North Quincy High School

North Quincy High School (NQHS) is a public secondary school located in the North Quincy neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts. The school serves grades 9 through 12, and has an enrollment of over 1,200 students. It is one of two public high schools in the city—the other being Quincy High School. The school's mascot is known as "Yakoo", and its school colors are red and black.[2]

North Quincy High School
Mr. Yakoo
North Quincy High School is located in Greater Boston area
North Quincy High School
North Quincy High School
North Quincy High School is located in Massachusetts
North Quincy High School
North Quincy High School
North Quincy High School is located in the United States
North Quincy High School
North Quincy High School

United States
CoordinatesCoordinates: 42°16′38″N 71°01′42″W / 42.277142°N 71.028371°W / 42.277142; -71.028371
MottoA Symbol of Pride and Excellence
School districtQuincy Public Schools
PrincipalRob Shaw
Assistant Principal for Operations and Student SupportHelena Skinner
Assistant Principal for Teaching and LearningNoreen Holland
Enrollment1,168 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Red & Black          
NicknameRed Raiders
RivalQuincy High School


The school was originally built as North Junior High School in 1925. An additional wing was added to the eastern side of the building in 1931, and the school was changed into a senior high school. The newly established North Quincy High School graduated its first class of seniors in 1934, and a second wing was added to the building two years later. Both the original structure and the two subsequent additions were designed by Frank Irving Cooper.

In the 1970s, the school underwent major renovations, adding a new gymnasium and cafeteria. A large new wing in the Brutalist style was added to the rear of the building, designed by the Colletti Brothers of Hingham,[3] built atop Oliver Street, which was controversially razed for the construction; the old glass "gondola" in the rear of the old building which served as the principal's office in the 1950s and 1960s was also removed.[4] Finally, the entrance to the school was changed, removing stairs leading into a second-floor vestibule as well as two flanking concrete statues of lions.

The school is once again slated to undergo exterior renovations, beginning with the purchase and razing of much of Hunt Street, and nine houses occupying the section, which will be replaced with parking and access to nearby Teal Field, as well as the fencing in of the entire campus, in conjunction with ongoing modifications of Hancock and West Squantum Streets for easing of traffic constrictions.

The school's atrium was rededicated as the Atrium of Honor in April 2011. The Atrium honors North Quincy High School students and graduates who have served in the U.S. military. This includes two Medal of Honor recipients, Everett Pope and William Caddy. Wall panels are dedicated to Pope, Caddy, E. Alan Brudno, Richard Stratton, and Charles Sweeney.

The school has had seven principals in its history. The first, James S. Collins, served as principal from the school's opening in the 1920s and retired in 1956. John Walsh was a Spanish teacher, assistant principal, and then the school's second principal from 1956 to 1972. Peter J. Chrisom, a graduate of the school, was principal from 1972 to 1998. The school's auditorium is named for him. He was succeeded by his long time assistant principal, Eileen Feeney, who served as the school's fourth principal from 1998 to 1999. The fifth principal was Louis P. Ioanilli, who served from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. He was followed by Earl Metzler, principal from 2007 to 2012. Metzler left to become a superintendent of schools in a New Hampshire district. The seventh and current principal is Robert Shaw, who became principal in 2012.


From the 1990s to 2011 the number of Asian students increased by 40%. According to former student Tony Liang, quoted in The Patriot Ledger, the Asian students in the 1990s were mostly born in China, but by 2011 most of the Asian students were American-born.[5]


"North" competed for many years in the high school Atlantic Coast and Old Colony Leagues, which comprised teams from the South Shore. In recent years, the school has competed in the Patriot League, and its athletic teams are known as the Red Raiders. Its traditional athletic archrival is the crosstown Quincy High School Presidents. Both schools use Veterans Memorial Stadium.

North Quincy High School has shown the most success in its girls' volleyball program, which has won six state championships within the last twenty years under coach Jim Rendle.[6]

Clubs and teamsEdit

North Quincy High has a large range of teams and clubs that have long histories of excellence and contribution to the community.

Academic teamsEdit

North Quincy High has many academic teams, including Debate Team, Academic Decathlon, Math Team, History Bowl, and Science Olympiad.[7]

In 2013 and 2015 the school was represented at WGBH's High School Quiz Show. Only sixteen out of over three hundred Massachusetts high schools reach the televised rounds. North Quincy High School won the state championship in 2013 and then defeated a New Hampshire school for the regional Governors' Cup.

The Academic Decathlon Team has placed in the top 5 of both the regional and state competitions consistently.

The History Bowl Team placed 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in the 1st MA State Competition, advancing to the National History Bowl. Many of the members also placed in the top 8 in the state for the State History Bee, advancing to the National History Bee in the process.

MOON (Mathematical Organization of North Quincy) has competed in the Greater Boston Math League and often performed very well, competing in Division II for playoffs for two years in a row.

The Debate team participates in regional debates hosted at venues such as Harvard University and Boston University, as well as many other events throughout the Northeast, with several members winning best speaker accolades.

The Model United Nations club participates in academic discussions and intellectual forums throughout the Boston area, and has won several chapter awards

The History club discuses both historical and modern day events, and engages in trips to historical venues, and attends forums at local area universities.

Air Force JROTCEdit

As of 2013, persons of Asian origin make up 92% of the cadets in the North Quincy High JROTC program.[8]

The MA 84-1st AFJROTC Unit has competed at many local and regional drill competitions, placing very frequently.[7]


The Art Club allows students to find and culture various skills, such as sculpting, drawing, and painting. The art is often displayed in local locations, such as the Thomas Crane Library and in school art shows.[7]

The NQHS Band participates in competition and performs at places such as Six Flags amusement park. It also participates in local parades and school concerts. It is also featured in the movie "Here Comes the Boom", featuring Kevin James.

The NQHS Choir consists of all the choir students in the school. They often perform in at least two shows a year. There is also the Select Choir, which is a more selective group of singers which perform at various competitions, including the Great East Festival. Many members have advanced to higher levels, including Regionals and States. The NQHS Choir also joins the band at Six Flags, once every two years.

The Drama Club gives students the opportunity to experience acting and tech crew experience. The Drama Club has put on many plays, including Flowers for Algernon, Leading Ladies, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. They also produce a musical every year, including The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up, Into the Woods, The Sound Of Music, and, most recently, God spell.

The Hip Hop Club is a team of students who practice various dance forms, such as bboying, pop and lock, and freestyle. They often perform at the school rallies and performing arts night.

Community ServiceEdit

There are many opportunities at North Quincy High to serve the local community and the surrounding area.[7]

The Interact Club, helped by the local Rotary Club, volunteers in many ways, ranging from serving pancake breakfasts in Retirement Homes to participating in the former Quincy Medical Center's Walk for Cancer.

The NQHS Pride Committee works to make sure that the school is a welcoming and supportive environment. They make efforts to ensure that the school can be a place where students' creativity and intelligence can expand, such as hosting a Freshman Orientation to make new freshmen feel welcome and to smooth over any worries they may have about their transition.

The Environmental Stewardship Club promotes renewability and a sense of duty to protect our planet and its resources. They run a consistent recycling operation throughout the whole school and participate in activities in aiding the environment, such as Earth Day and promoting Earth Hour.

The National Honor Society raises funds to donate to organizations that aid others in need and volunteers at various local organizations, such as EvenTide Nursing Home and Cradles to Crayons.

S.A.D.D. speaks out for making the healthy decisions in high school. It has brought many speakers to the school for students to gain wisdom from, including Rachael's Challenge, which has promoted an atmosphere and kindness and compassion to fellow students.

The Student Government runs events within the school and provides a structure for school wide student events, ranging from Junior and Senior Prom, to Fall and Spring Rallies. It also participates in helping the local community, such as penny drives and tab collection for the Shriners.

Thomas Jefferson Forum is another opportunity for students to participate in the community and aiding others. They often help with organizations, such as the Jimmy Fund, South Shore Community Health Center, Wang Center, and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

In 2013, Quincy Public Schools had launched a pilot for 11th and 12th graders participate in a graduation requirement for 20 hours of community service done before graduation. In June 2014, they announced that Community Service is now a graduation requirement for all Quincy and North Quincy High School Students. As of 2014, freshman must complete 40 hours of community service by graduation; sophomores, 30 hours; juniors, 20; and seniors 10 hours.

FIRST Robotics Team (citywide robotics team)Edit

The FIRST Robotics Team, Team HYPER 69, has placed every year in the quarterfinals. They have won many regionals, including UTC New England Regional, Southern California Regional, and the Boston Regional. It has also won many awards, including Rookie All-Star, Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control, General Motors Industrial Design Award, and the Creative Award by Xerox.[9]

Literary publications and discussionsEdit

The school has a literary magazine, which has four publications a year, giving general updates about the school year and celebrating the achievements of the school and its students. The Manet yearbook prepares and publishes a yearbook every year.[7]

There is also a book club in which members can discuss assigned books, discussing various plot points, author techniques, and enjoy the overall discussion and dissection of great literature.

Multicultural clubsEdit

North Quincy High provides many clubs that relate to different cultures. It has an Asian Culture Club, French Club, Italian Club, and a Spanish Club, each promoting its culture and generating an awareness in the school for other cultures, including food tastings, movie festivals, and NQHS Multicultural Night, run by the Foreign Language Honor Society.[7]

Mascot controversyEdit

The school mascot, "Mr. Yakoo", is a controversial caricature of NQHS alumnus and benefactor Alan Yacubian dressed as a Native American.[10] Yakoo was created by student Peter Fredericksen on November 29, 1957, when Yacubian was also a student.[2] Several complaints have been lodged over the years to change the mascot, and the school was investigated in the 1990s by civil rights officials from the federal Education Department, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Quincy's municipal human rights commission, however the mascot was cleared of the accusations after extensive investigation.[11]

Exchange programsEdit

Courses in French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Latin are offered. The foreign language department conducts two exchange programs that alternate each year. One program is between North Quincy High School Italian students and the Prima Maggiore Vittoria Collona Liceo Linguistico located in Arezzo, Italy. There is also an exchange program conducted between French students at NQHS and students at the Ste. Marie de Bourges School in Bourges, France. A trip to Spain is also coordinated by various Spanish teachers.

Notable alumniEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "North Quincy High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Quincy Public Schools Official web site". Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
  3. ^ Quincy, Mass. Historical and Architectural Survey
  4. ^ Burrell, Chris (April 23, 2015). "Demolitions loom as Quincy buys another house on Hunt Street". Quincy Patriot-Ledger. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. ^ Encarnacao, Jack. "Quincy's Asian population surging" (Archive). The Patriot Ledger. March 23, 2011. Retrieved on September 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Seto, Rick (2008-11-18). "THEY ARE THE CHAMPS – AGAIN: North Quincy High girls volleyball team wins the state Division 1 title for the third time in four years". The Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  7. ^ a b c d e f North Quincy High School Clubs Listing
  8. ^ Encarnacao, Jack. "Asian-American students drawn to military cadet program" (Archive). The Patriot Ledger. February 6, 2013. Retrieved on September 8, 2015.
  9. ^ FIRST Team HYPER 69 Official Website
  10. ^ Drake, John (2007-02-08). "Schools are asked what's in a name". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-04-12.(subscription required)
  11. ^ Schoberg, Diana (2007-06-06). "COMING OF AGE: North Quincy High School's controversial mascot turns 50". Quincy Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 2008-07-11.[dead link]
  12. ^ William R. Caddy biography
  13. ^ Brigadier General Charles W. Sweeney Official Air Force Biography

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