Morse High School (Maine)


Morse High School in Bath, Maine, United States, serves the communities of Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Georgetown, and Arrowsic, Maine. The original school building, a gift to the city from Charles W. Morse, burned down March 24, 1928 and was later rebuilt in 1929.[1] A large addition was made in 1969, and an expanded vocational center was added in 1996. The building closed its doors in 2021, and the new building opened in 2021. The student/adult ratio at Morse is 15:1.[citation needed] The school colors are blue and white. The enrollment is 623 students.[2]

Morse High School
New Morse High School Bath Maine.jpg
826 Shipbuilders Drive (Wing Farm Parkway)


United States
School typePublic secondary
School districtRSU 1
SuperintendentPatrick Manuel
CEEB code200070
PrincipalEric Varney
Enrollment623 (2020–2021)
Student to teacher ratio18:1[citation needed]
Color(s)  Royal Blue and   white
The old building, used from 1929 to 2021.

New building projectEdit

There were plans approved by the city council[3] to build a new school at the Wing Farm site on the West Bath/Bath city line. The projected completion date was projected to be December 2020.[4] Students moved into the new building in February 2021. MHS Building Committee consists of 9 members including the Superintendent of the RSU1 school district, Patrick Manuel, several members of the school board, and others from the community as well as people with business experience.[5] The design for the building took in consideration from experts, school staff, and even students to help make decisions on everything from allocated space, to the furniture used.[6]

The new school is able to comfortably accommodate 650 students.[7]


Morse students participate in many athletic and social clubs. Championships include six state championships in boys' basketball (1956, '62, '63, '87, '88, and '89), two state championships in baseball (1953 and '88), five state championships in football (1968, '69, '70, '71, and '72), and one state championship in Boys' soccer in 1988.[citation needed] Morse's boys' swim team won the state championship in the 2005–2006 swim season.[citation needed] The girls' swim team has also enjoyed recent success, winning the 2009–2010 state championship after finishing runners-up or third for several years.[citation needed] Morse is a member of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference.

The Morse football team has not been a contender since its last state championship in 1972. In 2006, Morse finished 3–5 and gained the 8th and final seed in the playoffs before suffering a 63–12 loss to unbeaten Gardiner in the quarter-finals.[citation needed] Morse was the surprise team of the 2007 season, when it defeated previously unbeaten Gardiner in week 7 and finished the season 7–1 as the second seed.[citation needed] Morse went on to its first post season victory since its '72 state championship season by beating Oak Hill High School of Wales, Maine, 35–6 in the quarter-finals. Morse faced their biggest challenge of the season in the semi-finals when the Shipbuilders played host to the defending Class B PTC Champion, Winslow. Winslow has been a perennial contender since it moved to Class B in 1989.[citation needed] Morse shocked the Pine Tree Conference by entering the locker room with a 22–12 lead at half time. In the second half, Winslow held Morse scoreless and was able to win the game 28–22.[citation needed] In 2008, the Shipbuilders avenged that loss with a 27–0 win over Winslow, and went on to win the PTC Championship allowing just 7 points in three playoff games.[citation needed] They went on to play Mountain Valley in the Maine Class B State Championship game.[citation needed]

Montgomery TheatreEdit

Montgomery Theatre was the site of several plays performed each year.[8] It was originally built as part of the 1929 building after the fire that burned down the first school building. The new school was constructed with a new Montgomery Theatre.


  1. ^ "Remember When? | Total Visits 5546". Bath Historical Society. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  2. ^ "Student Enrollment Data | Department of Education". Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  3. ^ "Bath council OKs land sale for new RSU 1 high school". 6 October 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Bath-area school board votes for a new Morse High School". 28 October 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Morse Building Project". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Design – Morse Building Project". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ "New Development of Morse High School & Regional Technical Center". Sebago Technics. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-11-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

  • Morse High School
  • Lower Kennebec Region School Unit (RSU 1)