John Stark Regional High School
|John Stark Regional High School|
|618 North Stark Highway
Weare, New Hampshire 03281
|Teaching staff||73.1 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.92|
|Color(s)||Red, white, and blue|
John Stark Regional High School is a coeducational regional public high school in Weare, New Hampshire serving the communities of Weare and Henniker, New Hampshire. It is part of School Administrative Unit (SAU) 24, and is administered by the John Stark School District. John Stark Regional is named after General John Stark, who served in the American Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
John Stark Regional High School was created to serve the communities of Weare and Henniker, and was built in 1987 with the support of both towns.
After years of overcrowding, a $5 million addition/renovation project was approved by the voters of Weare and Henniker on March 14, 2000, but the project was delayed due to a legal challenge to "Senate Bill 2," which allowed towns to pass building projects with an approval of sixty percent of balloted votes versus the two-thirds majority of those towns using the town meeting form of government. The project was allowed to proceed in the spring of 2002, and construction began in June 2002.
At the start of the 2006-2007 school year, soda and other unhealthy foods became prohibited from being sold during school hours. A Hat/Electronic Device Policy was also implemented which banned the wearing of hats and the use of personal electronic devices, such as cellphones and MP3 players, during school hours. However, during the 2010-2011 school year, the "senior privileges" for the class of 2011 included a clause allowing the use of iPods and MP3 players in Senior Study Hall in the cafeteria.
After eight years as principal, Arthur Aaronson retired in 2007. One of the assistant principals, Michael Turmelle, was promoted to serve as principal, beginning in the 2007-08 school year. In June 2010, Mr. Turmelle resigned to take a position with the Sanborn Regional School District. Interim Principal Chris Mosca was appointed by the School Board for the 2010-2011 school year.
The current principal, since the start of the 2013-2014 school year, is Christopher Corkery.
The demographic breakdown of the 725 students enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year was:
- Male - 53.2%
- Female - 46.8%
- Native American/Alaskan - 0.1%
- Asian/Pacific islander - 1.2%
- Black - 0.6%
- Hispanic - 1.0%
- White - 95.9%
- Multiracial - 1.2%
Spring sports offered at John Stark include baseball, softball, track, boys' volleyball, and boys' and girls' lacrosse. Fall sports include cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Winter sports include wrestling, boys' and girls' basketball, hockey, skiing, and swimming. The team nickname is The Generals.
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- Goffstown News at NewHampshire.com, "Weare Year in Review 2007" by Michelle Kim, Dec. 26, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008.