Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

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Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Courtyard, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury MA.jpg
Courtyard
Address
390 Lincoln Road
Sudbury, Massachusetts 01776
United States
Coordinates 42°23′51″N 71°24′01″W / 42.3976°N 71.4003°W / 42.3976; -71.4003Coordinates: 42°23′51″N 71°24′01″W / 42.3976°N 71.4003°W / 42.3976; -71.4003
Information
Type Public high school
Motto Think for yourself, but think of others
Established 1954
Sister school L-S Memorial School in Thmar Kaul, Battambang Province, Cambodia [1]
School district Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District
Superintendent Bella Wong
CEEB code 222088
Principal Bella Wong
Faculty 155[2] (250 total) [3]
Grades 9–12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1,641[4] (Fall 2013)
 • Grade 9 452
 • Grade 10 403
 • Grade 11 389
 • Grade 12 394
Average class size 20
Language English
Hours in school day 7 hours 15 minutes
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Navy Blue
     White
Sports football, soccer, volleyball, golf, cross-country, cheer leading, winter and spring track and field, wrestling, skiing, swimming, baseball, hockey, softball, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, sailing, tennis
Mascot Warrior
Team name Warriors
Rival Acton-Boxborough/Concord-Carlisle
Accreditation NEASC
Average SAT scores 626 verbal
637 math
1263 total (2016-2017)[5]
Average ACT scores 27.3 average [6]
Newspaper The Forum [7]
Yearbook DYAD
Budget $31,497,691 total
$19,282 per pupil
(2016)[8]
Website

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (LSRHS or L-S) is a public regional high school located in Sudbury, Massachusetts serving the communities of Sudbury and Lincoln, Massachusetts. The school building was replaced prior to the 2004–2005 academic year. The school's radio station is WYAJ, 97.7 FM, but it no longer broadcasts a signal.

History[edit]

The Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District was established in 1954, integrating the former Sudbury High School with students from the nearby town of Lincoln, Massachusetts. Lincoln did not have its own high school previously, electing to send its students to neighboring town's schools.

In June 2002, the district began a $74 million project to replace the aging facilities with new construction on the same campus. The new school was completed before the 2004–2005 academic year and the old building was demolished. Among other features, the new facilities include four gymnasiums and a 750-seat auditorium.[9] A $1.6 million project to install a completely refurbished sports stadium, including a multipurpose turf field, 6-lane running track, and bleachers, culminated in the fall of 2007. In the summer of 2016 a multi thousand budget was put in place and the track and the fields were refurbished.

January 2007 killing[edit]

On January 19, 2007, 15-year-old freshman James Alenson was stabbed to death with a knife in a high school bathroom in a hall adjacent to the East House area. The school was put into lockdown twenty minutes after the event at around 7:20 in the morning. The first news reports came out around 8:35 a.m., and the event was highly publicized. The students were sent home at 10:20 a.m. Emerson Hospital stated that Alenson was pronounced dead at the hospital at 8:12 a.m.[10]

Sixteen-year-old L-S student John Odgren, a resident of Princeton, Massachusetts, was charged the same day with "murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and carrying a knife onto school property".[11][12][13]

Odgren, who was held without bail after his arrest, was a special education student who had been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. He had no previous record of violence. His defense was insanity from the Asperger's, but on April 29, 2010, he was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to serve the mandatory life without parole sentence the next day. He has entered automatic appeal by law.[14][15][16] He lost his appeal and is currently serving life in jail.

N-Word Controversy[edit]

In 2017 an administrator used the word "nigger" when speaking to some students about that word (and "nigga" variants). This caused Principal Bella Wong to write to parents explaining the context of its use. [17][18] This was particularly difficult because the epithets were not directed at anyone and are found in popular songs. Since this is a public (state-funded) school in the US, the school is subject to legal restrictions on its ability to control private student communications.

November 2013 sexual assault allegations[edit]

A former student at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against school officials on Tuesday, April 23, 2018, claiming they failed to properly investigate her accusations of sexual assault or discipline her alleged attackers. The former student alleges that two male classmates sexually assaulted her during a football game at the school in November 2013. Instead, school officials stigmatized the 15-year-old by separating her from her classmates, forcing her to sit by herself in an area where students typically served suspensions and detention, the complaint alleges. The lawsuit is ongoing.[19][20]

2018 sexual assault protest[edit]

On April 30, 2018, hundreds of students walked out of classes to protest the handling of an alleged sexual assault that occurred on school premises in November of 2013. A former student has filed a federal complaint claiming the regional school failed to discipline her alleged attacker and they failed to properly investigate her sexual assault accusations since 2013. A lawyer for the school said the reported assault was investigated by the school, Sudbury police, and by employees responsible for the school district's compliance with Title IX federal discrimination laws. The US Department of Education investigated the complaints and found " 'insufficient evidence’ to conclude that the School District had ‘failed to promptly and equitably respond.' "[21]

Athletics[edit]

Lincoln-Sudbury is a member of the Dual County League. The varsity teams were a combined 295-98-9 in 2006–2007, earning the school the Dalton Trophy, awarded by The Boston Globe for the best overall won-loss record among Division I Massachusetts high schools. It was the first time the school has won the Dalton Trophy since moving to Division I, though it won the Division II trophy eight times between 1975 and 2003.[22]

Fall sports include football, field hockey, girls volleyball, soccer, cross country, and golf. Winter sports include basketball, Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing, wrestling, ice hockey, swimming and diving, Spring sports include sailing, lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, and boys volleyball. Track and field is offered during both winter and spring.[23]

Club teams are also offered, including their Ultimate Frisbee team, Taco Wagon. In addition, intramural teams are offered, and in 2018, the intramural basketball Team 8 won the championship on a buzzer-beating three pointer by forward Matt Cunningham.[24]

LS also offers both boys and girls varsity ice hockey teams.

Before the 2017 season, Lincoln-Sudbury named both the boys and girls rugby clubs as varsity sports. In 2006, Lincoln-Sudbury Women's Rugby Football Club became the first established high school girl's rugby team in Massachusetts. [25][not in citation given]

Lincoln-Sudbury has a longstanding athletic rivalry with Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Lincoln-Sudbury also has a rival with Wayland High School in football. On Thanksgiving morning, L-S plays Newton South High School.

The boys lacrosse team won the 2015, 2016, and 2017 MIAA Division 1 state title. They finished the 2017 season with a #9 national ranking.[citation needed]

The Lincoln-Sudbury official mascot is the warrior.

Music[edit]

Lincoln-Sudbury's music curriculum includes major and select instrumental ensembles, jazz ensembles, and choral ensembles. There are two large bands, a string orchestra, 2 big band jazz ensembles and 2 jazz combos for instrumental music, along with a treble choir and a concert choir, chamber singing group and multiple a cappella groups for choral music. The groups present numerous concerts throughout the school year and both instrumental and choral groups participate in state and national competitions. Students interested in large ensemble but unable to participate during school hours may join Civic Orchestra, where students and adults in the community practice and perform together. The 1971 Lincoln-Sudbury Select Chorus performed as the chorus in "Carmen" for the Boston Symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein.[26] In 2008, the chorus was invited to sing John Rutter's "Gloria" at Carnegie Hall.[27]

There are also various A cappella and student led groups. Accent is the school's only co-ed group and has recorded several albums. Other groups include the Acafellas, an all-male a cappella group founded in 2009, Achoired Taste, Musigals, and Shirley Tempos, all of which are all female a cappella groups, and Coro de Chicas, an all-female accompanied group.

Languages[edit]

Lincoln-Sudbury offers instruction at the beginning level/and or beyond in French, German, Spanish, and Latin. The school plans to introduce Mandarin Chinese in the 2016-17 school year. Additionally, Lincoln-Sudbury takes part in French, German, and Spanish exchanges that occur annually. The language department also has French, German, and Spanish clubs that fundraise and promote their respective language through organized activities.

Theater arts[edit]

Lincoln-Sudbury has a long-standing reputation of excellence in theater arts and is known for performing material above high school level, including performances of musical-Shakespeare productions.[28] Carly Evans directs the Drama productions performed by the LSB players. In the fall 2013 the LSB players performed Les Misérables. In the winter of 2013 the LSB players performed "The Big Eleven" and "Removing the Glove". In May "The 39 Steps" was performed, followed by "Collage", a mix of student-written short scenes. In the fall of 2014, LSB players performed Chicago. In the fall of 2015, they performed the musical Wonderful Town, based on the movie My Sister Eileen. In the spring of 2016 they performed Mary Zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings. Musicals are accompanied by a live orchestra composed of students and conducted by the school's instrumental director, Thomas Grandprey.[29] In 2016, the L-S musical was How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (musical).

Wellness Department[edit]

Lincoln-Sudbury Wellness Department is known for its excellence in breadth and depth of courses offered. In April 2010, the Department received an Excellence in Education Award for its superior programming, and outreach to the Lincoln Sudbury communities.[30]

Through a variety of required and elective courses students experience and learn the impacts of numerous wellness themes on regular physical activity, healthy food and sleep choices, self-care and advocacy, mindfulness and play and many more.[31] Lincoln-Sudbury Wellness Department has many facilities at the school, including a rock wall, badminton/tennis courts, a dance studio, a exercise gym, and a high ropes course.

Students take 12 quarters of Wellness credit, including six core quarter classes. Popular Elective classes include High Adventure, Territorial Games, CTRL (Coaching Teaching Recreational Leadership), Dance, Yoga, Conflict Resolution, Badminton, Fencing, Volleyball and Rock Climbing.

Special interests[edit]

In 1982, under the guidance of computer education teacher Brian Harvey, students at the school created the computer game Hack, based on their desire to re-create their experience playing the similar game, Rogue. Because the students decided to make the source code to their game publicly and freely available, this became something of a seminal moment in the history of both roguelike games and the open source software movement. Other developers, interested in building on and improving Hack, used the source code created by the Lincoln-Sudbury students to develop what became NetHack, a highly complex and somewhat popular game that is still played and developed today. Furthermore, because the source code contained a note saying, effectively, that others were free to modify it so long as any derivative code was similarly free and open, it introduced many people to the idea of a "public license", which has since evolved into such modern derivatives as the LGPL.

The Lincoln-Sudbury Speech and Debate team was established in 2003. The team participates in the Massachusetts Forensic League division of the National Catholic Forensic League, as well as the National Forensic League.[32]


Notable alumni[edit]

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