Brockton High School, established in 1870, is a high school located in Brockton, Massachusetts. It is a part of Brockton Public Schools. As of 2016 Brockton High School, with 4,250 students, is one of the largest high schools in the United States and the largest high school in Massachusetts. Although widely stated by locals to be the largest high school East of the Mississippi River, it is in fact false, as this title is currently held by Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City. Brockton High School's colors are Black & Red and their mascot is the Boxers, which is a reference to the storied boxing history of the city, and also a tribute to hall-of-fame boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, who are both from Brockton and alumni of Brockton High School.
|Brockton High School|
470 Forest Avenue
|School type||Public High School|
|School district||Brockton Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Clifford Murray|
|Color(s)||Black & Red|
|Athletics||MIAA - Division 1|
|Athletics conference||Big Three Conference|
|Rivals||Durfee, New Bedford, Bridgewater-Raynham, Taunton, Waltham|
When Brockton High was established, it could house only 125 students. As the population of Brockton grew, there was increasing demand for a larger building. In 1906, a new high school was constructed, consisting of an "A" building and a "B" building. By the 1960s, student numbers exceeded capacity, causing split sessions; upper classmen and sophomores attended school at different times of the day. The sophomores attended in the afternoon while the upperclassman took their classes in the morning. In 1965, the City Council Finance Committee approved an $8 million proposal to construct a new high school to accommodate the swelling student body. In 1965, the ground for the new building was broken and in 1970, the school was complete. The "A" building has since been torn down, and the "B" building currently houses charter and alternative high school programs. Currently there are about 4,250 students housed in the nine buildings which comprise the current high school; the campus is approximately the size of an aircraft carrier (1/3 mile long) and has 13.5 acres (55,000 m2) of floor space, about half the size of the Prudential Center in Boston.
Nahyo M. Kim of The New York Times wrote that in a period around 10 years before 2010, Brockton High "was a case study in failure" everyone just kept failing for no apparent reason. At that time the school's unofficial motto was "students have a right to fail if they want". Around 1999 the school set up a reform plan, using the skill areas of reading, reasoning, speaking, and writing and using them in the school's curriculum. By 2001 student performance improved. Susan Szachowicz, the former principal, said that the school culture and large size was crucial to the school's turnaround. This occurred in a period when education advocates promoted small schools.
Brockton High School is set on a small urban campus comprising eight buildings including four main student academic buildings divided by colors (Green, Red, Azure, Yellow) a core connecting them all and a gym and fine arts building. The campus also does feature a turf football stadium, ice skating rink, 25-yard swimming pool, 1608-seat capacity auditorium, four cafeterias in the respective buildings.
The current Brockton High School campus was state of the art for its time when it first opened in 1970, for it featured a modern greenhouse, a modern public address system, and a high-tech TV studio (redone in 2003.) It also has the original fire alarm system from 1970, which is still in use as of 2016.
In 1999, 75% of its students failed Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) mathematics examinations and 44% failed MCAS English examinations. Around that period, about 1/3 of students of each Brockton class dropped out. By 2001, student performance improved. Between 2000 and 2001, more students went from failing to passing at Brockton High than at any other school in Massachusetts.
In 2005, 98% of the senior class (850 students) graduated. In 2008 78% of the graduating senior class planned to pursue a college degree. In 2006, Brockton High School was a recipient of the National School Change Award. Brockton High School was one of 7 schools in the United States to receive this award. Out of the seven schools, there were only two high schools.
In 2008, Brockton students had a higher level of improvement on the English MCAS than 90% of the Massachusetts high schools. By 2010 it was one of the highest performing schools on the MCAS.
As of 2016, the school had approximately 4,250 students. The high school is 60.9% African American, 20.8% White, 2.5% Asian, 12.3% Hispanic, and 3.5% other. In 2016 it was made so everyone could get free lunch. Out of its 4,250 students, 2,161 are male and 2,089 are female.
Brockton High is quite well known for its athletics, especially football. The football program is regarded as one of the most storied, successful, and dominant high school football programs of all-time.
The Boxers have had exponential success since they first fielded a team in 1897. Listed below is a compilation of the Boxers' football accomplishments.
Armond Colombo, who coached at Brockton for 34 years (1969–2002), is the 2nd winningest head coach in Massachusetts history, behind only Ken LaChapelle of Northbridge High School. Colombo retired as head coach in 2002 with an overall record of 316-100-5. Before Colombo arrived in Brockton in 1969, he was the head coach at nearby Archbishop Williams from 1955-1968. At the school, he led the Bishops to five catholic Conference titles and three Massachusetts Class D State Championship. Colombo amassed 96 wins as the head coach of Archbiship Williams, and 220 wins as the head coach of Brockton.
The school's mascot is the Boxer. The actual mascot is a dog, but the name is a pun in reference to Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, two famous boxers from Brockton. The stadium in which the Boxers' football, field hockey, soccer and outdoor track teams compete is named Rocky Marciano Stadium in honor of the legendary boxer. With a capacity of approximately 10,000 people, Marciano Stadium is one of the largest high school stadiums in Massachusetts and is one of the premier facilities in the state as well. The stadium also plays host to numerous Massachusetts high school football state playoff games, including the sectional and regional finals.
In 2012, a nearly 30-foot tall bronze statue of Rocky Marciano was erected outside the north end of the stadium as a tribute to the legendary boxer.
There is a club for most of the cultures that are within the student body (cape-verdian club, Haitian club.....) There are also a number of programs students can join, (Key Club, Nerd Club, peer mediation, student council, yearbook committee)
The music department consists of a concert band and advanced concert band,a jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, marching band, a repertory choir and concert choir, an acapella jazz/pop group called Brockappella, show choir called Harmonics, and a Chamber Singers group.
In 2006, the BHS Wind Ensemble competed in the Music Festival's competition in Virginia. They were awarded first place.
In 2010, both the BHS Wind Ensemble and BHS Advanced Jazz Band competed in the Music Festival's competition in Virginia. Both were awarded first place.
In 2012, both the BHS Wind Ensemble and BHS Jazz Band competed in Festival of Music's competition in New York City. Both were awarded first place with a superior rating. Brockton High School also won the Best Overall Concert Band Award and the Best Overall Jazz Band Award.
In June 2014, the concert choir collaborated with the famed rock band Foreigner at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA. They performed one of their most well known hits: I Want To Know What Love Is.
In 2016, both the BHS Wind Ensemble and BHS Jazz Band competed in Festival of Music's competition in New York City. Both were awarded first place with a superior rating. Brockton High School also won the Best Overall Concert Band Award and the Best Overall Jazz Band Award.
In 2018, both the BHS Wind Ensemble and BHS Jazz Band competed in Festival of Music's competition in Washington, D. C.. Both were awarded first place with a superior rating. Brockton High School also won the Best Overall Jazz Band Award and a professionalism award. A fifth award, “Outstanding Jazz Section,” was given to honor the seven-piece ensemble that performed a Dixieland number.
The Army JROTC battalion held 2 state champion drill teams. They are the current holder of the Governors Cup and regional champions. On October 14, 2010 the JROTC Boxer Battalion won the 'Honor Unit with Distinction' award for the Second Time.
Beth Denisch (born Augusta, Georgia, Feb. 25, 1958) is an American composer. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, and an MM and (in 1993) a DMA from Boston University, where her teachers in composition were John Harbison and Bernard Rands. She has taught at UMass Dartmouth and Northeastern University. She is currently Professor of Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.In 1996 she founded the New England chapter of the American Composers Forum, and she served as their director until 2005. She presently serves as Co-Chair of Gender Research in Music and Education International.Denisch's music has had many prominent performances, and she has received notable prizes and commissions. For instance in 2002, the Handel and Haydn Society performed her "Sorrow and Tenderness" as part of a collaborative youth concert at Brockton High School in Massachusetts. Her "Fire Mountain Intermezzo" for string orchestra was performed by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin (directed by Misha Rachlevsky) in Moscow and New York City, after it was one of the winners of their Homage to Mozart competition. Writing in The New York Times, Bernard Holland noted the work's "fierce rhythmic patterns", and that while rooted in tonality, it "snarled and bit with dissonance."Describing her "Golden Fanfare", for orchestra, American Record Guide praised its "drive" and "minimalist ostinatos and canonic fanfares on a Bulgarian folk-tune." In 1999, Denisch's "The Singing Tree" was a winner in the competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Philadelphia Classical Symphony, for music inspired by the paintings of Maxfield Parrish. Following the performance of that work, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony commissioned Goblins' Night Out! for orchestra and narrator.
In 2003 the Equinox Chamber Players commissioned Denisch's Women, Power and the Journey and recorded it and Jordan and the Dog Woman. Denisch also lectures on music and gender issues, for instance at the Feminist Theory and Music Conference (X) held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 27–31, 2009. She is also active in the International Alliance for Women in Music.Bloor Collegiate Institute
Bloor Collegiate Institute (Bloor CI, BCI , or Bloor, originally Davenport High School and Bloor High School) is a public secondary school located at the intersection of Bloor Street and Dufferin Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school is located in the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood and part of the Toronto Board of Education that was merged into the Toronto District School Board. Attached to the school is Alpha II Alternative School.
In September 2021, the school will be relocated into the refurbished building in the former Brockton High School. The school building located in 7.6 acres is now transferred to the Toronto Lands Corporation, a TDSB-managed realtor arm.Brockton, Massachusetts
Brockton is a city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States; the population was 95,314 in the 2015 Census. Brockton, along with Plymouth, are the county seats of Plymouth County. Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts and is sometimes referred to as the "City of Champions", due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, as well as its successful Brockton High School sports programs. Two of the villages within the city are Montello and Campello, both have the distinction of having their own MBTA Commuter Rail Stations and post offices. Campello is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but also the most populous. Brockton hosts a baseball team, the Brockton Rox. Brockton is one of the windiest cities in the United States, with an average wind speed of 14.3 mph.Brockton High School (Toronto)
Brockton High School (also known as Brockton HS, BHS, or simply known as Brockton) is a Toronto District School Board learning complex based in the Brockton Village neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada that currently operates as Brockton Learning Centre consisting of the Aboriginal Education Centre and the Caring and Safe Schools Brockton program. It was formerly a public and vocational high school operated from 1967 to 1995 by the Toronto Board of Education. The Brockton property, located near Dufferin Mall, is currently owned by the Toronto Lands Corporation, a realtor arm of the school board.Brockton Public Schools
Brockton Public Schools (BPS) is the school district of Brockton, Massachusetts, United States. The Director of Special Ed is Laurie Mason.Campanelli Stadium
Campanelli Stadium is a stadium in Brockton, Massachusetts. It is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Brockton Rox baseball team of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League summer league. The stadium opened in 2002 and holds 6,000 people.
Campanelli Stadium, along with the Brockton Rox, celebrated its 10th anniversary season in 2011.
During Sunday afternoon home games, family fun festivals are held prior to the first pitch. Activities include face painting, balloon artists, and catch on the field. After the game, children are able to run the bases and receive autographs from the Rox players, who stand along the warning track on the third base side. On Kids Eat Free Mondays, children receive a voucher for food with the purchase of a box seat. The Rox also host Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark, with specials on draft beers in the Right Field Beer Garden for $2. Also, the Rox host Friday Night Fireworks after all Friday night games.
The venue is also used for medium to large scale concerts and other events. Major music acts such as Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and B52s have all played at Campanelli. Other events, including The Jonas Brothers' Roadogs Softball Game, and Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Game are also help at the facility. The stadium also hosts small scale events, such as Boy Scout overnights. The Brockton High School baseball games, select Boston College Eagles baseball games, and the Baseball Beanpot (Boston College, UMass Amherst, Northeastern, and Harvard). In 2005, Campanelli Stadium hosted the 100 Inning Game benefit for Curt Schilling's charity Curt's Pitch for ALS. In 2014, Campanelli Stadium began hosting several of the inaugural MIAA Super Eight baseball games.
Attached to the stadium is the 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) Shaw's Conference Center, a facility which hosts numerous social functions. The combined minor league baseball stadium and banquet facility is one of only two such complexes in the nation.Dave DeGuglielmo
Dave DeGuglielmo ( DAY-gool-YEL-moh; born July 15, 1968) is an American football coach who currently serves as the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins of American football. He has previously been offensive line coach for the NFL's New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis ColtsFall 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.Forest Avenue School
The Forest Avenue School is a historic one-room schoolhouse in Brockton, Massachusetts. The school, originally located on Forest Avenue, was built in 1875 and operated until 1963. It is a two-story wood frame structure, with a single classroom on the first floor, and an open play area on the second. The building was moved to the (then) new Brockton High School grounds, on Concord Avenue (now Memorial Drive), in 1969. It currently serves as the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum with exhibits of local history.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.Freddie Moncewicz
Frederick Alfred Moncewicz (September 1, 1903 – April 23, 1969) was a backup shortstop in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox. Listed at 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m). 175 lb., Moncewicz batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Little is known about this player who appeared in three games for the Red Sox during the 1928 season. Moncewicz starred at Brockton High School and Boston College and later played semi-pro baseball in local teams. He went hitless in one at-bat (.000) in three games for Boston, two of them in pinch-running duties.
Following his baseball career, Moncewicz was named to the post of comptroller by Boston mayor Maurice J. Tobin in 1946, serving continuously until 1958, when he retired by health reasons.
Moncewicz died at the age of 65 in his homeland of Brockton, Massachusetts.Greg McMurtry
Gregory "Greg" Wendell McMurtry (born October 15, 1967) is a former American football player. He played college football as a wide receiver for the University of Michigan from 1986 to 1989. He caught 111 passes for 2,163 yards and 15 touchdowns for Michigan. He also played professional football as a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots from 1990 to 1993 and for the Chicago Bears in 1994. He caught 128 passes for 1,631 yards in 67 NFL games.Hastings Keith
Hastings Keith (November 22, 1915 – July 19, 2005) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts.
Keith was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on November 22, 1915. He graduated from Brockton High School, Deerfield Academy, and the University of Vermont in 1938. He performed graduate work at Harvard University. He was a member of the faculty of the Boston University Evening College of Commerce.
In 1933, he was a student in the Citizens Military Training Camps. He served as battery officer in Massachusetts National Guard. During the Second World War served in the United States Army with eighteen months overseas service in Europe. Keith was a graduate of the Command and General Staff School, and was a colonel in the US Army Reserve. He was a salesman and later district manager for the Equitable Life Assurance Society in Boston. He was a member of the Massachusetts Senate, a partner in a general insurance firm in Brockton and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in 1956.
He was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1973). On April 19, 1974 President Nixon appointed Hastings Keith of Massachusetts as a Member of the Defense Manpower Commission. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress, but was a candidate for nomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress until he withdrew from the race. He died in Brockton on July 19, 2005. He was buried at Union Cemetery in Brockton.Ken MacAfee
Kenneth Adams MacAfee, Jr. (born January 9, 1956), is a former professional American football player. He played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame and professionally for the San Francisco 49ers.Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) also known as Marvelous Marvin Hagler is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 1987. He reigned as the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, making twelve defenses of that title, and currently holds the highest knockout percentage of all undisputed middleweight champions, at 78%, while also holding the second longest unified championship reign in boxing history at twelve consecutive defenses. At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion is the second longest of the last century, behind only Tony Zale, who reigned during World War II. In 1982, annoyed that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname, "Marvelous", Hagler legally changed his name to Marvelous Marvin Hagler.Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He was named Fighter of the Decade (1980s) by Boxing Illustrated magazine, and twice named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2001 and 2004, The Ring named him the fourth greatest middleweight of all time and in 2002 named him the 17th greatest fighter of the past 80 years. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Hagler as the 6th greatest middleweight of all time, while BoxRec rates him the 12th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound; and the 4th best middleweight of all time. Many analysts and boxing writers consider Hagler to have one of the most durable chins in boxing history.Ralph Chesnauskas
Ralph Joseph Chesnauskas (born c. 1935) was an American football player. Chesnauskas grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, and attended Brockton High School. He attended the United States Military Academy and played college football at the guard position for the Army Cadets football team. He was selected by the Associated Press as a first-team player on its 1954 College Football All-America Team. He was inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.Rudy Harris
Onzell Andre "Rudy" Harris (born September 18, 1971) is a former American football player. Harris first gained attention as a running back for Brockton High School. He attended Clemson University where he played football 1990 to 1992. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round (91st overall pick) of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993 and 1994. He had his first start in an NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers in November 1993 and had a 25-yard pass reception in the game. After spending two seasons with the Buccaneers, Harris was released in August 1995. He played in 18 games in the NFL, two as a starter. In his two NFL seasons, he rushed for 29 yards on nine carries and caught six passes for 59 yards.Ursula Franklin Academy
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Walter Alfred Uzdavinis (June 9, 1911 – December 23, 1988) was an American football end who played one season with the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League. He played college football at Fordham University and attended Brockton High School in Brockton, Massachusetts.West Park Secondary School
West Park Secondary School (WPSS, West Park), originally known as West Park Vocational School is a Toronto District School Board public high school facility that operated as a regular school from 1968 to 1988 by the Toronto Board of Education from grade 9 to 13. The school offered various vocational and academic courses in the spacious four-storey school building for inner city schools. The property remains under TDSB possession as of 2019 as a holding school.
Massachusetts public high schools
Italics indicates closed schools