Saugus High School (Massachusetts)

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Saugus High School
1 Pearce Memorial Drive

United States
PrincipalMichael Hashem
Enrollment715 (2015–16)[1]
Color(s)Red, White and Black
Athletics conferenceNortheastern Conference (NEC)

Saugus High School is an American public secondary school located in Saugus, Massachusetts, United States.


The current Saugus High campus opened in September 1955. The single-story structure includes a cafeteria, auditorium, offices, classrooms, and a gymnasium.[3]

From 1906 to 1955, Saugus High School was located on the corner of Central and Winter Streets. The building was expanded several times to accommodate the growing student population. When the current Saugus High School building opened in 1955, the old building became a Junior High and Elementary School complex. In October 1963, most of the school was destroyed by arson.[3] Only the 1935 addition survived, which remained an elementary school until 2003.[3]

Prior to the construction of the "Old" Saugus High School, Saugus High classes were held in the Town Hall (now an American Legion hall) and the top floor of the Roby School.[3]

Notable events[edit]

On April 21, 1914, Saugus High students staged a strike in support of Principal James F. Butterworth, who had resigned under pressure from the School Committee. The students returned the next day on the condition that School Committee hold a public hearing on Butterworth's resignation.[4] The committee refused on the grounds that Butterworth was not entitled to one as he was not fired, but had voluntarily resigned.[5] A special town meeting appointed a committee to investigate the matter.[6] The committee sided with Butterworth and asked for the resignations of every member of the School Committee and the entire high school faculty.[7] Despite the committee's decision, Butterwoth did not return to Saugus High; instead, he accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools in Bradford, Pennsylvania.[8]

In 1937, the school committee invited English teacher Isabelle Hallin to resign amid rumors that she had allegedly served cocktails to students during a drama club rehearsal at her home. Despite petitions and the picketing of Hallin's detractors' homes by students, the School Committee voted 3–2 against reappointing Hallin.[9] Those who voted not to reappoint Hallin insisted that they did so on professional grounds.[10] Hallin's picture appeared in many newspapers and she left Saugus to pursue a career in acting.[11]

On March 27, 1981, the entire 1200-member student body of Saugus High School walked out of class in protest of proposed school cutbacks as a result of Proposition 2½.[12]

In 1987, Saugus High hockey player Mike Maruzzi was paralyzed after he hit the boards head first and broke his neck.[13]

In 1994, two Saugus High School freshmen were expelled for smuggling a loaded, sawed-off shotgun onto school property.[14]

Saugus High School was closed for a week in 1998 while contractors removed asbestos from the auditorium, bathrooms, and second-floor balconies and hallways.[15]

In July 2004, the Saugus School Committee announced that budget cutbacks would result in the elimination of all sports and extracurricular activities. The extracurricular activities were restored by the beginning of the next school year after the district was able to receive extra funding from state.[16]

On November 14, 2006, Saugus High School was on high alert as a result of a bomb threat written in the girls' bathroom.[17]

On December 7, 2007, Saugus High School was put into lockdown and students were evacuated after a caller phoned in a gun threat.[18]

Following the 2012–13 winter break, Principal Joseph Diorio did not return to school and was not seen for several weeks.[19] On January 9, Superintendent Richard Langlois announced that Diorio had been on paid leave since December 18 pending an inquiry "into the management of certain financial and other affairs of Saugus High School."[20] On April 10, 2013 an independent audit into the Saugus High School student activities account was released to the Board of Selectmen. The audit described Saugus High's record keeping as shoddy and in some cases in violation of state law.[21] The audit also questioned $17,000 in stipend payments made to Diorio between 2006 and 2013.[22]

On December 14, 2012, Saugus High School announced on their twitter account that they would join the Cape Ann League, leaving the Northeastern Conference for more success in their school athletics.[23] On January 18, 2013, the move was approved by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.[24]

At the conclusion of Saugus High School's first season in the Cape Ann League, they proposed to rejoin the Northeastern Conference due to geographic and traveling issues.[25] The rejoin was approved by both high school conferences, allowing Saugus High School to return to the Northeastern Conference. All sports would play in the Northeastern Conference, with the exception of football, which would become independent for the 2014 fall season. The Saugus Sachems football team would play opponents from both the Cape Ann League and Northeastern Conference.[26]

Notable faculty members[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Attended but did not graduate[edit]


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  5. ^ "New Move in Saugus Row". Boston Evening Transcript. April 27, 1914. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  6. ^ "Saugus Principal Wins". Boston Evening Transcript. May 26, 1914. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  7. ^ "School Board is Asked to Resign". Christian Science Monitor. June 9, 1914.
  8. ^ "James F. Butterworth; Bradford, Pa., School Superintendent 22 Years a Harvard Graduate". The New York Times. May 3, 1937. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  9. ^ "Saugus Teacher Refuses to Tender her Resignation". The Lewiston Daily Sun. July 7, 1937. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  10. ^ "Rebuff for Teacher". St. Joseph News-Press. July 13, 1937. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Path of Glory". Time. January 5, 1942. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  12. ^ "Saugus, Quincy Pupils Protest 2​12". Boston Globe. March 28, 1981. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  13. ^ "Player paralyzed". January 19, 1987. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  14. ^ Mulvihill, Maggie (April 7, 1994). "2 Who Smuggled Shotgun to Saugus High Expelled". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  15. ^ Lazar, Kay (March 16, 1998). "Saugus still grappling with asbestos in schools". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  16. ^ "Saugus Politician Helps Ease Budget Crunch" WCVB TV5. July 14, 2004. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  17. ^ "H.S. Responds To Bomb Threat" WCVB TV5. November 14, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  18. ^ "Local high school locked down after threat" WHDH 7 News. December 7, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  19. ^ "Saugus High School Principal Missing After Vacation". CBS Boston. CBS Local. January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  20. ^ Schworm, Peter (January 9, 2013). "Saugus High School principal on leave since Dec. 18 amid audit". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  21. ^ Tempesta, Matt (April 11, 2013). "Audit: Saugus records sloppy, illegal". The Daily Item. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  22. ^ Tempesta, Matt (April 12, 2013). "Questions on Saugus principal pay". The Daily Item. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  23. ^ Brendan Hall (17 December 2012). "Saugus officially moving to Cape Ann League". ESPN Boston. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Saugus High School on Twitter". 18 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  25. ^ Mike Gaffney (11 April 2014). "Saugus High School return to Northeastern Conference proposed". Wicked Local. Saugus Advertiser. p. 1. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  26. ^ Mike Gaffney. "Saugus returning to Northeastern Conference". Wicked Local. Saugus Advertiser. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  27. ^ 2001–2002 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  28. ^ Miller, Brett C. (1995). Elizabeth Bishop: Life and the Memory of It. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520203457.

Coordinates: 42°27′39.4″N 71°1′21.1″W / 42.460944°N 71.022528°W / 42.460944; -71.022528