High School celebrates 25th anniversary

By Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed | Sep 30, 2016
Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed From left: David MacKinnon - first principal of Wareham High School since before the construction of the building; John Amaral - principal from 1997-2007; Scott Palladino - current principal since 2010; and Dr. Daniel R .Burke - principal from 1992 - 1997. The only principal missing from the ceremony was Patrick Clark, who served between 2007 and 2010.

There was a time not too long ago when neighboring high schools spoke about "how cool" the Wareham High School building is.

That's one thing that Colleen Kirby, who's been a teacher at Wareham High School for 30 years, remembered when the building was erected 25 years ago.

"I remember the school smell and thought, 'This is so awesome and it's so beautiful with all the colors'," she said. "And honestly, it hasn't changed that much."

Past and present principals also reminisced their years at Wareham High School during the celebration of its 25th year on Thursday afternoon.

Throughout the years, one thing remained the same for all principals and teachers.

"The kids, they're the best," said current principal Scott Palladino. "They're what keep people here."

In the foyer of the high school where the gymnasium and auditorium doors are, teachers, principals, students, and faculty gathered to hear from several speakers commemorating the building before cutting a "birthday" cake.

Though the building itself is 25 years old, the Wareham High School used to be held inside the current middle school.

A birthday cake for the high school is cut and served after several speeches. (Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed)
It's Hodar the Viking's 25th year, too. (Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed)
Comments (4)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 30, 2016 07:11

It is a cool school building.  I still think of it as new.  Boy 25 years goes by so fast!  I remember the opening was greeted by Hurricane Bob that August.


Leave it to Wareham by the Sea to make this comment but, aside from the nostalgia, the school now needs some TLC & updating.  I wish we were better at taking care of our buildings.  The landscaping and grounds need much to be desired.  It is an energy hog because the heating, ventilation, and & conditioning equipment and controls are old and failing.

Why not keep a beautiful school beautiful?  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!  I don't get it.  I know, I know...we have no money to take care of things.  What a shame.


Posted by: Brennan McKiernan | Oct 01, 2016 01:01

Some people may not remember the man on the right, but Dr. Burke is the reason Wareham high used to be a great school that excelled and even dominated in athletics AND academics, arts, community service, pretty much everything. Whether you were a straight A standout, or a borderline dropout, Dr Burke commanded your respect, and demanded your best. When he came here, he had a simple Mantra, "We Are Wareham". It became a rallying cry for us to prove that united, we could be the best at anything. Ask any student from 93-97 who was a high school slacker and has now made something of themselves who made the biggest difference and they will say Coach Harrison or Dr Burke. This is not a knock against the current administration.  I think Mr Palladino is doing the best he can in the confines of MCAS and "no child left behind" (mine was the last class exempt from that nonsense ). But to this day when I think of what this town could be, I think it has to start with unity and pride. So for those that had Dr. Burke, remember the pride we felt when we made our town winners, remember what we accomplished in and out of the classroom when we worked together. Remember WE ARE WAREHAM

Posted by: barnstorm | Oct 01, 2016 07:04


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 01, 2016 14:11

Dr. Burke certainly is impressive and did great things.  He is outstanding. But all teachers and administrators at all the schools are at least good. Not a single one is there with malicious intent to make kids fail and be bad.  I give them all credit.  Good is all it takes.  Why can't the kids at least be good?

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