Ansonia High School (Connecticut)
|This article is outdated. (April 2011)|
|Ansonia High School|
|42 Grove Street
Ansonia, Connecticut, US, 06401
|School type||High school|
|Accreditation(s)||Connecticut State Department of Education|
Ansonia High School is a public four-year high school located in Ansonia, Connecticut. It has approximately 683 students in grades 9 through 12. About 71.2 percent of the student body is Caucasian; 28.8 percent is minority. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Ansonia High school was originally located on the east side of the Naugatuck River, at the foot of Prospect Street, near the intersection of North and South Cliff Streets. Today the lot serves as a small park and playground. The building burned in a massive fire on February 23, 1939 According to the article in the Evening Sentinel, the building was being used for eighth and ninth grades at the time of the fire, and served 590 students. The fire started in the basement and ten were injured battling the fire.
The original building was erected in 1880, and a new high school on Howard Avenue was opened in 1937, located on the west side of the Naugatuck River. It was relocated to the east side, where a new building opened in 1999. The previous building became the new Ansonia Middle School.
There are 79 employees in the school. The staff has an average of 13.9 years of experience. 80 percent have a master's degree and 42 percent trained for the Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) program as mentors, assessors, or cooperating teachers. The school year contains two semesters and four marking periods. The minimum passing grade for the school is a 60.
To graduate from the Ansonia High School, a student needs four credits in English, three in social studies (including United States History), two credits in science, three credits in math, one credit in a vocational education or art, one credit in physical education, a half credit in computer applications, and a half credit in health.
In the mid-1970s, the high school adopted the "Chargers" as its mascot.
Strip search controversy
Four male teenage students were strip searched in Ansonia in March 2009; one of the boys claimed he received a full body cavity search, and they are now suing the two teachers and principal who allegedly violated their rights.
- The Evening Sentinel, "Big Fire Ruins Old Ansonia High" Feb 24, 1939
- "Ansonia High School To Receive Walter Camp’s 2007 "Joseph W. Kelly" Trophy" (Press release). Walter Camp Foundation. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- "All-Star Basketball Festival rosters," March 24, 2009, found at Connecticut Post website. Accessed March 26, 2009.
- Mike Farrell, Rivals.com, in USA Today, "UConn translates on-field success into recruiting prowess," found at USA Today website. Accessed March 26, 2009.
- Naugatuck Valley League
- AP, "Teachers seek to clear names after strip searches," found at USA Today story of 3/6/09. Accessed March 26, 2009.
- "Ansonia school officials sued over strip searches," found at USA Today story of 3/25/09 and USA Today list of recent stories as of 3/26/09. Accessed March 26, 2009.