Peabody Veterans Memorial High School

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Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
485 Lowell Street
Peabody, Massachusetts 01960
Coordinates42°32′41″N 70°58′27″W / 42.54472°N 70.97417°W / 42.54472; -70.97417Coordinates: 42°32′41″N 70°58′27″W / 42.54472°N 70.97417°W / 42.54472; -70.97417
TypePublic high school
Motto"Believe and Achieve"[5]
PrincipalEric Buckley
Assistant PrincipalJudith Maniatis
Faculty134.32 (on FTE basis)[2] (2015–16)
Enrollment1,480[3] (2017–18)
Student to teacher ratio11.7[3] (2017–18)
Color(s)Blue and White         
Athletics conferenceNortheastern Conference (NEC)

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School (PVMHS), also known as Peabody High School, is a comprehensive public high school in Peabody, Massachusetts. It is the only comprehensive public high school in the Peabody School District, spanning grades 9–12 in the U.S. education system. It is particularly known for its performing arts program including its instrumental and choral ensembles and drama club.


The school's academic departments include AFJROTC, Business & Technology, Career and Technical Education, English, Family & Consumer Science, Foreign Languages, Health & Physical Education, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Technology Support, and Visual Arts.[5]

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFJROTC) program is a military-based set of courses for students interested in pursuing a military career.[5]

The Career and Technical Education Program has five approved career pathway programs: Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electronics and Engineering, and Medical Assisting.[5]

The Peabody Community School Program is a separate special education day school operated by PVMHS that assists students with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. The school is a therapeutic environment with extensive differentiation, small classes, and focused behavioral programs.[5]

Student Health Center[edit]

In 2015, North Shore Community Health opened up a school-based health center at PVMHS. The health center has proven to help students with behavioral and medical health. Students are able to seek medical attention in a calm and comforting atmosphere.

Peabody Youth Advisory Council[edit]

Community health worker, Carol Champigny, formed a group with students upon the health center’s opening. Together, Champigny and the students work to advocate for students and easier access to health serves. The group makes an annual trip to the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA every year to speak with state politicians in hopes to increase the number of school health centers in the state and even the country. Students in the Youth Advisory Council apply annually for the opportunity to represent Peabody at the School-Based Health Conference. Every year, the location changes ranging from California, Illinois, Washington, d.c., etc... At the conference, selected students work with peers from across the country and gain necessary and helpful skills to bring back to Peabody to implement in the community as a way to promote healthier lifestyles and choices while also increasing awareness for many public health issues.

Stage One: the drama club at PVMHS[edit]

The PVMHS theater program, known as Stage One, is one of the most well-known in the state of Massachusetts. Stage One was founded when the school was new in 1970 by faculty member Father Frank Toste, who was a Catholic priest and member of the Congregation of Holy Cross – a teaching order of the priesthood.[6] Toste, who was also a Navy veteran of World War II and an actor who performed at the North Shore Music Theatre and in several films and television programs including Oliver's Story, The Proposition, and American Playhouse, was a particularly dynamic and energetic teacher, and he continued to run the program until 1990.[6][7] In January 1994, Mr. Richard Carey was hired to be the new director,[8] and Mrs. June Kessel came on board as Stage One advisor. Both Carey and Kessel continue their roles through the present.

For more than three decades, Stage One has competed in the Massachusetts High School Theater Festival, run annually by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild. The school routinely makes it to the finals of the Festival competition, and has been one of the three selected winners on five occasions (with Equus in 1983,[9] La Bête in 1997,[10] Alchemy of Desire / Dead Man's Blues in 2012,[7][10] Eurydice in 2015,[10] and The Long Christmas Ride Home in 2016[10][11]). The school is known for often bringing especially serious material to the Festival.[8] The company puts on three shows a year: a fall show, a Festival home show which competes at the High School Theater Festival, and a spring musical.[7][8]

Music Programs: Full House, Chorale, Mixed Chorus, Band[edit]

THE PVMHS Music department (Headed by The Director of Performing Arts, Jon Simmons, who also teaches both Chorale and Mixed Chorus) The PVMHS Band is run by Director Jason Jones, and the Chorale and Mixed Chorus run by Director Jon Simmons. Chorale and Mixed Chorus participate in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival. Though anyone can join the Mixed Chorus program, it is a prerequisite for anyone hoping to join the Chorale Program. Full House, The PVMHS A cappella group which borrowed the name of hit TV show Full House is open to anyone provided they have taken or are currently taking either Mixed Chorus or Chorale, though it is predominantly made up of members of the Chorale group. Chorale is responsible for the preparation of a number of "Acoustic Coffee Houses", which are Talent Shows specifically for singing songs to the Piano or Guitar. The have four Acoustic Coffee Houses a year, and all are open to any who comes, though non-students must pay a small entry fee.


The reported racial makeup of PVMHS is 76.5% White, 15.9% Hispanic, 3.4% African American, 2.2% Asian/American Indian, 2.0% multiracial (non-Hispanic), and 0% Native Hawaiian, Native American, and Pacific Islander.[3]

For assessment of selected populations, the reported statistics are 43.9% high needs, 28.7% economically disadvantaged, 19.7% students with disabilities, 7.0% students with their first language being non-English, and 3.8% English language learner.[3]


The Massachusetts Department of Education School and District Accountability program to assess overall performance rated the school as "among lowest performing 20% of schools" in 2017.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of public high school in Peabody prior to the establishment of the current PVMHS in 1970 include the National Football League players Tom Alberghini (NFL 1945) and Jerry DeLucca (NFL 1959–1964).


  1. ^ "Peabody Public School District – Peabody Veterans Memorial High School". Massachusetts School Building Authority. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "School Directory Information (2017–2018 school year) – Peabody Veterans Memorial High". National Center for Education Statistics. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "School and District Profiles – Peabody Veterans Memorial High School – General". Massachusetts Department of Education. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "School and District Profiles – Peabody Veterans Memorial High School – 2017–18 SAT Performance Report". Massachusetts Department of Education. September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "PVMHS Program of Studies 2018–19". PVMHS. pp. 2, 10, 12, 15. Retrieved September 19, 2018 – via Google Docs.
  6. ^ a b Roy, Matthew K. (July 18, 2011). "Peabody Priest made a dramatic difference at public high school". Salem Evening News. Retrieved September 19, 2018 – via St. Peter's Boys High School.
  7. ^ a b c Castelluccio, John (March 25, 2012). "Peabody High Theater Troupe Wins Big at DramaFest 2012". Patch. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Goldman, Gabriel (September 10, 2018). "A Brief Interview with Mr. Carey". Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Massachusetts State Festival History – Winning Productions 1976–1991". Massachusetts High School Drama Guild. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d "Massachusetts State Festival History – Winning Productions 1992–Present". Massachusetts High School Drama Guild. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Swift, Adam (April 6, 2016). "High School's Stage One Group Captures State Drama Award". Patch. Retrieved September 19, 2018.