Winnisquam Regional High School
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Winnisquam Regional High School is a public high school located in Tilton, New Hampshire, in the United States. Students of the school are primarily from the towns of Sanbornton, Tilton, and Northfield, though some other towns are represented. The school is commonly referred to by its abbreviation, "WRHS". In recent years, the school struggled with low New Hampshire State Test scores, however, as of late, they have been steadily climbing, and the school district has made strides to boost the WRHS curriculum, most notably by increasing the AP course selection.
In 2001, funds in the amount of $17 million were approved by the tri-town area in an effort to completely renovate the school as well as construct a new gymnasium and additional classroom space. During the renovation, the much beloved Star Wars mural that had covered the main wall of the old cafeteria had to be dismantled.
Winnisquam Regional High School operates a school of agricultural science in a separate building on its main campus. This "Ag Center" allows Winnisquam students, as well as students from nearby towns, to take vocational classes in agriculture, animal science, horticulture, and forestry for high school credit. The center maintains a greenhouse which grows a wide variety of flowers and plants.
All of the Winnisquam athletics teams are known as the Bears. The school fields teams during all three seasons, including:
- Cross Country (M/F)
- Soccer (traditionally M only)
- Golf (traditionally M only)
- Field Hockey (F only)
- Volleyball (F only)
- Unified Soccer (M/F)
- Basketball (M/F)
- Wrestling (traditionally M only)
- Spirit and Cheerleading (traditionally F only)
- Indoor Track (M/F)
- Unified Basketball (M/F)
- Baseball (M)
- Softball (F)
- Track and Field (M/F)
- Unified Volleyball (M/F)
- Bass Fishing (M/F)
The Girls' Volleyball team has brought home two recent DIII state championships in 2010 and 2012, while finishing in the final four in 2011. The 2010 team went undefeated, carrying that winning streak into the 2011 season breaking the school record for consecutive wins.
Field Hockey has been one of the school's most successful programs in recent years, winning the NHIAA Class M-S state title seven times between 1990 and 2004, appearing in the championship 11 times in all during that span. The Cheerleading team has also been very successful over the years and has recently won the title of State Champs in 2008. Track and field has also been one of the school's strongest recent performers, including one title and six runner-up finishes for the boys since 1996, as well as two titles and three runner-up finishes for the girls in the same span.
The boys' soccer team had one of the more memorable performances of any NHIAA team in fall 2007, starting the season 3-7 before winning eight of their next nine to reach the Class M state championship, where they would finish runner-up. Winnisquam tied for the lowest rank of any NHIAA finalist during the fall 2007 season (11th, also achieved by Portsmouth field hockey) and earned the school's soccer program its first championship appearance in 44 years.
Winnisquam football appeared in the state championship game for the first time in the 2009 season.
Winnisquam cross country was a dominant force in the 1950s and 1960s, racking up 7 championships and 5 runners-up.
The school is also competitive in many regional, statewide, and national events. It fields a math team, an award winning FFA chapter, and a Granite State Challenge team, notable for its record five championship appearances and three state titles.
Winnisquam Regional Middle School is located less than 100 yards from Winnisquam Regional High School. Its sports teams are known as the Wolves. A student vote changed the mascot from the Warriors to the Wolves in the late 1990s.