Martha's Vineyard Regional High School

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Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
100 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557
Coordinates 41°25′4″N 70°35′47″W / 41.41778°N 70.59639°W / 41.41778; -70.59639Coordinates: 41°25′4″N 70°35′47″W / 41.41778°N 70.59639°W / 41.41778; -70.59639
Type Public high school
Established 1959[1]
School district Martha's Vineyard Public Schools
Superintendent Matt D'Andrea[2]
Principal Sara Dingledy[3]
Faculty 78[4]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 655[5] (as of the 2015-16 school year)
 • Grade 9 195
 • Grade 10 166
 • Grade 11 176
 • Grade 12 147
Hours in school day 7:40-2:05
Campus type Rural
Colour(s) Purple & White          
Athletics conference Eastern Athletic Conference
Nickname Vineyarders
Rival Nantucket High School
Average SAT scores 544 verbal
533 math
516 writing
1593 total (2014-2015)[6]
Newspaper "The High School View"[7]

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School or MVRHS is a high school in Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States.


MVRHS opened in September 1959.[8] It is the larger of the two high schools located on Martha's Vineyard, the other being the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School in West Tisbury. MVRHS is part of the Martha's Vineyard Public Schools and serves the six towns on the island: Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah.


MVRHS has a vocational program that offers training in automotive, building trades, horticulture, culinary, maritime studies, freshman skills, and nursing.[9] MVRHS offers an alternative program known as the Rebecca Amos Institute, an open-campus program offering individualized instruction for a small group of students.[10] Students can choose to engage in extracurricular activities ranging from community service, sports, art, drama and debate. MVRHS won two National Blue Ribbon School Awards.[11] MVRHS is one of the very few schools to have won this honor two times. Most recently, MVRHS was the only public high school in Massachusetts selected for Award and one of 111 nationwide.[12]


Martha's Vineyard's athletic teams are called the Vineyarders, and their colors are Purple & White. Martha's Vineyard is a member of the Eastern Athletic Conference, which competes at the Division 2 & 3 level of competition. Members of the EAC are Bishop Feehan High School, Bishop Stang High School, Coyle & Cassidy High School, and Somerset-Berkley Regional High School. Before they joined the EAC in 2010, they had previously been a member of the Mayflower League, which competes at the Division 5 & 6 level, and is also the largest high school athletics conference in Massachusetts.


The Martha's Vineyard football team is regarded as one of the most successful high school football programs in the state, and is the school's most successful athletic program. The Vineyarders have a long-standing rivalry with Nantucket High School. Their rivalty culminates every year in the annual Island Cup. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are located approximately 15 miles apart from each other, and the only way to reach the islands is either by ferry or by airplane. In 2010, the U.S. Marine Corps chose to include the Nantucket vs. Martha's Vineyard football game on their list of 42 Great American Rivalries. It was the only New England football game to make the list. Currently, the Vineyarders possess the cup, and have for the last twelve years in a row.[13]

Under legendary head coach Donald Herman, who took over the coaching reigns in 1987, the Vineyarders football team has won 5 Massachusetts State Championships. They have appeared in 8 state championship games in total. He has also led the Vineyarders to two undefeated seasons in 1997 and 1999. Furthermore, they have won a total of 9 league championships under Herman's leadership. Herman has also been selected as the Boston Globe Coach of the Year on two occasions, among numerous other accolades. At the end of the 2015 season, coach Donald Herman announced his retirement from the head coaching position of the football team. During his 28 years as head coach at Martha's Vineyard, Herman had a record of 216 wins and 90 losses. Former QB Randall Jette went on the play cornerback at UMass, where he is a prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft. [14][15]

Football Accomplishments

  • State Champions - 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2003
  • State Finalists - 2000, 2001, 2008
  • League Champions - 1973, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
  • Undefeated Seasons - 1963, 1997, 1999


In the 1970s and 1980s, the school's Boys' Basketball team advanced to the state South Sectional Finals on a few occasions, once bowing 86-72 to a Cathedral Latin team in Boston Garden, that featured Boston Globe All-Scholastic players the likes of Dwan Chandler, Gary Burke, and Mimi James (1976). A longtime Vineyard summer resident, Bijan C. Bayne is writing a book about Martha's Vineyard schoolboy, schoolgirl, and summer league basketball, due out in March 2015.

The Girls' Basketball team achieved even greater success. They have won state championships in 1979 and 1981, won a sectional championships, and played deep into the state tournament on numerous occasions. The girls' basketball team has produced numerous players who won all-state honors, including 1,000 point scorer Erin Hill, who was named Boston Herald First Team All-Scholastic in 2016.


The Boys' Ice Hockey team has won the Massachusetts State Championship in 1999-2000 (Division 3), and in 2001-2002 (Division 2). The boys' hockey team is one of the most successful athletic teams at the school. Also, the girls' hockey team has become a successful program in recent times as well, qualifying for the State Tournament for the last 3 years, and even coming within one win of a Sectional Championship.


The Boys' Lacrosse team plays in EasternAC Conference, and previously played in the Maritime League. Historically, their biggest rival has been the Nantucket Whalers. They are the only high school team to bring a State Championship game to be played on the island, when in 2003 they lost to Ipswich 6-5 in the Division 3 State Championship. They won the Maritime League Championship in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

Other Sports[edit]

While in the Mayflower League, the MVRHS Cross Country team consistently competed for the league championship. After joining the EAC, they have competed for first place against renowned powerhouse, Bishop Feehan High School.

Mr. Ned Fennessy retired in June 2013, after 23 seasons as the boys' tennis varsity coach. During his storied career, Mr. Fennessy coached his teams to 290 victories, winning back-to-back MIAA Division 3 State Championships in his final two seasons.[16][17][18]


David McCullough Jr, 56, teacher and author of 'You Are Not Special" Steve LeMenager, 56, Princeton University director of Admission


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