Gloucester High School (Massachusetts)

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Gloucester High School
Gloucester High School.jpg
32 Leslie O Johnson Rd.


United States
Coordinates42°36′48″N 70°40′34″W / 42.61333°N 70.67611°W / 42.61333; -70.67611Coordinates: 42°36′48″N 70°40′34″W / 42.61333°N 70.67611°W / 42.61333; -70.67611
High school
Open enrollment[1]
Established1839; 180 years ago (1839)
CEEB code220878
PrincipalMr. James Cook
Enrollment818 (2016-17)[2]
LanguageEnglish, Chinese
Color(s)Maroon, White & Gold             
Athletics conferenceNortheastern Conference
SportsMIAA - Division 2

Gloucester (/ˈɡlɒstər/ (About this soundlisten) GLOS-tər) High School is a public four-year comprehensive secondary school, with 865 students and 150 faculty and staff, serving Gloucester, Massachusetts. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Northeast Alliance of High Schools.


Established by 1839, Gloucester High School became a four-year institution by 1857.[4] In 1889, the school moved into its then new building on Dale Avenue.[5] The Dale Avenue building was converted to Central Grammar School in 1939.[6] The current Gloucester High School, located along the Annisquam River, near the entrance to Gloucester Harbor, was completed in 1939, with an addition in the 1970s and a new Field House wing added in the 1990s.


Gloucester High School is well known for its many athletic teams and competes in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).



  • State Champions: 1991 (3A), 1995 (3A), 2000 (3A), 2007 (2A), 2009 (1A), 2010 (1A)
  • State Finalists: 1987 (2), 1998 (3B), 2008 (2A)
  • League Champions: 1987, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015


  • Boy's - League Champions: 2006, 2007

Cross Country

  • League Champions: 1992–2006, 2007




  • State Champions: 1993, 1998, 2006
  • League Champions: 1993, 1998, 2006, 2008


  • League Champions: 2000-2007, 2009-2012, 2013–2015


  • League Champions: 1988, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2009


  • League Champions: 1999, 2002


  • League Champions: 11 of last 15 seasons (The track team has a co-op with Manchester-Essex High School)


Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association (GFAA)

Renewal Newell Stadium


Headed by director Daniel Fleury and assistant directors David DiPietro and Ryan Stadt, the high school's music program includes a chorus and a stage band, "The Docksiders". The band has traveled as far away as California and Hawaii to perform. In April 2014 the Docksiders went to perform on the Carnival Cruise ship, "Victory," which went from Miami to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Notable alumni[edit]

Joan (Tysver) Chiancola played baseball as a pitcher for the Grand Rapids Chicks and the Rockford Peaches in the All American Girls Baseball League in the 1950 and 1951 seasons. The League was made more famous by the film, A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks.

Teen pregnancy controversy[edit]

On June 18, 2008, the high school drew international attention as news broke that 18 students had become pregnant in the last year, over four times the previous year's reported pregnancies. Principal Joseph Sullivan claimed that some of the girls had made a pact to become pregnant together, one even seeking a homeless 24-year-old man in her pursuits to conceive.[7][8] But Gloucester mayor Carolyn Kirk quickly responded that they had no confirmation of any pregnancy pact.[9] Finally, one pregnant student, interviewed on Good Morning America, said:

There was definitely no pact [...] There was a group of girls already pregnant that decided they were going to help each other to finish school and raise their kids together.[10]

Media reactions to the event ranged from general criticism of the episode as representing a misguided adolescent shortcut to adulthood and identity, to the matter of whether statutory rape occurred. (Some of the girls were under 16, which in Massachusetts made it illegal for their partners to have sex with them.)[8] However, most early media reactions were not completely accurate because they had not received all of the necessary information until later.[11]

During the 2007–2008 school year, two staff members began to publicly advocate that the school clinic provide contraception without parental consent, largely in response to the surge in student pregnancies. This recommendation drew opposition from the board of Addison Gilbert Hospital, which sponsors the clinic. The clinic staff, a pediatrician and nurse practitioner, resigned in protest at the end of the school year.[12] On October 8, 2008 the Gloucester School Committee granted the use of contraceptives through the Student Health Center, provided the students had parental approval.

The "pregnancy pact" controversy inspired some fictional treatments.[citation needed] The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Babes", airing in November 2008, featured a pregnancy pact between four high-school girls, with one becoming involved with a mentally-ill homeless man to conceive. The following March, an episode of Bones, "The Salt in the Wounds", featured a high-school girls' volleyball team with many members pregnant or already having given birth. Barbara Delinsky published a book titled, 'Not My Daughter', which was inspired by events in Gloucester. On January 23, 2010, Lifetime premiered a new movie called The Pregnancy Pact, which is inspired by these events.[13]

The controversy is also the subject of a documentary, "The Gloucester 18." The film crew interviewed a number of the girls allegedly involved in the "pact", many of whom speak publicly for the first time in the movie. The documentary purports to be the only source of the true story behind the Gloucester pregnancy pact and includes interviews with the girls and their families as well as Dr. Brian Orr and nurse Kimberly Daly, who ran the health clinic at Gloucester High during the time of the controversy. [14]

It also went international with the 2010 Spanish miniseries titled, El Pacto based on the Gloucester High pact as well as a 2011 French feature film, 17 Girls, a story of "young female friendship—and naiveté" is based on the Gloucester High "pact." It is the first feature film from sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin. [15]


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  2. ^ "Gloucester High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "2017-18 SAT Performance Statewide Report". September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Inglis, Alexander James (1911). The Rise of the High School in Massachusetts. Columbia University. p. 97. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  5. ^ "New Building on Dale Avenue Dedicated". Boston Daily Globe. August 30, 1889. p. 3. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  6. ^ Wright, John Hardy (2000). Gloucester and Rockport. Arcadia Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 0-7524-1223-X. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  7. ^ Kingsbury, Kathleen (June 18, 2008). "Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High". Time. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  8. ^ a b "US fears of teen 'pregnancy pact'". BBC News. June 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  9. ^ Kingsbury, Kathleen (June 20, 2008). "Gloucester Pregnancy Plot Thickens". Time. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  10. ^ Benfer, Amy (June 27, 2008). "What's So Wrong with a Pregnancy Pact?". Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  11. ^ Randazza, Marc John (June 25, 2008). "Gloucester and Its 'Pregnancy Pact' – A Native's Perspective". The Legal Satyricon. WordPress. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  12. ^ McCabe, Kathy (May 29, 2008). "17 Gloucester High students are said to be pregnant". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  13. ^ Schneider, Michael (Sep 7, 2009). "Lifetime gives birth to 'Pact'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  14. ^ Wayland, Greg (January 25, 2010). "Is 'Pregnancy Pact' fact, or fiction?". NECN. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  15. ^ Lake, Mike (August 30, 2011). "I Want One, Too". Rover Arts News. Retrieved 2011-09-11.

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