Walpole High School
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|Walpole High School|
|275 Common Street,
Walpole, MA 02081
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Walpole Public Schools|
|Average SAT scores||527 verbal
1589 total (2015-2016)
|Website||Walpole High School|
Walpole High School is a public high school in Walpole, Massachusetts, educating grades 9 through 12. It is a part of Walpole Public Schools. The high school is mainly focused on college preparatory subjects, with over 90 percent of its graduates typically going on to higher education. Accreditation is by the New England Association of Secondary Schools.
As of 2013, the school has about 1,300 students and 45 faculty and staff members. WHS was founded in 1870; the current building was originally built in 1907 and underwent a major renovation/addition in 2000-2002 thereby adding many new classrooms, labs, a new library and cafeteria as well as a general modernization of the interior. The campus is located one mile from downtown Walpole on Common Street.
Jean Kenney, the assistant superintendent, stated in 2015 that almost every student takes at least two years of foreign language instruction even though the high school only requires one year. As of 2015 foreign languages offered include Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. As of 2015 about 600 students study Spanish, about 150 study French, about 100 study Latin, about 45 students study German, and about 30 study Chinese. Kenney stated in 2015 that many students take at least two foreign languages. The former chairperson of foreign languages, George Watson, promoted establishing German classes, saying that there was a need to offer a foreign language not in the Romance languages. As of 2015 few other schools in Massachusetts offer German.
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- Joe Morgan, former Boston Red Sox manager and professional baseball player (Milwaukee Braves, Kansas City Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals)
- Seltz, Johanna. "In schools south of Boston, a wide disparity on foreign language offerings" (Archive). Boston Globe. January 11, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2015.
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