Mansfield High School (Massachusetts)

Mansfield High School (MHS) is a four-year, comprehensive public high school located in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and is the lone high school in the Mansfield Public Schools system. MHS serves approximately 1,300 students in grades nine though twelve. The school mascot is the Green Hornets and the school colors are green, white, and black.

Mansfield High School
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Address
250 East Street

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02048

Coordinates42°1′46″N 71°12′16″W / 42.02944°N 71.20444°WCoordinates: 42°1′46″N 71°12′16″W / 42.02944°N 71.20444°W
Information
TypePublic
Established1872
School districtMansfield Public Schools
PrincipalMs. Mary Watkins
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment1,333 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Green, White & Black             
AthleticsMIAA - Division 2
Athletics conferenceHockomock League
NicknameGreen Hornets
RivalNorth Attleboro, Foxborough
Website

Academics

Faculty

Mansfield High School (2018-2019) employs 299 teachers with 83 teaching within the eight core academic departments.[1] This leads to an overall student to teacher ratio of 13.23 to 1, which is in line with the 13 to 1 statewide student to teacher ratio.[2]

Graduation requirements

For the current graduating class, the Class of 2020, students are required to complete and pass courses totaling 124 credits. Twenty-five of those must be passed during the students’ senior year. In addition to credit requirements, students must also pass the state-required MCAS exam. There are also departmental requirements for graduation, listed below.[3] [4]

English – Students must take and pass four English courses usually consisting of English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12. However, in place of English 11 and English 12, students may opt to take AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition to obtain college credit.
Mathematics – Students must take and pass three Mathematics courses in order to graduate, although many students take four courses. Most students usually take Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Advanced Algebra or Pre-Calculus. However, students may opt to take AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, or AP Statistics to obtain college credit.
Social studies – Students must take and pass three Social Studies courses in order to graduate. Students usually take Western Civilization II, American History I, and American History II to meet this requirement. However, many students take AP American History, AP European History, or AP Psychology to obtain college credit.
Science – Students must take and pass three science courses during their tenure at Mansfield High School in order to graduate. Many students take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to meet this requirement. Also, students may opt to take AP Physics, AP Chemistry, or AP Biology to obtain college credit.
Health and physical education – Students must take and pass two heath classes and two physical education classes to meet the graduation requirements. This usually consists of Introduction to Wellness freshman year, the student's choice of a gym class sophomore year, Health Dynamics junior year, and the student's choice of a gym class senior year.

Courses

Mansfield High School offers a wide variety of courses, in addition to the “core” classes. MHS has a set of Advanced Placement courses that allow students to begin their college education while still receiving high school credit. Below is a list of the Advanced Placement, and most notable courses.

Levels

Advanced Placement – Offers students the ability to earn college credit. These courses are more difficult and require more dedication than the average high school course. Advanced Placement (AP) courses culminate with an exam administered by the College Board which determines how much credit the student receives.[5]
Honors – These courses contain challenging material designed for the motivated student. They are more difficult that the standard College Preparatory classes.[6]
College preparatory – These courses prepare students for traditional college level education.[7]
Comprehensive – These courses are designed to prepare students for junior (two-year) college or work after high school.[8]

Advanced Placement

Mansfield High School offers Advanced Placement courses in Music Theory, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Computer Science Principles, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics C, American History, European History, Spanish Language and Composition, French Language and Composition, and Art History.[9] However each student can take at most seven Advanced Placement courses during their stay at MHS.

Grading

Students at Mansfield High School are graded on a 0-100 scale, where an A is 90-100, a B is 80-89, a C is 70-79, a D is 65-69, and anything below a 65 is considered failing. Students are awarded credit for each successful passing of a course, however if a student is absent from the course too many times, credits may be deducted.[10]

Class rank

Class rank is determined by calculating a student’s course-weighed grade point average over an extended 4.0 scale. Rank is calculated once a year, with the rank calculated after a students sixth semester (junior year) being reported to colleges. Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined by calculating class rank after the completion of a seventh semester.

Rank is calculated by first converting a final grade to the 4.0 scale, then weighting it depending on what level each course taken is at. That average is then multiplied by the number of credits a student earned and then divided by the total number of possible credits for the course. This result is the student's weighted GPA. This process is repeated for each class and then the sum of all class GPAs are averaged to result in an overall GPA. It is possible to get over a 4.0 GPA once weighting of the student's final grade has occurred.[11]

Performing arts

Below are the three areas in which Mansfield High School specializes for students to enroll in the Performing Arts.

Choir - The choir puts on several concerts per year, including the Holiday Concert and Spring Concert, and also directs and produces the school's fall play and spring musical. There are three different choirs, the Concert Choir, the After School Choir, and the Select Choir.
Orchestra - The orchestra performs several times per year, including the Holiday Concert.
Band - The Band Program includes Marching Band, Jazz Band, and a Concert Band. This is not to be confused with the extracurricular band programs, which includes a World Champion Percussion Ensemble (WGI, PSCO), and a competitive Winter Colorguard (2010 NESBA Champions). The Marching Band performs at many school events, including the MIAA Super Bowl, supporting the MHS Football team. [12] The Percussion Ensemble and Winter Colorguard compete in the New England Scholastic Band Association and Winterguard International.
Percussion Ensemble - The Mansfield High School Percussion Ensemble has competed at WGI World Championships in 2007 (PSCO Gold Medalists), 2008 (PSCO Gold Medalists; received the highest score in indoor percussion history, 98.9, which was then outscored in 2012), 2009 (PSCW Silver Medalists) 2012 (PSCO Silver Medalists, PSA Finalist), 2013 (PSCO Bronze Medalists) and 2014 (PSCO Silver Medalists). The group also holds NESBA Championships in PSCO 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013, and NESBA Championships in PSAA in 2010, 2011, and 2012. [13]

Athletics

Below is a list of the athletic programs offered at Mansfield, and the seasons when they are held. [14]

Fall – Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Soccer, and Volleyball.
Winter – Basketball, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Swimming, and Wrestling
Spring – Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis, and Track and Field.

Mansfield High School offers 25 different varsity level sports. All sports have junior varsity and varsity levels and the heavily participated sports have a freshman level as well. Mansfield sports teams are known as the Hornets and the school colors are Green, White and Black. In recent years, the athletic complexes around Mansfield have been revamped. Mansfield had an artificial turf football field installed behind the high school along with a rubber track in 2001 and dubbed Alumni Field. A new baseball complex was constructed in 2005, located across the street, in front of the Jordan Jackson Elementary school. Mansfield competes in the Hockomock League [15].

Football

The Hornets won the Hockomock League Championship six years in a row from 2003 – 2008, and won it four years in a row from 2010 - 2013. The 2013 Mansfield football season was an especially successful season, as they began the season by defeating national power and three-time defending Maryland state champions, Dunbar High School of Baltimore, MD in a televised game. Mansfield defeated Dunbar in a last second 29-26 upset win. The Hornets then ran the table throughout the season, eventually finishing the season undefeated at 13-0, winning their 7th state championship in the process, and finished the season as the #1 ranked team in Massachusetts and the New England region. They have also won the state title 7 times (1992, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013). [16]

Football accomplishments

  • State champions (7) - 1992, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013
  • Hockomock League champions (18) - 1959, 1968, 1976, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018
  • #1 ranked team in Massachusetts (4) - 1996, 2003, 2004, 2013
  • Undefeated seasons (8) - 1931, 1936, 1959, 1992, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2013

Track & field

The indoor track team has won 3 straight Indoor Track State Championships, along with 11 straight Hockomock League Championships in the same sport. [17]

Basketball

In the 2012 - 2013 season, the boys' basketball team finished with an undefeated regular season and made it all the way to the Division 1 State Championship, and lost.[18] They finished the season being the #1 ranked boys' basketball team in Massachusetts.

Sport links

Notable alumni

  • Corey Eason, American football player (Boston College & UMass)
  • Tom Gilson, American football player (UMass) (Arena: Portland Steel)
  • Jen Royle, American former reporter/journalist for YES Network and current private chef
  • Kerry Taylor, American football player, All-American tight end for UMass.
  • Omari Walker, American football player (Boston College)

References

  1. ^ "Mansfield High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  2. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx

External links

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