Natick High School
|Natick High School|
|15 West Street
|Type||Public high school|
|Team name||Red Hawks|
|Average SAT scores||541 verbal
1633 total (2014-2015)
|Website||Natick High School|
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.
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. In 2010, the town voted to replace the Natick High School building. 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. 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
- 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.
Athletics at Natick High
|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|
- 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 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).
- Joanie Bartels is the first female children's music artist to receive RIAA Gold Record Certification, awarded for her album Lullaby Magic.
- Joe Coleman, Former MLB player (Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants)
- Paul Dellegatto is the chief meteorologist for Fox13 WTVT in Tampa and a contributor to the Fox News Channel is a 1978 graduate of Natick High.
- William Finn is a Tony Award-winning lyricist and musical theater composer
- Doug Flutie, who played football, basketball, and baseball at the school, went on to play football at Boston College and won the Heisman Trophy in 1984. His career continued in the NFL and Canadian Football League before retiring after the 2005 season with the New England Patriots.
- Alison Fraser is well-known stage actress and a two-time Tony Award nominee for her roles in The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance.
- Dottie Green was a female catcher who played from 1943 through 1947 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
- Walt Hriniak, Major League Baseball player (Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres)
- Augustine Og Mandino (1923–1995) was the self-help inspirational author of 22 books and, at last count, has sold more than 25 million copies. He was born in Framingham and a 1940 graduate of Natick High School where he was an editor of the high school newspaper, "The Sassamon."
- Jonathan Richman is a singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Modern Lovers who graduated from Natick High. He featured an instrumental track entitled "Maybe a Walk Home from Natick High School" on his solo album Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow.
- Jim Riley graduated from Natick High School and went on to become drummer and band leader for the award winning country band Rascal Flatts.
- Marc Terenzi of the boy band Natural is a graduate of Natick High School where he experienced early success in the music program.
- Gerald Eustis Thomas was the second African American to become a Rear Admiral in the US Navy. He went on to serve as ambassador to Guyana and Kenya, and Master of Davenport College.
- Frank Varrichione (born 1932), college All-American and five time Pro Bowl professional football player (Steelers, Rams).
- "2014-15 SAT Performance Report (District): All Students". School and District Profiles. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
- Breitrose, Charlie (12 March 2010). "The unexpected appointment of Rose Bertucci". Natick Bulletin and Tab.
- "New Natick High School Building Project" (PDF). Town of Natick.
- "Natick voters say 'yes' to new high school, community center". MetroWest Daily News. 31 March 2010.
- Benson, Brian (25 June 2012). "Natick High grad kicks off school demolition". MetroWest Daily News.
- Eldridge, Mariam, ed. The Sassamon. 4th ed. Vol. V. Natick, Massachusetts: Natick High School, 1916. Internet Archive. Web. 29 June 2014.
- "Kay Rohrer, 1945 Rockford Peaches". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
- "Rear Admiral Jerry Thomas". Natick High School Wall of Achievement.
- "Frank Varrichione: Career Stats," National Football League, www.nfl.com/
- School website
- New Natick High School Building Project
- Natick High School Modernization Report (2001)
- R.F. Walsh Feasibility Study (2009)