Dover-Sherborn High School

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Dover-Sherborn High School
9 Junction St.
Dover, MA

Type Public secondary
Established 1962
Headmaster John G. Smith
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 648
Campus Country

Blue, white and black

Mascot Raiders
Average SAT scores 613 verbal
620 math
608 writing
1841 total (2015-2016)[1]
Budget $16,434 per pupil (2014)[2]

Dover-Sherborn High School, or DSHS, is a regional public high school in the town of Dover, Massachusetts, United States. It serves students from the towns of Dover and Sherborn, and is the senior school of the Dover-Sherborn Public School District, housing grades 9 through 12. It also hosts some METCO students.


Until the 1960s Dover and Sherborn sent their high school students to neighboring towns' high schools (Needham for Dover, Framingham for Sherborn). By the 1950s, the population boom was making it difficult for those schools to accept outside students, and the two towns created a regional school district. The first building was built on Farm Street in 1962. As the population continued to increase, the current high school was built on the same campus and completed in 1968. In 2004, a $43 million renovation on the campus was completed, which included a renovation of the high school building, the razing of the middle school (the original high school building) and the new construction of the middle school. The other schools in the district are Dover Sherborn Middle School (DSMS), Pine Hill School and Chickering School.


Academically, the Dover-Sherborn High School is routinely ranked as one of the top-performing public schools, both on a national as well as state level. For example, in 2015, "Newsweek" magazine ranked Dover-Sherborn High School as the 16th best high school in the country.[3] In 2014, Boston Magazine rated Dover-Sherborn High School as the best public school in Greater Boston.[4] In 2011, Boston Magazine ranked the Dover-Sherborn School System as number one in Massachusetts. US News recognized this by including DSHS amongst the top 100 public high schools in America.[5] For the 2006–2007 school year, DSHS tenth-grade students ranked fourth in English and math among their peers on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.[6] Ninety-six percent of the class of 2006 took the SAT I and 56% scored over 600 in the verbal section, 65% scored over 600 in the math section and 58% scored over 600 in the writing section. About 97% of all graduates attend college or university.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school offers sports including American football, soccer, cross country, golf, field hockey, basketball, alpine and Nordic skiing, swimming, baseball, lacrosse, track and field, tennis, hockey and sailing. Dover-Sherborn has won Tri-Valley League and Mass Bay East League titles dating back to the early 1970s, and has won ten state championships over the course of its history: 1981 boys' basketball, 1982 Men's Skiing, 1992 boys' soccer, 1994 Girls' Tennis, 2009 girls' tennis, 2010 boys' soccer, 2011 Girls' Soccer, 2012 Boys' lacrosse, 2013 Boys' lacrosse, and 2015 Boys' Alpine Skiing. From 2003-2007 the boys' and girls' lacrosse teams have met with success in the Tri-Valley League, consistently placing second only to Medfield. The boys' lacrosse team as of recently though,[when?] has won two Division III state championships and three Tri Valley League titles (2011, 2012 & 2013). Anchored by the 2013 graduates, the Raiders men's lacrosse team was able to win back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 the Raiders returned to the finals, making their 7th appearance in the championship game, but were defeated by Cohasset 10-9. The defeat marked the third time in the last six years in which the Raiders had lost in the State Finals by a single goal.

The men's tennis team has consistently won TVL Championships since the early 1970s, most recently in 2015.[citation needed]

The boys' hockey program won the TVL championship and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1991 in 2009–2010. Their home playoff game against Marian attracted a sellout crowd at William Chase Arena in Natick.

The school is part of The Education Co-operative (TEC), which allows DSHS students to take part in internships with local companies and also enroll in TEC Classes.

The Dover-Sherborn Physics Olympics Team, coached by physics teacher Charlie Chicklis, has on occasion taken first place at the Eastern Massachusetts Physics Olympics against schools such as Boston Latin, Milton Academy, Thayer Academy, and Medfield High School. The Chess Team, also led by Charlie Chicklis, became league champions in 2007.[7] Guided by biology teacher Greg Tucker, a DSHS student project officially represented MA State at the International Science and Engineering Fair hosted by Intel in 2006.[8] In 2007, DSHS became home to a Siemens Competition Semifinalist.[9] In 2006–07 the Dover-Sherborn's Math Team made New Englands for the first time in several years. It is coached by Jim Baroody, who helped the team maintain its success after the retirement of veteran coach and math teacher Tom Powers in 2005.

The school's Drama Department puts on two productions each year: an autumn play and a spring musical. The program is directed in the fall by the English teacher Joseph Catalfano. In the winter and spring, the program is directed by the middle school English teacher Scott Walker. The program is supported by the local community through organizations such as Friends of the Performing Arts, The Mudge Foundation, The Dover-Sherborn Education Fund, and Len Schnabel of DesignLight. Theater productions are performed primarily at The Mudge Auditorium in the Lindquist Commons building. Some local productions are also performed at the Sherborn Community Center/1858 Town House. Productions include: Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, The Importance of Being Earnest, Godspell, The Odd Couple, Anything Goes, Once Upon a Mattress, The Crucible, and West Side Story.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  5. ^ "Top 100 public high schools in America"
  6. ^ "Top-scoring schools on the 10th-grade MCAS." Online. Accessed 30 November 2007.
  7. ^ South Shore Interscholastic Chess League Results [1]
  8. ^ "DSHS student represents MA State"
  9. ^ DSHS student named Siemens Semifinalist Archived November 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ The Drama Department Wiki
  11. ^ "Kenny Florian Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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Coordinates: 42°13′01.41″N 71°19′21.24″W / 42.2170583°N 71.3225667°W / 42.2170583; -71.3225667