Mascoma Valley Regional High School (MVRHS) is a public secondary school in Canaan, New Hampshire. Surrounding towns that attend MVRHS are Grafton, Enfield, Orange, and Dorchester. The facility, opened in 1963, is located on Royal Road, off of U.S. Route 4. It is adjacent to the Indian River School, which houses grades five through eight. The school colors are Purple and Gold; the mascot is a panther and teams are known as “The Royals.”
On March 11, 2014, district voters approved a $21.5 million renovation. The plan, which includes improved parking and access, efficiency upgrades, a new auditorium, library, band room, art room, expanded laboratories, and certain life safety upgrades (a sprinkler system), garnered nearly 63% of the vote (60% was necessary for the bond to pass). Previous attempts to either construct an entirely new high school or to renovate the existing structure had failed, including 2013's attempt which failed with 59+% of the vote.
Renovation to the existing building will commence in 2015, with completion expected around 2018.
The renovation was completed over the summer in 2016. The school opened the new addition on September 6, 2016.
The school is a part of the Mascoma Valley Regional School District, SAU 62, which includes MVRHS, Indian River School, Enfield Village School, and Canaan Elementary School. All schools are governed by a seven-member school board, elected at large by the voters in the member communities and providing proportional representation for those communities in the financing and governing of the high school.
Student activities at Mascoma include National Honor Society, Student Council, Destination Imagination, Granite State Challenge, Life Smarts, Math Team, Future Business Leaders of America, Mascoma Outing Club, Drama, Concert Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, French and Spanish Clubs, and many athletics teams. In addition to that MVRHS now has a new student run radio station that has been recently added with the school's renovations. The station streams online and is known as MIX 96.6 - Mascoma's Best Variety!
MVRHS offers an outing club to its students in an effort to expose teenagers to the New Hampshire outdoors. Inspired by nearby Dartmouth College's outing club, the MOC offers annual trips and events whereupon students can gain leadership skills and confidence trekking through the region's many outdoor resources. Annual trips include the Leaf-Peakers hike, the Jell-o-Thon, trick-or-treating by boat, Saturday morning bike rides, the polar dip, and the Deep Freeze Overnight. With a motto of "Play Outdoors...Risk Free," the MOC strives to introduce students to their otherwise seemingly inaccessible backyard.
The Destination Imagination teams have earned state and global awards for overall excellence. In the past ten years, the Mascoma Destination Imagination teams have competed at the global level seven times. In 2007, the Senior team placed 4th in the entire world, and 5th place in the entire world in 2015.
Mascoma has a very comprehensive athletics program at the class M level, with players competing on both the varsity and junior varsity teams in baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, and cross country running. The girls basketball team holds more state titles than any other class M girls basketball team in New Hampshire. Mascoma sports fans are famous for their enthusiasm and exceptional school spirit, earning the name of “Rowdy Royals.” In the year of 2012 the Mascoma varsity boys football team were state runners-up.
The Mascoma chapter of the National Honor Society consists of juniors and seniors who not only achieve high academic marks but also serve in their community and are responsible and helpful. They are then inducted by a faculty member who selects them and speaks on that student's behalf. This traditional selection process is kept a secret until the induction night.
The Mascoma Concert Band has grown to large numbers in recent years, now consisting of approximately 80 members. The band has been on numerous trips to showcase and further develop their abilities. In 2005 they performed at the presidential inauguration in Washington DC in 2008.They traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia in 2014 to play in the Heritage Music Festival and compete against other bands there. The Band, Guitar Ensemble and Chorus also brought back the biggest trophy the festival had. In 2011, they traveled down to Orlando, Florida to the Heritage Music Festival once more. The Band won silver first, the Guitar Ensemble won gold first, and the Chorus won gold second. They also brought back the biggest trophy the festival had for the second time, and are planning on doing the same within the next few years.