As the weather gets warmer and more people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, there’s a level of optimism and energy that’s palpable. It’s invigorating to see more Minuteman students back in school and deeply satisfying to observe more in-person learning taking place.

Spring is also a time to celebrate our seniors – a rite of passage that was greatly limited one year ago. Now, we are better able to plan safe events to honor the Class of 2021.

Thirty-two Minuteman High School students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Massachusetts District 3 Competition, with 18 of our students earning medals! The students had to demonstrate knowledge in their career technical area of study, employability skills, and safety. Congratulations! Read more.
Our newest students -- members of the Class of 2025 -- are saying hello through social media with their #MinutemanHS swag!!⠀Follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

With more than 200 students being accepted, Minuteman High School will have its largest freshmen class in recent memory this fall. If your future high schooler might be interested in Minuteman in 2022, visit our Admissions page.
Christine Hamilton, from Stow, graduated from Minuteman High School in 2013 after majoring in Environmental Science. She was involved in the Drama Club, Cross-Country Team, and SkillsUSA.

After high school, Christine attended Smith College to study mechanical engineering. She now attends Stanford University in California to pursue a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics. She is currently involved in a research project in orbital mechanics – involving satellites in outer space. Read more.
Doug Orr, of Lexington, graduated from Minuteman High School in 1999 after majoring in Carpentry. He worked with contractors through high school in the Cooperative Education (Co-Op) program and began working as a project manager shortly after graduation. At age 21, he launched his own business, Orr Homes LLC, which specializes in custom, luxury homes that continues to operate today. He is a member of Minuteman’s Carpentry Advisory Committee. Read more.
Every spring, Minuteman High School seniors present impressive Senior Projects, demonstrating a culmination of skills learned in their career technical areas over the past four years. Here is a sample that was shared recently on social media.

Ellie Vail, an Advanced Manufacturing student from Arlington, created this mechanical globe using a computer numeric control (CNC) milling machine and a 3D printer with a crank that allows it to rotate. Ellie noted that the size of the countries on the globe reflect a more accurate depiction of than those on most traditional maps and globes, which use the Mercator Projection and depict Africa and South America as much smaller than their actual size; some academics now use the Peters Projection Map and other sources.
Ellie will attend the University of Utah this fall to study mechanical engineering. At Minuteman, she’s participated in SkillUSA, Girls in Trades, Girls in STEM, the Math Team, Peer Leadership, and played on the cross country and basketball teams.

In the Robotics career major, Marley Fortune of Arlington designed a hydraulic arm using computer aided design (CAD) and acrylic plastic. Syringes containing water pressure move the arm when squeezed. On a larger scale, the arm would be used in assembly of heavy objects. Marley has been accepted to Worcester Poly Tech, R.I. School of Technology, and UMass Amherst.⠀

Stefan Phillips of Arlington designed a conveyor belt and stacking machine using mechatronics; Gabriel Herbertz of Stow designed a drone; and Peter Loschen of Winchester designed a computer processor called a four-bit CPU.


Minuteman High School is undergoing violence prevention training in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The training is funded through a statewide $1 million grant from Attorney General Maura Healey to educate students and teachers to recognize the signs of potential violence and suicide – and how to get help. Read more.
On March 29, 2021, WBZ-TV anchor Paula Ebben profiled the Culinary Arts program at Minuteman High School. With the school restaurant temporarily closed to the public for the 2020-21 school year, the program shifted its business model: Students have made thousands of meals for people in need through partnerships with Food Link and the Lexington Food Pantry, and launched the "Soup Group," which allows customers to pick up meals curbside.

About Minuteman
Minuteman is an award-winning regional career and technical high school and continuing education institution that integrates robust academic and technical learning. As an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), Minuteman challenges all students to aspire to their full potential, accelerate their learning, and achieve success in the 21st-century global community. Located in Lexington in a new state-of-the-art facility, Minuteman’s member towns are Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham, and Stow. Learn more at minuteman.org.