Natick High School

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Natick High School
15 West Street
Natick, Massachusetts

Type Public high school
Principal Brian Harrigan
Faculty 90 (2004)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1600 (2015)
Color(s)      Red
Team name Red Hawks
Average SAT scores 541 verbal
560 math
532 writing
1633 total (2014-2015)[1]
Newspaper Sassamon

Natick High School is a urban/suburban public high school serving students in grades 9–12 in Natick, Massachusetts. The school is located on the banks of Dug Pond. It enrolled 1189 students as of the 2005-06 school year. In 2010, Rose Bertucci was appointed as principal after the retirement of former principal John Hughes.[2]

The original building was built in 1953 at approximately 189,000 sq ft (17,600 m2). and opened in 1954. The building was expanded in 1965 (additional 94,000 sq ft.). Additional renovations took place in 1985.[3] In 2010, the town voted to replace the Natick High School building.[4] The new facility was constructed on the fields immediately to the south of the former building. Demolition on the former building began on June 25, 2012.[5] The new building design is based on a model approved by the state of Massachusetts. This was necessary in order to maximize state reimbursement for design and construction; it cost $78 million. The new high school opened to students on August 29, 2012.

The Arts at Natick High[edit]

  • Natick High School Drama produces two full-length plays each year, usually presenting a full-scale musical in the fall semester and a more intimate straight play, revue or theatrical event in the spring. In the winter, students have the option of staging a completely student-run, student-acted, student-directed piece as well.
  • The Natick High School Speech Team is an award-winning, nationally-recognized speech and debate team. The team has won the Massachusetts Forensic League State Championship and has had multiple state and national champions. Each year, the Natick High School Speech Team sends students to the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament and occasionally sends competitors to the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament as well.
  • The Natick High School Music Program provides students with a rich selection of vocal and instrumental ensembles including Concert Choir and Symphonic Band, both offering an honors designation. Other musical ensembles include Jazz Band, Chamber Singers (all-female vocal ensemble), Men of Style (all-male vocal ensemble) and Seven's Not Enough (coed a cappella group). Each year, Natick High sends vocalists and instrumentalists to the Jr. District Festival, Sr. District Festival and All-State Music Festival. Historically, Natick High's musical ensembles have had success at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Competition, winning gold medals.

Notable alumni of Natick High's theatre program, speech team and music programs include William Finn, Alison Fraser, Jonathan Richman and Marc Terenzi.

Athletics at Natick High[edit]

Fall Boys: Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Sailing
Girls: Cross Country Cheerleading Golf Soccer Sailing Swimming Volleyball Field Hockey
Winter Boys: Basketball Ice Hockey Indoor Track Swimming Wrestling Skiing
Girls: Basketball Ice Hockey Indoor Track Gymnastics Cheerleading Skiing
Spring Boys: Baseball Lacrosse Outdoor Track Tennis Sailing Volleyball
Girls: Softball Lacrosse Outdoor Track Tennis Sailing
  • Natick High School offers 17 sports for boys and 19 for girls.
  • Natick's Football team has made USA Today's Top 25 list a total of three times. In 1982 (No. 23). 1983 (No. 10), and 1984 (No. 13).

The Sassamon[edit]

The Sassamon was the school newspaper that was published four times a year, in December, February, April, and June. It eventually became the annual yearbook. The Sassamon was named after John Sassamon, the Native American aid of John Eliot (missionary).[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "2014-15 SAT Performance Report (District): All Students". School and District Profiles. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. 
  2. ^ Breitrose, Charlie (12 March 2010). "The unexpected appointment of Rose Bertucci". Natick Bulletin and Tab. 
  3. ^ "New Natick High School Building Project" (PDF). Town of Natick. 
  4. ^ "Natick voters say 'yes' to new high school, community center". MetroWest Daily News. 31 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Benson, Brian (25 June 2012). "Natick High grad kicks off school demolition". MetroWest Daily News. 
  6. ^ Eldridge, Mariam, ed. The Sassamon. 4th ed. Vol. V. Natick, Massachusetts: Natick High School, 1916. Internet Archive. Web. 29 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Kay Rohrer, 1945 Rockford Peaches". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  8. ^ "Rear Admiral Jerry Thomas". Natick High School Wall of Achievement. 
  9. ^ "Frank Varrichione: Career Stats," National Football League,

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Coordinates: 42°16′28.91″N 71°21′42.36″W / 42.2746972°N 71.3617667°W / 42.2746972; -71.3617667