B.M.C. Durfee High School

B.M.C. Durfee High School is a public high school located in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. It is a part of Fall River Public Schools and is the city's main public high school, the other being Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. Durfee is one of the biggest high schools in Massachusetts, and is also the 4th biggest high school in Southeastern Massachusetts behind Brockton, Taunton and New Bedford. These three high schools make up the Big Three League, the conference in which all their athletic teams compete.

B.M.C. Durfee High School
BMC Durfee Athletic Logo
360 Elsbree Street


Coordinates41°42′55″N 71°7′16″W / 41.71528°N 71.12111°WCoordinates: 41°42′55″N 71°7′16″W / 41.71528°N 71.12111°W
TypePublic High School
Open enrollment[1]
School districtFall River Public Schools
SuperintendentMatthew Malone
PrincipalMatthew Desmarais
Enrollment2,123 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)Red & Black         
Athletics conferenceMIAA Big Three League
RivalsNew Bedford, Taunton, Brockton
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperThe Hilltop


B.M.C. Durfee High School, Fall River, Mass (61464)
Old postcard of historic Durfee school building

The school has been located in two buildings. From its opening in 1886 until the new building was completed in 1978 the school was located in the historic B.M.C. Durfee High School building on Rock Street, The iconic building, with its tall red-capped clock tower and red-domed observatory tower, overlooks the Taunton River and gives rise to the Fall River school district's seal, the school's athletics nickname, the Hilltoppers, their school colors of black and red (for the two roof colors), the school newspaper, the Hilltop, and their school alumni newspaper, the Chimes. For several decades prior to moving, the school also occupied the former Technical High School building across the street.

Since 1978 the school has been located on Elsbree Street in the city's north end. Located in former swamp land, the school was built both to modernize the district and to alleviate the overcrowding at the former sites. The school also moved its athletic fields, which were nearby to the new school, to its new campus, as well as building the on-campus Luke Urban Field House, as the school had formerly used the Fall River Armory for indoor athletics. Since 2011, there has also been a modern recreation of the Durfee clock tower located at the new site.


Durfee's athletic teams are known as the Hilltoppers, a nod to the location of the old school building atop the Highland neighborhood hills overlooking the Taunton River, and their school colors are black and red. As of the 2018-2019 school year, their school mascot is Rocky the Hilltopper. The school fight song is sung to the tune of the Notre Dame Victory March. The school's chief rival has always been New Bedford High School, as the two cities share a deep rivalry in general. The school also has rivalries with Brockton High School, Taunton High School and, to a lesser extent, many of the other local school districts.




Notable alumni

Many of the below are considered distinguished alumni of Durfee[8]

See also


  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ "B M C Durfee High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx
  4. ^ "B M C Durfee High (00950505) 2013-14 SAT Performance Report". profiles.doe.mass.edu/. Mass. Dept. of Ed. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  5. ^ "CPSS Directory of Schools". Public High Schools (CPSS) / Committee on Public Secondary Schools. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  6. ^ Durfee Alumni, new school opened in 1978 Archived May 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Enrollment Data (2013-14) - B M C Durfee High (00950505)". mass.edu. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  8. ^ B.M.C. Durfee High Alumni - Fall River, MA Archived May 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ http://www.lambdachi.org/about-2/history/
  10. ^ "Morton Dean". Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  11. ^ "Harrington, Edward Francis". Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  12. ^ "Changing of guard: A sober Chris Herren set for post-hoop life - The Boston Globe". boston.com. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Biographies : Brigadier General John J. Liset". Archived from the original on 2009-09-06.
  14. ^ [1] Archived April 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Carol Lee Costa-Crowell, Lurdes da Silva (August 6, 1997). "Durfee grad nominated to energy post". southcoasttoday.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  16. ^ General Melvin Zais's Biography Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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B.M.C. Durfee High School (1886 building)

B.M.C. Durfee High School is an historic former high school building at 289 Rock Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The school was built in 1886 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. In 1978, it was replaced by the current B.M.C. Durfee High School building. The old building was restored in the early 1990s and is now operated as a probate and family courthouse by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Beatrice Hancock Mullaney

Beatrice Hancock Mullaney was an American jurist who served as the first female judge of the Massachusetts Probate Court.

Bishop Connolly High School

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Durfee Mills, a historic mill complex in Fall River, Massachusetts

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Fall River Public Schools

Fall River Public Schools (FRPS) is a school district headquartered in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Thanks to a long-term effort on the part of the city, the school system has been involved in a consolidation effort, bringing the total number of elementary schools down from twenty-eight as recently as the 1990s to nine today: Spencer Borden Elementary in the southern Highlands, John J. Doran Elementary in the downtown area, Mary L. Fonseca Elementary in the Flint, William S. Greene Elementary near the city's center, Alfred S. Letourneau in the Maplewood neighborhood, Frank M. Silvia Elementary in the far North End, James Tansey Elementary in the middle Highlands, Carlton M. Viveiros Elementary in the South End, and Samuel Watson Elementary in the lower Flint. Of the old twenty-eight, only Watson, Tansey and Doran remain in their original buildings; Silvia was relocated from its old location downtown to a new building in the northern part of the city, and the other five were rebuilt on the sites of their original schools. Also, most of the closed school names (except for Wiley and Dubuque) live on in the schools they were consolidated into. There are three middle schools: Matthew J. Kuss Middle School (which was relocated to the west side of the city), James Morton Middle School (serving the North End), and Edmond P. Talbot Middle School (serving the east side of the city). The site of the former Henry Lord Middle School now serves as an elementary and middle school named Henry Lord Community School.The city has one public high school, B.M.C. Durfee High School. The school was founded in 1886, replacing an older high school. The original grand school building was a gift of Mrs. Mary B. Young, in the name of Bradford Matthew Chaloner Durfee, her late son, whose name also graces a dormitory at Yale University. The current school building was opened in 1978, and it was recently announced that a replica of the Durfee Chimes, the original school's red-capped bell tower, will be recreated on the grounds.

Durfee's teams wear black and red (in honor of the old school's black roof and red observatory dome and tower spire), and are called the Hilltoppers, sometimes shortened to Toppers. The nickname dates back to the old school's perch on top of the hill north of the Quequechan River. The school is a member of the Big Three Conference, where it competes with Brockton High School and its longtime natural rival, New Bedford High School.

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Boston Latin School (1635), Boston, Massachusetts

Hartford Public High School (1638), Hartford, Connecticut

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (1648), Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hopkins Academy (1664), Hadley, Massachusetts

Academy of Richmond County (1783), Augusta, Georgia

Glynn Academy (1788), Brunswick, Georgia

Canandaigua Academy (1791), Canandaigua, New York

Westford Academy (1792), Westford, Massachusetts

Oxford Academy and Central Schools (1794), Oxford, New York

New London Academy (1795), Lynchburg, Virginia

Newburgh Free Academy (1796), Newburgh, New York

Woodstock Academy (1801), Woodstock, Connecticut ["a quasi-private, independent school"]

Bacon Academy (1803), Colchester, Connecticut

Hampden Academy (1803), Hampden, Maine

Pinkerton Academy (1814), Derry, New Hampshire [Not strictly public, yet not private]

Columbia High School (1814), Maplewood, New Jersey

Cony High School (1815), Augusta, Maine

Delaware Academy (1819), Delhi, New York

English High School of Boston (1821), Boston, Massachusetts

Portland High School (1821), Portland, Maine

Kentucky School for the Deaf (1823), Danville, Kentucky

Prattsburgh Central School (1823), Prattsburgh, New York

New Bedford High School (1827), New Bedford, Massachusetts

Norcross High School (1827), Norcross, Georgia

Keene High School (1828), Keene, New Hampshire

Elyria High School (1830), Elyria, Ohio

Lahainaluna High School (1831), Maui, Hawaii

Leon High School (1831), Tallahassee, Florida

Lowell High School (1831), Lowell, Massachusetts

Newburyport High School (1831), Newburyport, Massachusetts

Woodward High School (1831), Cincinnati, Ohio

Cambridge High School (1834), Cambridge, Illinois

Medford High School (1835), Medford, Massachusetts

Bellevue High School (1836), Bellevue, Michigan

Central High School (1836), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Auburn High School (1837), Auburn, Alabama

Windsor High School (1837), Windsor, New York

Barringer High School (1838), Newark, New Jersey

Cohasset High School (1838), Cohasset, Massachusetts

Nantucket High School (1838), Nantucket, Massachusetts

Taunton High School (1838), Taunton, Massachusetts

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (1838), Staunton, Virginia

Baltimore City College (1839), Baltimore, Maryland

Gloucester High School (Massachusetts) (1839), Gloucester, Massachusetts

Middletown High School (Connecticut) (1840), Middletown, Connecticut

Brighton High School (1841), Boston, Massachusetts

Haverhill High School (1841), Haverhill, Massachusetts

Warren Easton Charter High School -formerly known as Boys High School (1843), New Orleans, Louisiana

Brookline High School (1843), Brookline, Massachusetts

Classical High School (1843), Providence, Rhode Island

Drury High School (1843), North Adams, Massachusetts

Tennessee School for the Deaf (1844), Knoxville, Tennessee

Western High School (Baltimore, Maryland) (1844), Baltimore, Maryland

Charlestown High School (1845), Boston, Massachusetts

Lyons High School (1845), Lyons, New York

Mary D. Bradford High School (1845), Kenosha, Wisconsin

New Braunfels High School (1845), New Braunfels, Texas

Windsor High School (Vermont) (1845), Windsor, Vermont

Chelsea High School (Massachusetts) (1846) Chelsea, Massachusetts

Concord High School (New Hampshire) (1846) Concord, New Hampshire

Georgia School for the Deaf (1846) Cave Spring, Georgia

Manchester Central High School (1846) Manchester, New Hampshire

Pine Tree High School (1847) Longview, Texas

Biddeford High School (1848) Biddeford, Maine

Lockport High School (1848) Lockport, New York

Philadelphia High School for Girls (1848) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

B.M.C. Durfee High School (1849) Fall River, Massachusetts

Charlotte High School (Charlotte, Michigan) (1849) Charlotte, Michigan

Fitchburg High School (1849) Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Lawrence High School (Massachusetts) (1849) Lawrence, Massachusetts

Rockport High School (1849) Rockport, Massachusetts

Waltham High School (1849) Waltham, Massachusetts

Ypsilanti High School (1849) Ypsilanti, Michigan

New Albany High School (1853) New Albany, Indiana

Arundel High School (1854) Gambrills, Maryland

Norwich Free Academy (1854), Norwich, Connecticut [a "quasi-private school," "privately governed, independent secondary school"]

Andover High School (Massachusetts) (1856) Andover, Massachusetts

Louisville Male High School (1856) Louisville, Kentucky

Lowell High School (San Francisco) (1856) San Francisco, California

Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan) (1856) Ann Arbor, Michigan

Peoria High School (Illinois) (1856) Peoria, Illinois

Texas School for the Deaf (1856) Austin, Texas

University High School (1857) Normal, Illinois

Braintree High School (1858) Braintree, Massachusetts

Ravenna High School (1858), Ravenna, Ohio

Hillhouse High School (1859), New Haven, Connecticut

San Jose High School (1863) San Jose, California

Shortridge High School (1864) Indianapolis, Indiana

Saint Paul Central High School (1866) Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hastings Senior High School (1866) Hastings, Minnesota

Parkersburg High School (1867) Parkersburg, West Virginia

Round Rock High School (1867) Round Rock, Texas

Holly High School (1868) Holly, Michigan

Theodore Roosevelt High School (1868), Kent, Ohio

Morristown High School (1869) Morristown, New Jersey

Lincoln High School (1869) Portland, Oregon

Hunter College High School (1869) New York, New York

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National Register of Historic Places listings in Fall River, Massachusetts

List of Registered Historic Places in Fall River, Massachusetts, which has been transferred from and is an integral part of National Register of Historic Places listings in Bristol County, Massachusetts

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Tom Gastall

Thomas Everett Gastall (June 13, 1932 – September 20, 1956) was an American baseball player who appeared in two seasons as a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles. A right-handed batter and thrower, he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 187 pounds (85 kg).

Gastall was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, where he starred in basketball, football and baseball at B.M.C. Durfee High School. Then Gastall attended Boston University; he served as captain of the baseball and basketball teams, and quarterbacked the Terriers to the most successful season in their history to that point. The university named him athlete-of-the-year, and was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1955 NFL draft.

After graduation, Gastall signed with Baltimore for $40,000 as a bonus baby. Gastall appeared in 52 games and had less than one hundred plate appearances over two seasons with Baltimore.

He died when the ERCO Ercoupe aircraft he piloted experienced engine problems and crashed into the Chesapeake Bay. His body was recovered from the bay five days later. He was survived by his wife, Rosemary, and a son, Thomas.

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William O. Brady

William Otterwell Ignatius Brady (February 1, 1899 – October 1, 1961) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Sioux Falls (1939–56) and Archbishop of Saint Paul (1956–61).

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