Award Year: 2013

Winchester High School

80 Skillings Road
Winchester, MA, 01890-2853

(781) 721-7020

Thomas Gwin Ed.D., Principal at time of Nomination

Winchester Public Schools

School Website


Students achieve effective skills in critical thinking, clear communication, intellectual creativity, social responsibility; and the ability to apply these essential skills to the real world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Winchester High School (WHS) is a public four-year school, serving 1160 students in Winchester, Massachusetts. The community strongly supports its schools, evaluates them continually, and cooperates fully in their advancement. The school prides itself on providing a diverse program to meet the needs of its students. The school is proud of its many academic accomplishments and its reputation as a strong college preparatory school with high academic and social expectations for students.

WHS has a long history history of academic excellence where students perform exceptionally well in multiple venues. Scores are consistently high and continue to improve on both state and national standardized assessments. In addition, WHS has an outstanding reputation in the performing and visual arts, the humanities, the STEM areas, service learning, and athletics.

The outstanding faculty, a highly motivated student body, and supportive parents are rich assets for the high school. School spirit is strong, as evidenced by the large percentage of students who participate in team sports (approximately 70%), the high involvement of students in extracurricular activities, and the many students involved in leadership and school government roles.

Not content to rest on its laurels, WHS has implemented a Focus on the Future Strategic Plan. The school community recognized that in a rapidly changing world, WHS needed to make improvements to meet the challenge of providing a top quality education for all of its students. The strategic plan provides a roadmap that articulates key goals, specific action steps, and benchmarks that provide an emerging vision for change.