Tewksbury Memorial High School
|Tewksbury Memorial High School|
Tewksbury Memorial High School
320 Pleasant Street
|Motto||TMHS is nothing less than the best!|
|School district||Tewksbury Public Schools|
|Faculty||68.3 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.7|
|Color(s)||Scarlet Red, White, and Royal Blue|
|Slogan||Make it a Great Day or Not. The Choice is Yours.|
|Athletics conference||Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC)|
|Rival||Wilmington High School (Wilmington, Massachusetts)|
Tewksbury Memorial High School is a suburban public high school located at 320 Pleasant Street in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, USA. Serving grades 9-12, it is the only public high school in the town. Its total enrollment for the 2005-2006 school year was 1,206.
The Redmen are a member of the Merrimack Valley Conference. The MIAA classifies them as a Division 2 school for most sports. Significant rivals include conference foes Andover, Billerica, Central Catholic, and Chelmsford. Their biggest rival is neighboring Wilmington of the Middlesex League, whom the football team plays every Thanksgiving.
In 2013, the football team went undefeated at 13-0 and won the Division 3 State Championship, defeating Plymouth South by a score of 42-14.
Other than their football team, TMHS's boys' soccer team, field hockey team, track, and XC team has seen recent success.
- Football State Champions - 1985, 1996, 2013
- Football State Finalists - 1981, 1990, 1995, 2011
Academic Decathlon – This team is organized to develop and provide academic competitions with students from other schools to promote learning and academic excellence among students of all achievement levels.
Band – These are groups of students who perform throughout the year using their musical talents in Concert and Marching Band.
Class Council – This is made up of students elected to positions of both officers and representatives. They organize fundraisers and activities that benefit the students' senior year.
Chorus - These are talented group of students who perform throughout the year
DECA – Marketing students can participate in applications of real-life business situations at district, state, and national conferences.
Drama Club – Students can express their dramatic talents in stage productions throughout the year. Renamed to TMHS Theatre Company in 2014.
ECHO– Students can participate in cultural events as well as perform charitable and community service as members of this.
International Club - Students hold fundraisers (car washes, dances, etc.) to help defray the costs of trips to foreign countries (France, Canada, and Spain). Each year, members participate in a field trip to experience French and Spanish culture in a local atmosphere.
Junior Classical League – This is a club for high school students who study Latin. They participate in state and national conferences and competitions.
Literary Magazine – The Realm – This club showcases the talents of TMHS' aspiring artists and writers.
Math Team – This club provides an opportunity for students to compete with other schools in academically challenging mathematical contests.
Mock Trial Team – Students engage in simulated trials of law, civic or criminal, against other teams statewide.
National Honor Society (NHS) – This is an organization that recognizes and encourages academic achievement, while developing other characteristics of leadership, service, and character. Membership is by invitation and approval.
Newspaper – The Press – This is published at least four times during the year. It reports on events and happenings at TMHS.
Peer Leadership – This is an organization that is dedicated to enhancing the general school climate. Part of their work involves peer mediation and violence prevention programs
Renaissance Program – This program whose goals are to enhance the academic environment and promote effort, honesty, and tolerance. Students fulfilling the necessary criteria benefit from rewards such as exam exemptions and business discounts.
Robotics Club – With the help of engineer mentors from local firms, students design, build and compete a robot in the First Robotics Competition.
Student Council – This group of students organizes and conducts leadership, spirit, community and charity service activities at TMHS and in the community. Hosts and participates in regional and statewide conferences.
GSA – Support Group for Gender/Sexuality Alliance.
Yearbook – Scroll – It's a year of TMHS put on paper to be remembered always. Underclassmen are needed for some sections.
Accreditation and Current Status
Due to the school being placed on warning status, the town voted to build a new high school next to the old one. The school cost $65 million, a majority funding athletic facilities, and opened in August 2012. The gymnasium seats 1,225 fans, featuring one main basketball court and three intermediate courts that can be separated for tournament or recreational league use. The gym is used for all future TMHS graduations, despite the adequately sized and redundant football field just outside. The auditorium/theater features seating for 690 and the stage has a spacious backstage area for work on theatrical productions. Some of the more distinguishing characteristics of the complex include "airport style" restrooms for students, shared "prep" areas behind science and art classrooms, a TV studio untouched until 2014, and two large rooms that can accommodate three or four classes meeting together. The entire complex features copious amounts of glass for maximum natural lighting. This ties in with numerous "green" features that add to the energy efficiency of the school and guarantee an additional two percent reimbursement from the state. Freshman Orientation was on August 27, 2012, and the first official day of school in the new building was on August 28, 2012. As of September 2012, the new high school was finally complete, though the exterior features including the parking lot and track and field were delayed for a while longer. Demolition for the old high school began in mid-August 2012 and finished well into 2013.