Haverhill High School

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Haverhill High School
Haverhill High School 1.jpg
137 Monument Street
Haverhill, MA 01832
Coordinates42°47′14″N 71°6′25″W / 42.78722°N 71.10694°W / 42.78722; -71.10694Coordinates: 42°47′14″N 71°6′25″W / 42.78722°N 71.10694°W / 42.78722; -71.10694
High school
Open enrollment[1]
MottoGlobal, Responsible, Engaged, Accepting, and Tenacious
School districtHaverhill Public Schools
PrincipalGlenn Burns
Enrollment1,828 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)Brown & Gold         
AthleticsMerrimack Valley Conference (MVC)
Mascotnone: The Thinker is de facto; nickname: 'Hillies'

Haverhill High School is an American High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It enrolls about 2,200 students in grades 9 through 12. The school offers a variety of Advanced Placement classes, a wide range of clubs, a number of varsity and junior varsity sports, as well as a program entitled the "Classical Academy". The Classical Academy is a school-within-a-school program and has a prescribed curriculum. It offers a rigorous curriculum consisting of entirely honors and AP classes. The Classical Academy is currently underway in its fifth year, and will be offered to future students via a test. The school also offers other services. The campus includes the Charles C. White Swimming Pool, the Manuel Epstein Library Media Center HHS/LMC[4] and the Veterans' Memorial Skating Rink. At the school's entrance is a replica of one of the famous statues by Michelangelo in Tomb of Leorenzo De' Medici,[5] affectionately nicknamed "The Thinker".

Haverhill High Mission Statement "The Mission of Haverhill High School is to produce self-directed learners who read, write, and speak effectively in Standard English and who apply analytical and technological skills to interpret information and problem solve."

Bob Montana, the creator of Archie Comics, who attended Haverhill High, based the high school featured in his popular comics, Riverdale High School, on Haverhill High.[6] Even the comic's school newspaper, The Blue and Gold, indirectly references Haverhill High's student paper, The Brown and Gold. The high school in the comics is based on Haverhill High's old building, which has since become Haverhill City Hall. Haverhill High School relocated to 137 Monument Street.


The school's mascot is Michelangelo's "The Thinker"(Il Penseroso) but is commonly mistaken for Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker."

The athletic teams are called the "Hillies," which is short for "Hilltoppers" - the cannons on the top of hills to defend against infidels during war periods.

The school colors are brown and gold.

There are 19 varsity level sports at the school: field hockey, cross country (recently ranked one of the best teams in the state), golf, swimming, football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, football and basketball cheerleading, crew, indoor track, outdoor track, skiing, wrestling, ice hockey, baseball, softball, tennis, and lacrosse. Haverhill High School engages in a biannual dodgeball tournament. A previous year's autumn tournament victor was The Kings whose name had to be shortened due to obscenities. Haverhill High competes in the Merrimack Valley Conference and is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).[7]

Clubs and activities[edit]

There are about 35 teams, clubs and activities in which students can participate. Of which is included, Haverhill Robotics, which in 2013, along with their alliance round partners, was awarded first place in simulation rounds in the USA for the Zero Robotics Competition run by NASA and MIT. The club features both middle and high school students.

Model UN[edit]

Haverhill High School's Model UN team is run by Mr. Zachary Simmons who has received tremendous praise for his dedication to the students.[8] Having earned the praise and respect of many after their victory in the first annual Boston College Model UN tournament,[9] Haverhill's Model UN team now annually competes in the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) held in New York City.[10] Deemed by the students on the team as Haverhill High School's most successful athletic team, Haverhill's Model UN program has led to numerous students choosing to enter academic fields within the realm of International Relations and Global Studies.


  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ "Haverhill High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "2017-18 SAT Performance Statewide Report". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "| Home of the Hillies' Top Thinkers". Thinkerslink.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  5. ^ "Michelangelo. Tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici - Olga's Gallery". Abcgallery.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  6. ^ Tennant, Paul. "'Archie' comic changes with the times, examines real-life topics," The Eagle-Tribune (Dec. 28, 2010).
  7. ^ "MIAA.net". MIAA.net. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  8. ^ google (2014-01-22). "HHS Model United Nations team tops - Haverhill Gazette: Local News". Hgazette.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  9. ^ "HHS Model United Nations team tops - Haverhill Gazette: Local News". Hgazette.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150208070436/http://imuna.org/nhsmun/conference. Archived from the original on February 8, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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