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,[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.

Fall River Public Schools
417 Rock Street,
Fall River, MA 02720

United States
District information
Open enrollment[1]
SuperintendentMatthew Malone[2]
Budget$169,647,442 total
$14,633 per pupil
Students and staff
Student-teacher ratio14.4 to 1[5]
Other information
WebsiteFall River Public Schools


Primary schools:

  • Spencer Borden Elementary School
  • John J. Doran Elementary School
  • Mary L. Fonseca Elementary School
  • William S. Greene Elementary School
  • Alfred S. Letourneau Elementary School
  • Frank M. Silvia Elementary School
  • James Tansey Elementary School
  • Carlton M. Viveiros Elementary School
  • Samuel Watson Elementary School
  • Henry Lord Community School

Middle schools:

  • Matthew J. Kuss Middle School
  • James Madison Morton Middle School
  • Edmond P. Talbot Middle School
  • Stone Therapeutic Day Middle School
  • Henry Lord Community School

High schools:


  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.fallriverschools.org/superintendent.cfm
  3. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/ppx.aspx
  4. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=00950000&orgtypecode=5&
  5. ^ a b http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/teacher.aspx?orgcode=00950000&orgtypecode=5&
  6. ^ "FRPS - New Schools". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  7. ^ Names of closed city schools will live on - WickedLocal.com Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Henry Lord Community School". www.fallriverschools.org. Retrieved 2018-06-30.

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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.


FRPS may refer to:

Familial rectal pain syndrome, the original name for the paroxysmal extreme pain disorder

Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society

Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae

Fall River Public Schools

Fall River, Massachusetts

Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The City of Fall River is located approximately 53 miles (85 km) south of Boston, 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Providence, Rhode Island, 20 miles (32 km) south of Taunton, 12 miles (19 km) west of New Bedford, 20 miles (32 km) north of Newport, Rhode Island, 200 miles (320 km) northeast of New York City and 420 miles (680 km) northeast of Washington D.C.

The City of Fall River's population was 87,103 at the 2010 census, making it the tenth-largest city in the state.

Located along the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River, the city became famous during the 19th century as the leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. While the textile industry has long since moved on, its impact on the city's culture and landscape remains to this day. Fall River's official motto is "We'll Try", dating back to the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1843. It is also nicknamed "the Scholarship City" because Dr. Irving Fradkin founded Dollars for Scholars here in 1958. In 2017, Mayor Correia introduced the "Make It Here" slogan as part of a citywide rebranding effort.Fall River is known for the Lizzie Borden case, Portuguese culture, its numerous 19th-century textile mills and Battleship Cove, the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels and the home of the USS Massachusetts (BB-59). Fall River is also the only city in the United States to have its city hall located over an interstate highway.

Matthew Malone

Matthew H. Malone is an American educator who is the superintendent of Fall River Public Schools and the former Massachusetts secretary of education.

Susan H. Wixon

Susan H. Wixon (October, 1839 - August 28, 1912) was an American freethought writer, editor, feminist, and educator. She was a member of the Fall River School Board for 24 years. Wixon especially espoused the cause of women and children. In both politics and religion, she held radical views.

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