Norwich Free Academy
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|The Norwich Free Academy|
|Norwich, Connecticut, USA|
|Type||Public (often described as Independent)|
|Motto||Tradition & Innovation|
|Number of students||More than 2300|
|Color(s)||Red & White|
|Athletics||Eastern CT Conference
The Norwich Free Academy (commonly called "NFA") founded in 1854 and in operation since 1856, is a high school located in the city of Norwich, Connecticut. The Academy serves as the primary high school for Norwich and the surrounding towns of Canterbury, Bozrah, Voluntown, Sprague, Lisbon, Franklin, Preston and several others. It was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2001. The class of 2006 graduated in NFA's 150th year of operation.
The Norwich Free Academy was incorporated in 1855 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature, and it operates as an endowed educational institution. It is governed by its Board of Trustees without control from either the City of Norwich or the Norwich Public Schools. The Academy therefore describes itself as an independent school. The Connecticut State Department of Education does not list NFA in its list of non-public schools, and therefore considers it to be a public school because the state of Connecticut oversees the school. NFA is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. NFA serves as a secondary school of choice to Norwich and seven surrounding communities (Bozrah, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague, and Voluntown), as well as tuition students.
NFA is located at 305 Broadway  across from Park Church and the Chelsea Parade. The campus contains seven buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the most prominent being the Slater Memorial Museum.
Graduation Rate for Class of 2006: 93.6%
State Average: 92.2%
Varsity sport teams
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Track and Field
The oldest high school football rivalry in the United States is between Norwich Free Academy and New London High School. The first meeting between NFA and the Buckeley School for Boys occurred May 12, 1875; Buckeley merged with Chapman Technical High School in 1951 to become New London High School and the rivalry with NFA continued. The games have been noncontinuous, interrupted by World War I and a 2-year hiatus after a brawl in 1951. Some years saw them play against each other more than once a season. The two teams played their 152nd game in November, 2013.
- John-Manuel Andriote (1976) - author and journalist
- Allyn L. Brown (1901) - lawyer, judge, and Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
- Eric Campbell (2005) - professional baseball player (New York Mets)
- Andrew Carignan (2004) - professional baseball player (San Francisco Giants)
- Scott Chiasson (1995) - former professional baseball player
- William J. Evans (1942) - Air Force general; former commander-in-chief of United States Air Forces in Europe
- John H. Fanning, ? - lawyer; member and chairman of the National Labor Relations Board
- Sidney Frank (1938) - businessman
- Henry Jerome (1935) - band leader and record company executive
- Wally Lamb (1968) - author (She's Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True)
- Edwin H. Land (1926) - scientist and inventor, co-founder of Polaroid
- Dominic Leone (2009) - professional baseball player (Seattle Mariners)
- William J. Mills, ? - jurist and last governor of New Mexico Territory
- Cathy Osten (1973) - Connecticut senator
- Robert J. Papp, Jr. (1970) - Coast Guard admiral; former Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
- Don Pardo (1937) - television announcer (Saturday Night Live)
- Matt Shaughnessy (2005) - professional football player (Arizona Cardinals)
- Pete Slosberg (1968) - brewer, founder of Pete's Brewing Company
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