Conard High School

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Conard High School
'Diversity is Strength'[1]
110 Beechwood Road
West Hartford, Connecticut, 06107
Coordinates 41°44′12″N 72°45′08″W / 41.7367°N 72.7523°W / 41.7367; -72.7523Coordinates: 41°44′12″N 72°45′08″W / 41.7367°N 72.7523°W / 41.7367; -72.7523
Type Public school
Established 1957
School district West Hartford Public Schools
Superintendent Thomas Moore
Principal Julio Duarte
Faculty 108 (2014)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1451 (2014)[2]
Color(s) Red and Gray         
Team name Chieftains
Rivals Hall High School
Newspaper The PowWow

Conard High School is a public high school in West Hartford, in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It opened in 1957, and was named after Frederick Underwood Conard, president of Niles-Bement-Pond Company and chairman of the local Board of Education when plans for the school were approved.[3] Conard is one of two West Hartford public high schools, the other being Hall High School.


Conard's first classes were held on September 4, 1957.[4] Conard was originally designed to accommodate 1100 students.[5] However, today there are more than 1500 students in attendance.

In 1999, Alphonse Chuck Landroche became Conard's principal. Landroche retired at the end of the 2007 school year.[6][7] Tom Moore became Conard's principal in 2007.[8] In 2010, Moore became assistant superintendent, which left Conard without a principal. In the fall of 2010, Dr. Peter Cummings became principal of Conard High School.

On February 23, 2015, fans of Conard and Hall High School basketball were involved in a physical conflict at their annual end-of-season rivalry game. [9]

Facts and statistics[edit]

As of 2007, Conard had 1,461 students, with 60.9% white, 19.1% Hispanic, 10.7% Black, 9.1% Asian American and 0.2% American Indian.[10]

Conard's mascot is an American Indian chieftain. This is denoted on the schools athletic jerseys by the letter "C" crossed with an Indian feather, which replaced the side profile of a chieftain in Fall of 2007.

As of 2007, Conard offers 26 AP courses.

There is a prominent rivalry between Conard High School and its cross-town counterpart, Hall High School.


  • Recognized by Newsweek magazine as the 329th best public high school in the nation in 2010.[11]
  • Recognized by Newsweek as Connecticut's top public high school in 2006, better than cross town rival Hall High School, based on "the number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2005 divided by the number of graduating seniors."[12]
  • Blue Ribbon School in 1984-85.[13]
  • Julio Duarte, current Principal of Conard High school, has been selected as the 2013 High School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools and is a contender for the National Assistant Principal of the Year Award.[14]

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