North High School (Worcester, Massachusetts)

North High School (or Worcester North) is a public four-year high school and one of five public high schools in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The original North High was located on Harrington Way and was built in 1972 as a junior high school. It became North High in 1980 when the old North High on Salisbury Street was closed, sold to a private developer and subsequently turned into condos. There are approximately 1,300 students that attend North, which boasts a diverse student body. Non-Hispanic Whites make up 11 percent of the student body while Hispanics make up 34 percent. African-Americans comprise 47 percent and Asians make up 8 percent.

The mascot of North High is a polar bear and the school colors are black and orange.          

Rivals of North High School are South High Community School, Doherty Memorial High School and Burncoat High School. North High School offers a variety of extra-curricular activities such as clubs and sports. It is also most noted for their boys basketball team, which won the district title in 2005.

North High's building was considered old and run down. The new building was ready for use in 2011 and is approximately 225,000 square feet (20,900 m2). The Worcester City Council gave the go-ahead to a new North High in 2000, when the cost was estimated at $5 million. But the project was slow to get off the ground while on the waiting list for a construction grant, while the State Department of Education and the State Treasurer reorganized the School Building Assistance Program. The ten year delay and rising construction costs pushed the price tag of the new school to $8 million.

The new building was ready for use in the 2011–2012 school year.

North High School[1]
The New North High School 2013-11-16 00-36
140 Harrington Way
Worcester, Massachusetts 01604

Open enrollment[2]
Establishedc. 1972
School districtWorcester Public Schools
CEEB code222505
PrincipalLisa Houlihan
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment1307 (2016-17[3])
Color(s)Orange and Black         
SloganT.E.A.M Together Everyone Achieves More
Team namePolar Bears


According to the Massachusetts Department of Education, the approximate demographic profile of North High School is as follows in the 2016-2017 school year:[4]

  • Hispanic - 34%
  • White - 11%
  • African American - 47%
  • Asian - 8%


  1. ^ "North High School". Worcester Public Schools. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Massachusetts Department of Education enrollment data for North High
  4. ^ "North High (03480520) Enrollment Data". MDESE. Retrieved 18 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)

Coordinates: 42°15′43.0″N 71°46′0.7″W / 42.261944°N 71.766861°W

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Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester ( (listen) WUUS-tər) is a city in, and the county seat of, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston, 50 miles (80 km) east of Springfield and 40 miles (64 km) north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the Valentine's Day card, although not invented in the city, was mass-produced and popularized by Worcester resident Esther Howland.Worcester was considered its own distinct region apart from Boston until the 1970s. Since then, Boston's suburbs have been moving out further westward, especially after the construction of Interstate 495 and Interstate 290. The Worcester region now marks the western periphery of the Boston-Worcester-Providence (MA-RI-NH) U.S. Census Combined Statistical Area (CSA), or Greater Boston. The city features many examples of Victorian-era mill architecture.

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