Bethel High School (Connecticut)
|Bethel High School|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Location||David W. Deakin Educational Park,
Bethel, Connecticut, USA
|Colors||Maroon and white|
|Website||Bethel High School Official Web Site|
Bethel High School was established in 1884. The original building was on South Street. A new building was built in 1939 on what later became School Street, and additions to its main building were made over the next few years. The School Street building is now the Bethel Municipal Center (Town Hall). The South Street building was later converted into a fire station. It stood where the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department Headquarters is today. In 1970 a new High School was built in the Bethel Educational Park (now David W. Deakin Educational Park). In 2009, renovations to the school building were finished, creating new classroom space, a new gym, music education area, and other facilities.
Bethel High School occupies 64 acres (260,000 m2), with views of the Berkshires in the distance. The main school building contains approximately 70 classrooms, several computer labs, a media center and a theater. Other rooms include industrial technology areas, art and photography rooms, and the cafeteria. The campus also includes a large gymnasium, a weight room, a wrestling room, a tennis court, a track, and several athletic fields.
Class schedule 
Bethel High operates on an eight period rotating class schedule. There are six periods per day in an eight day cycle, allowing for eight possible courses.(However, students may take fewer classes if employed, or concurrently enrolled in a college class.)
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The following breakdown of students based on ethnicity is an estimate from 2004 enrollment data.
|Pacific Islander American||<10||1|
|White American, non-Hispanic||>820||82|
Extracurricular activities 
Fall sports 
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
Winter sports 
(**) Ice Hockey
Spring sports 
Other extracurricular activities 
- Bethel High School is home to an award-winning NJROTC unit.
- The Bethel High School Marching Band
- Bethel High School is also home to many musical productions performed by its students, recently including Grease, Oklahoma!, Bye Bye Birdie, Aida, "The Pajama Game", "Fame", 42nd Street, Once Upon A Mattress, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- The Bethel High School Orchestra
- Bethel High School Onstage Players annually performs a fall drama, a children's theater production, and an Evening of Monologues.
- Bethel High School's Mock Trial Team won the Connecticut State Championship in 2008.
- Bethel High School's Renaissance club
- Bethel High School DECA
- Bethel High School Mirage
- Bethel High School Newspaper
- Bethel High School Language and Culture Club
(**) BBD Ice Cats Hockey team: (with members from Brookfield, Bethel & Danbury high schools) is a "tri-op" high school hockey team competing in the South West Conference (SWC) - D2/3. The Ice Cats call the Danbury (CT) Ice Arena their home. In 09'-10' and 12'-13' BBD won the Div.2/Div.3 SWC Championship and were runner-ups in 2011. They advanced to the CIAC Div.3 State Final (09'-10'). In the 2012/2013 season BBD moved up to Div.2 and advanced to the State Semi Final. Team website: bbdhockey.com
Notable alumni 
- Dan Cramer, UFC Fighter - Ultimate Fighter Season 7 contestant
- Seth Grahame-Smith, screenwriter, producer and author
- Andy King, radio executive producer and talk show host 790 The Ticket
- Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth
- Meg Ryan, actress
- Peter Selgin, author
- Greg Sutton, soccer player
- Matt Barnes, Red Sox Prospect
- Bethel High School Official Web Site
- Bethel public school system
- Bethel NJROTC
- Bethel High School "Strategic School Profile 2005-2006" from the state Department of Education
- School's Web page at Great Schools Web site