Nashua High School South
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|Nashua High School South|
|36 Riverside Drive
Nashua, New Hampshire
|Motto||"Where Panthers Roar and Students Soar"|
|School district||Nashua School District|
|Superintendent||Cornelia Brown (Interim)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.6|
|Color(s)||Purple, Silver, and White|
|Average SAT scores||Critical Reading:511, Math:519, Writing:497|
|Website||Nashua High School South|
Coordinates: Nashua High School South, formerly Nashua High School, is a public high school located in Nashua, New Hampshire. The school's current location was erected in 1975 with its first class graduating in June 1976. The school was remodeled between 2002 and 2004 when a second school, Nashua High School North, was built. The existing high school building was renamed Nashua High School South. The school serves approximately 2200 students, making it the largest public high school in New Hampshire, and the second largest high school overall, after the private Pinkerton Academy.
Nashua High School (as the south campus was referred to prior to the split in 2004) has been located at three different locations throughout the city, originally at a location at Spring Street (the site is now occupied by the Hillsborough County Superior Courthouse South), followed by the building that is now Elm Street Middle School, before finally coming to the current location on Riverside Drive.
In 1980, it was the site of a Republican presidential debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Reagan had demanded all candidates be allowed to speak, and had paid so that they could. This debate was hosted by the Nashua Telegraph. During a discussion over which candidates were allowed to participate, the Telegraph editor (acting as moderator) requested that Reagan's microphone be turned off. Reagan's response of "I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Green" received wild applause and became a standout moment in New Hampshire primary history.
Prior to the 2004/2005 school year, the Nashua School District followed a less standard placement system, which had the high school comprising grades 10 through 12, with grade 9 being bunched in with the city's three junior high schools (now following the middle school system/curriculum). During the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 school years, juniors and seniors attended classes at the newly constructed Nashua High School North campus, while sophomores attended school at the South location while it was being renovated. Meanwhile, freshmen still attended class at their respective junior high schools, but received credit and report cards from Nashua High. Finally, in the 2004/2005 school year the change to the 9th-12th grade system and has used it ever since.
Nashua High South briefly was in the public eye during 2007-2008 of the United States presidential campaign. Alex Chen, valedictorian of the class of 2009, wrote to all the candidates running in both the Democratic and Republican primaries and invited them to come to the school to speak. Most of the primary candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and Ron Paul, accepted his invitation. They gave speeches and answered questions from the school's auditorium as well as gave televised interviews with the Nashua Telegraph in the school's TV studio. In 2008, after his defeat in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Barack Obama gave his famous "Yes We Can" speech in the school's gym. In 2010 President Obama returned to the Nashua School District for a public forum on job creation, but for security reasons, the forum was held at Nashua High School North instead.
As of the start of the 2004/2005 school year, anyone who graduated from the school when it was simply known as Nashua High School is considered an alumnus of Nashua High School South (including those who attended classes at the North campus until 2004). Notable alumni include:
- Kole Ayi (1995), former NFL player
- Kelly Ayotte (1986), U.S. senator from New Hampshire
- Deepika Kurup (2015), Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (2012) and United States Stockholm Junior Water Prize (2014) winner
- Greg Landry (1964), starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions for many years
- Paul LaPolice (1989), college coach at UNH, Maine Maritime and RPI; CFL coach at Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg; current TSN analyst
- Paul Levesque (1987), professional wrestler, competes as Triple H for WWE.
- Kyle Mosher (2004), artist
- Jeff Motuzas (1990), current bullpen catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Alexandra Socha (2008), actress; starred in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening
- Madeline Amy Sweeney (1984), American Airlines flight attendant during September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
- Mike Welch (1990), former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies