Ansonia High School (Connecticut)

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Ansonia High School
20 Pulaski Highway
Ansonia, Connecticut 06401
United States
Coordinates 41°19′47″N 73°03′50″W / 41.3297°N 73.064°W / 41.3297; -73.064Coordinates: 41°19′47″N 73°03′50″W / 41.3297°N 73.064°W / 41.3297; -73.064
School type High school
Founded 1675
Opened 1999
Sister school Derby
Superintendent Dr. Carol Merlone
Principal Terri Goldson
Employees 79
Enrollment 683
Color(s) Blue and White
Song Oh Lavender
Nickname Chargers
Team name Ansonia Chargers
Rival Derby CT
Accreditation Connecticut State Department of Education
Newspaper The Charger Pride

Ansonia High School is a public four-year high school located in Ansonia, Connecticut. It has approximately 683 students in grades 9 through 12. About 71.2 percent of the student body is Caucasian; 28.8 percent is minority. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the Connecticut State Department of Education.


Ansonia High school was originally located on the east side of the Naugatuck River, at the foot of Prospect Street, near the intersection of North and South Cliff Streets. Today the lot serves as a small park and playground. The building burned in a massive fire on February 23, 1939[1] According to the Evening Sentinel, the building was being used for eighth and ninth grades at the time of the fire, and served 590 students. The fire started in the basement and ten were injured while fighting it.

The original building was erected in 1880. A new high school was opened in 1937, located on Howard Avenue on the west side of the Naugatuck River. This was relocated to the east side, where a new building opened in 1999. The previous building became the new Ansonia Middle School.

The school has 79 employees. The staff has an average of 13.9 years of experience. 80 percent have a master's degree and 42 percent trained for the Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) program as mentors, assessors, or cooperating teachers. The school year contains two semesters and four marking periods. The minimum passing grade for the school is a 60.

Graduation requirements[edit]

To graduate from Ansonia High School, a student needs four credits in English, three in social studies (including United States history), two credits in science, three credits in math, one credit in a vocational education or art, one credit in physical education, a half credit in computer applications, and half a credit in health.


In the mid-1970s, the high school adopted the "Chargers" as its mascot.

The football team has won the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Joseph W. Kelly Trophy - awarded to Connecticut's top football team - in '83, '89, '05, '06, '07, and '13.[2]

It has placed boys in the all-star basketball team for the state.[3] The boys' football team has also produced players who have been recruited for colleges.[4]

Ansonia is part of the Naugatuck Valley League[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Evening Sentinel, "Big Fire Ruins Old Ansonia High" Feb 24, 1939
  2. ^ "Ansonia High School To Receive Walter Camp's 2007 "Joseph W. Kelly" Trophy" (Press release). Walter Camp Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  3. ^ "All-Star Basketball Festival rosters," March 24, 2009, found at Connecticut Post website[permanent dead link]. Accessed March 26, 2009.
  4. ^ Mike Farrell,, in USA Today, "UConn translates on-field success into recruiting prowess," found at USA Today website. Accessed March 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Naugatuck Valley League.

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