Coyle and Cassidy School

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Coyle and Cassidy School
Coyle-Cassidy School
Coyle Shield 2010.png
2 Hamilton Street
Taunton, Massachusetts 02780
United States
Coordinates 41°54′33″N 71°5′42.5″W / 41.90917°N 71.095139°W / 41.90917; -71.095139Coordinates: 41°54′33″N 71°5′42.5″W / 41.90917°N 71.095139°W / 41.90917; -71.095139
Type Private, coed high school
Motto Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1911
Founder James Coyle
Oversight Diocese of Fall River
CEEB code 222120
President Mary Patricia Tranter[1]
Principal Kathleen St. Laurent
Chaplain William M. Rodrigues

912 (High School Division)

68 (Middle School Division)
Enrollment 503 (2013, before Middle School Division)
 • Grade 6 N/A
 • Grade 7 N/A
 • Grade 8 N/A
 • Grade 9 111
 • Grade 10 108
 • Grade 11 151
 • Grade 12 133
Average class size 24
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Blue
Slogan Tradition Lives Here
Fight song "Charge On You Warriors"
Athletics MIAA
Athletics conference Eastern Athletic
Sports 22 varsity teams, 15 sports
Mascot Warrior Colyesports.jpg
Team name Warriors
Rivals Taunton High School, Bishop Feehan High School
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
Newspaper Warrior Word
Tuition High school: $9,050
Middle school: $5,850

Coyle and Cassidy School, or Coyle-Cassidy School, officially Coyle Cassidy Memorial High School and Middle School Divisions (formerly St. Mary's High School, Monsignor Coyle High School, and Coyle and Cassidy High School) is a private, Catholic Diocesan school located in Taunton, Massachusetts, US. The school has been a co-education middle and high school facility since 2014. Coyle serves students living within and beyond the Greater Taunton Area.


The school's history dates back to 1911, when Monsignor James Coyle, pastor of Saint Mary's Church, established Saint Mary's High School. The high school grew, and by the early 1930s the need for a larger school was apparent. In 1933, shortly after Monsignor Coyle's death, Monsignor Coyle High School opened on Summer Street, staffed by the Brothers of the Holy Cross. The boys' population transferred to Coyle, and the girls' population stayed at Saint Mary's under the guidance of the Holy Union Sisters. In 1963, a new high school for girls was opened on the corner of Hamilton Street and Adams Street, named for Bishop James Edwin Cassidy. However, given the economics of the time, the aging of the old Coyle High School building, and the lack of ordained staff for each school, it was decided in 1971 that the two schools would merge into Coyle-Cassidy High School in the Bishop Cassidy site. The former Monsignor Coyle High School building became known as the Taunton Catholic Middle School, and served the diocese until the 2014.[3]

In February 2014, the school announced that it would begin to host grades 6-8 in a new "Middle School Division", while grades 9-12 would be known as the "High School Division". This was in response to the shutting down of Taunton Catholic Middle School, which had hosted grades 5-8 in a previous Coyle location. [4]

The full name of the school was modified to include both divisions; however, the school name with no modifier before the word "school" is far more common than the more complex long-form name.

Academics and School Campus[edit]

Coyle-Cassidy has been located at 2 Hamilton Street since 1971. In 1983, an athletic wing was added onto the existing academic wing. In 1997, a theater, tech center, new library, and two classrooms were added onto the academic wing. In 2006, the third floor of the building was remodeled into a state-of-the-art music and fine arts center. Also in 2013, Coyle-Cassidy received ownership of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, a Catholic church that is located about .25 miles away from Coyle on 80 Bay St. The parish center of the church is currently being used as an annex of Coyle-Cassidy.

The school places a heavy emphasis on technology, with most schoolwork done digitally. The school maintains two computer technology centers. Coyle-Cassidy also maintains three science labs: a physics lab, a chemistry lab, and a biology lab. The school planned to add a fourth lab, for biology, in the summer of 2013. This new lab would take the place of a former classroom. During each subsequent summer, the school was scheduled to renovate each of the three labs already in existence, as part of an effort to bolster its science program. However, with the transition to a grades 6-12 concept, major renovations took place during the summer of 2014 to update the new middle school area. This postponed each of the final three science lab projects by one year.

The school has three portable electronics carts: one for laptops, one for iPads, and one for Linux netbooks. This enables entire classes to be connected wirelessly. Students are also allowed and encouraged to use their own laptops, iPads, or other tablets for this purpose.

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, one class in each department is conducted using iPads remotely in conjunction with the teacher and an overhead projector screen. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, every student at Coyle must have an iPad to use for note-taking, virtual textbooks, and other academic uses.

While the gymnasium itself was renovated in 2007, much of the athletic wing dates to its construction in 1983. The weight room was renovated in 2013 into a state-of-the-art fitness center for student athletes.

Incoming freshmen take a DFRCEC placement test. This, along with recommendations from middle school teachers, determines grade 9 class placement.


Coyle's athletic program is sanctioned by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and all of the school's teams compete in the Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC). Coyle's athletic teams play under the nickname "Warriors". The school has a long, cross-city rivalry with the Taunton High School "Tigers".

Currently, the school supports varsity teams in 16 different sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, American football, golf, ice hockey, indoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, lacrosse, wrestling and weightlifting. Most sports also consist of freshman and junior varsity teams.


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  2. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. ^ Coyle and Cassidy High School - A Brief History Archived October 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Coyle Cassidy High School - CC-TCMS Press Release

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