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Pittsfield High School (Massachusetts)

Pittsfield High School is a four year comprehensive public high school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The school dates its founding to 1844. It is administered by the Pittsfield Public Schools district and is the oldest of the district's two high schools. Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year included 916 students. 51% of the student population was female and 49% were male. Students of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic ethnicity and heritage comprised 21.8% percent of the student population.[5]

Pittsfield High School
300 East Street

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Open enrollment[1]
School districtPittsfield Public Schools
DeanChristina Huff
PrincipalHenry Duval
Enrollment861 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)Purple and White         
Athletics conferenceBerkshire County Conference
MascotThe General
Team nameGenerals
RivalTaconic High School and St. Joseph Central High School
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
NewspaperGenerally Speaking
YearbookThe Dome



Pittsfield High School (PHS) traces its founding to 1844 when a town meeting voted to establish the community's first high school. Six years later in November 1850, PHS opened in a three-room wooden building on a site occupied by the current city hall. Several sites and buildings later, the current facility opened on September 9, 1931.[6]


Graduation requirements include: 1) earning 244 credits, 2) completing one of four certificate programs (Arts and Sciences, Business and Management Studies, Career/Technical Education or Work Based Learning) and 3) passing the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.[7] The school's academic departments include Business, English, Fine and Performing Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Career Technical and World Languages.[8]

Student lifeEdit


PHS extracurricular activities include AfterSchool Social Club, Art Club, Band, Best Buddies, Cheerleading, Class Council, Computer Club, Mock Trial, Drama Club, Engineering Club, French Club, Italian Club, Latin Club, Literary Magazine, Orchestra, The Dome yearbook, Generally Speaking student newspaper, Gay Straight Alliance, Morningside/PHS Community Service Learning and Tutoring Project, National Honor Society, New England Math League, PHS/Williams Community Service Learning Project, PeaceJam, Pep Club, Photography Club, Quiz Team, SADD, Horticulture,Silk Screening Club, Spanish Club and Student Government.[9]


PHS fields varsity boys and girls athletic teams. The school is a member of the Berkshire County Conference athletic league. Member schools include Drury High School in North Adams, Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire, Lee High School in Lee, Lenox Memorial High School in Lenox, Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Mt. Everett Regional High School in Sheffield, Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, St. Joseph Central High School (Catholic) in Pittsfield, Taconic High School in Pittsfield and Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton. Each season both boys and girls PHS athletic teams play a few games against teams outside the league.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2017-04-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Pittsfield High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  4. ^ "2017-18 SAT Performance Statewide Report". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pittsfield High Enrollment Data". Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  6. ^ "The chronological history of Pittsfield High School site". Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  7. ^ "Pittsfield High School Program of Studies 2011-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-12.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Staff Directory/Departments". Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  9. ^ "Extracurricular Clubs/Activities". Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  10. ^ "Bagpipers To Play in 'Brigadoon'". The Berkshire Eagle. Massachusetts, Pittsfield. April 25, 1960. p. 6. Retrieved November 1, 2018 – via  

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