Leominster High School
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|Leominster High School|
Home of the Blue Devils
"Go Big Blue"
|122 Granite Street
|Dean||William DiGregorio, Edwin Ordway, and Rebecca Stillman|
|Principal||Dr. Chris Lord|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Number of students||approx. 2000|
|Color(s)||Blue & White|
|Athletics||Football, Basketball, Soccer|
|Average SAT scores||488 verbal
1459 total (2014-2015)
|Website||Leominster High School|
Leominster High School (also known as Leominster High or LHS) is a public high school located in Leominster, Massachusetts. It is the only secondary educational institution found in Leominster. It is situated 26-acre (110,000 m2) in the western area of Leominster. As of April 2015, Leominster High School had an enrollment of about 2,000 students, in grades 9 through 12.
The original site for Leominster High School was located at the Carter Building. Located on West Street in Leominster, this building served as the public high school from 1909 to 1963. It later served as a junior high school, and is currently vacant. The current location of Leominster High School, located at 122 Granite Street, was opened in the fall of 1963. It has since undergone major renovations, both in 1977 and 1990.
Leominster High School comprises two units. It has an academic unit and a trade school, which is known as the Center for Technical Education (abbreviated CTE). The majority of students are enrolled in the academic unit, although CTE participation has been growing in recent years. Collectively, these two units are referred to as Leominster High School. In 2002, LHS had an enrollment of 1802 students, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. LHS now has an enrollment of approximately 2000 students. Leominster currently offers 12 Advanced Placement courses, 21 Honors level courses, and 12 Vocational shops. Leominster High is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Leominster High School is a participant in Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. The varsity football squad represented Central Massachusetts in the Division 1 Super Bowl in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 losing the first three games to the Lancers of Longmeadow, they however beat Saint Johns Shrewsbury in 2011 ending off the season with a 10-game winning streak. The football team also participates yearly in the Thanksgiving Day Game against Fitchburg. This annual rivalry is the second oldest high school Thanksgiving rivalry in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Thanksgiving high school rivalry of Wellsey & Needham being older by two years. Doyle Field, the school's sports complex located in downtown Leominster, underwent a major renovation from 2005-2006.
In addition to football, the school offers cross country, girls field hockey, girls and boys soccer, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, ice hockey, girls and boys swimming, indoor track, outdoor track, girls and boys lacrosse, girls and boys tennis, softball, and baseball. Leominster High also is the home to the Marching Blue Devils, under the direction of band director Barry Hudson. The band plays at all of the high school's home football games, and most of the school's ice hockey games. They also perform at the city's patriotic events, including the Memorial Day and Veteran's Day ceremonies.
Most of Leominster's athletic teams play their home games at the high school itself or at the Doyle Field complex. The ice hockey team plays its home games in neighboring Fitchburg at the Wallace Civic Center.
Recent renovations have occurred at Doyle Field. The track is not being resurfaced and will be torn up in the next few years. This will leave the Leominster High School track team, which already cannot have home meets because of the poor condition of the track, without a practice track.
The athletic director of Leominster High School is Christopher Young, who took over the program in 2000 after teaching history at Northwest Middle School.
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- Mark Osowski ('81) - former NBA assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets (then Charlotte Hornets), the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Markus Schulz ('87) - Music producer
- Paul DiGiovanni ('06) - Guitarist of the pop-punk band Boys Like Girls
- Frank Novak - American football coach
- Diego Fagundez - Professional soccer player for the New England Revolution
- Bruce Smith ('71) - Bassist for the band Orion The Hunter
- Adrian Nicole LeBlanc - American journalist, recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship
- Matt Kelly - Drummer for the Dropkick Murphys