Winnacunnet High School
|Winnacunnet High School|
|1 Alumni Drive
Hampton, NH 03842
|Type||Comprehensive Public High School|
|Motto||School of Champions|
|Established||October 30, 1957|
|School district||School Administrative Unit 21|
|Superintendent||Robert M. Sullivan|
|Color(s)||Red, White, and Blue|
|Feeder schools||Seabrook Middle School
Lincoln Akerman School
North Hampton School
Winnacunnet High School is an American public high school located in Hampton, New Hampshire. It serves students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in the communities of Hampton, Seabrook, North Hampton, and Hampton Falls. Students from South Hampton attend Amesbury High School. The name Winnacunnet is a Native American word that means "beautiful place in the pines". The current principal, since 2010, is William McGowan.
Ground was broken for Winnacunnet High School on October 30, 1957, and it first opened in the fall of 1958 with an attendance of 474 students. Prior to 1958, area students attended the Hampton Academy and High School, a junior-senior high school which today still exists as the junior high school for Hampton. The official Winnacunnet High dedication ceremony took place on October 26, 1958. The school has recently finished major construction and renovations.
The school was in the national news in 1990, when Pamela Smart, conspired with 15-year-old sophomore student William "Billy" Flynn and, according to him, convinced him to murder her husband Greg Smart on May 1, 1990. Smart did not actually work at Winnacunnet High School, but at the SAU 21 building across the street, which is located on Winnacunnet school grounds. Smart was convicted of first degree murder in March 1991, and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility for parole. She is serving her sentence in a maximum security prison in New York State.
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Charles Claverie, known as Charlie Rocket, was a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. Charlie graduated from Winnacunnet in 1967 and continued his education at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he became a well known and popular figure around the campus. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, while at RISD, he started a band called The Fabulous Motels. In the early 1980s he joined SNL as the news anchor for "Weekend Update" and creator of the "Rocket Reports". Charlie also had an acting career that spanned over a decade, playing roles in many TV shows and in movies, including a small role in Dances With Wolves. He committed suicide at his home in Connecticut at the age of 56, on October 7, 2005.
- "Sex, Lies and Murder: The Pamela Smart Case", by Jan Bouchard-Kerr, CourtTV Crime Library
- "Hampton Academy & Winnacunnet High School Alumni Association: 65th Anniversary, Historic Souvenir Booklet, 1972 By Arthur J. Moody
- "Winnacunnet High School: From Idea To Reality" By Harold L. Pierson. p. 109