Brookline High School is a four-year public high school in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts. Many notable alumni, including popular television host Conan O'Brien, have graduated from the school.
As of the 2011-12 school year, 1,804 students were enrolled in the high school, served by 150 teachers (on an FTE basis). The student to teacher ratio was about 11.6 to 1. The students represent 76 nations and speak 31 different languages.
Brookline High School is a distinguished center for learning. It has received the Gold Medal for Best High Schools from U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Boston Magazine has ranked BHS as one of the best high schools in Massachusetts for consecutive years. In the fall of 2008, Boston Magazine ranked Brookline High number one in the state in academic performance.
The High School is characterized by student accomplishments across a broad spectrum of endeavors, in and beyond the classroom. In 2009, Rebecca Onie, BHS Class of 1994, was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant for her work in health care. In January, 2008, two graduates of the BHS Class of 2004 — Clara Blattler and Nadine Levin— were named Rhodes Scholars, two of 32 in the nation.
The high school regularly sends students to top universities. In 2012, as many as 20% of the graduating class matriculated to Top 35 universities and colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report. Brookline High School has also fostered close relationships with nearby universities, including Boston University.
In November, 2009, 42% of the senior class – the Class of 2010 — was inducted into the National Honor Society, the second highest percentage in the history of our school. Fourteen percent of the students in the senior class were named National Merit Semi-Finalists or Commended Students in this national competition.
The high school frequently sets precedents with its innovative initiatives, including School Within A School (SWS), widespread integration of METCO, and an extensive ELL program as well as a foreign exchange program with China.
All students at Brookline High School must complete three credits worth of electives, with the intent of fostering student creativity. The drama department is especially omnipresent, regularly holding plays, musicals, and other events in the auditorium. A newly opened film program, facilitated through Brookline Access Television (BATV), enables students to produce their own films with state-of-the-art technology.
Brookline High School features the largest interscholastic athletics program in New England.
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