Amherst Regional High School (Massachusetts)

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Amherst Regional High School
Amherst Regional High School, Amherst MA.jpg
21 Mattoon Street


United States
Coordinates42°22′51″N 72°30′46″W / 42.38083°N 72.51278°W / 42.38083; -72.51278Coordinates: 42°22′51″N 72°30′46″W / 42.38083°N 72.51278°W / 42.38083; -72.51278
School typePublic High School
Open enrollment[1]
MottoVeritas Unitas Caritas
(Truth Unity Charity)
SuperintendentMicheal Morris
PrincipalGene T. Jones, Jr.
Teaching staff66.43 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment933 (2017–18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio14.04[2]
LanguageEnglish with ELL programs
AreaAmherst, Pelham, Leverett, Shutesbury
Color(s)Maroon and White          
MascotHurri the Hurricane
Team nameHurricanes
NewspaperThe Graphic
YearbookThe Goldbug

Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) is a secondary school in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States, for students in grades 9–12. It is part of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, which comprises the towns of Amherst, Pelham, Leverett, and Shutesbury, Massachusetts.[4] Its official colors are maroon and white. ARHS's current principal, beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, is Gene T. Jones, Jr.[5]


Amherst Regional High School ran on a trimester system until switching to a semester system in 2016. The students used to take five courses per trimester: normally, three to four were academics, and one to two were electives. Most academic classes ran for two trimesters. They ran either straight through or were broken up by the winter trimester. The exception to this was some social studies and English courses that were a trimester each and some music and AP courses that ran for all three trimesters. Under the current semester system, student take seven classes per semester with a rotating drop schedule. Some classes run for one semester and some for the full academic year.

Most students take five academic subjects (four for students not taking a world language) worth 4 credits each, or the equivalent, each year. The equivalent of a four-credit subject may be two separate classes within the same department. Only credits earned during grades 9-12 count toward graduation. Most full-year courses in grades 9-12 earn 4 credits and most one semester courses earn 2 credits. To graduate, each student must earn a total of 88 credits in grades 9-12, including the following:

  • English: 16 credits (including at least one semester-long literature course in both 11th and 12th grade)
  • Social Studies: 12 credits (4 of which must meet the U.S. History requirement)
  • Mathematics: 8 credits
  • Science: 8 credits in laboratory courses
  • Physical Education/Adventure Challenge: 2 credits (taken in 10th grade)
  • Health Education: 2 credits (taken in 9th grade)

ARHS has 11 departments and programs in total, listed below, that all offer a variety of classes for students.

  • Art
  • English
  • English Language Education
  • Mathematics
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical, Health, Family, and Consumer Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Technology, Business, and Computer Science Education
  • World Languages

Extracurricular/non-academic activities[edit]


The school's sports teams are known as the Hurricanes.

Under the coaching of Chris Gould, the boys cross-country team has been listed in the top 100 high school teams in America, and has won many Western Massachusetts championships, most recently in 2018.[6] The boys cross-country team's most recent victory tied them with the most Western Mass championships at 16. In 2001 they won the State Championship.

ARHS is one of many high schools in Massachusetts with a nationally ranked Ultimate program.[7][8] The boys' and girls' Ultimate teams have both won the national championship several times; including the girl's program winning the national championship five consecutive times.[citation needed][when?] The program hosts the annual Amherst Invitational Ultimate Tournament which pits 30 high school teams from across the country in the oldest and one of the largest high school tournaments in the USA.[9]

The 1992–1993 girls' basketball team inspired the book In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais.

The Football team won the 1999 Massachusetts High School Super Bowl by defeating Southbridge, 27–7. It was the first Super Bowl win for Amherst in 25 years.[10][11]

The boys soccer team won the first Western Massachusetts Division I Championship in school history in 2012. That team reached the 2012 State Finals, losing to Needham 1-0. The boys soccer team won the program's second championship in 2014 after beating West Springfield 1-0. The program won its third title in 5 years in 2016.

Amherst High Athletics came to national attention in the fall of 2016 when the entire volleyball team with the exception of one player decided to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem at an away game against rival Minnechaug on Oct. 7, 2016. The sole player who choose to stand was profiled by ESPN in Spring of [12]

State championships[edit]

  • Girls' Cross-Country: Seven since 1990
  • Boys' Cross-Country: 2001
  • Girls' Basketball: 1993
  • Boys' Basketball: 2003
  • Baseball: 2010
  • Boys' Indoor Track: 2014, 2015
  • Boys Ultimate 2016, 2017

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - Error Page" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b c "Amherst Regional High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Massachusetts Department Of Elementary And Secondary Education - 2017-18 SAT Performance Report - All Students Statewide Report".
  4. ^ "Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools - Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools".
  5. ^ "ARPS Staff Directory | Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Amherst reclaims boys Division 1 cross country title |". Archived from the original on 12 Nov 2013.
  7. ^ "USA Ultimate youth boys rankings". Archived from the original on 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  8. ^ "USA Ultimate youth girls rankings". Archived from the original on 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  9. ^ "2012 Amherst Invitational Tournament Website". Archived from the original on June 24, 2012.
  10. ^ [1] Fitchburg Sentinel from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Monday, December 8, 1975, Page 8
  11. ^ [2] HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Super Bowl history from 1972–2013, Boston Herald, August 10, 2014
  12. ^!ourflagwasstillthere
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2014-04-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)