Brien McMahon High School
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|Brien McMahon High School|
|300 Highland Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06854
|Motto||Home of the Senators|
|Principal||Suzanne Brown Koroshetz|
|Red, white and blue
Brien McMahon High School is a secondary school located in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. It is named after Brien McMahon, a former United States Senator from Norwalk. The school's mascot is a Senator with the school colors being red, white, and blue. The school's first senior class graduated in 1962. The current principal is Suzanne Brown Koroshetz.
The school's crosstown rival is Norwalk High School; they compete in an annual Thanksgiving Day football game. The boys' lacrosse team was the Division 2 State Champion in 2000 and Division 1 runner-up in 2005. The football team was State Champion in 1994. The girls' lacrosse team was Division 2 State Champion runner-up in 2007. The baseball team was Class LL State Champion runner-up in 2009 and was the FCIAC Central Division Champion in 1998 and 2006. Brien McMahon is a member of the FCIAC athletic conference.
The school's marching band, the Marching Senators, is known for its ability in competition. It performs several times each year in prestigious venues such as MetLife Stadium. They have also won several New England Championships, in 2013 and 2015.
The Center for Global Studies is a magnet school within Brien McMahon High School. This is a magnet program for students in Fairfield County who want to learn Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese languages, and the respective culture and history. A Middle Eastern Studies program was introduced in fall of 2006.
Constructed in 1957, Brien McMahon High School first enrolled students during the 1958-1959 school year. The first graduating class was 1962. In 2006 the school had a huge reconstruction that turned it into the glass behemoth that is it today. Unlike its rival, Norwalk High, McMahon was not designed by a prison architect but instead by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects.
On September 29, 2010, the school began a garden project to convert its center courtyard into a garden for the entire school to use. Volunteers from Pepperidge Farm, the school's National Honor Society, teachers, and students began the garden, which is used for biology classes, cooking classes, and other classes around the school.
The school hosts a large Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, currently taught by retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel Robert Killackey and retired Navy Chief David Pascoe. The unit sends a group of cadets every year to Basic Leadership Training, hosted by Bethel's NJROTC unit and taking place at Camp Natural Bridge at West Point Military Academy. Senior Cadets have the opportunity to compete for spots in Leadership Academy, which takes place at Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island . Other events held by the organization are yearly field trips to Groton Submarine Base, participation in the Norwalk Memorial Day Parade, Participation in the annual Shea-McGrath Ceremony (Honoring two Medal of Honor recipients from Norwalk]]
Notable alumni include:
- Jesse Bradford, actor and former McMahon Homecoming King
- Travis Simms, pro boxer in the super welterweight division, former champion
- Mitch Longley, TV, stage and screen actor, founder of the non-profit organization SOWOHO
- Idris Price, former NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Kevin Morton, former MLB player for the Boston Red Sox
- Daniel Walsh, winner of a bronze medal in rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Rita Williams, former professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
- "Gardens will nourish students mentally and physically". Norwalk Citizen. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Official website
- Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School website
- Brien McMahon High School Web pages at Great Schools website
- Brien McMahon High School "Strategic School Profile 2005-2006", Connecticut Department of Education[permanent dead link]
- Brien McMahon High School Marching Band Website