Merrimack High School

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This article is about the public high school in Merrimack, New Hampshire. For the high school in Penacook, New Hampshire, see Merrimack Valley High School.
Merrimack High School
38 McElwain Street
Merrimack, New Hampshire

United States
Coordinates 42°51′39″N 71°29′53″W / 42.86083°N 71.49806°W / 42.86083; -71.49806Coordinates: 42°51′39″N 71°29′53″W / 42.86083°N 71.49806°W / 42.86083; -71.49806
Type Public
School district Merrimack School District
Principal Kenneth W. Johnson
Faculty 105.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1,435[1] (2011–12)
Student to teacher ratio 13.67:1[1]

Merrimack High School (MHS) is the public secondary school of the town of Merrimack, New Hampshire.[2] It is located in a central area of town on 38 McElwain Street. About 1,400 students from grades 9 through 12 attend the school each year.[3]

The school is headed by Kenneth W. Johnson, the current principal, who has two assistant principals.[2] Johnson adopted the motto "Believe, go forward, and inspire" for the school.


NE-CAP results from the 11th grade class at MHS showed that 64% of the students were proficient in reading, 33% were proficient in writing, and 27% were proficient in math, giving it a "GreatSchools" rating of 4 out of 10.[4] About 80% of the graduates from Merrimack High School go to college, 13% go straight to employment, and about 3% join the armed forces.[3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Merrimack High School offers a variety of clubs and activities for the students to participate in. The athletics teams from Merrimack High School are called the Tomahawks,[2] which are sometimes nicknamed the 'Hawks. The school colors are royal blue and white. Sports that MHS has teams for include: basketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling.[5]

The Men's basketball team has been especially successful in recent years, and won the 2011-2012 NHIAA Division I Championship. This was Merrimack's 4th state title.

Artistic extracurricular activities include marching/concert band, jazz band, chorus, dance, FIRST robotics team, photography, videography, ceramics/sculpture, drawing/painting, and theater. The MHS videography department is notable for its yearly student-run spoof productions, such as "Matrix High School" and "Star Sports".

Other activities offered include: newspaper, yearbook, debate, and student government.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Merrimack High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2010-12-12. "Total Students: 1,540 (2008-2009)"
  2. ^ a b c d "Schools". Merrimack School District SAU26. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Merrimack High School in Merrimack, New Hampshire (NH)". Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Merrimack High School". Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Teams and Schedules". Merrimack High School. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 

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