HAVERHILL — The tennis courts at Haverhill High School had a mysterious visitor yesterday morning.
It wasn’t there to play a set, but to congratulate this year’s graduating class.
School officials said a goat was discovered inside the fenced-in tennis courts at 5:30 a.m.
The four-legged visitor was dressed in a T-shirt displaying the words “Party on Class of 2014.”
Apparently, the animal’s visit was a senior class prank — and good-natured school officials played along.
Principal Beth Kitsos posed for a photo with the animal, prompting School Superintendent James Scully to send out an email to staff indicating that caring for a goat wasn’t in her job description.
Kitsos said the goat’s owner retrieved the animal prior to the arrival of most students.
Many high schools have the tradition of a senior prank, Kitsos said, and Haverhill High has had such a tradition for years.
She said that several years ago, seniors stuck plastic forks in the ground to signify “stick a fork in us … we’re done.”
“Two years ago, the seniors had music playing at 1:30 p.m. and the seniors had a flash mob and they all went out into the halls and danced,” she said.
“My first year here, I think they put a hat on the Thinker,” she said of the statue which has been a fixture outside the high school entrance for decades.
Kitsos said the pranks are usually harmless and that most of the time they are pretty funny.
“This one will be memorable, like the flash mob and the forks,” she said. “Some are not that memorable.’’