Bishop Guertin Named Best High School in NH
NASHUA, N.H. – Bishop Guertin has been named the Best High School in New Hampshire by the Manchester Radio Group as part of its 2021 Best of the 603 Awards.
This year’s awards highlight the best of the Granite State in a plethora of categories with Bishop Guertin earning the top spot in the high school category.
The complete list of winners and honorees can be found HERE.
“Almost 200 years to the day, Fr. Coindre Founded the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to rescue the young from ignorance, to prepare them for life and to give them a love of religion. His goal was to form young men (and now women) into becoming upright family members and good citizens. We accept this honor on the shoulders of many people in the Greater Nashua area who donated their time and their treasure and never wavered on their commitment to the vision. In addition, we share this honor with the “pioneers;” those first Cardinals and Brothers who opened the school in a condemned orphanage because our building wasn’t quite ready. So many helped create the award-winning school that we are today. Our students are sent off with just one simple goal: to change for the better, the world in which they live. Thank you to everyone who has and will continue to support our mission of transforming the world.”
- Linda Brodeur M ’78, Bishop Guertin President
“This recognition is the product of the entire Cardinal community - parents, faculty, staff, and students - working together to achieve great things. Over the past year and a half, we've seen just what we can accomplish as a school community working together. We are excited to earn this acknowledgement of the great culture that has been built at Bishop Guertin as we pursue the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and Fr. Andre Coindre. It is not only a recognition of what we've accomplished, but also a reminder and a challenge to maximize the opportunities we have each day to continue building and representing our school culture and community.”
- Jason Strniste, Bishop Guertin Principal
“Bishop Guertin focuses on bringing everyone together including the students, teachers, staff, and families. We all share a common goal that encourages collaboration, involvement, academics, and service. I have taken these qualities to heart and have made them part of everything I do.”
- Bradley Matarazzo ’22, Student Body President
“It’s exciting to see this recognition. I think it says a lot about BG and what we were able to do during COVID. Considering all the hurdles we had to face last year as a community, I thought the year went well. The communication between the administration and the students was very clear and gave us a good sense of what was expected. That made things so much easier and allowed us to refocus.”
- Kate Daley ’23
“Bishop Guertin is a place where you can get a great education, but it’s so much more than that. There’s a winning tradition in everything you do here, both on the field and in the classroom. When you’re here, you form connections with everyone in the building. Staff, teachers and students all believe in the same mission and push each other to be better every day. Those relationships are what make this a special place and worthy of this honor.”
- Nick Dahl ’22, Student Body Vice President
“I’m happy for the school, but I can’t say I’m completely surprised by it. My older two daughters/grads thrived during their time at BG. My third daughter is a current junior and she is on the same path as her sisters. BG got them ready for college and they had a great time along the way, which isn’t always the case. From my vantage point, BG has mastered the difficult balance between competition and caring. The school is known for students performing well in the classroom and on the athletic fields, but these heights wouldn’t be reached without the compassion and commitment from the faculty and staff.
BG community seamlessly handled the pandemic from March 2020 onwards is emblematic of how they approach everything at the school. Our family met great new kids/families who decided to come to BG last year due to the school’s responsiveness and preparations for online/hybrid schooling. An announcement was made on a Friday and by that following Monday morning the students were online with their teachers learning the assigned curriculum. Not surprisingly, those students/families decided to stay with BG this year continuing on with their positive experience. “
- Andy O’Hara ’84, P ’19, ’21, ’23
“Bishop Guertin provides students with an outstanding college preparatory education, focusing on building a student's readiness for their academic and professional lives beyond high school. The faculty, administration, and staff create a safe environment in which students develop their sense of integrity, resilience, and curiosity so they may become empathetic, responsible citizens of the world. Bishop Guertin faced the obstacles of these past 18 months with the same determination and dignity expected each day, modeling how to maintain high standards and accomplish goals even when it is most difficult. As both a parent and a teacher, I have seen this mission in action and can attest to the dedication of those who minister to the young people in their care.”
- Bethany Prunier, English Teacher and P ’14, ’16, ’18, ’23