West Springfield High School (Massachusetts)

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West Springfield High School
Location

United States
Coordinates42° 7′ 14.9″ N, 72° 38′ 22.4″ W
Information
TypePublic
High School
Open enrollment[1]
MottoWe Bleed Blue and White
Established1915
Opened1956 (New School, 2014)
School districtWest Springfield Public Schools
SuperintendentMichael Richard
PrincipalVito Perrone

Hank Girardin

Maria Silvestri
Faculty94.22 (FTE)[2]
Grades9-12
Enrollment1,234 (2017–18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio13.10[2]
Campus size273,300 sq. ft
Color(s)        
MascotTerrier
NewspaperThe Terrier Times
Website

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West Springfield High School, in Massachusetts, United States, is the city of West Springfield's high school. It is located near West Springfield Middle School and John R. Fausey Elementary, one of the city's five elementary schools. The school's mascot is the terrier.

History[edit]

The high school has its origins in a school built on the town common in 1820. That school appears on the West Springfield seal. The town's 1875 town hall, located where the senior center is now, included classrooms for the town's first high school. In 1915, the cornerstone was laid for a dedicated high school building, now known as Cowing School. It opened in 1916 under William A. Cowing, principal from 1916-1946.

In the face of significant overcrowding and with growing numbers of students after World War II, the town approved a new high school building on Piper Road, which was begun in 1954 just south of the current high school building. The school was opened in 1956 for grades 9-12. The original plan, rejected in 1952, was for a 1500-student high school. To reduce costs, a 1000-student building was constructed instead. The new building quickly became overcrowded, and ninth graders were moved to Cowing School in 1960, until an addition, doubling the capacity of the high school, was opened in 1966.[6] To relieve elementary school overcrowding in the 1990s, a wing of the high school was used as the Piper Road School for the town's sixth graders until the middle school was opened in 1998. The 1956 high school building was used until the current building opened in February of 2014, after which it was demolished.

Sports[edit]

The motto of the school's sports teams is We Bleed Blue and White, referring to the school's colors.

The school has a physical education facility, with one gymnasium, including three full-size basketball courts, volleyball courts, and an indoor walking track. It also has Clark Field, where football, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey are played, six tennis courts, and a 25-yard, six lane pool. It offers 27 different MIAA-sanctioned sports, including:
Fall:

  • Soccer - boys and girls (Varsity, JV, Freshman) (Boys 2013 Massachusetts Division I State Champions) (Girls 2014 Massachusetts Division I State Champions)
  • Cross country -boys and girls (Varsity, JV)
  • Football (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Field hockey (Varsity, JV)
  • Girls' volleyball (Varsity, JV)
  • Golf (Varsity)
  • Cheerleading (Varsity, JV)

Winter:

  • Wrestling (Varsity, JV)
  • Ice hockey (Varsity)
  • Indoor track - boys and girls (Varsity, JV)
  • Basketball - boys and girls (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Cheerleading (Varsity, JV)
  • Swimming - boys and girls (Varsity)

Spring:

  • Boys' volleyball (Varsity, JV)
  • Baseball (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Lacrosse - boys and girls (Varsity, JV)
  • Outdoor track - boys and girls (Varsity, JV)
  • Softball (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Tennis - boys and girls (Varsity)

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New high school[edit]

The renovation of the school's athletic field "Clark Field" was completed for the beginning of the fall 2012 sport season. The field features an artificial turf for football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse games, new red track, permanent bleachers, a concession stand, and tennis courts. The official opening and ribbon cutting took place on November 17, 2012.

The new building was completed in February 2014. After February break, the students and staff moved into the new facility. The building includes a new 25 yard pool, large gymnasium, indoor walking track, new library, cafeteria, and auditorium. The building is located next door to the old building which is now demolished and has turned into a new parking lot and practice soccer fields.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ a b c "West Springfield High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  3. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx
  4. ^ http://wshs.wsps.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=106
  5. ^ http://wshs.wsps.org
  6. ^ Swift, Esther M. West Springfield Massachusetts: A Town History. The West Springfield Heritage Association, 1969.
  7. ^ https://docs.google.com/a/wsps.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=d3Nwcy5vcmd8YXRobGV0aWNzfGd4OjEyOWY5ZWNkMTg3NzEzNTA
  8. ^ West Springfield Record 11/22/12
  9. ^ http://wshs.wsps.org

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°7′14.9″N 72°38′22.4″W / 42.120806°N 72.639556°W / 42.120806; -72.639556