Conard High School

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Conard High School
Motto Diversity is Strength[1]
Established 1957
Type Public high school
Principal Julio Duarte
Students 1461[2]
Grades 9-12
Location 110 Beechwood Road,
West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
District West Hartford Public Schools
Colors Red and gray
Mascot Chieftain
Newspaper 'The PowWow'
Athletic rival Hall High School

Conard High School is a public high school in West Hartford, in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It opened in 1957, and was named after Frederick Underwood Conard, president of Niles-Bement-Pond Company and chairman of the local Board of Education when plans for the school were approved.[3] Conard is one of two West Hartford public high schools, the other being Hall High School.


Conard's first classes were held on September 4, 1957.[4] Conard was originally designed to accommodate 1100 students.[5] However, today there are more than 1500 students in attendance.

In 1999, Alphonse Chuck Landroche became Conard's principal. Landroche retired at the end of the 2007 school year.[6][7] Tom Moore became Conard's principal in 2007.[8] In 2010, Moore became assistant superintendent, which left Conard without a principal. In the fall of 2010, Dr. Peter Cummings became principal of Conard High School.

Facts and statistics[edit]

As of 2007, Conard had a population of 1,461 students, with 60.9% white, 19.1% Hispanic, 10.7% Black, 9.1% Asian American and 0.2% American Indian.[2]

Conard's mascot is an American Indian chieftain. This is denoted on the schools athletic jerseys by the letter "C" crossed with an Indian feather, which replaced the side profile of a chieftain in Fall of 2007.

As of 2007, Conard offers 26 AP courses.[2]

There is a prominent rivalry between Conard High School and its cross-town counterpart, Hall High School.


  • Recognized by Newsweek magazine as the 329th best public high school in the nation in 2010.[9]
  • Recognized by Newsweek as Connecticut's top public high school in 2006, based on "the number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2005 divided by the number of graduating seniors."[10]
  • Blue Ribbon School in 1984-85.[11]
  • Julio Duarte, current Assistant Principal of Conard High school, has been selected as the 2013 High School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools and is a contender for the National Assistant Principal of the Year Award. [12]

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Coordinates: 41°44′07″N 72°44′53″W / 41.735299°N 72.747937°W / 41.735299; -72.747937