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North High School (Worcester, Massachusetts)

North High School[2]
The New North High School 2013-11-16 00-36.jpg
140 Harrington Way
Worcester, Massachusetts 01604

Open enrollment[1]
Establishedc. 1972
School districtWorcester Public Schools
CEEB code222505
PrincipalLisa Houlihan
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment1307 (2016-17[3])
Color(s)Orange and Black         
SloganT.E.A.M Together Everyone Achieves More
Team namePolar Bears

North High School (or Worcester North) is a public four-year high school and one of five public high schools in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The original North High was located on Harrington Way and was built in 1972 as a junior high school. It became North High in 1980 when the old North High on Salisbury Street was closed, sold to a private developer and subsequently turned into condos. There are approximately 1,300 students that attend North, which boasts a diverse student body. Non-Hispanic Whites make up 11 percent of the student body while Hispanics make up 34 percent. African-Americans comprise 47 percent and Asians make up 8 percent.

The mascot of North High is a polar bear and the school colors are black and orange.          

Rivals of North High School are South High Community School, Doherty Memorial High School and Burncoat High School. North High School offers a variety of extra-curricular activities such as clubs and sports. It is also most noted for their boys basketball team, which won the district title in 2005.

North High's building was considered old and run down. The new building was ready for use in 2011 and is approximately 225,000 square feet (20,900 m2). The Worcester City Council gave the go-ahead to a new North High in 2000, when the cost was estimated at $5 million. But the project was slow to get off the ground while on the waiting list for a construction grant, while the State Department of Education and the State Treasurer reorganized the School Building Assistance Program. The ten year delay and rising construction costs pushed the price tag of the new school to $8 million.

The new building was ready for use in the 2011–2012 school year.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Education, the approximate demographic profile of North High School is as follows in the 2016-2017 school year:[4]

  • Hispanic - 34%
  • White - 11%
  • African American - 47%
  • Asian - 8%


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  2. ^ "North High School". Worcester Public Schools. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  3. ^ Massachusetts Department of Education enrollment data for North High
  4. ^ "North High (03480520) Enrollment Data". []. MDESE. Retrieved 18 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)