Quincy High School (Massachusetts)

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Quincy High School
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100 Coddington Street
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
United States
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Type Public
Established 1924
School district Quincy Public Schools
Principal Lawrence Tagiieri
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,519 as of 2015
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and White         
Nickname Presidents

Quincy High School (QHS) is a public secondary school located on Coddington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. It doubles as one of two high schools in the city of Quincy and as the vocational center. Quincy's mascot is known as the 'Presidents' and their school colors are Blue & White.


Quincy High School was founded in the mid-nineteenth century about a half-mile down Hancock Street (marked by the current High School Street) and moved to Coddington Street in 1924. North Quincy High School was established at a separate location in 1926.

Construction of the new high school building was completed in 2010. The old school was vacant until 2013 when the city received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Historical Sites to demolish the old school.

There are four wings with three floors for the B, C and D wing and four floors in the A wing. The C-Wing is known as the Foreign Language wing on the third floor. The D-Wing on the third floor is the 'Freshman Wing". The entire A-Wing is the Math, Science and Technology room. QHS offers freshmen a program called Freshman Seminar which allows freshmen to observe and do activities with a major for the upcoming years. The program is around 2–6 weeks rotating turns with different majors from different fields, "Business" to "Technology". Since the school was opened, over 450 new freshmen arrived at the new school, when there was around 1,300 students in 2009-2010.


Main entrance in 2011

Quincy's academic program consists of normal academic classes as well as a vocational program.

Academic classes

Academic classes are offered in standard, honors, advanced, and some AP level. They include:

  • English
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, and Latin)
  • The Heritage Program
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • English Language Learners Program for Student Immigrants.

Career and trade

Career electives are offered in subjects such as:

  • Acting
  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Graphic Arts
  • Business Tech
  • Health and Human Services
  • Metals
  • Plumbing
  • Protective Services
  • Broadcasting Technology [Channel 22]
  • Computer Skills


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The now-demolished 1924 building of Quincy High School; the new school is to the right of the photo, in the place of the now-demolished Vocational Center depicted.

Quincy is part of the Patriot League, and previously competed in the Atlantic Coast and Old Colony Leagues.

Its rival is North Quincy High School, which faces Quincy High in the annual Thanksgiving football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Despite the rivalry, Quincy High's track, crew, girls' hockey, swimming, rugby, sailing teams, and school band are joined with North's.

Community Service

In 2013, Quincy Public School had launched a pilot for 11th and 12th graders participate in a graduation requirement for 20 hours of community service done before graduation. In June 2014, they announced that Community Service is now a graduation requirement for all Quincy and North Quincy High School Students. As of 2014, Freshman must complete 40 hours of community service by graduation, Sophomores, 30 hours, Juniors, 20 and Seniors 10 hours.

Notable alumni


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