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Wakefield Memorial High School is a public high school located in Wakefield, Massachusetts that offers a broad range of Advanced Placement Program courses. Elinor Freedman became the principal of WHS in 2005.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,004 students and 81.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 12.3.[1]


Fall Sports: Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Swimming (Girls), Golf (Boys) and Field Hockey (Girls).

Winter Sports: Indoor Track, Basketball, Hockey, Swimming (Northeast Vocational), Wrestling

Spring Sports: Outdoor Track, Baseball, Lacrosse, Boys and Girls Tennis, Softball

Under Head Coach Mike Boyages, the football team has achieved an overall record of 79-25-3 in his ten years leading the team since 1997. The team has won the Middlesex League Championship three times under Boyages, in 1997, 1999 and 2001, making it to the Division II "Super Bowl" State Championships each of those years. In 1999, the team earned its first Super Bowl Championship, with a 13-7 win over Acton-Boxboro High School.[2][3]

In 1997, both the boys' and girls' basketball teams from Wakefield High School won Division II state championships, and the boys soccer team won the state title that same year, defeating Lincoln-Sudbury High School to win the state championship.[4][5]

In 2007, Wrestling captain Chris Tarr joined the 100 win club.

In 2008, the Boy's Hockey, Girl's Hockey, and Boy's Basketball teams advanced to the third round of the MIAA playoffs. All three teams were eventually eliminated.

Marching Band

The Warrior Marching Band has had much success in MICCA competitions over the years. The most recent gold medal came in 2003 for their performance of "Phantom Of The Opera." Wakefield hosts its own MICCA competition every October at Landrigan Field. The Warrior Marching Band is the last band to perform. Their most recent show "¡Los Sonidos Latínos!" features the songs "El Toro Caliente" and "Malegueña". The new director and Music Program Facilitator for Wakefield Schools is Mr. Thomas Bankert.


The racial makeup of Wakefield High School is: 96% White, 2% Black, and 2% Hispanic with less than 1% Asian/American Indian.[6]

Wakefield High School participates in the METCO program, a grant program funded by the Commonwealth intended to reduce racial imbalance. Students from the inner-city are given the opportunity to attend Wakefield High School.

Notable alumni


  1. Manville High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed January 11, 2008.
  2. Valachovic, Adam. "Kicking Off the Holiday Gridiron Course Comes Before Turkey as Local Football Foes Continue Tradition", The Boston Globe, November 24, 2002. pg. 13. "Melrose at Wakefield: Last week may have been the most emotional at Wakefield Memorial High School since the Super Bowl win of 1999. Facing an undefeated Woburn team looking to win the Middlesex League championship, Wakefield went out and dominated the Tanners defensively to seal a 10-3 win."
  3. Mike Boyages profile, Wakefield High School. Accessed June 21, 2007.
  4. "Margaret O'Leary Named Unsung Hero", The Boston Globe, February 13, 2000. "Wakefield has had tremendous success in recent years. In 1997, the boys' and girls' basketball teams and The boys' soccer team all won state titles."
  5. MIAA 1997 Boys' Soccer Tournament, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, updated November 12, 1997.
  6. Statistical data for Wakefield High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 21, 2007.
  7. State Senator Scott P. Brown, Massachusetts General Court. Accessed June 21, 2001.
  8. Mittan, J. Barry. "Kerrigan Influences Carriere's Career", SkateToday, December 17, 2005. Accessed June 21, 2007. "Carriere is a junior at Wakefield High School, where he takes a full academic load. He made the academic honor roll for his first two years at the public school."
  9. 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Figure Skating. Accessed June 21, 2007.

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