Reading Memorial High School

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Reading Memorial High School
62 Oakland Road
Reading, Massachusetts 01867
Type Public
Established 1954
School district Reading Public Schools
Superintendent John Doherty
Faculty approx. 90
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1362[1]
Language English
Schedule type Rotating
Hours in school day 6.5
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and black
Athletics conference Middlesex League
Mascot Rockets
Team name Rockets
Rival Stoneham High School, Lexington High School, Wakefield High School
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Massachusetts Department of Education
Average SAT scores 577 verbal
582 math
1159 total (2016-2017)[2]
Newspaper Orbit
Graduation Rate 96.9 % (2012)[3]
MCAS Scores, Grade 10 English:
97% Proficient or higher
96% Proficient or higher[4]

Reading Memorial High School (RMHS) is a four-year public high school serving the town of Reading, Massachusetts, as its only grade 9-12 school. Reading Memorial is managed by Reading Public Schools. The school has a student body of 1,269 (2016)[1] drawn from Parker Middle School and Coolidge Middle School. A new building renovation and construction project was completed for the 2007-08 academic year. Part of the Middlesex League, the sports teams are called the Rockets. The school's principal is Kathleen Boynton and the vice principals are Jessica Theriault and Michael McSweeney.


In the Spring of the 1995-96 school year, the Reading Memorial Boys Varsity Baseball team won their first State Championship.

The Reading Memorial High School Girls Basketball program was the 2012 Division II Massachusetts State Champions. Reading Girls basketball capped an undefeated (25-0) 2012 season by defeating Central Champion Tyngsborough at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 17, 2012. This was the first state championship for Reading Memorial High School in the sport of basketball.[5] The following year the team competed for the Eastern Division II Massachusetts State Championship, but fell in overtime to Medfield, 59-51.

On March 16, 2014, the Rockets' Boys Varsity Hockey team won the Division I State Championship over Braintree 4-1 at the TD Garden, their first state championship since winning the Super 8 Championship in 2008. In 2015, the Reading's Girls Varsity Hockey team won the Division I State Championship, their first in the school's history.

On November 11th, 2016, Reading Memorial's Varsity Football team advanced to their respective playoff division Super Bowl for the second consecutive year after beating Lincoln Sudbury 21-7 in the Division 1A North Final. However, they lost to King Philip High School 21-18 in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium, their second consecutive loss in an MIAA Super Bowl. The Rockets' Football team has won two of the five Super Bowls they have participated in since 2003, winning in 2009 and 2012. Additionally, in the fall of 2016 the Reading High School Varsity Girls Swim Team won the Middlesex League Championship and the Division 2 State Championship. The Girls Varsity swim team repeated as League and Division 2 State Champions in 2017.

On June 23, 2018, the Rockets' Boys Varsity Lacrosse team won the MIAA Division 2 State Championship by defeating Concord-Carlisle High School, 13-9, at Boston University's Nickerson Field. The title was the first state championship victory in Reading Memorial's Lacrosse Program history.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Stephen Goss (RMHS '10), rapper, known as Cousin Stizz
  • Mark Storella (RMHS '02), active member of Brooklyn-based musical group The Eskalators
  • Mike Symonds (RMHS '01), screenwriter[6]
  • Max Brallier (RMHS '01), New York Times and USA Today bestselling author[7]
  • Mark Erelli, folk musician
  • Denise A. Spellberg (RMHS '75), associate professor of history, University of Texas at Austin, author of Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha Bint Abi Bakr (1994) and Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders (2013)
  • Mark Feeney (RMHS '75), Boston Globe arts writer, author of Nixon at the Movies: A Book about Belief (2004), winner Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, 2008
  • Brad Whitford (RMHS '70), best known as guitarist for Aerosmith
  • John Doherty (RMHS '69) first baseman-designated hitter, California Angels (NOTE: not to be confused with the current Superintendent of Schools for Reading, also named John Doherty)
  • Danny McBride (RMHS '63), singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist for 1970s rock and roll group Sha Na Na


  1. ^ a b "Student Data". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
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  3. ^ "Graduation Report Report (DISTRICT) - Massachusetts Directory Profiles". Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed December 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Layman, Tom (March 3, 2012). "Div. 2 Girls Final: Reading 48, Tyngsborough 27". ESPN Boston. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Michael Symonds". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
  7. ^ Alter, Alexandra (May 5, 2015). "Galactic Hot Dogs' Hopes Readers on Funbrain will buy at Bookstores". The New York Times. 
Preceded by
Boston College High School
Super Eight Hockey Tournament Champions
Succeeded by
Reigning Champions

Coordinates: 42°32′4.5″N 71°6′32.7″W / 42.534583°N 71.109083°W / 42.534583; -71.109083