My name is Paul Theriault and I serve as the principal of Shead High School in Eastport, Maine. We are a small rural award-winning public high school on the beautiful coast of Maine. If you look at a map of Maine, follow up the coastline to that point at the eastern tip. You will find us there.
I have lived in the Eastport area most of my life. I graduated from Shead High School as did my wife and two daughters. My roots and belief in Shead run deep. I am proud of the work that we do everyday to help students learn and achieve. Being a small school helps us make this happen because of that personal connection between student and teacher. Our mantra is, “We Make it Personal.”
On April 30th, 2016, Shead High School's "Cultural Studies: Gaming, Narrative and Culture" class and other interested Shead High School students will hold their 3rd Annual Games Are/For Art Gaming Marathon, a 12-hour gaming marathon to raise funds for the Eastport Arts Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center's Child and Adolescent Care Center. Prior to the event, students collect sponsors to contribute funds to these groups. In exchange for the contributions of sponsors, students will play video games at Shead High School from 9 am to 9 pm.
The Tigerettes basketball team is not the only group at Shead qualifying for state competition! On Thursday, February 25th, the Shead jazz band performed (view the performance by clicking here) at the District 6 Jazz Competition at Mount Desert Island High School and came away with high scores and an invitation to the statewide High School Jazz Instrumental Festival to be held on March 11th and 12th at South Portland High School. Only schools receiving scores of two or one (excellent or superior) were invited to the festival.
The Shead Tigerettes took it all the way this year, winning the first Class D Northern Girls Basketball tourney since the Maine Principals’ Association reconfigured the old east and west into the new north and south.
Quarterfinals: Shead 34, Deer Isle-Stonington 22
Finishing the regular season in third place, the Tigerettes received a bye for the preliminary round. In the quarterfinal round, they met the sixth-place Deer Isle-Stonington Lady Mariners at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor and limited them to six second-half points through stellar defense and rebounding. The teams split during the regular season.
“We started rebounding offensively, defensively, pushing the ball,” said junior guard Holly Preston, explaining how the Tigerettes held off the Lady Mariners 34-22. The 3-2 zone defense limited the Lady Mariners’ inside game, and a 44-30 rebounding advantage helped seal the deal.
At Shead High School, we pride ourselves on being true to Wahsington County by "making it personal". At the same time, we are "on the creative edge" and making news. Follow the links below to find out some of the exciting things that are putting Shead High School in the news.
Yankee Magazine profiles Shead High School's Clarence E. Townsend Memorial Scholarship, telling the story of Mr. Townsend and 1995 Shead High School graduate Shirl Penney in "Here in New England: Life in Eastport, Maine".
Deborah Fallows profiles Shead High School for The Atlantic's American Futures Project in "Report From Rural Maine: What It Takes to Make a School".
On April 18th, 2015, Shead High School's "Cultural Studies: Gaming, Narrative and Culture" class and other interested Shead High School students held their 2nd Annual Games Are/For Art Gaming Marathon, a 12-hour gaming marathon to raise funds for the Eastport Arts Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center's Child and Adolescent Care Center. Prior to the event, students collected sponsors to contribute funds to these groups. In exchange for the contributions of sponsors, students played video games at Shead High School from 9 am to 9 pm on April 18th. This year seventeen students and two staff members played a total of 220 hours of games and raised over $1000.00!
The students who participated in the marathon and Mr. Brigham greatly appreciate any and all types of support that this event received. This year we are particularly grateful to: