Hollis/Brookline High School

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Hollis/Brookine High School
Location
24 Cavalier Court
Hollis
, New Hampshire
USA
Coordinates 42°44′01″N 71°35′40″W / 42.73361°N 71.59444°W / 42.73361; -71.59444Coordinates: 42°44′01″N 71°35′40″W / 42.73361°N 71.59444°W / 42.73361; -71.59444
Information
Type Public secondary
Established 1997
School district SAU 41
Principal Rick Barnes
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 987
Campus Rural
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Cavaliers
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper The CavChron
Website

Hollis/Brookline High School (HBHS) is a public school located in Hollis, New Hampshire, serving the towns of Hollis and Brookline. It is administered by New Hampshire School Administration Unit (SAU) 41.

History[edit]

Aerial view of the school

The current high school building on Cavalier Court opened in 1997. A multimillion-dollar addition was opened in the fall of 2001. The former high school building on Main Street is now the Hollis/Brookline Cooperative Middle School.

Academics[edit]

Hollis-Brookline High School offers accelerated and honors courses in all departments, and has an advanced placement (AP) program including English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Calculus, US History, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and the newly added Environmental Science and World History. HBHS was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2010 [1] and has appeared on the Newsweek list of top high schools in America.[2][3]

Computer resources[edit]

Hollis/Brookline High School has three computer labs, 3 traveling computer labs with thirty laptops each, and other computers in the library. In addition to an assigned netbook, traveling projector carts are available for teachers, as well as an ELMO projector or SMART board.

Vocational education[edit]

Some students attend vocational courses held in neighboring towns. Hollis/Brookline High School, itself, offers Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Mechanical Drawing, Robotics, Video Production and several computer programming classes.

Athletics[edit]

Coach Korcoulis Track and Field

Hollis/Brookline is a member of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Class I schools. Athletic teams include cross country, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track wrestling, soccer, field hockey, skiing, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, bowling, baseball, softball, lacrosse, football, and ice hockey. Crew is offered as a club sport.

The school has three baseball fields, four multi-use (primarily soccer) fields, and a track complex. The track complex, known as Elias "Coach" Korcoulis Track, consists of a recently resurfaced six-lane track and a 320-square-foot (30 m2) field house.

Performing arts[edit]

Hollis/Brookline High School is home to the Hollis/Brookline Community Auditorium. It is host throughout the year to plays, performances, and professional public performances. The school theater department puts on plays, including a fall/winter play and a spring musical. The school also offers many musical classes and clubs that play at various concerts throughout the year, including concert band, jazz band, jazz combo, choir, and a cappella.

One notable tradition was Night of the Living Guitars, an annual showcase of student bands that raised money for the music department. After being discontinued for a few years, the tradition was revived in 2008. Some performances exist online.[4] Other similar musical performances have included "HB Idol", "Jazz Night", and "Southern Rock Night".[5]

Awards[edit]

Hollis/Brookline High School has earned several awards, including the Blue Ribbon Award, which it won in 2010.[1] More information about these awards is on the school's website.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

The Cavalier Chronicle[edit]

The Cavalier Chronicle is a student-run newspaper that first went into publication in the spring of 2004 with one issue published before the summer recess. The "CavChron", as it is known to students, is now in its fifth year of publication.

Cavazine[edit]

The Cavazine is an online magazine devoted to students' original writing, including essays, stories, and poetry, as well as student-made artwork and photography.

FIRST Robotics[edit]

Hollis/Brookline's FIRST Robotics Team 1073, also known as The FORCE Team, was established in 2002. It remains one of the most competitive teams in the region. A full biography of the team can be found here [4]. Along with numerous technical courses, the FIRST team makes its home in a pair of classrooms known as the Tech Center, which consists of one classroom is full of computers for the students and a modest but well-equipped machine shop. At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the team's machine shop was relocated to Hollis/Brookline Middle School, though the team is still associated with the high school.

Granite State Challenge[edit]

The 2008-2009 Hollis/Brookline Granite State Challenge team won the annual tournament, defeating the private Phillips Exeter Academy. It was the second time in school history that the Hollis/Brookline team competed in the Granite State Challenge final (known as the Superchallenge), losing to Phillips Exeter in the 1985 final.

Hollis Brookline Excalibur[edit]

The Hollis Broookline Excalibur is the Yearbook for the school. It is done by the Yearbook Club and it is sold every year to students and faculty. The covers are chosen by the editors, and are usually student made.

Student government[edit]

The HBHS Student Council, often referred to as "grand council" or simply "the council", is a governing organization of elected student representatives advised by Social Studies staff member Jenifer Given. The council is recently credited with a successful three-year campaign to readjust the cooperative school system's start times from 7:15 a.m to 7:40 a.m, having been led by past student body president Maggie O'Hara throughout her tenure at the school, finally succeeding in late spring 2017.

As of August 31, 2017, Hollis Brookline High School's student government was redesigned in the wake of the adoption of amendments to the HBHS Constitution.[6] Designed by then-student body president Patrick Bloniasz, the council was divided into a tiered system that allowed for more work to be done on behalf of the student body. Changes include the creation of the Student Activities Committee, which was designed to be a driving force in the development of the high school's coveted "Spirit Week" and related recreational activities, as well as the Policy Committee, which focuses on improving educational policy, curricula, and related matters. As of 2017, the policy committee was working on instituting a peer-to-peer mentorship program and improving environmental sustainability in the school's lunchroom.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1] Archived February 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "2013 America's Best High Schools". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Best High Schools". U.S News & World Report. U.S News & World Report. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ HBHS performing arts page
  6. ^ [3]

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