Branford High School (Connecticut)
|Branford High School|
|Branford, Connecticut, Connecticut
|Number of students||1250|
Its former principal, Dr. Edmund Higgins, retired at the end of the 2007-2008 school year. During his tenure, Higgins was instrumental in the school's adoption of performance graduation requirements. All students must satisfy 13 performance graduation requirements in areas such as writing, non-fiction reading, mathematical problem solving, and scientific concepts.
One notable aspect of the school is its "Senior Exhibition" program. Every student must complete a thorough research project on a topic of his or her choice during senior year. This is presented in front of the community when completed, and graded by a panel of judges on a 1-5 scale (3 and up is passing).
According to the latest Strategic School Profile, 86.6 percent of Branford students in the class of 2006 took the SAT. Their average math score was 505, critical reading was 513, and writing was 514.
Branford High School is a member of the Southern Connecticut Conference, the second largest conference in the state. The school baseball team has won three state championships, in 1999, 2006, and 2009.
Although the school's mascot is the Hornet, they also have a dedicated fan named Henry Cromley. Henry is at every sporting event, and was awarded a plaque from the late Coach George Dummar Jr. and the baseball team, for being "Branford's Biggest Fan."
- Mike Olt, professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. Formerly with the Texas Rangers.
- Karen Owen, author of a faux thesis that caused a controversy when the document was publicized.
- Jen Toomey Track athlete, American Indoor record holder 1000m, quit track for 10 years after her freshman year.
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