Gateway Regional High School (Massachusetts)

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Gateway Regional High School
Address
12 Littleville Road

,
01050

United States
Information
TypePublic high school
Open enrollment[1]
OpenedWednesday, September 4, 1963
School districtGateway Regional School District
SuperintendentDavid Hopson (from July 2003)
PrincipalJason S. Finnie [2]
Staff40 [3]
Teaching staff26 [4]
Grades9-12
Number of students220 (2016-17)[5]
Student to teacher ratio10.9 [4]
Color(s)          Blue and yellow
MascotThe Gateway Gator
AccreditationNEASC
NewspaperThe Gateway Post
YearbookThe Portal
Website

Gateway Regional High School (GRHS), commonly referred to as "Gateway" or "Gateway Regional," is a high-performing and well-regarded public high school located in Huntington, Massachusetts. It is the only high school in the Gateway Regional School District, serving students from Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, and Worthington.

History[edit]

It is said that before the abolition of slavery, a branch of the Underground Railroad, which was developed to assist fugitive slaves in their escape to Canada, ran through Huntington (then Murrayfield).[7] Millers' Tavern operated as a "station," and, being the last "hiding place" en route, became known as "The Gateway."

Today, the High School, Junior High School, Middle School, and Littleville Elementary stand on the old Moore farm property, the house and barns of which once served as Millers' Tavern and Stage Coach Inn. Therefore, it was natural to take the suggestion for a name for the school and district from the history and heritage of the past, so this parcel of land could continue to be a gateway to a better future.

Academics[edit]

Gateway has a history of pursuing the same high standards as New England's elite prep schools while still maintaining the egalitarian principles of a public school. Academically, the school regularly outperforms other public schools in Western Massachusetts, particularly as measured by the yearly MCAS assessment required of all Massachusetts public schools.[citation needed]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Clubs and Student Organizations[edit]

Gateway has an engaged student body participating in numerous activities. The administration is highly receptive to proposals for new additions to the existing set of clubs and student organizations, with the most recent having been formed in 2014.

Model United Nations[edit]

Founded in the Fall of 2013,[8] Gateway Regional High School-Model United Nations (GRHS—MUN) is advised by History Department teacher Nicholas Vooys. The club attends several Model UN conferences each year, including Boston College's EagleMUNC.[9] The club's constitution, ratified on November 6, 2013, was amended on June 4, 2014. This revision was significant as it included an overhaul of the club's executive structure and powers.

The Model United Nations club is also known for hosting two MUN conferences each year. noviceMUN, which is intended for beginner delegates, is held each Fall and GRMUNC, which is the club's flagship conference, is held each spring.[10] noviceMUN, followed by GRMUNC, was the first Model UN conference in Western Massachusetts to be hosted by a high school, and no other school, university, or organization in Western Massachusetts hosts more than one Model UN conference per year.

As Schools Match Wits[edit]

The As Schools Match Wits team (ASMW) practices trivia questions after school in preparation for competition in As Schools Match Wits, a high school quiz show that airs on WGBY.

Gateway Education, News and Entertainment System (Genesys)[edit]

Genesys produces periodic news videos which are posted on YouTube. All of the broadcasters are students, as are all of the crew. Genesys also appears at most school events, filming and archiving all of their footage.

Thespian Club[edit]

Gateway's Thespian Club produces one play every academic year. The play is held in the spring and past performances have included Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, among other plays.

Red Cross Club[edit]

The Red Cross Club, formed in 2014, partakes in volunteer service.

Student Government[edit]

The Student Council at Gateway consists of sixteen Student Representatives, four from each grade. The Student Council holds annual elections.

Athletics[edit]

Gateway's teams are known as the Gateway Gators; their colors are blue and gold. The school is especially well known for its soccer teams (both the boys' and girls' teams), though also excels at other sports, including baseball.

Fall sports[edit]

  • Boys' Soccer (JV, Varsity)
  • Girls' Soccer (JV, Varsity)
  • Boys' and Girls' Cross Country

Winter sports[edit]

  • Boys' Basketball (JV, Varsity)
  • Girls' Basketball (JV, Varsity)
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Wrestling
  • Cheerleading

Spring sports[edit]

  • Baseball (JV, Varsity)
  • Softball (JV, Varsity)

Traditions[edit]

Reindeer Games[edit]

The Reindeer Games are a yearly tradition at Gateway. Held by the Student Council in the High School gym, students compete in various activities and other games to earn spirit points for their respective classes. It has become common for students to perform popular dances, including the Harlem Shake, at the Reindeer Games.

Junior Prom[edit]

Every year, the junior class organizes a prom, which is attended by both juniors and seniors. It is usually held at another location.

Spring Fling[edit]

Hosted by the Student Council, Spring Fling brings students outside to enjoy the end of the school year.

Graduation[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Gateway Regional High School Staff Directory". Gateway Regional School District. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Staffing Data by Race, Ethnicity, Gender by Full-time Equivalents (2013-14) - Gateway Regional High (06720505)". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Teacher Data (2013-14) - Gateway Regional High (06720505)". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Gateway Regional High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "2017-18 SAT Performance Statewide Report". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2014-05-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Gateway Regional High School organizes Model United Nations Club". Masslive.com. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-05-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "High School Conference Database: 2017-2018 - Best Delegate". Bestdelegate.com. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  11. ^ "In Huntington, they don't forget their legends – or Tommy Heinsohn". Blog.masslive.com. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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Coordinates: 42°15′28.14″N 72°52′33.53″W / 42.2578167°N 72.8759806°W / 42.2578167; -72.8759806