"On behalf of the entire East Boston High School family, I welcome you to our school. We strive to provide the best academic experience for all students, and consider parents, family and community members as partners in this venture. All of us at East Boston High want to see our students succeed, both in and out of the classroom, and to be outstanding people as they go onto higher education or other career opportunities.
It is my hope that you find this website an easy to use, informative tool to help us in the home-school-community partnership. As you read the pages, and see our program offerings, please know that your teenager is in good hands at East Boston High. I invite you to come to our school and see what we do in person, whether your family is new to the community and is looking for a great place to go to school, or if you are already a member of one the finest high schools in the City of Boston."
East Boston High School is an urban, multicultural community of teachers, support staff and learners. Our mission is to achieve excellence in the academic, personal and professional success of each learner in our diverse student community. Our commitment to excellence nurtures student development and character, ensures that each student will be a life-long learner and above all, “every student will be provided a safe and respectful learning environment.” East Boston High School provides a setting that values student skills and potential, cultivates community partnerships, and encourages family involvement. Our philosophy of "Class, Pride & Tradition" drives our rigorous academic, social, and civic expectations in which we strive to instill self-motivation, cultural consciousness, and world citizenship in all of our students.
``Class, pride and tradition are the wings on which we’ll fly;
Hail to thee our alma mater, hail East Boston High.”
EBHS School Hymn
- Petitions by the citizens of East Boston to establish a high school was presented to members of the School Committee at the meetings of March 25, 1875 and February 27, 1877. The first petition and chapter XXII of the regulations of East Boston (July 13, 1875) asked to furnish the boys and girls who have completed the course of study prescribed by the grammar schools with the opportunity of pursuing more advanced studies.
- East Boston High School was organized in 1878 as a branch of The English and Girls’ High Schools. It occupied two rooms in the old Lyman School Building, which stood on the corner of Paris and Meridian Streets. Mr. J. O. Norris was the Acting Principal. The registration the first year was 55 pupils.
- East Boston High School was established as a separated school, Mr. Norris as Principal. There were two assistants, Miss Becker and Miss Tucker. The school occupied two rooms in the old Lyman School building, and one room in Sumner Hall, on Elbow Street. The first class to graduate was the class of 1881, ten boys and fifteen girls, having completed the required three-year course. An annex to the old Lyman School building, providing six additional classrooms, was constructed in 1882. The first class to graduate from a four-year course was the class of 1897, four girls. Pupils continued, however, to graduate from the three-year course until 1909. Charles J. Lincoln was appointed Master in 1882. John F. Eliot was appointed Headmaster in 1889.
- The Marion Street building was occupied in the spring 1901, the school having a registration of approximately 350 pupils. The building was dedicated November 21, 1901, at a cost of $275,000. It was one of the finest school buildings of its day. The class of 1901 was the first class to graduate from the building, thirty-four girls and twenty-one boys. John F. Eliot retired as Headmaster in 1920 and Bertram C. Richardson succeeded him. Double sessions of school became necessary in 1922 on account of crowded conditions with approximately 1300 pupils in attendance.
- The new building on the old reservoir lot of Eagle Hill, corner of White and Brooks Streets was built by Architects from the John M. Gray Company and occupied in September of 1926, and dedicated in November 17, 1926. The cost was estimated at $1,500,000.
- On June 16, 1999, the School Committee approved the recommendation of the East Boston High School Site Council to name the Library/Media Center "The Anna L. Fisher Library" and the new gymnasium "The J. Joseph Vennochi Gymnasium." In August 2000 a twenty-six million-construction project approved by the School Committee in 1997 was completed by architects Cole and Goyette from Boston. This renovation of the 1926 building included new engineering systems, technology network, accessibility and site improvements. Changes in the educational program and building codes resulted in a need for extensive space planning and renovation to this school building for 1,200 students. New travel and tourism, visual and communication arts, and a music/dance room were created within the existing building, as well as a library/media center, science laboratories, and cafeteria. The addition provided a new gymnasium with bleachers, offices, locker rooms with showers, faculty dining area, and a school kitchen. All of these facilities, together with the technology upgrade, make EBHS a modern state-of-the-art educational facility.
EBHS student are divided into one of the following houses (small learning communities). A Small Learning Community (SLC), also referred to as a School-Within-A-School, is a form of school structure that is increasingly common in secondary schools to subdivide large school populations into smaller autonomous groups of students and teachers. The primary purpose of restructuring secondary schools into SLCs is to create a more personalized learning environment to better meet the needs of students. Each community will often share the same teachers and student members from grade to grade. EBHS is divided into four houses JET&S. Each house has its own Administrative staff.
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1st Row: Picture of Houses from left to right - JETS
2nd Row: House Assistants
|J House||T House|
|House Dean: Charles Cauley, Ext. 30307||House Dean: Tom Hopkins, Ext. 30308|
|Staff Assistant: Carmen Pittella, Ext. 30327||Staff Assistant: Ryan Conway, Ext. 30341|
|Guidance: Claudia Rodriguez, Ext. 30318||Guidance: Teni Patterson, Ext. 30337|
|Admin. Asst: Antionet Pendola, Ext. 30340||Admin. Asst: Vanessa Bigby, Ext. 30324|
|E House||S House|
|House Dean: Diana Santiago, Ext. 30309||House Dean: Michael Smith, Ext. 30310|
|Staff Assistant: William Talbot, Ext. 30333||Staff Assistant: Anthony Albano, Ext. 30323|
|Guidance: Jacqueline Seda, Ext. 30343||Guidance: Jo-Anne Themo, Ext. 30348|
|Admin. Asst: Antoinet Pendola, Ext. 30340||Admin. Asst: Vanessa Bigby, Ext. 30324|