Lexington High School (Massachusetts)

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Lexington High School
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, Massachusetts 02421
United States
Coordinates 42°26′36.92″N 71°13′57.38″W / 42.4435889°N 71.2326056°W / 42.4435889; -71.2326056Coordinates: 42°26′36.92″N 71°13′57.38″W / 42.4435889°N 71.2326056°W / 42.4435889; -71.2326056
Type Public high school
School district Lexington Public Schools
NCES District ID 2506840[1]
Superintendent Mary Czajkowski
CEEB code 221190[2]
Principal Andrew Stephens
Faculty 161.9 (on an FTE basis)[3]
Enrollment 2,093 (as of 2014-15)[3]
Student to teacher ratio 12.9:1[3]
Houses Arts & Humanities, Science, World Language, Math
Color(s)          Blue and Gold
Nickname Minutemen
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Massachusetts State Department of Education[2]
Average SAT scores (2016-2017[4]) 639 verbal
658 math
1297 total
Newspaper The Musket
Feeder schools Jonas Clarke Middle School
William Diamond Middle School

Lexington High School is a public high school located in Lexington, Massachusetts, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades. Its students generally attended one of the town's two 6th-8th grade middle schools, Jonas Clarke Middle School and William Diamond Middle School. In turn, Clarke is fed by three of the town's six elementary schools: Bowman, Bridge, and Harrington, while Diamond is fed by the other three: Estabrook, Fiske, and Hastings.

In 2014, Lexington was ranked as the 19th best high school in the country by Newsweek on its "America's Top Public Schools" list.[5] In 2013 and 2014, Boston Magazine ranked Lexington as the 2nd best high school in the Greater Boston area. Out of 50 high schools, Lexington had the highest SAT average, 1903 out of 2400.[6] In the 2016 graduating class of 524 students, the mean critical reading score was 626; the mean mathematics score was 656; the mean writing score was 626.

Lexington's colors are blue and gold. Its mascot is the Minuteman, and its teams are nicknamed the Minutemen, in honor of the colonial-era militiamen.


Lexington High School originally occupied this building from 1854 to 1902.

Lexington High School's facilities are divided into four buildings.

The Arts and Humanities Building contains the bulk of the following departments: English, Social Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, and Physical Education. It also has the Donald J. Gillespie, Jr. Auditorium, the Ralph Lord Gymnasium, and a fieldhouse. Commons I and Commons II are used as cafeterias and meeting places. The library and the main administration office are also in this building. Thus, the Arts and Humanities building is informally and frequently called the "main" building by many students. The gym, locker rooms, etc. are numbered in the 900s. Other rooms in the Arts and Humanities building are numbered by floor, 100s for the first floor and 200s for the second floor.

The Science Building contains the Science Department. The building contains the "Science Lecture Hall" (SLH), which is used for, among other things, math competitions and detentions. Because of the detentions, the chairs and tableshave been scarred by delinquent etchings and markings. Rooms are numbered by floor, 300s for the first floor and 400s for the second floor.

The World Language Building contains the World Language and the Health Education Departments, and rooms are numbered by floor, 500s for the first floor and 600s for the second floor.

The Math Building contains the Math Department, as well as the LABBB program, and rooms are numbered by floor, 700s for the first floor and 800s for the second floor.

The "Quad" is an outdoor common area. It is bounded by the Main building (on two sides), the Science building, and a covered walkway between the Science building and the Foreign Language building.


As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,093 students and 161.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. There were 135 students (6.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 29 (1.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[3]

Academic competition[edit]

Computer Science Team[edit]

Lexington High School's Computer Science Team won second place in the Senior-5 division at the 2009-10 American Computer Science League All-Star Competition. The team finished third and fourth in the same division in 2010-11 and 2008-09 respectively.[7]

Debate Team[edit]

Lexington High School has a historically strong debate program, consisting of three divisions: Lincoln Douglas, Policy, and Public Forum. Lexington is the only school in the country with the distinction of having won all three major divisions at the Tournament of Champions.[citation needed] It has also had winners or runners-up at other national championships including the National Catholic Forensic League, National Debate Coaches Association, and National Speech and Debate Association. As of 2016, Lexington's debate team has won both the Policy division and the Sweepstakes Award at the State Championship for the last 40 years.[citation needed]

Lexington won the Policy division at the TOC in 1994. A Lexington team won the TOC in the Public Forum division in 2007.[8] In 2011 Lexington Debate teams won the NDCA.[9]

The Lexington Winter Invitational Tournament[edit]

The team annually hosts the Lexington Winter Invitational Tournament, nicknamed "Big Lex," with the categories of public forum debate, policy debate, and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The event is a Tournament of Champions qualifier at the quarterfinal level and drew 1000 debaters in 2014 from as far away as California.[10]

Math Team[edit]

Through the Massachusetts Mathematics League and the Greater Boston Mathematics League, Lexington High School has had superior success in qualifying for the MAML (Massachusetts Association of Math Leagues) State Meet and the NEAML (New England Association of Math Leagues) New England meet. Lexington has won the Massachusetts State Championship Math Meet 20 times between 1978 and 2013, competing in the large school division: 1978-1980, 1992-1995, 2000–2008, and 2010-2013.[11] In the New England Championship Math Meet, Lexington has won seven championships: in 1994, 2002, 2003, 2006-2008, and 2012.[12]

Lexington also participates in the MAML-organized Massachusetts Mathematics Olympiad (MMO), where many of its students have succeeded in finishing in the top 20 statewide.[13]

Lexington High School's math team has sent teams to HMMT. Lexington won the entire competition in 1998 and 2001. Additionally, Lexington won second place in 2002 and 2009; fourth in 1999 and 2000; fifth in 2004, 2008 and 2012; sixth in 2003; seventh in 2013; and eighth in 2007. In many years, Lexington High School also has had a few students finish in the top ten in certain individual categories.[14]

The high school has also sent teams to the Harvard-MIT November Tournament (HMNT). Lexington won second place overall at the 2008, 2009, and 2011 iterations of the tournament. Lexington finished fourth at the tournament in 2010 and 2012.[14]

The WPI Invitational Math Meet, which has been held continuously since 1988, has been won by Lexington High School 21 times, from 1988-1994 and 1996-2010. In 2011, Lexington finished in second place behind Northfield Mount Hermon School, and in 2012, Lexington finished in third place.[15]

Lexington competes in the American Mathematics Competitions. In 2009, 5 students from Lexington High School, as well as 2 from Clarke, qualified for the USAMO.[16] In 2010, with the split of the USAMO format into the USAMO and the new USA Junior Math Olympiad (USAJMO), Lexington had five USAMO qualifiers (one from Clarke), and five USAJMO qualifiers.[17][18] From 2006-2011, Lexington had a total of 34 USAMO qualifiers, including four middle schoolers. In the first two years of USAJMO's existence, Lexington had nine total qualifiers, including two middle schoolers. Between 1987 and 2011, there were 76 USAMO qualifiers from Lexington High School, 7th most among all high schools in the nation.

The math department of the Lexington Public Schools system has received national merit through the Mathematical Association of America, as the Edyth May Sliffe Award has been won by 8 Lexington Public Schools teachers (5 from the high school, 2 from Diamond, and 1 from Clarke; all but the one at Clarke are listed under Lexington High School) a total of 11 times. Lexington High School also has the most two-time winners (3 teachers; no teacher can win it more than twice).[19] Indian Woods Middle School, Shawnee Mission, KS (10) and Frost Middle School, Fairfax, VA (11) are the only other schools to have teachers win the award 10 or more times.

In 2010, the Lexington High School Math Team founded the annual Lexington Math Tournament, inspired by tournaments such as HMMT, and geared for middle school students.[20]

Model UN[edit]

Run as an after school club, Lexington High School's Model UN program is one of the fastest growing and most competitive programs in the nation. Lexington excels at regional conferences such as BUSUN, EagleMUNC, and DartMUN, in addition to various local high school conferences. Lexington won outstanding small delegation at EagleMUNC in 2016 and outstanding small at DartMUN in 2015. Lexington also sends delegations to NAIMUN (North American Invitation Model United Nations) every year, many of whom return with awards. Finally, Lexington hosts an annual high school conference, LexMUN, which is run entirely by the student body. Many public and private schools come from the Boston area to participate.

Science teams[edit]

Lexington High School's FIRST Tech Challenge team, 2 Bits and a Byte, went to the FIRST world championship in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and again in 2018.[citation needed] In 2014, their roster reached 53 people, much greater than FIRST's recommended team size of 10 people.

Lexington High School's National Ocean Sciences Bowl team won the National competition between 1998 and 2002, the first five years of the competition's existence. In 2009, the team won the regional Blue Lobster Bowl[21] and returned to the national competition to win second place. The team won regionals in 2011 and repeated their 2nd-place performance at the national competition. The team won regionals in 2012 and placed 4th at the national competition. The team won regionals in 2016 and placed 6th at that year's national competition.

Lexington High School's National Science Bowl team has qualified for the national competition 12 times, more than any other school in Massachusetts, doing so in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, and in 2008-2017.[22][23] The team won 2nd place nationally in 2009, losing in the final to Mira Loma High School. In 2010, the second team from Lexington also reached the semifinals of the regional qualifying competition before losing to the first team. In 2011, Lexington's B Team defeated Lexington's A Team in the regional finals to qualify for the National competition. In 2012, after defeating the B Team in the regional finals, Lexington's A Team outlasted 68 of the nation's finest science bowl teams to win the National Science Bowl competition.[24] In 2013, Lexington placed 3rd; in 2015, 5th; and in 2016 beat Thomas Jefferson and lost to Clements to place 4th. Beating TJHSST, the Lexington team members were the 2017 national champions, beating the B team again in the regional finals.

Science Olympiad teams also exist at both Lexington High School and Diamond Middle School. The high school team won the state competition from 2001 to 2003, second place in 2009 and third place in 2010 at the state competition. The middle school team won second in 2010, fourth in both 2008 and 2009, and third in 2007.

Lexington High School's Envirothon team qualified for the national competition in 2008 and placed 7th.

Lexington High School's Invention Club won 3 gold medals at the regional invention convention in April 2017, and had its Captain, win 3rd place at Nationals

Quiz Bowl Team[edit]

The Lexington Quiz Bowl team was founded in the 2012-2013 school year. The year of its establishment, the team placed 33rd at Nationals in the 2013 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, and also placed 16th in the junior varsity division of the National History Bowl. In 2015, the team placed 5th overall at the National History Bowl. In 2016 a team placed 2nd overall at the National History Bowl, the highest ever finish at a national competition for a Lexington team, as well as finishing 5th overall at the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, following it up with a ninth-place finish at the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament.

Chess Club[edit]

In 2008, the Lexington High School chess club made its debut at the annual Hurvitz Cup of the Massachusetts State Team Championship, where the team placed 4th overall.[25] The following year, the team placed second in the grade nine team section of the annual National K-12 Scholastic Championship in Dallas, Texas.[26] In March 2010, the team tied for first in the high school section of the Hurvitz Cup[27] and placed second in the Rhode Island State Championship.[28] In April and May 2011, respectively, the team won the high school section of the Hurvitz Cup[29] and placed thirteenth in the K12 section of the National K12 High School Championship.[30]

School sports[edit]

Lexington High School offers the following sports:[31]

The high school's field house

Lexington's teams compete in the Middlesex League. Its past athletic rivalry was with Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (Concord, MA). A new rivalry has sprung up with Burlington High School (Burlington, MA).

Athletic titles and acknowledgements[edit]

Lexington High School sports teams have received the following accolades:

  • The girls' indoor track team tied for the first in the Massachusetts Division I State Championships in 2013.[32]
  • The cross-country team was undefeated within their league from 2000 to 2005, and again from 2011 to 2015.[32]
  • The boys' cross country team finished 4th at the All State meet in 2015, the best All State finish in team history.
  • The boys' indoor track team won the Massachusetts Division I State Championships in 1970, 1994, 2006, 2015, and 2016,[33] and repeated in 2007.[34] The Outdoor Track team won the Massachusetts Division I State Championships in 1970, 1976, 2006, and 2007[32] In 2007, the Lexington boys' outdoor track team captured both the Division I State Championship and the All-State Championship. In 2016, the team was the runner up to the All State title. The boys' running teams were also undefeated in the Middlesex League all of 2015-16 [32]
  • The LHS girls' varsity softball team won the Massachusetts Division I State Championships in 2008 and 2009.[citation needed]
  • Former LHS football coach Bill Tighe was the oldest football coach in the country.[35]
  • The LHS boys' varsity soccer team won the Massachusetts Division I State Championships for the first time ever in 2016.[36]

Other details[edit]

In 2005, Fred Phelps, of Topeka, Kansas, and his church (the Westboro Baptist Church) protested the Lexington High School graduation because of the school's support of its gay-straight alliance. The group returned in 2009.[37]

The Musket[edit]

The Musket is the school newspaper, and has notable popularity around Lexington.

Until 1965, the school newspaper was called The High-Spot.[38]


In 1997 The Musket ran into controversy by refusing to run an abstinence ad. The paper's First Amendment rights were maintained with the victory in Yeo v Town of Lexington, a case argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.[citation needed][39]

The LABBB Program[edit]

The LABBB program, a special education program serving mentally challenged students from surrounding towns (Lexington, Arlington, Burlington, Belmont and Bedford) emphasizes real world skills for the mentally handicapped. LHS students have the opportunity to work with the LABBB students in the Best Buddies program, special events, and classes.[40]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "LHS School Profile". Archived from the original on September 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d School data for Lexington High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2016–2017). "2016-17 SAT Performance Report (DISTRICT) All Students". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Mass.Gov. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "America's Top Public Schools". 
  6. ^ "Boston's Best Schools 2012: Top 50 Ranking of High Schools in Boston and Boston Suburbs". 
  7. ^ "ACSL Programming contest computer contest". 
  8. ^ "Lexington Wins TOC Public Forum Debate Championship". 
  9. ^ "The Blake Tournament Results". 
  10. ^ Parker, Brock (14 January 2010). "Debaters bring annual war of words". The Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ "MAML All-Time Team Records". Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "NEAML All-Time Team Records". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Massachusetts Mathematics Olympiad Statistics". 
  14. ^ a b "HMMT Results". 
  15. ^ "WPI Invitational Math Meet Statistics". 
  16. ^ "2009 USAMO Qualifiers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "2010 USAMO Qualifiers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ "2010 USAJMO Qualifiers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 6, 2012. 
  19. ^ "High School Mathematics Teaching Edyth May Sliffe Award". 
  20. ^ "About Lexington Math Tournament". 
  21. ^ "Welcome to the Blue Lobster Bowl". 
  22. ^ "Boston University Science Bowl". 
  23. ^ Past High School National Science Bowl Winners (1991 - 2015), US Department of Energy
  24. ^ "2012 High School Double Elimination No-Loss Bracket" (PDF). 
  25. ^ "MACA Cross Table: 2008 Hurvitz Cup/Massachusetts State Team Championships". 
  26. ^ "Chess Team Second in the Nation". 
  27. ^ "Hurvitz Cup State Team Champion". 
  28. ^ "2011 RI Scholastic Championship". 
  29. ^ "Lexington High chess team wins state title". 
  30. ^ "2011 National K12 High School Championship". 
  31. ^ "Athletics Department". 
  32. ^ a b c d "Lexington XC&TF". Lexington XC&TF. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  33. ^ Massachusetts Division I State Championships 2006-7 results Archived December 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  34. ^ Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Miaa.ezstream.net (2007-02-16). Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  35. ^ Hall, Brendan (26 November 2010). "Prep coach Bill Tighe retires at 86". ESPN.com. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  36. ^ "Lexington completes improbable run to D1 title - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  37. ^ "Westboro Baptist Church met with silence at high school protest - Lexington, MA - Lexington Minuteman". Wickedlocal.com. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  38. ^ wendypicnic (24 April 2012). "Lexington High School Newspapers". Yahoo! Groups. Yahoo!, Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  39. ^ [1] Archived June 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  40. ^ "Lexington High School / Homepage". Lhs.lexingtonma.org. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  41. ^ McGrath, Jenny. "Orny Adams on His Crappy Week, Getting Cast on Teen Wolf, and the Coach’s Advice for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez", Wetpaint, November 15, 2012. Accessed December 5, 2017. "[Q] Have you ever had a coach like the Coach? [A] Coach Ferrias, Lexington High School. Something that he would do that I’ve thought about doing, is he would also whistle at us."
  42. ^ Dobrowolski, Tony. "James MacGregor Burns, historian and FDR biographer, dies at age 95", The Berkshire Eagle, July 15, 2014. Accessed December 5, 2017. "Born in Melrose on Aug. 3, 1918, Burns grew up in Burlington and attended Lexington High School before he enrolled at Williams."
  43. ^ Farinella, Mark. " Keeping in line; Pats solid up front thanks to assistant coach", The Sun Chronicle, January 29, 2015. Accessed December 5, 2017. "The point was that Belichick did not expect DeGuglielmo, a former assistant on the staffs of the Giants, Dolphins and Jets, to mirror or mimic his predecessor, who had spent 30 years in the Patriots' organization and was wildly successful as their offensive line coach. He expected DeGuglielmo, a former football standout at Lexington High School, to be himself and attack the job in his own way."
  44. ^ Walker, Adrian. "Decades of Lexington students remember their beloved 'Mrs. P.'", The Boston Globe, April 8, 2016. Accessed December 5, 2017. "To this day, Rachel Dratch is a bit surprised that Sandi Peaslee — “Mrs. P.” to her students — put up with her behavior in chorus class at Lexington High School."
  45. ^ "Yale University School of Art: Catherine Murphy". Art.yale.edu. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  46. ^ "Catherine Murphy's Photorealistic Paintings". Elledecor.com. 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  47. ^ Technology, Massachusetts Institute of. "MacArthur Fellows". MIT. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  48. ^ "William G. Tapply Online". Williamgtapply.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  49. ^ Miller, Samantha. "Nice Catch!", People (magazine), January 28, 202. Accessed December 5, 2017. "At Lexington High School he also took up track and lacrosse before enrolling at Vassar College, where he earned a B.A. in biology in 1996."

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