Merrimack High School

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Merrimack High School
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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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