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Hanover High School is the only public high school in the Dresden School District, in Hanover, New Hampshiremarker, USAmarker. In 1963 it became the first interstate high school in the country as part of a bill that was the last ever signed into action by John F. Kennedy. Today it accepts students from several communities in New Hampshiremarker and Vermontmarker. Enrollment is approximately 786 students, the majority of whom come from the towns of Hanover, NH and Norwich, VTmarker. The school also serves the town of Lyme, NHmarker, which has no high school of its own. 11% of the student body attends on a tuition basis from towns such as Cornish, NHmarker, Strafford, VTmarker, Hartland, VTmarker, and Piermont, NHmarker. The school employs 59 full-time faculty members.


Hanover High was recognized in 2009 by BusinessWeek in their "America's Best High Schools" annual article as having the "Best Overall Academic Performance" in New Hampshire, with a GreatSchools rating of 10/10.

The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and over 96% of students are accepted to or are planning to attend post secondary education after graduating.

Of the 79 professional staff at Hanover High School, 69% hold at least a Master's degree, while 18% hold a Master's degree + 60 credits or a doctorate.

The academic program is divided into the traditional five departments: English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, and Social Studies. Each department offers a selection of courses; however, all freshmen must take a standard set of courses. As students advance, additional opportunities become available. The school's curriculum and policies emphasize individual student freedoms. For example, seniors often elect to design and complete an independent study project that academically explores a personal interest. With Dartmouth Collegemarker a short walk from the school, some students attend courses at the college when they have exhausted the high school's offerings.

The academic atmosphere is generally student-centric, with off-campus privileges widely available and with a council of students, faculty, and community members (founded in 1974) whose governing power extends in many areas beyond that of even the school principal.

Extracurricular and elective activities

Hanover's physical education program also has an extensive ropes course, which is one of the largest in New England, and a climbing wall. Athletics are a major component of the student culture. The girl's cross country team was 4th in the nation during the 2007 season. The school consistently wins the most total state championships among all New Hampshire high schools. The boys varsity soccer team has won the state championship for the last five years, as well as the state sportsmanship award for the past 4 years. The boys hockey and lacrosse teams are both the smallest schools in Division-I, yet Hanover almost always makes it to the state finals in at least one of the sports, if not both. The 2009 fall campaign was especially successful with field hockey, cross country, and boys soccer all being crowned state champions.

Furthermore, the school boasts a large number of music ensembles (both official and student-run), publications, community service organizations, official and student-organized drama groups, and a quiz bowl team that has in recent years won both New Hampshire and Vermont state championships.

Students also participate in Footlighter productions three times a year. Usually, a musical is put together in the spring time.


Hanover has a comprehensive athletics program, with players competing at both the varsity and junior varsity levels. Sports offered include baseball, basketball, cross country running, cross-country skiing, crew, field hockey, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, ski jumping, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Ultimate, and volleyball. The boys cross country running have won back-to-back state championships in 2008 and 2009. The boys soccer team suffered the end of their 3-year, 42 game win streak in September 2009 to cross town rival Lebanon. The boys soccer team is perennial the most successful team at Hanover, while the boys hockey team is very successful at the competive NH Division I, where nearly all the other schools are much larger than Hanover. Notable girls teams include the perennial power house cross country team, which has won the Class I state championship every year since 2004, though this year they won by a narrow three point margin (68-71). The football team is a strong force in NH Div IV, but hasn't won a state championship since 2005, despite making it to every state final since then.

Varsity sports fielded include the following, however there are many club sports based at the high school (like rugby-union, fencing and ultimate frisbee)


Boys Soccer -Coached by Rob Grabill

Cross Country -Coached by Jim Eakin

Field Hockey


Football -Coached by Mike Ivanoski

Girls Soccer -Coached by Doug Kennedy



Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Boys Hockey -Coached by Dick Dodds

Girls Ice Hockey -Coached by John Dodds

Indoor Track


Alpine Skiing

Nordic Skiing -Coached by Tom Masterson

Ski Jumping -Coached by Tom Dodds


Baseball -Coached by Mike Jackson (doubles as school's AD)



Track and Field

Boys and Girls Lacrosse


External links

Alumni groups pages

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