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Arlington High School (Massachusetts)

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Type  Public high school
Principal  Mathew Janger
Phone  +1 781-316-3594
Founded  1915
Established  1922
Grades  9-12
Number of students  1,150 (2006–2007)
Arlington High School (Massachusetts)
Color(s)  Maroon/Red, Gray, and White
Slogan  "Red and Gray Spirit, Let's Hear It! (May not still be the slogan)
Address  869 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476, USA
Accreditation  New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Arlington High School is a public high school located in Arlington, Massachusetts. As of 2010, the school enrolls approximately 1,300 students annually. The current principal is Mathew Janger.



The current Arlington High School, designed by Howard B.S. Prescott, was opened in 1915 for grades 10-12. What is now known as "Fusco house" was the only original building. Boys and girls were required to enter the building through two separate entrances. Two additions were later added on, the "Collomb house," as it is now known, in 1937 and then the "Downs house."

Peirce Field, an outdoor field for football, soccer, track, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball and softball, was created by filling in "Cutter's Pond", which had been previously used for milling. Mill Brook still runs underneath the high school to this day. The field was renovated in 2004 due to toxin levels in the soil, which stemmed from a company located where the Department of Public Works is currently situated. A settlement was reached with the company to pay for the entire cleaning, capping, and renovation.

Since the mid-1990s several news documentary shows have been to Arlington High School, including Chronicle, Nightline, and MTV Made. It has also been the topic of many news stories covered by Fox News, Fox 25, Channel 7, among many other TV channels and radio stations.

An HBO show chronicling Dane Cook's Tourgasm tour featured a segment where Cook returned to Arlington High School and spoke to the students and faculty.

In 2011, interim principal Mary Villano suspended school dances because of drinking and inappropriate dancing.

Notable alumni

  • Peter Berdovsky, VJ, artist
  • Paul Boudreau, NFL Offensive Line Coach
  • Dane Cook, actor and comedian
  • Jim Driscoll, Former MLB player (Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers)
  • Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-Winning Actress
  • Liam Ezekiel, former NFL and UFL player
  • Alan Hovhaness, Composer
  • John A. Kelley, 2-Time Boston Marathon Winner
  • Chris Leary, actor, Once Around, Celtic Pride, Edge of Darkness, The Fighter
  • Elaine J. McCarthy Projection and Scenic Designer
  • John Messuri, hockey player and coach
  • Andy Powers, professional hockey player and All American High School Athlete
  • Louis W. Ross, architect
  • Dave "Chico" Ryan, musician
  • Carl Sumner, Former MLB player (Boston Red Sox)
  • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, guitarist/songwriter of Canned Heat
  • References

    Arlington High School (Massachusetts) Wikipedia

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