Headmaster's Message

August  2019 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”--Mary Oliver

Dear Students and Families of The English High School, 
Welcome to the start of the 2019-20 school year! We are very excited to reconnect with our returning students and welcome our new students into the English High School family for what we hope will be one of the best years in our almost 200 year history. 

There is a lot to be excited about this year at EHS. We have expanded our Arts programming, welcoming both a full time Dance teacher and a full time Studio Arts teacher. We are piloting a new Hip Hop Music production course where students will learn to create their own music and will be trained on the latest DJing software. Our Marching Band and Drumline continue to shine and we look forward to the first Showcases and Talent Shows of year! 

PIE Period continues this year with some exciting enrichment and club opportunities for students. We also continue to offer semesterised courses,  allowing students to have more choice in the courses that they take, while also allowing us to make sure that teachers are able to provide students with the supports and challenges that they need. 

Our CVTE Pathways Programs continue to grow with offerings in Business Technology, Computer Programming and Web Design, Health Assisting, Protective Services, and Design and Visual Communications. These five programs are preparing our students to be college and career ready upon graduation from English High School. Pathways students participate in internships and our Health Assisting students get hands on experiences through a clinical rotation in a local nursing home and through a partnership with Harvard Medical School. 

Our athletic teams are prepared to try for a repeat of last year’s success with City Championships in Football and Volleyball, and a trip to the state tournament for baseball and basketball. 

We are deeply committed to our roots as the nation’s first public high school, serving all students in the City of Boston and helping each student who enters our doors to become an intellectual, a passionate debater, a driven and motivated citizen of the world, and an empathetic friend. What will you do with your one life? We will help you find the answers.
We look forward to a great year ahead! 

Caitlin Murphy,