Cony High School

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Cony High School
Address
60 Pierce Drive
Augusta, Maine, Kennebec 04330
United States
Coordinates 44°18′49″N 69°44′58″W / 44.3135°N 69.7494°W / 44.3135; -69.7494Coordinates: 44°18′49″N 69°44′58″W / 44.3135°N 69.7494°W / 44.3135; -69.7494
Information
School type Public
Motto Cultura-Honestum-Salubritas
("Knowledge-Integrity-Healthfulness")[2]
Founder Daniel Cony
Superintendent James Anastasio
School code 200040
Principal Kim Silsby
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 1,011[1]
Hours in school day 6 hrs, 35 min.
Color(s) Red & White          
Song Cony Song
Athletics conference Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference
Mascot "Rameses"
Team name Rams
Rival Gardiner High School
Yearbook Coniad

Cony High School is a public school located in Augusta, Maine that educates students from 7th to 12th grade.[3] Cony draws its students from Augusta, as well as the surrounding communities of Chelsea, China, Jefferson, Palermo, Somerville, Vassalboro, Whitefield, and Windsor.[3]

The school's origins are in the Cony Female Academy, which was founded in 1816 by Daniel Cony to provide free education to orphans and other girls under the age of 16.[4] The school later expanded into a co-ed high school. In the fall of 2006, the city of Augusta opened a new Cony High School adjacent to the Capital Area Technical Center on Pierce Drive. Three years later, it was consolidated with local middle schools, and currently serves grades 7-12.

The new building is architecturally linked to the design of the Old Cony High School building which featured a wedge-shaped flatiron design. The flatiron building has been preserved as a building of historical significance and is in the National Register of Historical Places in Maine.

The current enrollment for Cony High is approximately 1,000 students.[3] The drop out rate at Cony has increased to 12%.

Athletics[edit]

Cony competes in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference as a Class A school in all sports but football. The Rams field teams in football, soccer, field hockey, cross country, golf, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, indoor track, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball tennis, lacrosse, and outdoor track. Cony and rival Gardiner Area High School hold the longest-running high school football rivalry in the country.[citation needed] Since 1892, the two teams have met 123 continuous years, with Cony holding a 65-55-10 advantage. Cony is well known for having one of the rowdiest student cheering sections in the state, referred to as the "Cony Crazies."

  • Baseball - Class A State Champions (1990, 1991).[5]
  • Girls' Basketball - Class A State Champions (1987, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2007).[6]
  • Boys' Basketball - Class A State Champions (1966, 1973, 1978).[6]
  • Football - Class B State Champions (1932, 2013)[7]
  • Field Hockey - Class A State Champions (1982, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995).[8]
  • Softball - Class A State Champions (1983, 2012).[9]
  • Girls' Tennis - Class A State Champions (1991).[10]
  • Boys' Tennis - Class A State Champions (1993, 1972).[10]

Chizzle Wizzle[edit]

Cony High School's "Chizzle Wizzle" variety show is the longest running high school production in the United States.[11] It originated in the 1890s as a football fundraiser and has evolved into a major part of the Augusta community. In 2016, the production hit the stage for its 125th consecutive year.[12][13] The show consists of two halves, Olio and Minstrel. The production runs for 4 nights at the end of every March and culminates with the Chizzle Wizzle Ball on Saturday night. The name, "Chizzle Wizzle" comes from one of the school's many old cheers: "Chizzle Wizzle, Chizzle Wizzle, sis boom bah! Cony High, Cony High, rah, rah, rah!"

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dw.education.maine.gov/DirectoryManager/Web/Maine_report/SnapshotGeneral.aspx
  2. ^ "Principal's Message". Cony High School. Retrieved 2009-04-09. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Cony Homepage". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cony Female Academy". Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Maine Baseball State Champions". Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Maine Principals' Association". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. 
  7. ^ "Maine Principals' Association". 
  8. ^ "Maine Field Hockey State Champions". Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Maine Softball State Champions". Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Maine Tennis State Champions". Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Chizzle Wizzle continued history of excellence". Kennebec Journal. 2006. Retrieved March 1, 2011. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Chizzle Wizzle's 119th production hits the stage". Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Chizzle Wizzle, the nation's longest-running student variety show, to mark its 125th year". 
  14. ^ "Julia Clukey: The official website of Olympian Julia Clukey". 

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