Shepherd hill regional high school

Shepherd Hill Regional High School
Dudley, Massachusetts, 01571
Established 1973
Principal Mary Pierangeli
Color(s) Maroon, Gold, and White               
Mascot Ram
Average SAT scores 502 verbal
518 math
501 writing (2010)[1]

Coordinates: 42°3′13″N 71°55′9″W / 42.05361°N 71.91917°W / 42.05361; -71.91917 Shepherd Hill Regional High School is located in Dudley, Massachusetts, USA. It is a regional high school covering the towns of Dudley and Charlton. The school is part of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District. The principal is Mary A. Pierangeli. Shepherd Hill has over 1200 students.


Shepherd Hill was established in 1973. The school formerly included grades 7-12, but in 2000 Dudley and Charlton opened separate middle schools and the school is now restricted to grades 9-12. Webster kids also attend the school.


The school's athletic teams are the Rams and the colors are maroon, gold, and white.            

Shepherd Hill belongs to the Southern Worcester County League (Central).

The school sponsors many athletic teams, including boys and girls track, cross-country, cheerleading, soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, football, field hockey, wrestling, golf, and boys lacrosse. There are typically varsity and junior varsity teams for each sport and, on occasion, a team for only freshmen as well. The school's sports teams have generally met with success in recent years. The girl's basketball team had the biggest amount of success in 2009 from becoming state finalist in Massachusetts and in 2010 from becoming district champions in Central Massachusetts.

Recent Division 1 College Athletes:

Courtney Kaminski - Quinnipiac University (Women's Basketball)[2]

Jeff Hay - Brown University (Men's Soccer)[3]

Chelsea McGorry - Bucknell University (Women's Soccer)[4]

Deanna Julian - University of Massachusetts Amherst (Women's Track and Field)[5]

Ray McGorry - University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Men's Swimming)[6]

Chris Carter - Providence College (Men's Basketball)[7]

Caitlin Burke - Lafayette College (Women's Field Hockey)[8]

Elizabeth Foley - College of the Holy Cross (Women's Softball)

Angela Prout - Wagner College (Women's Basketball)

Adriana Sodano - Sacred Heart University (Women's Swimming)[9]

Lauren Hall - Brown University (Women's Gymnastics)[10]

Ali Tyburski - American University (Women's XC)[11] (Women's Track and Field)[12]

Other activities

Other activities include Environmental Committee, Show Choir, Band, Student Council, and Junior Booster Club. The school has a very distinguished music department which offers both co-curricular and extra curricular choral and band activities. There is also an active chapter of the National Honor Society at Shepherd Hill.

Music Activities

Shepherd Hill features both vocal and instrumental ensembles. In regards to the vocal ensembles, Concert Choir, Show Choir, Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, and Madrigirls are available to students that wish to join. For the Show Choirs, Shepherd Hill features one that is an integrated boy/girl choir named Fantasy and an all-girl choir named Illusion. Concert Choir and Women's Choir are the only vocal ensembles that do not require an audition. Both Show Choirs, Chamber Singers, and Madrigirls require an audition process to join. Each vocal ensemble is run by director Connie Galli. [13]

The Show Choirs, Fantasy and Illusion, are the most active vocal ensembles at Shepherd Hill. They compete at multiple events and high schools against some of the top show choirs in the area during the academic year including Lowell, Somerset, and Waltham. The Show Choirs also perform the same material throughout the entire year. The other ensembles change their material in relationship to the season. For example, the concert choir will learn Christmas music during the months of November and December. At the end of each year, each choir performs at a final concert called "The Pop Concert". It is usually a farewell concert to the graduating class and features the seniors as solo performers during each of the songs.

Aside from the vocal ensembles, the instrumental ensembles include Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pit Band, Winter Guard, and Winter Percussion. Pit Band is the only ensemble that performs with any of the vocal ensembles. Specifically, they perform together with the Show Choirs. The pit band usually includes Piano I and II, Guitar, Bass, and Drums. In 2007, the pit band even featured Scott Ciprari from SJC Custom Drums.

The Jazz Band performs at multiple events throughout the school year. The Shepherd Hill Jazz Band usually features a large brass section including, Alto and Tenor Saxophones, Trombone, and Trumpet, with Electric Guitar, Upright Bass, and Drums.

Similar to the vocal ensembles, The Winter Percussion, Marching Band, and Winter Guard perform at various events during the year. The Marching Band usually also performs at half-time shows during football season at home games.

The Shepherd Hill Music department also offers Guitar and Piano beginner classes as well as a Music Theory class. The Music Theory class is particularly useful to students that wish to continue their education in music at a college or university after high school. In the Music Theory class, students learn how to identify intervals of notes, harmony, and modes.


On 18 January 1999 the school was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of ninety-six 'Outstanding American high schools' and the school was congratulated in the Senate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[14]


External links

  • Official site

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