Noble High School (Maine)
|Noble High School|
|388 Somersworth Road
North Berwick, Maine 03906
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||MSAD/RSU #60|
|Color(s)||Maroon, Gray, and White|
|Team name||The Knights|
|Rivals||Marshwood High School|
|Accreditation||New England Association of School and Colleges|
|Communities served||North Berwick, Berwick, and Lebanon, Maine.|
|Feeder schools||Noble Middle School|
|Television Show||The Knightly News|
Noble High School is a public high school in North Berwick, Maine serving students in grades 8-12 from the towns of Berwick, North Berwick, and Lebanon. NOBLE is an acronym for the three towns that NHS serves (NOrth Berwick, Berwick, and LEbanon). Noble High School is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools.
Noble High school was designed to promote small learning communities. NHS is organized so that the school is divided into two unique schools, or academies. Each academy has three teams, and each academy serves grades 8-12. Each academy is identical in structure and core classes offered.
To graduate from Noble High School, students are required to 24.5 credits in the following subject areas: Math (5); English (5); Science (4); Social Studies (3), Fine Arts (1); Physical Education (1); Health (1); and Other Electives (4.5). Students must also complete 60 hours of community service. At the end of each year, students must complete an end of year exhibition. Freshmen participate in the Round Table, Sophomores participate in the Gateway, Juniors participate in the Pathway, and Seniors complete a Senior Project. At Noble High School, a failing grade is 74% or lower.
Noble offers many classes to students. French, Spanish, Chinese and Latin are offered as world languages. 15 AP Classes are offered: AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP French, AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government, AP Studio Art, AP Computer Science, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP US History, and AP World History. Noble also participates in the Sanford Regional Technical Center, where 15 trades are offered.
From 1969-2001, Noble High School was located at what is presently Noble Middle School. For the 32 years that NHS was located at this site, the school served the three towns. This site was suitable for a period, but as populations increased within the towns, NHS became very overcrowded. The school was designed for about 550 students, but by 1995 there were over 900 students in the school. As well as overcrowding issues, the facility was very outdated, and did not accommodate the needs of the school. Due to the surrounding area, there was also a need for community facility to serve the rural towns in the district. Pam Fisher, former NHS principal was very involved in the process of creating a new school. A committee of community members was created to plan for the new school. The design of the school was highly influenced by the Principles of MSAD 60, and the Coalition of Essential Schools. The school opened in 2001.
Noble High School was designed not only as a school, but a community hub, for the three rural towns it serves. Within the walls of the facility, there are many opportunities for community events to proliferate. The 1000 seat Hussey Theatre, which has been used for theatrical productions, town meetings, and other events that require the use of the theatre. The School also has a 50-seat restaurant, named the Round Table. This functions as a part of the regional vocational program, where students learn to cook, and operate a restaurant open to the community. Noble also has an early childhood education center that serves eight surrounding towns. The center is also part of the vocational program, and students learn about the fundamentals of childhood education. NHS is also home to Noble Adult & Community Education. Other facilities such as the library/media center, fitness facility, 2 gymnasiums, and a lecture hall are all available to be used by the community.
Noble High School has won many awards for the architecture of the building. NHS has received 13 awards for the design and functionality of the building. In 2002, the building was awarded the William W. Caudill Citation Award.
Athletics and activities
Noble offers many sports to students:
- Boys Soccer
- Girls Soccer
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Football Cheerleading
- Boys Indoor Track
- Girls Indoor Track
- Ice Hockey
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- Competition Cheerleading
- Boys Track
- Girls Track
- Boys Lacrosse
- Girls Lacrosse
State sports championships
Noble has won numerous state school sports championships.
- Baseball: 1971
- Football: 1997, 1970, 1968
- Girls Track: 1977
- Wrestling 2010,2009,1999-2006,1986,1985
- Softball: 2003
- Wrestling 2007, 2008, 1998, 1995, 1993, 1984, 1981
Sportsmanship Awards This award recognizes high schools sports teams that exemplify good sportsmanship.
- Girls Basketball: 2009, 1992
- Wrestling: 2002
Noble Has Many Extracurricular activities available to students:
- Tech Club
- Noble Superfans
- Student Council
- National Honor Society
- Project SEARCH
- One Act Play
- Fall Musical
- Ski Club
- Math Team
- Noble Student Health Advisory Board
- Spanish Club
- The Civil Rights and Social Justice Team
- Noble Knights Military Prep Club
- Noble's Dress Boutique
- White Non-Hispanic 95%
- Asian/Pacific Islander 2.0%
- Hispanic 1.2%
- Black 0.9%
- American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.7%
- Multiracial 0.7%
Teacher awards and honors
NHS teachers have been honored for their teaching skills.
- Kate Gardoqui, 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year Finalist
- "Noble High School - Public School". Nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
- "NHS Profile" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- "NHS Program of Studies 2012-2013" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-12.
- "Case Studies of Successful Practices" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- Harriman l Library - Awards & Accolades
- "Interscholastic Activities & Committees - Interscholastic Activities & Committees - Maine Principals Association". Mpa.cc. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
- "Rep. Wright congratulates teacher of the year nominee Kate Gordoqui". Maine.gov. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-10.