Newburyport High School

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Newburyport High School
Newburyport High School.jpg
241 High Street


United States
Coordinates42°48′47″N 70°53′10″W / 42.81306°N 70.88611°W / 42.81306; -70.88611Coordinates: 42°48′47″N 70°53′10″W / 42.81306°N 70.88611°W / 42.81306; -70.88611
School typePublic High School
School districtNewburyport Public Schools
CEEB code221510
PrincipalAndrew Wulf [1]
Enrollment779 (2016-17)[2]
Campus typeSuburban
School color(s)Crimson and Old Gold
Song"Alma Mater"
Athletics conferenceCape Ann League
MascotClipper Ship
Team nameNewburyport Clippers
RivalAmesbury High School
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges
PublicationRecord Magazine
YearbookEn-Aitch-Ess (NHS)
Building designerEdwin S. Dodge

Newburyport High School (NHS) is a public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Newburyport, Massachusetts and is part of the Newburyport Public School System. It was established in 1831 and is one of the oldest public schools in the United States of America.


In 1868, the Latin and English High School (1831), later called the Brown High School (1851); the Putnam Free School (1838);[4] and the Female High School (1843) merged to form the Consolidated High and Putnam School. In 1889, the name changed to Newburyport High School.[5]

The current building, designed by architect Edwin Dodge, occupies the previous Mount Rural on High Street. The school has been renovated a number of times, with the most recent renovations completed some time around 2003. Today it is a grandiose building with a particularly grand entrance, retaining many of the Federalist architectural motifs it was built with. The hill it stands on continues to descend to the river, and the slope supports a residential area of colonial and nineteenth century buildings in good repair.

The school colors are "crimson and olde gold" as stated in the student handbook, The Clipper's Compass. The school emblem is a clipper ship and its official song is "All Hail to Our Alma Mater." The school has a student government for each class and it maintains a three-season athletic program, as well as an award-winning drama program.

Concerning accreditation the handbook says: "Newburyport High School is an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has met the evaluation requirements of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools."

The current site of Newburyport High School was purchased from Alice Atkinson in 1935, and the deed recorded at the Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds as Book 3030, Page 279 in March 1935. Newburyport High School is one of the oldest public high schools in the United States.


  • Andrew Wulf: Principal
  • Mike Testa: Associate Principal

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Newburyport High School competes in the Cape Ann League in several interscholastic sports.

Fall sports[edit]

  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Winter sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Ice Hockey
  • Indoor Track
  • Ski Racing
  • Track
  • Swim Team

Spring sports[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Students participate in several clubs and organizations

  • Art Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Best Buddies
  • DECA (Association of Marketing Students)
  • En-Aitch-Ess (yearbook)
  • Environmental Club
  • Girls Forward
  • Gallery 118 (Art club)
  • Interact Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Leo's Club (a community service club)
  • Marching Band
  • Masthead (newspaper)Club
  • Model UN Club
  • National Honor Society Club
  • National Art Honor Society Club
  • Peer Mediation
  • Poetry Soup
  • PROTECT: Peers Reaching Out To Encourage Complete Tolerance Club
  • P.O.R.T.: People Organizing a Resurgence of Teamwork (Spirit Council)
  • Real World Design Challenge
  • Record Magazine
  • Sailbot Robotics Team
  • Special Olympics
  • The James Buchanan Association
  • Stage Crew
  • Student Government
  • Tech Club
  • Theatre Productions Club
  • Varsity Choir

School traditions and major organizations[edit]

Newburyport High School has many traditions, all outlined in the school's rulebook, the Clipper's Compass. Among these traditions are:

Color Day: A major class competition and football rally between each grade at Newburyport High School. Each class has a specific duty to perform; the Freshmen Class presents an original cheer, the Sophomore Class presents the traditional "Poster Parade", (with the exception of the classes of 2019 and the class of 2020, who made original videos) the Junior Class present an original song, and the Senior Class performs an original skit. Furthermore, each class must decorate a certain part of the auditorium and dress up in school colors. The class that best exemplifies these traits, as well as demonstrating the best school spirit is named "the Winner of Color Day" and awarded the "Color Day Jug". Color Day traditionally takes place on the Wednesday before American Thanksgiving.

Senior Week: Usually the first week in June, Senior week is the week preceding the graduation of the Senior Class. There are a number of traditional activities that are planned by the Class Officers during this week.

Senior Trip: An entire class event designed to bring the graduating class together while being far from home.

Vespers: A solemn (formerly religious) ceremony featuring speeches by a number of students revolving around a central theme.

Ivy Day: Newburyport High School's oldest tradition, where the exiting Senior Class plants a sprig of ivy next to the school to symbolize their time as students. The silver trowel used to plant the ivy is then passed to the reigning Junior Class President, who accepts it on behalf of his/her class and adorns the trowels with ribbons in their class colors. The Class of 2016 currently holds the trowel.

Senior Banquet: Usually at a restaurant in Boston, this is when the yearbook (En-Aitch-Ess) is presented to the Senior Class, and copies are signed by students.

Senior Prom: A dance following the promenade of students on the front steps of the school.

Senior Singout: The culmination of the Class Historians' work throughout the four years of at NHS, it is a forty-five-minute multimedia presentation (predominantly a slideshow) featuring pictures of the class dating back to kindergarten.

Graduation: Featuring student/upper level staff speeches, as well as the conferring of diplomas by the Mayor of the City of Newburyport.

Senior Celebration: A tradition dating back to 1989, parents work together to produce an all-night substance free celebration for graduates which often takes them to various locals around the state, capping off the Senior Week activities.

Class Organizational System: Newburyport High School relies on the four respective class governments as a primary source of student leadership, each class consists of one faculty class adviser and five elected class officers; a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Separately, they plan various activities for their class including proms, dances, etc. as well as coming together occasionally to plan major school events such as Color Day.

Field Day: Occurs in early June, organized by the faculty, and features a number of popular games, entertainment, and a dance the same night.

Spirit Council: A group made up of all class officers, team captains, and one member of each club, the council is a new initiative designed by students to restore a sense of school pride and enthusiasm. Although a relatively new club, it already exerts tremendous pull and authority under the superior guidance of Senior Class President.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Newburyport High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
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  4. ^ George Adams (1853). "Education in Massachusetts: Incorporated Academies". Massachusetts Register. Boston: Printed by Damrell and Moore.
  5. ^ Sixty-Fifth Edition of The Clipper Compass: A Student Handbook for 2005–2006

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