Belmont

The Town of Belmont was established on March 10, 1859, by former citizens of, and land from the bordering towns of Watertown to the south; Waltham to the west; and Arlington, then known as West Cambridge, to the north. The town was named after Bellmont, the 200 acre estate of one of the leading advocates of and largest donor to its creation, John Perkins Cushing.

There are four public elementary schools in Belmont, the Mary Lee Burbank, Daniel Butler, Winn Brook, and Roger Wellington schools. The Mary Lee Burbank School was founded in 1931.  There is one public middle school the Winthrop L. Chenery Middle School, which was rebuilt on the same location after an electrical fire damaged the auditorium in 1995, and one public high school, Belmont High School.

Belmont High has an outstanding reputation for college placement, strong athletics, academics, music, and theater arts; a typical class size of about 290 students; and average SATs for the class of 2004 of 1179. Belmont students also have the option to attend Minuteman Career and Technical High School in Lexington. Minuteman High also offers adult education courses.

In 2009, U.S. News & World Report gave Belmont High School a gold medal and named it the 100th best non-private high school in the United States and the second best in the state of Massachusetts (after Boston Latin School).

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