Taconic High School

Taconic (Vocational) High School is a high school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Taconic was built in 1968 and opened in 1969. While offering general education courses, its primary focus was on vocational training and it offered such courses as auto mechanics, printing, drafting, electronics, carpentry and others. As of May 2016, J. H. Maxymillian Inc. officially broke ground on a $120.8 million plan to construct a new Taconic High School at the same location. J. H. Maxymillian Inc. won the bid for three early contracts on the construction of the school. The new high school has been completed in time for the September 2018 school year and the old school is currently being demolished upon completion of the new one. The new school covers 246,520 square feet to accommodate 920 students.

Taconic High School
96 Valentine Road


United States
Coordinates42°27′33″N 73°16′25″W / 42.4592°N 73.2736°WCoordinates: 42°27′33″N 73°16′25″W / 42.4592°N 73.2736°W
TypePublic, Open enrollment[1]
School districtPittsfield Public Schools
PrincipalMatthew Webster
Enrollment706 (2016-17)[2]
Student to teacher ratio11:1
Color(s)Green and gold         
Athletics conferenceBerkshire County Conf.
MascotThe Braves
Team nameBraves
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[3]


  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ "Taconic High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
Lenox Memorial High School (Massachusetts)

Lenox Memorial High School is a public high school located in Lenox, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1803 and serves students in grades nine through twelve. Since 1966 it has shared a campus with the town’s middle school. The schools are officially known as Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

List of high schools in Massachusetts

This is a list of high schools in the state of Massachusetts.

List of secondary school sports team names and mascots derived from indigenous peoples

Among the categories of names for sports teams in North America, those referring to Indigenous peoples are lesser in popularity only to the names of various animals (Eagles, Tigers, Bulldogs, Panthers, Wildcats, Lions, Cougars). In the top ten, "Warriors" is number six, and "Indians" is number eight. The typical logo is an image of a stereotypical Native American man in profile, wearing a Plains Indians headdress; some are more realistic, while others are cartoons or caricatures. Other imagery include dreamcatchers, feathers, spears, and arrows. Individual schools may have performance traditions, such as the tomahawk chop, a mascot or cheerleaders in stereotypical Native attire, and chants adapted from Hollywood movies. These fictional representations stand in the way of any authentic understanding of contemporary Indigenous peoples, and promote racism.The documents most often cited to justifying the trend for change are an advisory opinion by the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 2001 and a resolution by the American Psychological Association in 2005. Both support the views of Native American organizations and individuals that such mascots maintain harmful stereotypes that are discriminatory and cause harm by distorting the past and preventing understanding of Native American/First Nations peoples in the present.

The trend towards the elimination of indigenous names and mascots in local schools has been steady, with two-thirds having been eliminated over the past 50 years according to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). In a few states with significant Native American populations, change has been mandated by law, such in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington. A bill to ban Native American mascots statewide passed the Maine House of Representatives and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Janet Mills in May, 2019.The list below for U.S. High Schools however remains substantial, with over 400 teams currently calling themselves "Indians", over 100 "Braves", over 100 "Warriors" using indigenous imagery (there are many with the name using generic, Greek or Roman mascots), and 48 "Redskins". The latter has shown the greatest decline, due to an association with the Washington Redskins name controversy.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Pittsfield is the largest city and the historic county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the third largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield and Chicopee.

In 2005, Farmers Insurance ranked Pittsfield 20th in the United States as "Most Secure Place To Live" among small towns with fewer than 150,000 residents. In 2006, Forbes ranked Pittsfield as number 61 in its list of Best Small Places for Business. In 2008, Country Home magazine ranked Pittsfield as #24 in a listing of "green cities" east of the Mississippi. In 2009, the City of Pittsfield was chosen to receive a 2009 Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts' highest award in the arts, humanities, and sciences. In 2010, the Financial Times proclaimed Pittsfield the "Brooklyn of the Berkshires", in an article covering its recent renaissance.In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places for single people to retire in the U.S. by U.S. News, due to the high number of single older residents and higher likelihood of finding companionship or a partner.In 2017, the Arts Vibrancy Index compiled by the National Center for Arts Research ranked Pittsfield and Berkshire County as the No. 1 medium-sized community in the nation for the arts.

Pittsfield High School (Massachusetts)

Pittsfield High School is a four year comprehensive public high school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The school dates its founding to 1844. It is administered by the Pittsfield Public Schools district and is the oldest of the district's two high schools. Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year included 916 students. 51% of the student population was female and 49% were male. Students of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic ethnicity and heritage comprised 21.8% percent of the student population.

Richmond, Massachusetts

Richmond is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,475 at the 2010 census.

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Diana Wilson (born September 27, 1966) is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She flew to space onboard three Space Shuttle missions, and is the second African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison. Her 42 days in space are the most of any African American astronaut, male or female.


WTBR-FM (89.7 FM, "Pittsfield Community Radio") is a non-commercial educational station broadcasting a community radio and classic rock music format. Licensed to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States, the station serves the Pittsfield area from a studio located at 4 Federico Drive. The station is currently owned by and licensed to the Pittsfield Public School Committee, and managed and programmed by Pittsfield Community Cable Broadcasting, Inc. through a Time-Brokerage Agreement.

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