Tantasqua Regional High School

Tantasqua Regional High School is located in the village of Fiskdale, Massachusetts, United States (town of Sturbridge). It serves the towns of Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge, and Wales.[6] The school is divided into an Academic Division, and a Technical Division, which offers vocational training in Carpentry, Computer Aided Design/Drafting, Computer Technology, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Health Sciences and Manufacturing. Currently there are approximately 1300 students enrolled in the school in both divisions. The school colors are green and gold and the school song is "Hail, Tantasqua", set to the music of "Men of Harlech."

Tantasqua Regional High School
School seal
319 Brookfield Rd


Open enrollment[1]
PrincipalMichael Lucas[2]
Number of students760 (2016-17)[3]
Color(s)Green and gold          
SongMen Of Harlech
NewspaperThe Tomahawk
Budget$24,578,121 total
$13,480 per pupil
Tantasqua Route 148 entrance

Route-148 entrance to Tantasqua Regional High School, listing the five towns in the region


Tantasqua Regional High School was founded in 1952. A new high school was completed in 2002. The school derives its name from Tantiusques ("tan-tas-qua"), a Nipmuck word meaning "to a black deposit between two hills."[7]


Tantasqua has varsity teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, tennis, and volleyball.

In 2007, the boys' basketball team captured the MIAA Division II State Championship. The following season they made it to the MIAA D-2 State Finals again, only to lose in a rematch with Catholic Memorial.

The varsity football team won the state championship, going undefeated (13–0) in 2008. The varsity football team won only six games in 2007.

The varsity baseball team won the Division II state championship in 1977.

Marching band

In 2007, direction of the Tantasqua Warrior Marching Band was taken over by Music Director Lucy Colwell, who is also director of the Tantasqua Junior High School band program. In 2008, Colwell brought in Massachusetts drill designer and creative consultant Nicholas McKenzie to assist with the marching band program. Under this joint leadership, the group has evolved from a "park-and-play" band to a true "corps-style" field show marching band.


There is currently one school newspaper at Tantasqua, The Tomahawk, which is produced by its own after-school club and students in the journalism classes. Students also air a weekly program on the local public-access television cable TV channel titled T.W.N.,Tantasqua Weekly News. Published once a year is the literary and creative arts magazine, Passages. In addition to these publications is the yearbook, The Tantasquan, which also publishes a blog on its website.


  1. ^ "Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - Error Page" (PDF). www.doe.mass.edu.
  2. ^ "Faculty&StaffDirectory". Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  3. ^ "Tantasqua Regional High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "2017-18 SAT Performance". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Per Pupil Expenditures, All Funds". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  6. ^ Tantasqua & Union 61, Tantasqua Regional School District, retrieved March 25, 2017
  7. ^ "Tantiusques". Retrieved 2009-02-25.

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Coordinates: 42°09′36″N 72°07′52″W / 42.160°N 72.131°W

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