Longmeadow High School

Longmeadow High School is a public high school located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States. It was founded in 1956 and enrolls approximately 1,000 students.[4] The school's mascot is a Lancer.

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The original library in the 1971 addition. The space is now occupied by the fitness room, back gym, and health classes.
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A history classroom in the 1964 wing.
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The art department in the former high school.
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A corridor in the original building.
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The view of the outdoors from the Grand Stair.
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The balcony overlooking Seminar B.
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A hallway leading to Seminar A.

It is ranked as the sixth best public school in Massachusetts in a 2011 report by Newsweek.[5] 96% of graduates continue their studies at the college level.[5]

Longmeadow High School
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Location
95 Grassy Gutter Road
Longmeadow, MA, USA
Information
TypePublic
Open enrollment[1]
Established1956
PrincipalThomas Landers
Grades9–12
Enrollment947 (2016-17)[2]
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Black and White                    
MascotLancer
RivalMinnechaug Regional High School
East Longmeadow High School
NewspaperThe Jet Jotter
YearbookMasacksic
Website

In popular culture

In June 2010, Longmeadow High School won the championship of the WGBH TV program, High School Quiz Show, defeating The Bromfield School in the final match. The school also competed in the WGBY-TV quiz show, As Schools Match Wits, where their 2010 team reached the finals.[6]

New school building

The original high school building was replaced by a new building. The original building was demolished with the exception of the 1971 science wing, which at the time included the swimming pool, library spaces, science classrooms, and a large open classroom known as the business technology center. Construction began in 2011 and continued until April 2013. The renovated natatorium (swimming pool) and locker rooms opened in the fall of 2012, and the new school building which was constructed southeast of the original building opened on February 25, 2013, following the school's winter vacation. The new building consists of a new core section with the auditorium at its center and surrounded by a circular lobby. Around the lobby in this portion are the cafeteria, school office, library, computer lab, and special subject classrooms.

The main two story academic wing housing most of the school's classrooms extends out to the west from the core lobby area. North of the core lobby is the new gymnasium and athletic and physical education spaces as well as the renovated 1971 wing which was completed during the summer of 2013. The reused wing was nearly completely gutted on the inside and received a completely new brick facade to match the new 2013 building with only the swimming pool and its locker rooms remaining laid out as they were originally built.[7]

The portion of the wing where the media center was now contains the fitness center, a new PE room containing a wooden dance floor, the health classroom, and a new business technology center. The northernmost part of the wing is separated from the school proper by security doors. It contains the offices of the school department and LCTV, the town's community access TV channel.

A parking lot and drop-off now occupies the space where the former building stood. A new athletic field is located where the former student parking lot was located.

A ceremony was held in September 2013 for the completion of the new high school building. The new school was built at an estimated cost of $78.4 million, and was partially funded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The town's portion was $44 million and included required matching funds for the MSBA's portion of the project as well as the full costs for the demolition and renovation parts of the project as they were outside the scope of the MSBA's approved program.[8]

Original school building

The original school was constructed in 1954, with subsequent additions in 1958, 1963, 1971, 1999, and 2009.[9] The renovations created courtyards surrounded by corridors. By the turn of the millennium, the high school supported a peak occupancy of approximately 3,000 students.[9]

Years of mistreatment had caused serious maintenance issues over the years. In 2009, the district appropriated money to refurbish the media center, which at the time was located in the 1971 wing. In 2010, demand for a new school grew until the town voted in favor of constructing a new state-of-the-art facility. District offices were demolished the same year to make way for the proposed academic wing.

Faculty and staff moved into the new building in February 2013 and by April, the building was gone.[10]

Notable alumni

Athletics

Longmeadow is known for excellence in athletics, particularly their rivalry against neighboring suburb, East Longmeadow. Their Thanksgiving Day football game is very popular among residents of both towns. Other rivals include Minnechaug Regional High School, Agawam High School, Springfield Central High School, Westfield High School, and South Hadley High School. Approximately 85% of students are involved in sports at Longmeadow High School.

Lacrosse

Longmeadow is widely known for their storied high school lacrosse tradition in both the boys' and girls' programs. Since 1970, the first year of varsity play for the boys' lacrosse program at Longmeadow, the team has established a tradition of excellence and earned a position as one of the top programs in the State, winning Massachusetts State Championships (a total of 18) in 1970, '74–'77, '79–'81, '83–'86, '88–90, '92, '97, '08, and 2013 (boys), a win over Medfield (10–7). 1981 was legendary coach Dave Stockwell's final year at the helm; that year's team went undefeated.

Longmeadow's boys' team has produced 36 All-American selections and six Academic All-American selections, and many of the lacrosse alumni have gone on to play lacrosse for top collegiate programs.

Swimming & Diving

The Longmeadow boys' team has currently won sectionals (dubbed "Western/Central Mass") every year since 2015.[11]

In 2018, the team also placed second in States, the championship meet that includes all of Massachusetts.

Football

Longmeadow High School's football team has gone to 14 straight Western-Central Mass Division I Super Bowls under Head Coach Alex Rotsko.

Longmeadow has won 8 of the 12 Western-Central Mass Division I Super Bowls (which began in 1997) and 10 overall since 1972.

In four out of the last five seasons, the football team has gone undefeated, including back to back to back perfect seasons. The 2005 football (12–0) team beat Leominster in the Division 1 Super Bowl 21–20 in Holyoke.

The 2006 team (12–0) beat Leominster again, but in a more dominant fashion, 42–0 at Worcester State University.

The 2007 team finished 13–0, a school record due to the new playoff system, and beat Leominster 21–0 in the Division 1 Super Bowl at Westfield State University.

Longmeadow held a 47-game winning streak from 2005–2008, one of the longest high school winning streaks in the country at the time. The streak eventually came to an end on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008 to heated rival East Longmeadow, losing by a score of 16-13 and ending the 47-game winning streak. However, they went on to participate in their 13th consecutive Division I Super Bowl, and went on to win their 9th Western-Central Mass State Championship over Fitchburg.

The 2014 reached the Division 2 State Championship. But they fell to Marshfield High School, 45-6. The Lancers trailed, 39-0, at halftime.

Girls Volleyball

The Longmeadow Girls volleyball program gained strength in 2007, when coach George Mulry took over the program. In the past decade the program has won 8 Western Mass Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) and 6 League Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

The program has grown athletes to achieve numerous accolades and compete at an incredibly high level, both regionally and across the state. These athletes have since gone on to compete at the collegiate level ranging from all divisions (D1, D2, D3, & Club).

Coach Mulry has achieved over 150 wins at LHS in the past ten years, 6 sectional titles, 10 championship appearances, & 8 Championships.

Boys' tennis

Longmeadow's boys' tennis program has won 21 straight Western Mass titles (D-I). In 2006, the team ended a 9-year losing streak to St. Johns (all nine loses came in the state semi-final). Recently, the program has proven to be a contender every year. Meadow fell short in 2006 against Sharon, in 2008 against Central Catholic, and lost 3–2 in 2009 against Central Catholic.

The Longmeadow boys' tennis team has not lost a match against a Western Mass team in six years.

Other sports

  • Longmeadow's men's ice hockey team has won two Division III State Championships, in 2006 and 2010. They have won and played in multiple Western Mass Championships, winning in '80-'81 '05, '06, '09-'10,'12 and '19. They were finalists in '99, '03, '04, '08, '11, and '17. Westfield and Longmeadow's ice hockey teams have combined for every Wmass title since 2002, with only one other school winning it in 2015. In 1980, the team went to Boston Garden for the first time, losing the Division II State Final to Barnstable in overtime.
  • The girls' lacrosse team won the Division I State Championship in 2004. The girls' lacrosse team currently holds a 103-game winning streak against Western Massachusetts opponents. They were also State Finalists in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.
  • The girls' soccer team won the Division I Western Massachusetts Championship in 2004. Considered an underdog going into the finals, they beat Cathedral in the semi-finals to earn the spot against Minnechaug, the number one team in Western Mass. They beat Minnechaug 1–0 to claim the Western Mass Championship. Longmeadow went on to the State Semi-Finals, losing to Nashoba 1–0 in overtime.
  • The boys' basketball team won their first ever Western Massachusetts Division I Championship over West Springfield in 2008, under head coach Tim Allen (a former standout at Longmeadow).
  • The 2007 girls' volleyball team won their first ever Western Mass Division I Championship over Amherst. In 2008, they repeated, and beat East Longmeadow in the Western Mass Finals. Both teams lost in the State-Semifinals, the 2008 team to Central Catholic.
  • In 2004 and 2005, the golf team won back-to-back Division I State Championships.
  • The girls' swimming team has won multiple Western Mass titles and state titles.
  • The boys' swimming team has won multiple Western Mass and state titles along with many runners-up placings.
  • In 2013, a boys' bowling team was developed. The team went 13-4 in their first season.

Music program

Longmeadow High School is known for its Grammy award-winning music program, which includes an orchestra, a student-run chamber orchestra, two bands (a concert band and an honors level Wind Ensemble), a jazz band, a pep band, four women's choirs, a men's choir, an honors choir, an a cappella women's choir, and an honors a cappella choir. These ensembles have received numerous awards and honors, including going on international tours, giving performances at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, and receiving MICCA Festival Gold Medals. In the 50s and 60s, Longmeadow High School was known for musical productions like Oklahoma and The Mikado.

In 2014, for the first time in history, Longmeadow Symphony Orchestra was picked to perform at All-Eastern in Providence, Rhode Island.

References

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  2. ^ "Longmeadow High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  3. ^ "SAT Performance Report". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  4. ^ Get The Feeling: Masacksic 1988, Vol. 32.
  5. ^ a b "America's Best High Schools". Newsweek. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  6. ^ "As Schools Match Wits" website Archived 2007-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. "2010 Championship Game: Longmeadow High School Vs. Northampton School, Wed June 23, 2010, 7:30pm
  7. ^ budsbest100 (2013-04-24), 4/24/13 demolition old Longmeadow high school, retrieved 2018-10-06
  8. ^ Roman, Elizabeth (26 February 2013). "New Longmeadow High School opens its doors to students, staff". The Republican. MassLive. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  9. ^ a b OMR Architects (September 2009). "LHS Feasibility Study". www.longmeadow.org. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
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Briarcliff High School (DeKalb County, Georgia)

Briarcliff High School was a public high school opened by the DeKalb County School System in 1958 in order to relieve overcrowding at Druid Hills High School. Throughout the history of the school, Druid Hills was viewed as its "arch rival," and, with the closing of Briarcliff in 1987, the remaining students, and all the trophies, and other relics of the history of the school other than the buildings transferred to Druid Hills, where they remain today.

The first classes were held in what was known only as "B" Hall (the front section of the school), and its only students were in the 8th and 9th grades. In the 1961-1962 school year, the school building existed much as it does today, without the temporary buildings.

In 1961, playing on the field at the newly constructed Adams Memorial Stadium, Briarcliff won only three football games, but, significantly, defeated Druid Hills 13-0.

On June 12, 1962, the first class graduated at commencement exercises held next to the school at Adams Memorial Stadium. The first three "honor" graduates of Briarcliff, James M. "Jim" Veazey, Sharon L. Sullivan and James E. "Jimmy" Massey, spoke respectively of the past, present future of Briarcliff and its students. Veazey was officially identified as the first person to graduate from Briarcliff by the Briarcliff yearbook which is titled "The Shield."

The school's colors were silver and blue, and its mascot was the Baron.

The DeKalb County School System closed Briarcliff at the end of the 1986-1987 school year, due to a population shift. In 1986, when Superintendent Robert Freeman recommended that the school be closed, he projected that in the 1987-1988 school year, there would be only about 500 students enrolled in the whole school, with around 40 students in the 8th grade. At its height, in the mid-1960s, the graduating classes routinely numbered around 500.

In August 1987, all former Briarcliff students began attending Druid Hills High School. The DeKalb School of the Arts and Open Campus High School operated in Briarcliff's buildings until 2009, when DSA moved back onto Avondale High School's campus and Open Campus moved to the new county office campus in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Adams Memorial Stadium remains a site for high school games during the football season.

In 2006, a major Florida developer, Sembler Co., offered to purchase the 39 acres (160,000 m2) along North Druid Hills Road which included the land and buildings on which Briarcliff, Adams Memorial Stadium and Kittredge Elementary School sat, in order to build a large mixed-use development, similar to others in the Atlanta area during the last decade. The Board of Education valued Sembler's offer at more than $60 million, which would be paid in the form of a land-swap and the construction of new buildings for all of the displaced schools. The recession in the construction industry beginning in 2008 and local residents' protests ended Sembler's plans.In the first two seasons of MTV's Teen Wolf series, the buildings and property of Briarcliff High School were used in numerous episodes. The school was used after Longmeadow High School, but before Palisades Charter High School.In 2018, plans to build a new Cross Keys High School on the site gained popularity. Construction is slated for 2019.

Bridget Moynahan

Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born April 28, 1971 is an American actress and model. Moynahan is known for her role in the police drama Blue Bloods. She graduated from Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts in 1989, and began pursuing a career in modeling. She appeared in department-store catalogs and magazines, and after doing television commercials, she began taking acting lessons. Moynahan made her television debut in a guest appearance in the comedy series Sex and the City in 1999, where she later had a recurring role as Natasha.

She made her feature film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000). She was cast in a supporting role in Serendipity (2001). Moynahan was also featured in films The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Recruit (2003), I, Robot (2004), Lord of War (2005), Grey Matters (2006), Prey (2007), Noise (2007), Ramona and Beezus (2010), John Wick (2014), The Journey Home (2014), and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).

She starred in the ABC television series Six Degrees, which premiered in September 2006, but was taken off the schedule after just eight episodes aired. Moynahan has starred as an assistant district attorney in the CBS drama Blue Bloods since September 2010, which is currently (2019) in its ninth season.

Charles S. Howe

Charles Sumner Howe (September 29, 1858 – April 18, 1939) was the second president of Case School of Applied Science, now Case Western Reserve University.

Howe was born on September 29, 1858 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He earned his B.S. at both Massachusetts Agricultural College (now known as the University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Boston University in 1878 and his PhD from the College of Wooster in 1887.

As an initiate of Phi Sigma Kappa in 1876, he served as the first president of the Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa in 1878 while at its founding school of Massachusetts Agricultural College.

Howe served as principal of Longmeadow High School of Massachusetts in 1879. He moved west where he became the principal of the Academy of Albuquerque in New Mexico from 1879-1881, and was involved in mineral prospecting serving as an assayer for prospectors in Albuquerque until 1882.

Howe married Abbie A. Waite on May 22, 1882, and together had three children.

From 1883-1889, Howe served as the Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Buchtel College in Akron, Ohio. He went to Case School of Applied Science in 1889 where he was also Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy until 1902. Notably, Howe brought the first German-made Riefler clock, then considered the world's best, to America, with his own modifications making it the most accurate timepiece in the world. He maintained being the Kerr Professor of Mathematics at Case School of Applied Science from 1890-1908.

In 1902, Howe became the second president of Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland, Ohio, holding the office until 1929. During his tenure, he maintained a close relationship with influential Clevelanders, such as John D. Rockefeller, Worcester Warner, and Ambrose Swasey.

Howe served as the national president of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education (SPEE) from 1907-1908, known today as the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and served civically as the president of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce.

Howe is buried at Glendale Cemetery in Akron, Ohio.

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

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East Longmeadow is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, directly south of Springfield itself.

East Longmeadow hosts an annual Fourth of July Parade. It is one of the largest Fourth of July parades in western Massachusetts. East Longmeadow High School also serves as host to an annual Fourth of July fireworks display, traditionally held on July 3.

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Eric Lesser

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Jay Heaps

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After a successful college career at Duke University, Heaps spent his entire professional playing career in Major League Soccer, initially with Miami Fusion, and then with New England Revolution, for whom he made over 250 appearances in all competitions. Towards the end of his career Heaps also played with the United States men's national soccer team, earning four caps at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was coach of the New England Revolution from 2011 to 2017. He was also part of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winning 2007 roster and was part of the 2008 North American SuperLiga winning roster. He was on the Miami Fusion team from 1999 to 2001. He then played for the New England Revolution from 2001 to 2009. He won Defender of the Year in 2009 for the New England Revolution.

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