Danvers High School

Danvers High School (DHS) is a public high school in Danvers, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Danvers Public Schools school district.

Danvers High School
Danvers High School
60 Cabot Road

United States
Coordinates42°34′56″N 70°55′53″W / 42.58222°N 70.93139°WCoordinates: 42°34′56″N 70°55′53″W / 42.58222°N 70.93139°W
TypeComprehensive high school
Motto"Ladies and Gentlemen Always"
School districtDanvers Public Schools
SuperintendentLisa Dana, Superintendent
PrincipalDr. Jason Colombino
Faculty100.8 (on full-time equivalent (FTE) basis)
Enrollment974 (2016-17)[1]
Hours in school day7:30am - 1:55pm
Campus size46 acres
Campus typeSingle Building
Color(s)Royal blue and white         
Fight songCheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett
Athletics conferenceNortheastern Conference (NEC)
RivalGloucester, Peabody, Beverly
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperThe Flying Onion
Feeder schoolsHolten-Richmond Middle School
Danvers Elementary Schools


Student enrolment for the 2015-2016 School year (Grades 9-12) was 1020. The school employs 85.2 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) teachers. The average class size is 19.1 (State average is 18.1) and the ratio of teachers to students is 1:13.


Opened in September 1962, Danvers High School was the successor to Holten High School. This had opened in 1855 originally in the town hall, with 67 students.[3] It had been funded by the Danvers Prudential Committee.[4]

Danvers High School received national (and later international) attention in 2009[5] when use of the word "meep" by students was forbidden, due to its disruptive use by some students.[6] Principal Thomas Murray banned the word, and threatened police action over its use in either speech or on clothing.[7][8]

In June 2010, The Boston Globe commended the speech "Operation Red Sprinkles" [9] by DHS Salutatorian Anisha Shenai (class of 2010), as one of the most e-mailed inspirational articles at Boston.com.[10]


On October 22, 2013, teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, was murdered in a restroom at the school. Ritzer's body was found in a recycling bin behind the school campus. Student Philip Chism, then 14, was arraigned in her death.[11][12] On November 21, 2013, Chism was indicted on charges of murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery.[13] Chism was charged as an adult and, on December 15, 2015, a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery.[14] On February 26, 2016 he was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 40 years.[15]

The school was given additional financial support by the U.S. Department of Education to help it recover from the murder.[16]


Danvers High School offers the following levels of instruction: College Preparatory and Honors, Accelerated and Advanced Placement coursework. Standardized tests include the PSAT, SAT, SAT II, ACT, AP and MCAS.

Assistant Superintendent and Principal

The positions of Assistant Superintendent and Principals were merged in 2011, and then replaced by the position of Principal in 2017.

  •  ? - 2010: Tim Murray (Assistant Superintendent)
  • 2010 - 2017: Susan Ambrozavitch (Assistant Superintendent and Principal)
  • 2017 - : Dr. Jason Colombino (Principal)


The school fields teams in seven spring sports, eight fall sports, and 10 winter sports.

The arts

Marching band

The Falcon Marching Band has performed three times in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. They have also performed in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii. The Band has been under the direction of Ron Parsons since 1987.

A Cappella

There are three a cappella groups at Danvers High School, Deception, Ingrid Sound, and Falconize. Deception is a six-person co-ed group that consists of members from Ingrid Sound and Falconize. Ingrid Sound is an all-female group. Falconize is a co-ed cappella group. They most recently placed 3rd at the International Competition of High School A Cappella in New York City in 2015 and Ingrid Sound recently placed 1st at the NE Voices Festival and traveled to Memphis, TN for the National A Cappella Convention High School Competition in 2017.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Danvers High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx
  3. ^ Trask, Richard B (2008). "Touching the Past Occasional Descriptions of Items Within the Collections of the Danvers Archival Center". Danvers Archival Center. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Peabody High School". Peabody School History Project. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/12/13/meep/
  6. ^ Forman, Ethan. "What's wrong with 'meep'? It's all in how you say it" Archived 2012-07-15 at Archive.today, The Salem News, 10 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Meep Banned At Danvers High School". wbztv.com. Archived from the original on November 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  8. ^ "Danvers High School says students can't say 'meep'". Boston Herald. bostonherald.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-15. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  9. ^ "Operation Red Sprinkles"
  10. ^ "Danvers High Salutatorian Speech", Boston Globe, Boston.com, Retrieved June 16, 2010.
  11. ^ Botelho, Greg; Brown, Don; Brown, Pamela (October 25, 2013). "Sources: Teen followed Danvers teacher into bathroom, killed her with box cutter". CNN. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "14-year-old charged with killing beloved Danvers, Massachusetts, teacher". CNN. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  13. ^ "Massachusetts teen accused of killing teacher indicted on murder, other charges". CNN. November 21, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  14. ^ "Massachusetts teen found guilty of murdering math teacher, other charges". CNN. December 15, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "Teenager who raped and killed his maths teacher is jailed for life". The Guardian. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  16. ^ "U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $50,000 Grant to Danvers High School to Restore Safe School Environment". U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Department of Education. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Representative Theodore C. Speliotis". Retrieved February 1, 2018.


  • Ladies and Gentlemen Always: The Illustrated Story of Holten High School, Richard P. Zollo and Virginia Sherry Zollo (1994)
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Danvers, Massachusetts

Danvers is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, located on the Danvers River near the northeastern coast of Massachusetts. The suburb is a short ride from Boston and is also easy to get to the beaches in Gloucester. Originally known as Salem Village, the town is most widely known for its association with the 1692 Salem witch trials. It was also the site of Danvers State Hospital (one of the state's 19th-century psychiatric hospital) and for Liberty Tree Mall. As of 2014, the town's population was approximately 27,000.

Essex County, Massachusetts

Essex County is a county in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the total population was 743,159, making it the third-most populous county in the state. It is part of the Greater Boston area (the Boston–Cambridge–Newton, MA–NH Metropolitan Statistical Area). The largest city in Essex County is Lynn. The county was named after the English county of Essex.

It has two traditional county seats: Salem and Lawrence. Prior to the dissolution of the county government in 1999, Salem had jurisdiction over the Southern Essex District, and Lawrence had jurisdiction over the Northern Essex District, but currently these cities do not function as seats of government. However, the county and the districts remain as administrative regions recognized by various governmental agencies, which gathered vital statistics or disposed of judicial case loads under these geographic subdivisions, and are required to keep the records based on them. The county has been designated the Essex National Heritage Area by the National Park Service.

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Rose Parade marching bands

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The bands participating in the parade have also developed traditions. For example, Pasadena City College's Lancer Marching Band always marches in the Rose Parade, along with high school band and color guard students from all over Southern California, who are selected by audition the previous autumn. The Tournament of Roses Honor Band is a coveted position, and those selected are among the best student musicians in California. Nine of the high school trumpet players, selected by performance on their auditions, and the best snare drummer, are selected as the Herald Trumpets, who march directly before the Rose Queen's float and play fanfares.

University marching bands from the two schools participating in the Rose Bowl Game are invited to march in the parade. They typically accompany the floats that represent the conferences.

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The Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band

The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band

The Salvation Army marching band (89th appearance in 2009)

The United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite BandIn 1965, the Mississippi Valley State College (Mississippi Valley State University) Marching Band was the first HBCU marching band to be invited to participate in the Rose Bowl Parade. They were also the first HBCU band to be invited back a second time to participate in the parade.

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Speliotis represented the 12th Essex District from 1979 to 1987. He lost the 1986 Democratic primary to Peabody City Councilor Thomas Walsh.From 1987 to 1995, Speliotis was the Danvers Town Moderator.He returned to the House in 1997 following the retirement of Sally Kerans.

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