North Smithfield High School (Rhode Island)

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North Smithfield High School
North Smithfield High School in North Smithfield, Rhode Island RI USA.jpg
Greenville Road
North Smithfield, Rhode Island 02896

United States
Type Public
Established 1967
School district North Smithfield School District
Principal Timothy McGee
Grades 9 to 12
Color(s) Green and Gold
Mascot Northmen
North Smithfield School Administration building with NS RI Middle School in background. The administration building was built on the former site of a former wooden school house

North Smithfield High School (known previously as North Smithfield Junior-Senior High School) is a high school in the Primrose section of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (in Providence County). It is the only public high school in the town and was ranked 5th out of 51 public high schools in Rhode Island in 2016.[2]


The current high school was constructed in 1966 although local students had received private high school level instruction within the town since colonial times. During the American Revolution (1775–1783), one of North Smithfield's first recorded schools was founded in the home of Elisha Thornton near modern-day Slatersville. In the 1800s many local students attended the private Bushee Academy (Smithfield Union Village Academy) in Union Village. The first school building located near the present high school in Primrose, Rhode Island was known as the "Andrews School," originally a one-room wooden school house, first constructed in 1838. The wooden building was replaced by a larger brick building in the early twentieth century, which currently serves as the North Smithfield Superintendent's office.[3] Prior to the completion of the 1966 school, North Smithfield students often attended "Woonsocket and Blackstone high schools locally or went to Moses Brown, Classical High School, or Technical High School in Providence"[4] Currently the high school graduates around 125 students per year, with each class only holding about that amount. Prior to the 2009-2010 school year North Smithfield High School was a JR/SR high school, holding grades 7-12; this was prior to completion of the North Smithfield Middle School, constructed adjacent to the high school to provide students in grades 6-8 with their own facility.


North Smithfield High School's mascot is a Northmen, and its colors are green and gold. The high school athletes compete in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) in which most of Rhode Island's public and private schools compete. As a smaller public school, the school competes in the lower divisions for each sport, including Division IV for football and Division III for many other sports.The most successful team's include the Boys' Soccer team from the years 2008-2012. The town has various sporting facilities, including a new all-weather turf football/soccer field, a baseball field, a gymnasium for basketball all on the school's grounds, and several tennis courts located on the east side.

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  1. ^ Walter Nebiker, The History of North Smithfield (Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1976)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Walter Nebiker, The History of North Smithfield (Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1976), 133-134
  4. ^ Walter Nebiker, or Lincoln High School in Lincoln, RI or St Clare's or Mount St. Charles in Woonsocket, RI. The first class was graduated in 1968. The History of North Smithfield (Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1976), 200-201

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Coordinates: 41°57′14″N 71°32′42″W / 41.953889°N 71.545009°W / 41.953889; -71.545009