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Waltham High School

Waltham High School is the only public high school serving the city of Waltham, Massachusetts.

Waltham High School
Address
617 Lexington Street
Waltham, Massachusetts 02452
Information
Opened 1969 (current site)
School district Waltham Public Schools
Superintendent Susan Nicholson, Ed.D.
Principal Greg DeMeo
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,375 (2010-2011)
School color(s) Red, White
Mascot Hawks
Average SAT scores 474 verbal
508 math
481 writing (2010)[1]
Newspaper The Talon
Yearbook The Mirror

Contents

  • Old School Building 1
  • Current building 2
  • Administration 3
  • Sports 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Old School Building

Waltham High School
Waltham High School
Location 617 Lexington Street., Waltham, Massachusetts
Area less than one acre
Built 1902
Architectural style Classical Revival, Romanesque
Governing body Local
MPS Waltham MRA
NRHP Reference # 89001531[2]
Added to NRHP September 28, 1989

The old Waltham High School (located at 55 School Street) was originally constructed in 1902. Designed by Samuel Patch and Robert Glancey, it follows the local contemporary style of Romanesque and Classical Revival architecture. Added onto in the 1920s, the building eventually fell out of favor and was replaced with the current Waltham High site in 1969. The old Waltham High became defunct by the 1990s and sat empty for many years. The building was ultimately reinhabited; the additions constructed in the 1920s were removed, restoring the school to its 1902 appearance, and a modern addition was added directly behind the old building, which left the historical structure as the façade. The new construct, known now as John W. McDevitt Middle School (named for a former superintendent), entered service in 2003.[3]

The old Waltham High building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[2]

Current building

The current Waltham High School facility opened in 1969. It is designed in two long rows of rooms connected by several transverse hallways. The west side is the Fine Arts wing and includes the Robinson Auditorium, home of Waltham's Reagle Players. There are two outdoor courtyards built into the design. The school department's offices and school administration occupy the center of the first floor. Two gymnasiams and the cafeteria dominate the east side of the building. A detached Automotive Technology annex faces the visual arts hallway.The high school now has a school store called "Hawk's Nest" where the students can buy sports apparel with Hawk's logo on it. The school also has a Television studio. The television channel is called WE-TV (Waltham Educational Television)

Although Waltham High is well maintained, the building itself is now over forty years old and has had little work performed on it in its entire lifetime. Waltham High is older than nearby Newton North's old facility, which was torn down after only thirty-seven years of service due to it aging poorly; although Waltham has held up better, this provides a context for the facility's age and need for renovation, especially the science labs, which are essentially unchanged from 1969. At the present time, the school department is exploring a partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to help prepare and finance either a renovation of the building or construction of a new one. These talks, however, have been ongoing for over two years.[4]

Administration

School Administration[5]

  • Principal: Greg DeMeo
  • Freshman Housemaster: Christopher Gelinas
  • Sophomore Housemaster: Amanda Brennan
  • Junior Housemaster: Mr Antolini
  • Senior Housemaster: Rosemary Neville

Department Administration[5]

  • Director of Athletics: William Foley
  • Director of Career and Technical Education: Christopher Cummings
  • Director of English Language Arts: Thomas O'Toole
  • Director of ELL: Ann Feldman
  • Director of Facilities: John Pinzone
  • Director of Fine Arts: Douglas Trudeau
  • Director of History and Social Science: Stephen Goodwin
  • Director of Instructional Technology & Library: Sandra Roby
  • Director of Mathematics: Mary Alice Murdoch
  • Director of Nurses: Marie DeSisto
  • Director of Science and Health: Heather Metallides
  • Director of Pupil Personnel Services: Mary Gallant
  • Asst. Director of Special Education: Deborah Del Dotto
  • Asst. Director of Student Support Services: Marcia Munday
  • Asst. Director of World Languages: Cynthia Piantedosi

Sports

Waltham High has multiple sports including ice hockey, track and field (indoor and outdoor), football, basketball, volleyball, field hockey, swimming, skiing, soccer, golf, etc. Waltham High athletic teams compete in the Dual County League. The mascot for most sports in Waltham is "The Hawk". It also offers many activities such as show choir, show band, band/orchestra, language clubs (Spanish, French, Italian and Latin), student council, GSA, Dance Theatre and many more. The basketball team has qualified for the state tournament 3 years in a row. The football team of 2014 has had their best season in recent history.

Notable alumni

See also

References

  1. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/sat_perf.aspx
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ http://schooldesigns.com/Project-Details.aspx?Project_ID=2398
  4. ^ http://www.walthampublicschools.org/scmin1112.cfm
  5. ^ a b http://www.walthampublicschools.org/index.cfm

External links

  • Official web site
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