Hartford Public High School
Hartford Public High School, in Hartford, Connecticut, was founded in 1638. It is the second-oldest public secondary school in the United States, after to the Boston Latin School. It is part of the Hartford Public Schools district.
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, which were 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.
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," and "Hartford Public." Its official mascot is an owl. 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. The school has been relocated and remodeled several times during its 350-year existence. 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.
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.
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 focuses 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 underwent 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.
- Edward M. Gallaudet class of 1851, President of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC from 1864-1910
- Pete Naktenis class of 1932, former MLB player (Philadelphia Athletics, Cincinnati Reds)
- Monk Dubiel class of 1936, former MLB player (New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs)
- George Kirgo class of 1943, screenwriter, author, humorist, former WGAW president (1987 -1991), and founding member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress
- George Athanson class of 1946, Mayor of Hartford 1971-1981
- Lindy Remigino class of 1949, two-time gold medalist in track, 1952 Olympics
- Nick Koback class of 1953, former MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Bob Nash class of 1968, former head basketball coach, University of Hawaii, 2007–2010
- Franklin Chang-Diaz class of 1969, NASA astronaut
- Marlon Starling class of 1976, WBC & WBA Welterweight World Champion
- Eddie A. Perez class of 1976, Mayor of Hartford, 2001–2010
- Michael Adams class of 1981, NBA All-Star and NBA coach
- Marcus Camby class of 1993, NBA player 1996-
- Varhola, Michael (2011). Life in Civil War America. F+W Media. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- Notable Alumni
- Hartford Public's homepage
- Hartford Public High School "Strategic School Profile 2005-2006", Connecticut Department of Education
- Hartford Public High School Web page at Great Schools Web site