Cumberland High School (Rhode Island)

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Cumberland High School
2600 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

United States
Coordinates41°57′54″N 71°26′51″W / 41.96500°N 71.44750°W / 41.96500; -71.44750Coordinates: 41°57′54″N 71°26′51″W / 41.96500°N 71.44750°W / 41.96500; -71.44750
TypePublic High school
Establishedc. 1895
School districtCumberland Public Schools
PrincipalMr. Adolfo Costa
Faculty101.60 (FTE) [1]
Enrollment1,298[1] (2015–16)
Campus typeHigh school
Color(s)Blue and White
MascotCaptain Clipper

Cumberland High School is a public school located in Cumberland, Rhode Island. In its current location since 1962, the school serves approximately 1,500 students.


The current building was built in 1961 and renovated in 1973. The town's mayor presented a capital improvement plan for the school in 2002, but funding was limited and residents questioned the project's first phase plans for a wellness center (athletic complex). A few months later, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges gave the school until October 2005 to improve the school's facilities and technology or have its accreditation status placed on probation.[2]

A town referendum was held in September 2005 asking voters to approve the town borrowing $30 million to renovate Cumberland High School.[3] The referendum's success is credited in part to a student group called Save Our Schools, which had been organized as part of the school's requirement of 15 hours of teacher-supervised service learning.[4]

NASSP (the National Association of Secondary School Principals) designated Alan Tenreiro of Cumberland High School as 2016 National Principal of the Year.[5]


Cumberland High school has three main buildings. The Main building houses the school cafeteria, main office, and the majority of the CHS's classrooms and resources. The Transitional building is a circular shaped building primarily houses the ninth grade class including lockers. Additionally, the Transitional building is home to the Cumberland School Department administration. The Transitional building and Main buildings are connected by an enclosed bridge. The Wellness Center houses CHS's gymnasiums and locker rooms as well as health classrooms and a weight room. It is the newest of the three buildings.

The campus finished major renovations known as CHS 2010 at the end of the 2007-2008 school year. This project was designed to create a 21st-century learning environment on the campus of Cumberland High School. These renovations included the addition of a science and technology wing, the Wellness Center, a fine arts wing, and the refurbishing of numerous other areas.

The 2008-2009 school year marks the opening of several newly installed computer labs, including the Graphic Design Lab, the World Language Lab, and the CAD Lab.


Cumberland High houses departments in English, Mathematics, Sciences, History, Languages, Special Education, and Fine Arts

Extracurricular activities

The school hosts approximately 28 clubs and co-curricular activities as well as over 20 sports for girls and boys. The more successful of these clubs include: Clipper Dance Team, Student Government, Mock Trial, Math Team, Debate Team, The World Language Club, Living Lessons, Future Business Leaders of America, Ecology Club and the Clef Singers, the school's choral group.

The three publications at the school are "The Scanner", the Literary Magazine, and the French Newsletter.


Cumberland High School teams hold 47 state championship titles and 3 New England titles. These include five state championships in golf (1980, 1982, 1989–1991), seven state championships (1977–1980, 1986–1988) and one New England championship (1974) in boys' swimming, five state championships in girls' swimming (1992–1996, 1999), as well as three state championships in girls' soccer (2002, 2003, 2004). The school took the 2005 state championship title in wrestling. The wrestling team also won the 2009-2010 state championship. Most recently, the Ice Hockey team won the 2008 state championship and the girls' basketball team also won the state championship in 2008. There is also a Robotics Team that traveled to Atlanta in 2007 to participate in the VEX World Competition. In 2012 the girls' lacrosse team were named state champions with a 12-0-0 season.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Cumberland High School". School Directory Information. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  2. ^ Ranganathan, Deepa (2004-03-22). "High school renovation priorities questioned". The Providence Journal.
  3. ^ Kimball-Stanley, Arthur (2005-09-23). "A prescription for learning". The Providence Journal.
  4. ^ Steiny, Julia (2006-05-07). "Edwatch by Julia Steiny: In Cumberland, attitudes and a high school are changing". The Providence Journal.
  5. ^ "National Principal of the Year Winners | NASSP". Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  6. ^ Rhode Island High School Sports.Team State Championships (Schools Beginning With C) Archived 2007-11-08 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2007-06-25.
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  8. ^ Parker, Paul Edward (2006-09-19). "Authors win $500,000 'gift of time'". The Providence Journal.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 2013-11-26 at the Wayback Machine

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