|Walpole High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Walpole Public Schools|
|Principal||Stephen Imbusch |
|Website||Walpole High School|
Walpole High School is a public high school in Walpole, Massachusetts, educating grades 9 through 12. It is a part of Walpole Public Schools. The high school is mainly focused on college preparatory subjects, with over 90 percent of its graduates typically going on to higher education and is accredited is by the New England Association of Secondary Schools. Walpole High School offers a large array of extra curricular activities including varsity level sports, a student council, a robotics team, a film program, a dance company, a best buddies program, a speech team, T.V. broadcasting, during and after school orchestra, band and singing programs and an after school theatre program.
As of 2013, the school has about 1,300 students and over 90 faculty and staff members. WHS was founded in 1870; the current building was originally built in 1907 and underwent a major renovation/addition in 2000-2002 thereby adding many new classrooms, labs, a new library and cafeteria as well as a general modernization of the interior. The campus is located one mile from downtown Walpole on Common Street.
Jean Kenney, the assistant superintendent, stated in 2015 that almost every student takes at least two years of foreign language instruction even though the high school only requires one year. As of 2015 foreign languages offered include Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. As of 2015 about 600 students study Spanish, about 150 study French, about 100 study Latin, about 45 students study German, and about 30 study Chinese. Kenney stated in 2015 that many students take at least two foreign languages. The former chairperson of foreign languages, George Watson, promoted establishing German classes, saying that there was a need to offer a foreign language not in the Romance languages. As of 2015 few other schools in Massachusetts offer German.
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