East Boston High School is committed to providing relevant and educational extra curricular activities for all students. It is our belief that extra curricular activities are an integral part of the educational process and experience. Students should have opportunities to participate and compete as appropriate to their interest and skills.
Participation in extra curricular activities is a way for our students to grow, learn and enjoy themselves. Extra curricular activities develop personal, physical and intellectual skills. East Boston High School offers a wide variety of supervised activities through specialized clubs, fine arts programs, athletics and school organized activities. EBHS devotes one afternoon each month for our students to participate in self directed personal enrichment pursuits.
The EBHS Debate Team faces off against 12 other high schools in the intensely competitive Boston Debate League. Debaters will also have the opportunity to compete in regional and national tournaments, including the Harvard National Invitational Forensics Tournament. Beginners are welcome to join the team at any time during the season (October through March).
For more information, please see
Mr. Morse in room 311
Mrs. Bond (Ms. Owens) in room 355
Mr. Smith in room 255
or visit http://www.bostondebate.org/
The East Boston High School Gay Straight Alliance strives to assure that each member off our school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. The GSA seeks to develop a school climate where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or position, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in our school.
We are always looking for allies as well, starting with ALLy Week, continuing with No Name Calling Week and finally with the Day of Silence, all national events to promote our philosophy. We refer to Allies as people who do not identify as LGBT students, but support this community by standing against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face in school. While straight allies are an integral part of safe, healthy and respectful schools, Ally Week engages a broad base of allies who support ending anti-LGBT bias in school. For more info contact Ms O'Brien
The United States Army's Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or JROTC, is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. Its focus is reflected in its mission statement, “To motivate young people to be better citizens."
The JROTC program at EBHS prepares our students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.
JROTC is a cost-free elective class and students do not incur any military obligation by taking JROTC. JROTC students are eligible for a wide variety of college scholarship opportunities, as well as advanced placement, should a student elect a career in the armed forces. For more information on ROTC@EBHS contact Col. Gerald Wellman.
Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with the opportunity to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. Our East Boston High chapter is very active - providing over 2000 hours of service to the community each year! Check us out at www.EBHSKeyClub.com or contact Ms. Reid
The objectives of the music program include fostering teamwork, leadership, performance presence, and collaboration among students in music ensembles and in music courses. The emphasis in the music program is placed on the performance as a final product. The EBHS Chorus, open to all students by audition, allows students to develop a correct vocal technique and good musicianship within a quality vocal ensemble.
The Music Dept. also offers an elective interdisciplinary semester course: [Chorus / Music Technology 839.] This for credit course offers students a grounding in the basic music principles of theory, sight singing, musical analysis, electronic score creation, MIDI sequencing, synthesizers and music software programs. Students in this course spend two days a week at a professional music production facility [ZUMIX] for hands on individual instruction. For more information contact music@ebhs Mr. Corcoran - Program Director
The objectives of National Honor Society are to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, demonstrate a superior quality of character and to promote leadership. Each year sophomores and juniors who have a grade point average of a 3.5 or greater are invited to apply for admission into National Honor Society. Each student must submit an application, obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at East Boston High School, write an essay explaining what the qualities of National Honor Society mean to them and how they best exemplify the qualities of character, leadership, service and scholarship. They must complete 10 hours of community service and During the senior year National Honor Society members participate in community service activities. Each student needs to complete 100 hours of service by the end of the year. Various fundraisers are run to raise money for scholarships and attendance is mandatory. Each year 3-5 students receive a National Honor Society Scholarship. For further info contact Ms Puopolo
The East Boston High School Drama Club brings together students who share a passion for theater and performing arts. The mission of the EBHS Drama Club is to provide students with an expanding number of opportunities to learn and develop in all areas of the Theatre Arts.
For students interested in performance, the Drama Club produces two main stage productions and a state competition piece yearly. For students interested in the technical aspects of theatre, the Drama Club offers a number of opportunities, including set design and construction, light design, sound design, costumes and make-up.
We strive to foster an appreciation of all forms of the performing arts and provide opportunities for artistic growth within the organization itself as well as the greater school community. Membership is open to all students who share the club's goal of promoting awareness of theater and performing arts at EBHS and in the community. For more information, contact drama@ebhs Mr. Gallotto, Theater Arts Dept. Program Director
The mission statement of the East Boston High School Visual Arts Department, is to provide an environment in which the aesthetic dimensions of the whole person are explored through the study of human creativity and the practice of visual forms. EBHS offers opportunities that range from foundational instruction to advanced study in which a student works to prepare a competitive portfolio.
Elective course offerings of the Art Department are presented in a setting that permits individualized instruction. Students are given the opportunity to exhibit their works in different areas of the school, and in public galleries. The East Boston High School Visual Arts Department believes that a supportive and creative environment can empower our students to apply aesthetic values to their everyday lives. For more information contact Ms Johnson or Mr. MacGeorge.
The Student Council at East Boston High School is made up of student leaders who believe they can make positive changes at East Boston High School and in the greater community. The Student Council hosts fabulous community building events like dances, field days, spirit weeks and empowerment conferences. They also address the need of the student body through their desire to make their school and community a better place for everyone to enjoy. Past accomplishments include gaining the right of a senior café for seniors, and making the cafeteria food healthier for the students. The Student Council partners with a number of outside organization, including 84.org, in which they promote anti-tobacco in teenagers. This partnership has been a major success and smoking in East Boston High School has decreased tremendously! The Student Council has made many positive changes throughout our school and continues to take action to help not only current students, but future students as well. For more info contact Ms Gorham.