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Concord-Carlisle High School


Concord-Carlisle High School

This article is about Concord-Carlisle High School. For others of a similar name, see Concord High School (disambiguation).
Concord-Carlisle High School
The Beede Center
Commitment, Citizenship, Harmony, Scholarship
Concord, MA
United States
Type Public
Established 1852
School district Concord-Carlisle Regional
Principal Peter Badalament
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1300
Campus size 80 acres (0.324 km²)
Color(s) Maroon, Gold, and White             
Athletics 56 teams
Athletics conference Dual County League; Division II, Class B
Mascot The Patriot
Nickname Patriots
Average SAT scores 601 verbal
625 math
602 writing (2010)[1]

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School is a public high school located in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Boston. The school serves grades 9–12, and as part of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District, has students from both Concord and Carlisle, Massachusetts. The school also has a notable portion of minority students from Boston (particularly Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan) enrolled as part of the METCO program. Concord-Carlisle Regional High School is widely regarded as one of the top public high schools in the state, with the September 2009 issue of Boston Magazine rating CCHS the number one public high school in cost efficiency and third in academic performance in eastern Massachusetts.[2]


Class subjects include the normal core subjects of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, but a number of elective studies are offered as well, including programming, theatre, music, and photography.

In Social Studies or English, a broad course selection is offered. While CCHS by choice offers no AP classes in the humanities to allow for a more flexible curriculum, students may choose to take the AP tests. The English department offers classes on topics such as rhetoric and debate, American literature, British literature, contemporary literature, world literature, and black literature. The Social Studies department curriculum includes, among others, classes on Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and 20th century United States history, as well as psychology, economics, sociology, world religions, and Russian History.

Foreign languages offerings are not merely French and Spanish, but Latin and Chinese as well. Introductory Swahili is included within the syllabus of "History of Africa."

Educational experiences and trips to other countries include one to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008, two to Prague in the Czech Republic, Salzburg and Vienna in Austria in 2001 and 2005, one trip which explored the entire length of Italy from north to south in 2003, and one trip to Spain in 2004, staying in Madrid, Sorrento, and Malaga. In 2008 and 2009, there were trips to Quito, Ecuador. In 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2010 there were trips to Hokkaido Japan for the Concert Band and the Sci Fi club. There have been trips to China, East Timor, and Estonia.

A staple of recognition, the school's campus has a one-of-a-kind attribute – a giant 30-foot (9.1 m) high purple crayon covering an exhaust pipe in the middle of the courtyard. Recently, an addition of double-rainbow sculpture has been added in the memorial of Richard Koch.


Extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged. CCHS has over 42 after-school activities that do not include sports. Many of the activities have been created and maintained by the students for many years. The school supports a political journal (The Third Wing), moot court, Spectrum: Gay/Straight Alliance, Dance Club, The Voice (newspaper), Reflections (a literature and art review), and high school radio station (WIQH 88.3 FM), among others. Concord-Carlisle also hosts local chapters of Model United Nations, Amnesty International, Academic Bowl and a Math Team.[3]


Musical arts are very prominent and respected extracurricular activities at CCHS. The music department currently supports a Concert Band, Repertory Band, orchestra, chorus, and numerous jazz ensembles. Several groups from the theatre department were selected to perform in Europe during the 2007–2008 school year.

In 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2010 the Concert Band, led by Alfred Dentino, traveled to Japan in celebration of their national recognition for achievement and played with the Sapporo Shiroishi High School wind ensemble, which is currently ranked as the 2nd best high school band in Japan. The joint concert of these two bands took place in Sapporo at the world-renowned Sapporo Concert Hall. Additionally, the CCHS Concert Band has won a gold medal at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association invitational for the past 18 consecutive years, earning the chance to perform at Tanglewood, Boston's Symphony Hall, and Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts numerous times.

In April 2008, the Orchestra and Chorus traveled to Walt Disney World to perform in Festival Disney. Competing separately, this was the Orchestra's first trip with Scott Knopf as conductor. The orchestra received an "Excellent" rating, the highest ranking given out at the competition.

In the winter of 2011, over 120 students participated in a musical production of "The Producers." Other shows performed at Concord-Carlisle include, A Little Night Music, West Side Story and Falsettos. In early 2013, the theatre department performed A Chorus Line.


CCHS supports 31 of the 33 available sports teams organized by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). The fall sports include Soccer, Girl's Field Hockey, Girl's Volleyball, Cross-Country, Boy's Football, and Boy's Golf. Winter sports are: Fencing, Basketball, Indoor Track and Field, Hockey, Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Swimming, Diving, and Wrestling. The Spring Sports are: Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Bass Fishing, and Outdoor Track and Field. CCHS no longer participates in Gymnastics or Boy's Volleyball. Concord Carlisle now has made their Cheerleading team a sport with fall (Football) and winter(Basketball) Cheerleading. They compete in competitions and support the school's teams.

Ski team

Nationally recognized in 1998 as a top ski school,[4] the CCHS ski team has the best record in the state since its origin. The CCHS ski team competes at a local ski area in both slalom and giant slalom races. Dr. Bob Furey, head ski coach since 1972, was awarded the National Coaches Association Ski Coach of the Year Award in the early 1990s with assistance from 1988 Men's Olympic Biathlon coach Duane "Dusty" Johnstone. Johnstone retired in 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Boston Globe All-Scholastic Coach of the Year.[5] The CCHS ski team is the leading ski team in eastern Massachusetts with respect to league championships, undefeated seasons, and sportsmanship awards.

Fencing team

Concord-Carlisle's fencing team was the first in the state of Massachusetts on a high school level.[6] This winter sport has a men's and women's team, with JV and Varsity levels. One of the coaches, Ariana Klinkov, is the world's highest rated female sabre referee, and the first female three-weapon referee in the world.[7] CCHS's fencing team has gone on to produce two individual Olympic Champions,[8] as well as numerous individual state champions.


The CCHS football team has a long history with significant success recently. The Patriots made it to the 2010 MIAA Eastern Mass Div. 2A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium before losing to Duxbury High School. It was the team's first Super Bowl berth since 1978. On December 3, 2011, the Patriots football team returned to Gillette Stadium and routed Oliver Ames High School by a score 42–9, to finish the season undefeated at 13–0, and became the 2011 MIAA Eastern Mass D-3 State Champions. In 1978, the Patriots' head coach was Al Robichaud, who was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2011, the Patriots' head coach was one of Al's sons, Mike, who in his three years as the head coach at CCHS has won three Dual County League titles, advanced to 2 State Championship games, and was named the 2010 Boston Globe Division 2A Coach of the Year.

On February 26, 2012, running back George Craan committed to Boston College, becoming the first CCHS player to earn a scholarship to BC since 1987. Craan finished his senior season at CCHS with 24 touchdowns and 1,800 rushing yards.[9]


The CCHS boys soccer team is also consistently highly ranked, not just in the state, but nationally. In 2010, they were ranked as high as #16 nationally and #2 in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. They also won their second straight state championship, their third in the last five years.


In 2013, the golf team captured the second state title in program history (2008), winning the Division 2 state championship by a whopping 12 shots. The program has placed in the top four in the state four of the last five years, including a third-place finish in 2011. The program has won Dual County League Small Division titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Ryan Harris '12 (University of Akron) and Andrew Wester '12 (University of Rhode Island) and Karolyne Shieh (Florida Institute of Technology all currently play NCAA college golf.


In 2013 multiple news stories surfaced involving negative incidents at CCHS.

In early March 2013, racist graffiti was found in a library study booth, spelled out using gummy fruit snacks. During the following week, the story was picked up by multiple news outlets in the Boston area, and led by a coalition of students from Concord, Carlisle, and Boston, the school facilitated discussions about race relations at CCHS.

In early August 2013, a $2 million civil right lawsuit was filed by Isabella "Belle" Hankey '13. The suit named both towns, the regional school district, Superintendent Diana Rigby, Principal Peter Badalament, and former Vice-Principal Alan Weinstein. Hankey's suit detailed a 12-month period during which insults had been carved in her car with a key, feces had been smeared on her windshield, and death threats were written in various places around the school.

On September 12th 2013, it was reported that during the previous school day (September 11th), the school did not read the American Pledge of Allegiance over the school PA system. Later in the school day, a poem written by a Muslim author was read over the school PA system. The school received angry calls and emails from parents which prompted Principal Badalament to apologize. He said that the pledge was not recited because of a "mix-up with a student reader", and that the poem was not a substitute for the pledge.

Notable alumni


External links

  • Concord-Carlisle High School website
  • District website
  • Alumni website
  • CCHS Drama Trip to Fringe'08 in Scotland
  • Graffiti Incident
  • Bullying Lawsuit
  • 9/11 Pledge Incident

Coordinates: 42°26′54.29″N 71°20′50.81″W / 42.4484139°N 71.3474472°W / 42.4484139; -71.3474472

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