Hope High School (Rhode Island)

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Hope High School
Hope High School Providence.png
Providence, Rhode Island
United States
Coordinates 41°50′05″N 71°24′07″W / 41.83479°N 71.40206°W / 41.83479; -71.40206Coordinates: 41°50′05″N 71°24′07″W / 41.83479°N 71.40206°W / 41.83479; -71.40206
Type Public Secondary
Established 1898
Grades 9–12
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue
Mascot Blue Wave

Hope High School is a public high school in the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. operated by Providence Public School District. It was founded in 1898. Its current building was completed in June 1936.[1]

Community system[edit]

Since 2003, Hope High School has been partitioned into three semi-independent "communities" -- Hope High School Arts Community, Hope High School Technology Community, and Hope Leadership Community—each with its own principal. Since June 2009, however, the Leadership Community no longer exists. As of June, 2012, the Arts and Technology communities were merged into one school[citation needed]

The triune system was developed in an attempt to remedy a history of exceptionally low test scores (2008 SAT combined score was 1047, over 900 points lower than Moses Brown School, a private school 2 blocks away) at Hope High School. Many regard Hope High - and the future success or failure of these reforms - as a "litmus test" for educational reform in Rhode Island.[2]

It serves grades 9-12 with a total of 1449 students.

The Providence Public School District is attempting to force Hope onto a standardized six-period schedule, which would take away many of the reforms - longer classes, an extended advisory system, the arts and tech programs, and extensive common planning time - that have helped turn the school around. Students from Hope have been vocal in their protest, rallying at School Board meetings and engaging in a walkout. A group of students declared they are filing a legal challenge against the district's decision on the grounds that it directly violates a state regulation forbidding schools in Rhode Island from decreasing their common planning time.[citation needed]

Student ethnicity[edit]

Student ethnicity
Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 53% 16%
Black, not Hispanic 30% 8%
White, not Hispanic 12% 71%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native <1% <1%

Source: NCES, 2003-2004

Athletic history[edit]

Hope High School won four baseball championships and three football championships between 1918 and 1929. Hope won the 1917, 1928, 1930, and 1992 state interscholastic outdoor track meet championships. The cross country team was the division two state champions 1988-1992. Hope's soccer team won the Rhode Island division 1 championship in 2006. In 1938 Hope High's basketball team not only won the RI Schoolboy State Championship, the boys from Hope Street went on to win the New England Basketball Championship hosted in Connecticut. Charles Melay Simon earned all New England Honors to go along with his RI Schoolboy All State Honors. In the period 1960 through 1963, Hope High's Falkmen (coach Bill Falk) were undefeated in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track competition winning both Division1 and State Championships all 4 years. In the winter of 1961, Hope High teams were Division 1 and State Champions in Basketball, Hockey, and Indoor Track - the three major winter sports at the time.

In 1956, 1960 ,and 1961,Hope hockey teams, coached by Ed Mullen, were crowned R.I. State champions.

Notable people[edit]




  1. ^ Public buildings a survey of architecture of projects constructed by federal and other governmental bodies between the years 1933 and 1939 with the assistance of the Public Works Administration. p. 191. 
  2. ^ GINA MACRIS (August 28, 2003). "Reformed Hope High makes debut". projo.com. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  3. ^ "H.P. Lovecraft Biography". biography.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Rhode Island. Dept. of State (1916). Manual, with Rules and Orders, for the Use of the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island. Dept. of State. p. 393. 
  5. ^ "BEARD, Edward Peter, (1940 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Deon Anderson". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ray Jarvis Stats". Baseball Almnac. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "CCRI Foundation to honor Avedisian, Caprio, White for changing lives". Warwick Online. Becon Communications. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 

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