Brien McMahon High School
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|Brien McMahon High School|
Home of the Senators
|300 Highland Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06854
|Principal||Suzanne Brown Koroshetz|
|Red, white and blue
Brien McMahon High School is a secondary school located in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. It is named after Brien McMahon, a former United States Senator from Norwalk. The school's mascot is a Senator with the school colors being red, white, and blue. The school's first senior class graduated in 1962. The current principal is Suzanne Brown Koroshetz.
Brien McMahon High School's crosstown rival is Norwalk High School. The two schools compete in an annual Thanksgiving Day football game. The boy's lacrosse team was the Division 2 State Champions in 2000 and Division 1 runner-up in 2005. The football team was state champion in 1994. The girl's lacrosse team was Division 2 State Champion runner-up in 2007. Brien McMahon is a member of the FCIAC athletic conference. The Baseball team was Class LL State Champion runner-up in 2009 and was the FCIAC Central Division Champion in 1998 and 2006.
The school's marching band, also known as the Marching Senators, is known for their ability in competition. They perform several times each year in prestigious venues such as MetLife Stadium.
The Center for Global Studies is a magnet school within Brien McMahon High School. The center is a magnet program for high school students in Fairfield County that want to learn the Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese language and the respective culture and history. Beginning in Fall 2006 a Middle Eastern Studies program was introduced.
Constructed in 1957 Brien McMahon high school first allowed students in during the 1958-1959 school year. Their first graduating class was 1962. In 2006 the school had a huge reconstruction that turned it into the glass behemoth that is it today. Unlike their rival, Norwalk high, McMahon was not designed by a prison architect but instead by Swanke Hayden Connell.
The school hosts a large Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Currently taught by retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel Robert Killackey and retired Navy Chief David Pascoe. The unit sends a group of cadets every year to Basic Leadership Training, hosted by Bethel's NJROTC unit and taken place at Camp Natural Bridge at West Point Military Academy. Senior Cadets have the opportunity to compete for spots to go to Leadership Academy, which takes place at Naval War College in Newport Rhode island
On September 29, 2010, the school began its garden project, to convert their center courtyard into a garden for the entire school to use. Volunteers from Pepperidge Farm, the school's National Honor Society, and teachers and students worked hours to begin the garden. The garden will be used for biology classes, cooking classes, and various other classes around the school.
Notable alumni include:
- Jesse Bradford, actor and former McMahon Homecoming King
- Travis Simms, Pro Boxer in the Super welterweight division, former Champion
- Mitch Longley, TV, stage and screen actor, founder of the non-profit organization SOWOHO
- Idris Price, former NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Kevin Morton, former MLB player for the Boston Red Sox
- Daniel Walsh, winner of a bronze medal in rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- "Gardens will nourish students mentally and physically". Norwalk Citizen. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Official website
- Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School website
- Brien McMahon High School Web pages at Great Schools website
- Brien McMahon High School "Strategic School Profile 2005-2006", Connecticut Department of Education
- Brien McMahon High School Marching Band Website