Arlington High School (Massachusetts)
Arlington High School is a public high school located in Arlington, Massachusetts. As of 2010, the school enrolls approximately 1,300 students annually. The current principal is Matthew Janger.
|Arlington High School|
869 Massachusetts Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|Number of students||1,290 (2016–17)|
|Color(s)||Maroon/Red, Gray, and White|
|Song||"Cheer today for the Red and Gray"|
|Team name||Spy Ponders (Formerly "The Trojans")|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||The Ponder Report|
|Yearbook||Spy Ponder (Formerly "The Indian")|
The current Arlington High School, designed by Howard B.S. Prescott, was opened in 1915 for grades 10–12. What is now known as "Fusco house" was the only original building. Boys and girls were required to enter the building through two separate entrances. Two additions were later added on, the "Collomb house," as it is now known, in 1937 and then the "Downs house."
Peirce Field, an outdoor field for football, soccer, track, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball and softball, was created by filling in "Cutter's Pond", which had been previously used for milling. Mill Brook still runs underneath the high school to this day. The field was renovated in 2004 due to toxin levels in the soil, which stemmed from a company located where the Department of Public Works is currently situated. A settlement was reached with the company to pay for the entire cleaning, capping, and renovation.
Since the mid-1990s several news documentary shows have been to Arlington High School, including Chronicle, Nightline, and MTV Made. It has also been the topic of many news stories covered by Fox News, Fox 25, Channel 7, among many other TV channels and radio stations.
In 2010, Arlington High School became a national news over a School Committee vote regarding the Pledge of Allegiance. The following year in 2011, interim principal Mary Villano suspended school dances because of drinking and inappropriate dancing.
- Peter Berdovsky, VJ, artist
- Paul Boudreau, NFL Offensive Line Coach
- Dane Cook, actor and comedian
- Jim Driscoll, former MLB player (Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers)
- Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-Winning Actress
- Liam Ezekiel, former NFL and UFL player
- Sean Garballey, Massachusetts State Representative
- Alan Hovhaness, Composer
- John A. Kelley, 2-Time Boston Marathon Winner
- Chris Leary, actor, Once Around, Celtic Pride, Edge of Darkness, The Fighter
- Elaine J. McCarthy Projection and Scenic Designer for Broadway and Opera
- John Messuri, hockey player and coach
- Mark Preston, CNN Senior Political Analyst and Executive Editor, CNN Politics
- Louis W. Ross, architect
- Dave "Chico" Ryan, musician
- Carl Sumner, Former MLB player (Boston Red Sox)
- Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, guitarist/songwriter of Canned Heat
- "Arlington High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- "2017–18 SAT Performance Statewide Report".
- http://wbztv.com/local/arlington.pledge.flag.2.1902098.html[permanent dead link]
- Brock Parker (November 30, 2011). "Arlington High bans student dances". Boston Globe.