Salem High School (Massachusetts)

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Salem High School
77 Willson Street


United States
Coordinates42°30′22.9″N 70°54′42.1″W / 42.506361°N 70.911694°W / 42.506361; -70.911694Coordinates: 42°30′22.9″N 70°54′42.1″W / 42.506361°N 70.911694°W / 42.506361; -70.911694
TypePublic high school
School districtSalem Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Stephen Zrike[1]
PrincipalSamantha Meier
Staff92.48 (FTE)[2]
Number of students916 (2018–19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio9.90[2]
LanguageEnglish, French, Spanish, and Latin
Hours in school day7:24 AM – 2:02 PM (EDT)
Color(s)Red, White & Black    
Song"To Salem High"
Athletics conferenceNortheastern Conference (NEC)
RivalBeverly, Swampscott, Marblehead, Gloucester, and Danvers
NewspaperWitches' Brew

Salem High School is a four-year public high school in Salem, Massachusetts, United States. It has an enrollment of approximately 900 students (as of 2016), and is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Student life and demographics[edit]

In addition to academics, students have access to a variety of clubs and organizations. The school has a Student Council, which is made up of students and two faculty advisers who work with the administration to solve issues other students may have. Students can join the National Honor Society and the Tri-M ,Music Honor Society, in which students can apply during their junior or senior year, along with the National Art Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, to which students can apply during their sophomore year. The school also offers an extraordinary music department, with programs such as the Marching Band, which is commonly known as The Pride Of The North Shore and "Witch Pitch?" a talented A capella group that has been active for approximately a decade.[4] Salem High School is a member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC). "The effects of a Marine Corps JROTC unit extend far beyond the classroom and into the community in developing character, leadership, and civic responsibility. The program makes a difference by keeping kids in school, providing an environment conducive to their personal development and growth, and helping them become productive members of the community." The school has a very high number of absences, exceeding 100 students daily. As of 2016, Mandarin and Arabic were removed from the school's curriculum, although Spanish, French and Latin are still available as language courses.

Student Demographics (2019–20):

  • White – 40.4%
  • Hispanic – 45.1%
  • African-American – 6.8%
  • Asian – 3.1%
  • Multi-race – 4.6%

These demographics reflect the city of Salem's growing ethnic diversity.


Salem High School is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (District A), in which it is part of the Northeastern Conference. Athletics are open to all students at Salem High School during Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.

2013 Renovation of Bertram Field[edit]

The City Council in Salem approved a $1,900,000 renovation of the existing Bertram Field,[5] which is named after North Shore Medical Center captain, John Bertram.[6]

Over the summer of 2013, there was a complete renovation of the entire Bertram Field complex. Construction crews installed a new artificial turf field, a track for running, a scoreboard, and a flagpole. This was an important investment because the field is used by the Salem High School athletics program, in addition to various youth sports programs across from the City of Salem.

2018 Resignation of Longstanding Principal[edit]

After a total of 23 years at Salem High School with 12 of those years as Principal of the school, David Angeramo resigned from his position as principal to become associate head of school at St. Mary's High School in Lynn. According to the Superintendent of Salem Public Schools, Margarita Ruiz, he was well liked during his time at the school, but his sudden departure was saddening for various students, teachers and parents.[7]

Notable graduates[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Salem High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
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  4. ^ "WitchPitch? A Cappella". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  5. ^ Boss, Owen (May 9, 2013). "Council Approves $1.9M Bertram Field Project". Salem Patch.
  6. ^ Bray, Bethany. "Improvements to Bertram Field in Salem receive final approval". Salem News.
  7. ^ Writer, Dustin Luca Staff. "Salem High principal leaving". Salem News. Retrieved 2019-09-30.

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