History of Barnstable High School
Barnstable High School has a long history. There were several significant attempts at establishing a secondary level school in the town of Barnstable for several decades before the founding of our high school. Among these were Barnstable Academy, 1839; Hyannis High School, 1837; and Hyannis Seminary, 1849. Most of these schools were privately run.Barnstable's first graduating class did not emerge until 1883. This is understandable when one realizes that while the school was in Hyannis, it was attended only by Hyannis residents. When the school was moved to Barnstable, these students dropped out to be replaced by a new set of Barnstable residents. Then, when the school moved back to Hyannis a new set of students replaced the "dropouts" from Barnstable.The first graduating class, of 1883, numbered only two, Miss Phoebe Crowell and Miss Nellie Coleman. From that small class, Barnstable High grew slowly. The class of 1890 numbered only four; by 1895 the graduating class had grown to eleven; 1900, fourteen; 1905, fifteen; 1910, fifteen; 1915, seventeen; 1920, twenty-two. From 1920 on, graduating classes grew steadily, until by 1949 the classes numbered more than 100 students. Now, Barnstable graduates over 350 students per year.