Medfield High School

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Medfield High School
Address
88R South Street
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 02052
 United States
Coordinates 42°11′06″N 71°17′46″W / 42.185°N 71.296°W / 42.185; -71.296Coordinates: 42°11′06″N 71°17′46″W / 42.185°N 71.296°W / 42.185; -71.296
Information
School type High School
School district Medfield Public Schools
Superintendent Jeffrey J. Marsden
NCES School ID 250753001157
Principal Robert Parga
Teaching staff 65[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 898[2] (2011-2012 school year)
 • Grade 9 201
 • Grade 10 233
 • Grade 11 237
 • Grade 12 227
Color(s) Blue      White      and Carolina Blue     
Athletics conference Tri-Valley League (TVL)
Mascot Warrior Medfield Warrior Logo.jpeg
Team name Medfield Warriors
Average SAT scores 601 verbal
607 math
1208 total (2016-2017)[3]
Newspaper The Kingsbury Chronicle
Website

Medfield High School is a public high school (grades 9-12) located in Medfield, Massachusetts, part of Norfolk County, Massachusetts. It is one of five public schools in the school system, and the only public high school in Medfield.

In 2016, US News and World Report ranked Medfield as the 4th best High School in Massachusetts and number 152 nationally. The student to faculty ratio at the high school is 14.4-1, which is consistent with the state average of 13.9-1.[1] There are 898 students at the school, 49.8% of which are male, 50.2% female.[2]

Mission statement[edit]

"Medfield High School in partnership with family and community promotes both integrity and excellence in scholarship and citizenship for all learners. Medfield High School is committed to:
Challenging Academics for All,
Lifelong Learning for All,
Excellence: Academic, Co-curricular, and Character,
Achievement of Personal Success,
Respect, Honesty, and Integrity" [4]

Student Ethnicity[edit]

Euro-American 94.8%
Asian 2.9%
Hispanic 0.8%
African American 0.6%
Multiracial 1%[2]

History[edit]

From the time Medfield was founded in 1651, education was considered to be one of the most important aspects of the town. The founder of Medfield, Ralph Wheelock, became the first schoolmaster for the town. Up until the early 1900s, residents who wished to further their education after ninth grade, enrolled in Dedham or Walpole High School. First graduating class of Medfield High was a class of 8 in 1908.[5] The original building was in what is now called Wheelock School, a public elementary school for grades 2-3. In 1957, the town accepted a gift of land from Amos Clark Kingsbury, a Medfield native and public school alum. This land was used to build a new high school, which was named Amos Clark Kingsbury High School. This remained unchanged until 2005 when the middle school went under construction and was swapped with the high school.[6]

Hall of Excellence Award[edit]

Each year, a Medfield High School alumnus is inducted into the Hall of Excellence and is given the opportunity to speak to graduating seniors at class day. The award is given to graduates who earned distinction in their profession and gave back to others in the community. Previous recipients include: Ambassador Donald E. Booth (Class of 1972), Brian Garrison (Class of 1986), Richard DeSorgher (Class of 1970), Michael Kelleher (Class of 1968), Connie Jones (Class of 1967), Veterans of World War II who left MHS before graduation to serve their country, Dr. Arthur R. Stagg, Jr. (Class of 1956), Laura Vasaturo (Class of 1985), Vincent "Red" Palumbo (Class of 1936), Jeffrey Cook (Class of 1964), Dr. Paula Quatromoni (Class of 1981) and Pauline Goucher (Class of 1943).[7]

Academics[edit]

In the year 2011, 92% of the high school’s students earned "proficient" or higher on the Science Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). 99% scored as well on the Language Arts exam and 97% scored at least proficient in Math.[8] Medfield High School also prides itself on offering a wide range of honors and accelerated courses, which include 17 AP classes.

In 2012, Medfield continued to show high test scores on the MCAS compared to the state average.

Medfield High School MCAS Scores (2012)[9]
Test Percent of Students who scored Proficient or Higher State Average
Grade 10 English Language Arts 100 88
Grade 10 Mathematics 98 78
Grade 10 Science and Tech/Eng 97 69

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program gives an award to about 300 schools across the country each year for demonstrating academic excellence or for making drastic improvements in academic success. Medfield earned this award in 2008.[10]

Athletics[edit]

Medfield High School sports teams have the nickname ″The Warriors″. They compete in the Tri-Valley League (TVL), which includes Westwood, Hopkinton, Ashland, Holliston, Millis, Dover-Sherborn, Norton, Medway, and Bellingham. Sports are very popular at Medfield; over 70% of students participate in one or more sports a year. Most programs contain Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams. In 2004 a synthetic field and track was installed at the high school. In 2008, a synthetic turf baseball field was installed thanks to funding from Curt Schilling (a resident of Medfield) and donations from the Boston Red Sox, next to the middle school. Medfield is known for having one of the most successful Boys and Girls Lacrosse and volleyball programs in all of New England. Medfield is a rival of Dover-Sherborn High School and plays them in football every Thanksgiving.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2011). "Medfield Senior High Teacher Data". Medfield Senior High Teacher Data. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2012). "Medfield Senior High School Enrollment Data". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx
  4. ^ Medfield Public Schools (2013). "Medfield High School". Medfield Public Schools. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "History of Medfield". Town of Medfield. Town of Medfield. September 27, 2005. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Richard DeSorgher (August 12, 2011). "The Real Name of Medfield High School – Amos Clark Kingsbury". Medfield Patch. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Excellence". Medfield High School Alumni Association. Medfield High School Alumni Association. 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Medfield Public Schools MCAS results". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2012). "MCAS Tests of Spring 2012 Percent of Students at Each Performance Level for Medfield Senior High". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2008 No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private Schools" (PDF). Blue Ribbon Schools. US Department of Education. 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2012.