Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (ABRHS) is an open enrollment high school in Acton, Massachusetts. A part of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, it serves the Massachusetts towns of Acton and Boxborough and has students in grades 9 through 12. It is situated downhill from the Raymond J. Grey Junior High School, at 36 Charter Road in Acton. Raymond J. Grey Junior High School occupies the facility that, until 1973, was the high school.

In 1999 A 16-year-old started multiple fires, the first fire began in a trash bin in an electrical closet near the gymnasium. The second, a five-alarm blaze in the school auditorium, forced the evacuation of all 1,300 students and canceled school the following day. The fire seriously damaged the auditorium, gutting the stage and rigging, and requiring the replacement of 50,000 ceiling tiles and four HVAC units. Parts of the school's math and science wing were also damaged. No students or staff were injured, but two firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation. The fire raged out of control for about an hour, until enough fire equipment and fire-fighting personnel could be assembled at the scene. A boy who said he was in charge of lights and sound in the auditorium said he first saw the flames as they were crawling up the curtains of the stage, he ran and pulled the fire alarm.[6][7][8] ABRHS underwent $40,168,552.00 renovation and expansion in 2005.[9]

ABRHS School Fire Video on YouTube

ABRHS was one of 39 American high schools named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009.[10] In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Acton-Boxborough #3 among open enrollment high schools and #7 overall for STEM education.[11] Nonprofit group GreatSchools ranked Acton #2 among small cities nationwide for its public education.[12] ABRHS has achieved this success while serving many immigrant and limited-English-proficient students and maintaining per-pupil spending below the state average.[13]

The National Wildlife Federation awarded ABRHS a Green Flag Award for its work to increase environmental awareness and promote environmental stewardship. ABRHS is also set to receive environmental awards from the Massachusetts state government and the National Energy Education Development Project.[14]

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
36 Charter Road


Coordinates42°28′47″N 71°27′26″W / 42.47972°N 71.45722°WCoordinates: 42°28′47″N 71°27′26″W / 42.47972°N 71.45722°W
Open enrollment[1]
School districtActon-Boxborough Regional School District
PrincipalLarry Dorey
Enrollment1,864 (2016-17)[3]
Color(s)Blue & Gold         
Athletics21 interscholastic sports[4]
MascotThe Colonial


ABRHS offers classes in a wide range of academic and artistic subjects, including Chinese, Latin, photography, graphic design, and anatomy & physiology. For most classes in academic subjects, students have the option of taking CP (college prep), AE (accelerated enriched), or Honors/Advanced Placement (AP) classes. The school regularly has graduation rates over 95% and college attendance rates over 90%.[13]

In 2017, the percent of 10th graders that earned a "proficient or higher" rating on MCAS, were as follows: English/Language Arts/Reading 97%, Math 95% and Science/Technology/Engineering 96%.[15] There were 973 AP exams and 94% of the exams received a score of 3 or higher.[16] The district had the following mean results, on SAT's in 2017: Reading 642, Math 665, Total score 1307.[17]


ABRHS has 21 different interscholastic sports, many of which are divided into Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman teams. All sports have boys' and girls' teams or are co-ed except for football, field hockey, cheerleading, wrestling, gymnastics, softball, and baseball. The school is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, within which it competes in the Dual County League (DCL).

The fall sports are football (boys), football cheerleading (girls), field hockey (girls), soccer, volleyball (girls), golf, swimming (girls; boys' is in the winter), and cross-country running. ABRHS's winter sports are basketball, ice hockey, indoor track, wrestling (boys), gymnastics (girls), alpine ski, basketball cheerleading, swimming (boys; girls' is in the fall), and cross-country skiing. Spring sports include lacrosse, softball (girls), baseball (boys), tennis, volleyball (boys), and track and field.[4]


The girls' field hockey team won the state championship in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2015 and girls' soccer won the state championship in 2007. The girls' swimming/diving team has won 13 state championships. For winter sports, the boys' swimming/diving team has won nine state championships and boys' indoor track was the Class A state champion in 2012. Among the spring sports, the girls' tennis team won the state championship in 2008 and 2012 while the boys' lacrosse team won the state championship in 2014.[18]


Acton-Boxborough received the Green Flag Award from the National Wildlife Federation.[14]

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ "ABRHS Class of 2012 Profile". Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Acton-Boxborough Regional High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "AB Community Handbook of Athletics". Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
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  6. ^ "Lowell Sun Newspaper Archives, Mar 23, 2000, p. 4". Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  7. ^ "Lowell Sun Newspaper Archives, Nov 24, 1999, p. 6". Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  8. ^ SnackteamTV (2014-10-09), ABRHS School Fire, retrieved 2019-06-15
  9. ^ "ABRHS Renovation".
  10. ^ Vittorioso, Stephen. "Acton-Boxborough Regional High named Blue Ribbon school". Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Overview". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Top public schools: Small U.S. cities". GreatSchools. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  13. ^ a b "The Lamplighter, March/April 2012" (PDF). Acton Public Schools & Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  14. ^ a b Smith, Margaret. "ABRHS wins Green Flag award". Wicked Local. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  15. ^ "MCAS Tests 2017 Percent of Students at Each Achievement Level for Acton-Boxborough". School and District Profiles. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. n.d. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  16. ^ "2016-17 Advanced Placement Performance Report All Students". School and District Profiles. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. n.d. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  17. ^ Halpern, Joe. "Here are the Mass. high schools with the highest SAT scores". Boston Business Journal. Boston. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  18. ^ "District Profile 2012-2013" (PDF). Acton Public Schools/Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  19. ^ Maria Konnikova (7 January 2014). "The Open-Office Trap". The New Yorker. Retrieved 18 September 2014.

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Acton, Massachusetts

Acton is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest of Boston along Route 2 west of Concord and about ten miles (16 km) southwest of Lowell. The population was 21,929 at the 2010 census. It is bordered by Westford and Littleton to the north, Concord and Carlisle to the east, Stow, Maynard, and Sudbury to the south and Boxborough to the west. Acton became an incorporated town in 1735. The town employs the Open Town Meeting form of government with a Town Manager and an elected, five-member Board of Selectmen. Acton was named the 11th Best Place To Live among small towns in the country by Money Magazine in 2015, and the 16th best in 2009 and in 2011. The local high school, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Acton-Boxborough #3 among open enrollment high schools and #7 overall for STEM education in the United States.[6]

Acton-Boxborough Regional School District

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Bob Brooke

Robert William Brooke (born December 18, 1960 in Melrose, Massachusetts and raised in West Acton, Massachusetts) is a retired American professional ice hockey forward who played 447 games in the National Hockey League between 1984 and 1990.

Brooke was the first of the "AB Pros," the handful of NHL players that grew up through the Acton-Boxborough youth hockey program of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (Tom Barrasso, Ted Crowley, Bob Sweeney, Ian Moran, and Jeff Norton). He graduated from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in 1979. After graduation, Brooke played for the Yale University men's ice hockey team graduating in 1984 due to his hiatus to play international hockey as a member of the United States national team at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. He also played baseball for Yale alongside future New York Mets' pitcher Ron Darling.In the NHL, he played for the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and New Jersey Devils. After joining the NHL, he also played for US team in the 1984 Canada Cup, 1985 and 1987 Ice Hockey World Championships as well as the 1987 Canada Cup.

Bob Tucker (American football)

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Tucker is one of the few Giants to play for the team in four different home stadiums: Yankee Stadium (1970 through the first two home games of 1973); the Yale Bowl (last five home games of 1973 and all of 1974); Shea Stadium (1975) and Giants Stadium (1976–77).

Prior to joining the NFL, Tucker played for several seasons in the Atlantic Coast Football League, including the Pottstown Firebirds and the Lowell Giants. Tucker lived in Lincroft, a neighborhood in Middletown Township, New Jersey.Tucker was inducted into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.Tucker was a biology teacher and freshman football coach at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts in 1969.

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MIAA Division IA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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Originally educated to be a pianist, he took up magic as his career after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Lim was discovered around 2012 and began to tour internationally, and subsequently won the 2015 Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques in Close-up Card Magic. His appearances on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and his wins on America's Got Talent during its 13th season and on America's Got Talent: The Champions led to more international fame.

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WHAB (89.1 FM) is a high school radio station licensed to serve Acton, Massachusetts. The station is owned by Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and licensed to the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. It airs a high school radio format. WHAB is one of more than a dozen FCC-licensed high school radio stations in the state of Massachusetts.The station was assigned the WHAB call letters by the Federal Communications Commission.After technical issues that left the station silent for a time in the early 1990s, WHAB returned to full-time broadcasting in 1995. In addition to its FM signal, WHAB's programming is carried on Acton Community Television and in the high school's cafeteria.

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