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Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
80 Locust Street
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060-2094
United States
School type Public
School district Northampton-Smith Vocational Agricultural
LEA 0406
Principal Tracy F. Lyon
Grades 9–12
Number of students 434
Student to teacher ratio 9.5 to 1
Classes offered Career/Technical/Academic
Hours in school day 7:50 A.M. - 2:05 P.M.
Color(s)          Black and Gold
Mascot Viking
Accreditation NEASC
Average SAT scores 439 verbal
458 math
408 writing
1305 total (2014-2015)[1]

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is a 4-year Career/Technical High School located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is a public high school for residents of Northampton and tuition students from all of Hampshire County. Students spend alternating weeks in shop and academic programs as they prepare for both a high school diploma and a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and all shop programs meet state standards for vocational education programs.


  • Mission Statement 1
  • History 2
  • Career-Technical Education 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Mission Statement

The mission of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is to prepare students for social responsibility, employment, and post secondary education through rigorous, applied technical and academic programs.


Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School was established by a bequest from Oliver Smith. Smith was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts in 1766. He engaged in farming at an early age, and acquired large wealth by stock-raising. He was a magistrate for forty years; twice he was a representative to the legislature; and in 1820, he was a member of the State constitutional convention . His bequest for an Agricultural School became available for use in 1905, and the amount of $50,000 was turned over to the City of Northampton for the purchase of the land for Smith School, which opened for students in 1908 as the first vocational school in Massachusetts.[3]

Career-Technical Education

Smith Vocational offers students career-technical training in 12 areas:

  • Agriculture Mechanics/Animal Science
  • Auto Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical
  • Graphic Communications/Printing Technology
  • Health Technology
  • Horticulture/Forestry
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Plumbing Technology


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  3. ^ Ebbeling, Donald (1976). Courtroom Crucible. Northampton, MA: The Trustees of the Smith Charities. 

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