Cheshire High School

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Cheshire High School
525 South Main Street


Coordinates41°29′24″N 72°54′25″W / 41.490048°N 72.907022°W / 41.490048; -72.907022
School districtCheshire Public Schools
SuperintendentJeff Solan
PrincipalMary Gadd
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment1,445 (2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15:1
Red and white
MascotRamsey the Ram
NewspaperThe Rampage
WebsiteCheshire High School
Senator Chris Murphy on election day, 2018. Cheshire High School is a polling place.

Cheshire High School is a comprehensive public high school serving approximately 1,538 students; it is the sole comprehensive high school of Cheshire Public Schools.

Located at 525 South Main Street in Cheshire, Connecticut, Cheshire High School is 15 miles (24 km) north of New Haven and 25 miles (40 km) south of Hartford. It is the town's sole public high school.

As of 2016, Cheshire High School has approximately 1,538 students, 104 faculty members, six guidance counselors, three assistant principals, and one principal.[2] The school is accredited by the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.[3]


Advanced Placement courses[edit]

Cheshire High School offers Advanced Placement courses in subjects including biology, calculus, chemistry, English language, English literature, AP Human Geography, environmental science, European history, French, German, Latin, music theory, physics, psychology, Spanish, statistics, studio art, United States government, and United States history.

World Languages[edit]

Currently Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish are offered as world languages to take as electives. Chinese (Simplified) only has one online course compared to the rest of the languages that offer upwards of three language levels worth of classes.


The last renovations to Cheshire High School were completed during the summer of 2000. Prior to this, the school was last renovated in 1971. Designed by DeCarlo & Doll, Inc. and built by Trataros Construction, Inc., the renovations added 73,400 square feet (6,820 m2) of space at a cost of over eight million dollars.[4]

The renovation brought to the school a new two-story wing of about 51,000 square feet (4,700 m2),[4] containing:

  • Thirteen classrooms, which now primarily house math and foreign language classes
  • Two computer labs
  • A common area, which primarily serves as a cafeteria
  • Administrative and guidance offices

A new band room was also built in the rear of the building. Additionally, three science classrooms were renovated, faculty parking lots were created, and landscaping work was done in the front of school, around the new wing. As this new addition faced the main road, it became the new facade and main entrance to the school. Previously, the main entrance was tucked away at the south side of the building.

In 2011, the Technology Department received a $73,000 grant to improve its video studio. Cheshire High School offers multiple media-based classes which use the studio, including video production and news media production. Graduates had been excelling at media colleges for years prior to the renovation and now are doing so to a greater extent.


Cheshire High School participates in the Southern Connecticut Conference.


The Rams baseball team won the class LL state championship in 2018, defeating the Ridgefield High School Tigers by a score of (?).[5]


Division 2 SCC/CIAC


The Rams softball team won their first class LL state championship in 2016, defeating Amity Highschool 5-0 to cap their first ever unbeaten season finishing 27-0. [6]


The Marching Ram Band, founded in 1983 by Band Director Ray Mancinelli, has won many competitions and championships, including the 2007 Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida, and many EMBA (Eastern Marching Band Association) and USSBA[7][8] and MAC Championship[9] titles. The Ram Band also marched in prestigious parades such as the 43rd Presidential Inaugural Parade, the 1999 Tournament of Roses Parade, and the 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band was scheduled to play for the Queen of the United Kingdom in London's 2012 New Year's Parade, but was unable to do so due to economic issues. The band has captured many USSBA and MAC titles including the 2005 New England and National Group 5 Open title with their show "Dimensions of Time" taken from an original composition by John Meehan. They won the New England and National Championship for group 5 Open with their show "Snapshots". In 2007 the band received 3rd place at Championships in Group 5 Open with their show "Frida". In 2008 although the band was a Group 4 Open size, they were allowed to compete in 5 Open that year with their show "C2 Code" capturing second place at USSBA Championships. In 2009 the band went undefeated in 3 Open with their show "Bugging Out" and won the 3 Open Northern States championship.

The current band director is John L. Kuhner.

Below is a table of the band's shows and placements:

Year Show Placement and score
1988 EMBA class 4/5 Champion
1989 EMBA class 4 Champion
1991 Mack the Knife, Can-Can, and others
1992 The Four Seasons
1993 Dvorak's New World Symphony
1994 The Three Musketeers
1995 Cirque du Soleil
1999 Carmina Burana
2001 Heroic Journey
2002 First Flight
2003 Dance Portraits
2004 The Storm 2nd Place USSBA Group V Open
2005 Dimensions of Time 1st place USSBA Group V Open
2006 Snapshots 1st Place USSBA Group V Open
2007 Freda 3rd Place USSBA Group V Open
2008 C2 Code 2nd Place USSBA Group V Open
2009 Bugging Out 1st USSBA Northern States Group III Open
2010 Ping 11th USSBA Group IV Open
2014 Out of the Darkness, Into the Light 5th US Bands Group IV Open 95.988
2015 Duality 8th US Bands Group V Open 93.625
2016 The Midas Touch 5th US Bands Group V Open 94.725
2017 Transcend 5th US Bands Group V Open 94.038
2018 You've Changed 9th US Bands Group V Open 91.963
2019 When The Clock Strikes 12 7th US Bands Group V Open 91.825
2020 N/A Season Canceled Due To The COVID-19 Pandcemic
2021 The Enchanted Forest

Cheshire's Winter Percussion Ensemble won first place two years in a row (2008–09) at MAC Championships with their shows "Circuitry" and "Bent, Warped, and Twisted." They also won USSBA National Championships in the AAA category in 2011 with their show "What-If."[10][11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Note: Birth and death dates listed do not reflect attendance at Cheshire High School.


  1. ^ "Cheshire High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "How Does Cheshire High School Rank Among America's Best High Schools?". Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  3. ^ Class of 200 Profile[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Awards – DeCarlo & Doll, Inc Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Topic Galleries". Courant. Retrieved January 17, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^
  7. ^ "US Scholastic Band Association: 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-12-12.
  8. ^ "US Scholastic Band Association". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28.
  9. ^ "Fall 2009 Scores". Musical Arts Conference.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Winter 2008 Scores". Archived from the original on 2009-04-14.
  11. ^ "Winter 2009 Scores".[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Brad Ausmus Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012.

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Coordinates: 41°29′58″N 72°54′04″W / 41.4995°N 72.9012°W / 41.4995; -72.9012