Hartford Public High School

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Hartford Public High School, in Hartford, Connecticut, was founded in 1638. It is the second-oldest public secondary school in the United States,[1] second to the Boston Latin School. It is part of the Hartford Public Schools district.

History[edit]

The school was founded as Thomas Hooker's Latin school in 1638. By the 18th century it was known as the Hartford Grammar School and taught Greek and Latin; subjects necessary to young men planning to enter college and prepare for the ministry. English subjects were added in 1847 and the name was changed to Hartford Public High School.[citation needed]

Modern School[edit]

The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Hartford Public Schools.

Hartford Public is located in the southwest corner of the Asylum Hill neighborhood in the capital city of Hartford, Connecticut. The school abuts the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the Mark Twain House. The school population comprises about 1300 students. It has been nicknamed "HPHS," "Hartford High," "Hartford Public." The official mascot is an owl.[citation needed] Hartford Public is known for numerous state championships in swimming, football, basketball, and wrestling, dating from the early 20th century through to the present day.[citation needed] The school has been relocated and remodeled several times during its 350-year existence.[citation needed] It experiencied the largest remodeling project in decades, which includes a new field house, new classrooms, and a complete change in its exterior design.

Smaller Learning Communities/Academies The academies at HPHS are "smaller learning communities" designed to provide a nurturing atmosphere to assist each student.[citation needed]

Academy of Engineering and Green Technology: The Technology Academy is a smaller learning community for students in grades 9 through 12. The academy provides an exemplary high school education that prepares students for post-secondary education and employment. Students explore many areas of technology, which include desktop publishing, digital photography, computer refurbishing, networking, design engineering, manufacturing and robotics.

Law and Government Academy: The Law and Government Academy serves students in grades 9 through 12. The academy provides students with a small learning environment focused on guiding high school graduates to police and fire academies, community service careers, and legal careers, as well as two- and four- year colleges and universities. The academy is focused on developing strong and capable citizens who can take on leadership roles throughout their community. One of its highlighted attributes is an available internship with the city of Hartford for its students.

Nursing Academy: The Nursing Academy is a smaller learning community for students in grades 9 through 12. The academy provides students with a small learning environment which will focus on health care careers . Each of the strands of technology that are concentrated in this academy focus on career opportunities with job shadowing, mentorships, and internships.

Construction and Renovation Hartford Public High School had undergone an extensive renovation project. The project included demolishing the existing building to the structural skeleton. New construction restored the school’s historic character and included new landscaping, architecture, engineering and telecommunications.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Varhola, Michael (2011). Life in Civil War America. F+W Media. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 41°45′52″N 72°42′04″W / 41.7645°N 72.701°W / 41.7645; -72.701