New Bedford High School

New Bedford High School
New Bedford High School
230 Hathaway Blvd.
New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
Type Public
Established 1972
Headmaster Andrew Kulak
Staff 199[1]
Number of students 3,107[1]
Nickname Whalers
Rivals Durfee (Fall River, MA); Brockton (Brockton, MA); Taunton (Taunton, MA)

New Bedford High School (NBHS) is a public high school located at 230 Hathaway Boulevard in the West End of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The school has approximately 3,200 students, and is one of the largest schools in the state. New Bedford is also one of the largest high schools in the country, being ranked in the Top 200 high schools in the country based on enrollment.


Extracurricular activities

2007 baseball

The school's athletic teams are named the Whalers, in honor of the city's whaling history. The New Bedford High School teams wear red and white, and compete in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's Division I.


The boys basketball program at New Bedford High School has long been one of the most successful in the state. Ed Rodrigues coached the varsity team for 27 years (1980–2007). During his tenure as head coach, the Whalers were one of the state's top-performing teams year after year and made numerous appearances in the state tournament, winning back-to-back Division I State titles in 1993 and 94. His teams also won two additional Eastern Massachusetts Finals and two additional South Sectional titles. There were only two losing seasons in his career.[2] On February 21, 2007, Rodrigues coached his final game at New Bedford High School. The Whalers lost to the visiting St. Raphael Academy Saints of Pawtucket, Rhode Island 69-66. Rodrigues ended his tenure at the school with a career record of 435-157.[3] He continues to be a teacher at the school, is still heavily involved with the basketball program and the entire athletic department, and is currently an assistant men's basketball coach at UMass Dartmouth. In 2009, New Bedford High School's basketball court was officially dedicated in Rodrigues' name.[4]

Long-time boys assistant/junior varsity coach Tom Tarpey took over as head coach at the start of the 2007-08 season.[5] In his first season, the Whalers went 11-9 in the regular season and made the state tournament. They lost in the first round of the Division I South Sectional on the road to the Framingham Flyers 69-62.[6] The following season (2008–09), the boys finished with a record of 8-12 and did not qualify for the tournament.[7] They also did not qualify in 2009-10 with a 7-13 record.[8] With the experience of the underclassmen, plus the brief addition of a highly-touted prospect transferred from Division III State champions the Wareham Vikings, a huge turnaround occurred in the 2010-11 season. The Whalers returned to prominence and finished the regular season with a record of 16-3,[9] earning the 3rd seed in the Division I South Sectional tournament. They lost in the sectional semifinals to the Newton North Tigers 67-44.[10]

In the 2007-08 school year, the girls' basketball team captured the Division I South Sectional title by defeating the Sandwich High Blue Knights 65-62 at UMass Boston,[11] giving them the opportunity to compete in the Eastern Massachusetts Finals at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston; they lost to the Division I North champion Andover High Golden Warriors 66-34.[12] Head coach Mickey Gonsalves was named Division 1 Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe.[13] In the 2010-11 season, the Lady Whalers completed an undefeated regular season at 20-0 when they defeated the visiting Barnstable Red Raiders 63-44.[14] They earned the top seed in the Division I South Sectional tournament and won their second South Sectional title by defeating the Mansfield Hornets 47-46 at the now TD Garden.[15] The Lady Whalers lost in the Eastern Mass Finals to North Sectional champion Andover 54-46, also at the Garden.[16]

  • Boys Basketball D-I State Champions - 1993, 1994


In the 2009-10 school year, the girls' volleyball team completed an undefeated season (23-0), culminating in the state championship for Division I.[17] Junior outside hitter Maura Manley led the state with 408 kills on the season and received numerous honors, including a nomination for the Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts and a MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week nod.[18] At the end of the season, the team was the number 1 team in the state and 48th in the nation according to and was ranked 50th on the site's "final Xcellent 50 High School Girls Volleyball National Rankings".[19][20] 26-year head coach Neil Macedo was inducted into the 2009 Massachusetts Girls Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.[21] Only one senior, Kiana Raposo, was featured on this squad. The following year's team was heavily favored to repeat as state champions but were defeated in the Division I South Sectional final by rejuvenated 13-time Division 1 state champion powerhouse and archrival Barnstable High School.[22] Dartmouth College-bound Maura Manley was named Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year for the 2010-11 school year.[23]

  • Girls Volleyball D-I State Champions - 1994, 2009
  • Boys Volleyball D-I State Champions - 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999


The school's baseball team won 3 State Championships in the 1990s. In 1858 New Bedford High School fielded a team making them the first high school or secondary school in the country to do so.


The school has an award-winning marching band, winning several regional and state championships. On January 20, 1997, the marching band had the honor of performing in the inaugural parade during the second inauguration of Bill Clinton in Washington. The school fight song, On, New Bedford!, is sung to the tune of On, Wisconsin!, which is primarily performed during football games and the annual pep rally.


In 2010-11 school year, the football team upset football powerhouse Brockton High School 23-21,[24] followed by a 21-7 Thanksgiving Day victory over Durfee,[25] to earn its first Big Three Conference title since 1999 and earn a spot in the Division I Eastern Massachusetts Playoffs for the first time since 2001. They lost in the semifinals to the St. John's Prep by a score of 35-7.[26] Head coach Dennis Golden was named New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week following the victory over Brockton.[27] Traditionally, New Bedford High School has had an intense rivalry with Fall River's B.M.C. Durfee High School, with their Thanksgiving Day match-up, as the highlight of the season.

  • Football D-I A Eastern Mass Champions - 1993, 1994
  • Football D-I Eastern Mass Finalists - 1995, 1997, 1999
  • Football D-III Eastern Mass Finalists - 1985


In 2010, the Whalers' boys soccer team played against powerhouse the Ludlow Lions in the Division I State final, their first since 1978. They lost to Ludlow by a score of 4-1.[28] Head coach John Macaroco was named a Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe.[29]

  • Boys Soccer D-I State Champions - 1971
  • Boys Soccer D-I State Finalists - 1978, 2010

Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps

New Bedford High School is also home of the Whaler JROTC. New Bedford's JROTC program is notable for being the longest in continuous operation since inception.[30] The Army JROTC at New Bedford has received many awards[citation needed].

Show Choir & Drama Club

New Bedford High School also has a mixed show choir "Pure Energy." They have won many awards, the most recent being the 2009 Grand Champions at the New England Show Choir Classic. The group varies between 40 and 50 members. The school is also the home of another show choir "Charisma". This group is made up of only females and consists of about 30 members. They have recently won Copper Trophy award at the New England Show Choir Classic and in the past have won Grand Champion in their division. A majority of the choir members also participate in the school's award-winning drama club.

Notable alumni


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