities include National Honors Society, Boys'/Girls' State, Robotics Team, Math Team, Yearbook Committee, Prom Committee, Graduation Committee, Student Rescue, Amnesty International, Siddartha School Project, Gay/Straight Alliance, Ultimate Frisbee, and the BBQ Team.

Notably, the Cape Elizabeth Educational Foundation is a private not-for-profit charitable corporation that lends additional support to programming in all of the Cape Elizabeth Schools (Elementary, Middle, High). Their mission statement reads (in part): "CEEF is committed to fostering innovation and excellence in the Cape Elizabeth school district by 1. Funding initiatives that fall outside the school budget; 2. Partnering with the school district to help achieve its vision; and 3. Building community-wide support for the benefit of our schools."[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Cape Elizabeth High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  2. ^ U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 2003 through 2006 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  3. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  4. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-04-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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