West Roxbury Education Complex

West Roxbury Educational Complex (formerly West Roxbury High School) is a high school complex within Boston Public Schools located in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The complex consists of two schools, namely the West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy.

West Roxbury Educational Complex
West Roxbury Educational Complex, West Roxbury MA
1205 V.F.W. Parkway

United States
Coordinates42°16′54″N 71°10′33″W / 42.28167°N 71.17583°WCoordinates: 42°16′54″N 71°10′33″W / 42.28167°N 71.17583°W
TypePublic Secondary
School districtBoston Public Schools


West Roxbury High School has been renamed West Roxbury Educational Complex,[1] and is divided into four schools: Media Communications Technology High School, Parkway Academy of Technology and Health, Urban Science Academy [2] and Brook Farm Business & Service Career Academy.[3]

The school is located on the Old West Roxbury Dump Site closed just before construction began between Millennium Park and a large wetland. An island within the wetland is accessible by a boardwalk from the shore behind the school where the Boston Schoolyard Initiative built an Outdoor Classroom and science education site in collaboration with the Urban Science Academy.

In the fall of 2011, the West Roxbury Education Complex was separated into two schools, closing two. Brook Farm Academy & Media Communications Technology High School were to be merged into one school, West Roxbury Academy, while Urban Science Academy and parkway Academy of Technology and Health will be merged into one school at the complex. The School is located near the 19th Century site of Brook Farm, and in the watershed of the upper Charles River.

Notable alumni


The West Roxbury Baseball Team won the 2015 Boston City Championship for the first time since 2002 under Coach Cliff Wilson.
The West Roxbury Football 1984 Team was the first Boston Public School to win a state title.
The West Roxbury Boys Baseball Team won the Boston City South championship in 2008
The West Roxbury Football Team won the Boston City North championship in 2006
Longtime coach Leo Sybertz led the West Roxbury Football Team to 5 Super Bowl wins, 2 players who went on to NFL careers, 202 wins, still a record in the City League, 13 league championships and 10 playoff appearances in 31 years as head coach.[1]


  1. ^ http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/node/366
  2. ^ .http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/node/528
  3. ^ http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/node/408
West Roxbury

West Roxbury is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts bordered by Roslindale to the northeast and Hyde Park to the southeast. West Roxbury is often mistakenly confused with Roxbury, but the two are not connected. West Roxbury is separated from Roxbury by Jamaica Plain and Roslindale.

Founded in 1630 (contemporaneously with Boston), West Roxbury was originally part of the town of Roxbury and was mainly used as farmland. West Roxbury seceded from Roxbury in 1851, and was annexed by Boston in 1874. The town included the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale.

West Roxbury's main commercial thoroughfare is Centre Street. West Roxbury Main Streets is a local non-profit that works to enhance and promote the business district. The neighborhood has some two-family houses but mostly single family homes; many of Boston's civil servants live there.

West Roxbury is home to District E-5 of the Boston Police Department, Boston Emergency Medical Services Ambulance 5 that posts at the intersection of West Roxbury Parkway at Centre St and Paramedic 5 stationed at the Faulkner Hospital provide EMS service, and there are two Boston fire stations, Ladder 25 & Engine 30 on Centre Street and Engine 55 on Washington Street. The Needham Branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail network has three stations in West Roxbury (Bellevue, Highland and West Roxbury). Several MBTA bus lines run through and/or terminate in West Roxbury. A large Veterans Affairs hospital is located opposite the Charles River on the VFW Parkway near the Dedham line. West Roxbury is home to several places of worship, including three Catholic parishes, churches of various Protestant denominations, and a Jewish synagogue.

The neighborhood was home to an experimental transcendentalist Utopian community called Brook Farm, which attracted notable figures including Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose 1852 novel The Blithedale Romance, is based on his stay there.Like its neighboring communities, West Roxbury's residential development grew with the construction of the West Roxbury branch of the Boston and Providence Railroad; the area grew further with the development of electric streetcars.

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