Spruce Mountain High School

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Spruce Mountain High School
Address
33 Community Drive Jay, Maine 04239
Jay, Maine
United States
Coordinates 44°29′40″N 70°11′58″W / 44.49444°N 70.19944°W / 44.49444; -70.19944Coordinates: 44°29′40″N 70°11′58″W / 44.49444°N 70.19944°W / 44.49444; -70.19944
Information
Type Public secondary
Established July 1, 2011
School district Regional School Unit 73
Principal Thomas J. Plourde
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 468
Color(s) Black, Green and White
Mascot Phoenix
Website

Spruce Mountain High School is a public high school located in Jay, Maine. It serves students from Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls, Maine.

Incorporation[edit]

Spruce Mountain High School was founded when Livermore Falls High School and Jay High School combined as the result of the consolidation between RSU #36 and the Jay School Department in 2011.[1]

Mascot and colors[edit]

The colors, the mascot, and the name of Spruce Mountain High School were chosen by high school and middle school students of Livermore Falls and Jay. The Phoenix was chosen as the consolidated high school's mascot to represent the end of a long-standing rivalry and the new chapter in the history of all three communities.[2] The name Spruce Mountain comes from Spruce Mountain located in Jay, Maine. Spruce Mountain is home to a popular local ski slope enjoyed by students and residents of all three towns in the winter, making it an appropriate name for the school.

Campus consolidation[edit]

2011–2012[edit]

In the first year of consolidation, middle school students in RSU 73 all attended Spruce Mountain Middle School, in the building formerly occupied by Jay Middle School. High School students, though technically attending the same school, remained in separate buildings (Spruce Mountain High School at South and North Campuses).

2012–2013[edit]

Because splitting up a class after consolidation was deemed detrimental, the first consolidated eighth grade class was kept together and put at North Campus their ninth grade year, even though grades 10 through 12 were still separate.[3] During this second school year, and throughout the consolidation process, multiple solutions were discussed for fully consolidating the High School. Among them was a five million dollar addition to North Campus, which was rejected by voters in May 2012.[4] In November of 2012, voters approved an almost two million dollar renovation to North Campus and Spruce Mountain Middle School, including a connector between the two, in order to accommodate students from all three member towns.

2013-2014[edit]

The renovation complete, Spruce Mountain High School opened for the first time as one school in the fall of 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perry, Donna. "Consolidated school system to be known as RSU 73". Sun Journal.
  2. ^ Perry, Donna. "RSU 73 board affirms school name, mascot, colors". Sun Journal.
  3. ^ Perry, Donna. "Spruce Mountain Eighth Graders to attend Jay High School next year". Sun Journal.
  4. ^ Perry, Donna. "Towns Reject 5.3 Million Dollar Addition Bond". Sun Journal.
  5. ^ Adams, Eileen. "Changes unveiled for one Spruce Mountain High School site". Sun Journal.