Enrico Fermi High School
|Enrico Fermi High School|
|124 North Maple Street
Enfield, Connecticut, 06082
|School type||Public High School|
|School district||Enfield Public Schools|
|Assistant principals||Brien Brown, John Coccia, Evette Sonti|
|Staff||15.2 (FTE) (as of 2005-06)|
|Teaching staff||84.4 (FTE) (as of 2007-08)|
|Enrollment||1,156 (as of 2007-08)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.7 (as of 2007-08)|
|Color(s)||Black, White, and Columbia blue |
|Slogan||Responsible Citizens-Lifelong Learners|
|Athletics conference||Central Connecticut Conference|
Enrico Fermi High School
Enrico Fermi High School is a high school located in Enfield, Connecticut. Enrico Fermi High School was established in 1971 and serves the Enfield community along with the previously-built Enfield High School. In May 2010, it was voted that Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School would be undergoing a consolidation process as part of the restructuring and improvement plan of Enfield Public Schools. In November 2012, a town-wide referendum to appropriate $103 million for additions and renovations to Enfield High School overwhelmingly passed by a 2:1 margin. As a result of the consolidation Enrico Fermi High School is planned to close, resulting in yearly savings of $2 million, which would pay for bonding for the renovations and additions to Enfield High School. The State of Connecticut also will provide more than 70% reimbursement for construction to Enfield High School, as well. Students from Enrico Fermi will move into the expanded high school after construction is finished in 2016-2017, with an expected town-wide high school enrollment of 1,500 students. Proposed use of the vacated building include moving the middle school to the Enrico Fermi location or renovating the building as a town library/community center. The Enrico Fermi name is expected to be used as the name of the new STEAM wing of the expanded and renovated Enfield High School. A new mascot and school colors will also be proposed for the new Enfield High School.
The school is named after Italian physicist Enrico Fermi. A 41-acre (170,000 m2) site for the school was purchased in February 1968 and a ground-breaking ceremony took place on September 14, 1968. The school opened for the 1971-72 school year with Mr. Anthony Torre as principal.
For several years the fields were off limits and sports teams were required to drive to different locations in order to practice as harmful chemicals were found in the soil. The fields were redone and improved. “The Work” consists of remediation of approximately 41 acres of landscape area throughout the entire Fermi High School site. It is the intent of this project to cover the contaminated soil with new topsoil brought onto the site By LARRY SMITH; Courant Staff Writer, June 6, 2006 Town officials plan to advertise for bidders next week on the project to remediate the athletic fields at Enrico Fermi High School, where high levels of pesticides were found in March. The town council on Monday approved using $1.35 million in reserve funds for an emergency appropriation to cover the playing fields with 6 inches of clean soil and landscaped areas with 3 inches. Mayor Patrick Tallarita said the money will be in addition to funds approved in a referendum to renovate both high schools' athletic fields.
By LARRY SMITH; Courant Staff Writer, August 17, 2007 Some of the new topsoil brought in to replace contaminated soil at athletic fields at Enrico Fermi high school has had to be removed because samples showed high levels of pesticides and other chemicals. Assistant Public Works Director Colleen Brand said three areas among the new soil brought in contained chemicals at levels higher that the state Department of Environmental Protection recommends. The chemicals found included dieldrin, benzene and chlordane, Brand said. That soil was apparently brought in by a Bloomfield company from material removed while Rentschler Field in East Hartford was being constructed, she said.
By LARRY SMITH; Courant Staff Writer, July 26, 2008 The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $1.7 million next month to reimburse the town money spent to clean up contaminated soil at Enrico Fermi High School. Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Friday that the commission will take up the matter at its meeting on Aug. 4. "This is clearly an important public health issue and I am pleased that the state can help Enfield remove these potentially dangerous substances," Rell said in a statement. Mayor Scott Kaupin said Friday that the money would be used to replenish reserve accounts that were used to pay for the project last year.
The school offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Students may participate in Advanced Placement courses, University of Connecticut Early College Experience courses, and vocational education offered both at the school and Asnuntuck Community College.
The school also offers an exceptional music program. The "Marching Falcons" as they are called have won numerous awards and competitions from the many events they have played in. They work closely with Bill Holden, a well known musical composer in New England and instructor for the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps.
Student groups and activities at Enrico Fermi High School include art club, badminton club, bowling club, chess club, dance team, Lamplighters drama, DECA, FBLA, Future Teachers Club, LEO Club, Mathletes, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, peer mediation, Buzz Robotics, science club, ski club, a string ensemble, Student council, Jazz Ensemble, club, and yearbook.
The school's athletic teams, known as the Fermi Falcons, compete in the Central Connecticut Conference. Teams are fielded in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, indoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The school has a cross-town rivalry with Enfield High School, playing a football game on Thanksgiving Day. In all other sports they compete as well, with each school having their favored teams. For example, Fermi’s wrestling team has historically beaten Enfield’s and Enfield High’s football team has not lost a football game to Fermi in many years.
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- "Fermi School Site Purchased". Hartford Courant. 1968-02-29. p. 46C.
- "Ceremonies to Start Work on High School". Hartford Courant. 1968-09-12. p. 58C.
- "Anthony Torre Named Enrico Fermi Principal". Hartford Courant. 1970-01-07. p. 33A.
- Devaney, James J. (1968-12-22). "Architect 'Ted' Bellingrath, 34, Considers Individuals' Needs". Hartford Courant. p. 14B.
- "Fermi School Project Seen In 'Good Shape'". Hartford Courant. 1971-02-25. p. 48C.
- http://enfield-ct.gov/filestorage/725/5783/Enrico_Fermi_ENV_Report_ADDENDUM.pdf http://enfield-ct.gov/content/91/803/142/7433/6292.aspx
- Enrico Fermi High School website
- Fermi Baseball
- Fermi Football
- Fermi Music
- Friends of Fermi Wrestling