Enfield High School
|Enfield High School|
|1264 Enfield Street
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Enfield High School's Main Entrance and Atrium|
|School district||Enfield Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Forest green, Vegas Gold, White and Black , , ,|
|Website||Enfield Public Schools|
Enfield High School is a secondary school established in 1893 in Enfield, Connecticut. The Enfield High School campus is located in the Connecticut River Valley, on Enfield Street (U.S. Route 5) in Enfield's Historical District. The school has an enrollment of approximately 1400 students. The present facility was built in 1964 on Enfield Street. The facility underwent a $6.2 million dollar renovation and library addition completed in 2005, and a $103 million dollar "as-new" renovation and significant expansion completed in 2017. In May 2010, Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School underwent a consolidation process as part of the restructuring and improvement plan of Enfield Public Schools. Enfield High School operates as the town's sole high school, which houses both students from Enfield High School and the previous Enrico Fermi High School, which closed its doors in 2016.
- 1 Enfield High School Complex
- 2 Graduation requirements
- 3 Block scheduling
- 4 Curriculum
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Clubs and organizations
- 7 Notable events
- 8 Notable alumni and staff
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Enfield High School Complex
|Athletic Director: Barry Bernstein|
Football: James Lyver
Boys basketball: Kevin Zalucki
Enfield High School is located on a hill off the Connecticut River. On a clear winter day, the Appalachian Mountains can be seen from the campus. Reminiscent of the Cold War, the facility's structure was constructed in the 1960s with a concrete slab supported with outside supporting buttressing columns. The structure once contained a bomb shelter that could be accessed through "The Tunnel" located in the basement level of A and B Buildings as the boiler room's pipe tunnels were designed to serve as bomb shelters. Enfield High School structure is organized as a U-shaped building, consisting of five primary sections or "wings" of the school, with each wing containing specific academic, athletic, or vocational programs. The school has more than 113 classrooms (all equipped with smart board projectors and technology), a school store, a career center suite, guidance suite, conference spaces, student break-out study/collaborative rooms, weight and cardio rooms, an industrial culinary kitchen, outdoor patio cafe, a cafeteria for 700 students, and a 120,000-square-foot wing designed for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics classes. A performing arts music wing includes an auditorium and theatre that can seat nearly 1,000 people, and has expansive performing/practice space.
- "A Building" is the main academic building. This building holds four floors of classrooms, including the main atrium and lobby, computer labs, and administrative offices. In 2005 2,730 square feet (254 m2) of heavy renovation and 6,624 square feet (615.4 m2) of light renovation created 12 new classrooms in A Building as part of a library expansion project. In 2016, the wing was renovated as new, adding an expanded lobby and atrium entrance, new stairwell, and classrooms renovated as new, equipped with advanced technology.
- "B Building" consists of additional computer labs, lecture rooms, and the Library Media Center. These amenities were added to the school in 2005 as a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2), $6.2 multi million dollar addition. B Building also houses B Corridor, a connecting hallway with expansive views of the school's athletic fields complex and the Connecticut River, between A Building and C Concourse, original to the building. In 2016, B-wing was renovated as new, adding a new school store, career services suite, and guidance offices. The library prior to 2005 was previously located on the third floor of Enfield High School's A Building.
- Gymnasium/Cafeteria "C-Wing": Located located off B Corridor, which houses the Athletic Heritage Hall. Stairs off the corridor lead down to the basement level where the gym and locker rooms are located. In 2016, the gymnasium wing was expanded; the two floor gymnasium addition created new cardio wellness and weight rooms, athletic training facilities, new locker rooms, and a new separate lobby entrance for event attendees. There is also an auxiliary gym for extra practice space and locker rooms for visiting teams. An expanded cafeteria that seats nearly 700 students is part of this wing, including new culinary labs.
- Enrico Fermi STEAM Wing "E-Wing": the high school's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) wing is a new 120,000 sq.ft. addition to the south side of the high school, which completed construction in 2015. The wing features state-of-the-art technological capabilities, smart boards in each classroom, science labs, a four-bay automotive workshop, engineering and technology labs, and student break-out collaborative study areas. The Enrico Fermi wing replaced "D-wing," the school's science wing original to the 1960s construction, was demolished in 2016.
- Performing Arts & Music Wing "D-Wing": A new music wing addition built in 2017 houses an expanded theatre housing approximately 1,000 patrons, expanded stage and orchestral music pit for theatre productions, music/choral classrooms, and an expansive band room located behind the stage. The wing will feature its own lobby space for events.
The Enfield High School Campus consists of the "Walk-of-Fame" located in front of the flag pole, six tennis courts located at the main gate, and athletic fields (some with artificial turf) which went through a multi-million dollar renovation in 2008. The athletic complex is located down the hill off the Connecticut River. In 2016, the campus was entirely reconstructed with a new driveway, new traffic flow, new parking layout, and landscaping. A retaining wall was erected by cutting into the existing hill behind the school in order to expand parking. A separate bus drop-off and separate parent pick-up/drop-off loop was also constructed in the front of the building. A parking lot was constructed in place of the school's previous D-wing, which was demolished in 2016.
Head Start is a state sponsored program which allows young children an early start to an education. Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that encompasses Early Child Development and Health Services, Family and Community Partnerships, and Program Design and Management. These areas include family support, education, health, mental health, disabilities, nutrition, social services and family involvement. Previously part of the EHS's A Building, Head Start currently houses its own new building (built in 2004) adjacent to Enfield High School as part of the complex. Enfield's Head Start began in 1978 and now has 104 children in 6 classrooms.
A graduate of the Enfield Public Schools must have earned a minimum of 22 credits, must have met the established credit distribution requirement, and must have earned a 4.0 (C-) average for all courses required for graduation. In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, students must also meet additional performance standards. Beginning with the graduation class of 2006, literacy and numeracy performance standards shall be required with an ultimate goal to improve learning for every student.
Block scheduling was implemented in the 2016-2017 school year with a staggered rotating schedule, allowing students to take more than 8 courses with approximately 80 minutes of instruction time allocated to each class per day. A newly created "Eagle Hour" allows to students one hour of lunch time, where students are allowed to eat throughout the building in designated "Eagle Hour Availability" areas, student breakout rooms, and may meet with teachers, study, meet with clubs during this time. Due to the influx of students from the two high school merger, four "Dean of Students" positions were created with each Dean assigned to a grade 9 through 12. This is similar to the Housemaster administrative setup at the town's middle school.
Core Curriculum: Enfield High School's core curriculum is a comprehensive liberal arts education through learning and cultural experiences within and beyond the classroom. The school offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum in which students may participate in Advanced Placement courses and in University of Connecticut Early College Experience program.
Advanced Placement Courses: Enfield High School provides a variety of Advanced Placement courses for the acquisition of college credits.
UCONN ECE (Early College Experience): The University of Connecticut Early College Experience (UConn ECE) is an opportunity for students to take college courses in high school through the University of Connecticut curriculum. Every UConn ECE course is equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut. There are approximately forty courses in over twenty disciplines made available to partner high schools. UConn ECE courses are taught on the high school campus by UConn certified high school instructors. UConn ECE students benefit by taking college courses in a familiar setting with an instructor they know. 
College Career Pathways (Tech-Prep): This program links high school courses with programs at Asnuntuck Community College. Depending on the program, students may earn up to 13 semester hours of college credit at no cost.
Vocational Education: Programs offered at Enfield High School include Marketing Education and Automotive Mechanics.
Clubs and organizations
EHS has a number of extracurricular activities including:
During the 2000s, Enfield High School has restructured and updated its security and discipline policies. After events such as the September 11th attacks, the Columbine High School Massacre, the Virginia Tech Shootings, and Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the school has vowed to make the school a safe and welcoming learning environment for students and staff, through increased security measures, practices of the school lock-down procedure, through the use of security checkpoints, and protective school windows and technological improvements to limit and secure entry into the building.
In April 2007, a student was arrested for violently threatening other classmates. After several complaints and reports, police investigated his home to find a hit list of more than a dozen names. The fifteen-year-old student was immediately arrested and charged with a breach of peace. The student had apparently been bullied and hoped "to get even."
Water main break of 2008
After the Christmas break and the 2008 New Year, Enfield High School was closed for five extra days due to a water main break underneath the school which flooded the entire A, B, and C buildings, the lower basement level, the auditorium, and the gymnasium. As a result of the damage, the gymnasium and the auditorium were rendered useless. The water had caused the floors to buckle in the gymnasium, while mold grew in the auditorium. The damage also caused two fires at the main building, one in the basement, and one in the gymnasium.
Days lost due to the flood and fires at Enfield High were made up during April vacation per request of the State of Connecticut's mandatory 180-day school year. During the summer of 2008, the school campus was under full construction. The new athletic fields were finished by fall of 2008, the new gymnasium floors were completed for the school opening, and the damaged lecture halls were completed in January 2009.
Enfield High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1995, the school was placed on "warning status" due to inadequate facilities, poor condition of the sports complex, safety concerns, low teacher morale, and the vagueness of the school's mission statement. Issues of concern from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges were addressed with the construction of renovated classroom space and the library expansion in 2005. In 2006, while Enfield High School passed accreditation, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges cited additional issues concerning insufficient storage space, improper balance and inadequate ventilation between rooms through the HVAC system, and poor condition of the school's science labs. If the school's accreditation status is lost, legitimate colleges generally will not accept students from an unaccredited high school. Controversy amongst town residents has called for a major restructuring and consolidation of the town's schools in order to improve education and effective allocation of the town's resources to its schools. In 2016, the town's high schools consolidated into a newly expanded and renovated high school building.
Consolidation of Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School
The Town of Enfield and its Board of Education voted in May 2010 for the redistricting of Enfield Public Schools and consolidation of the town's two high schools due to decreases in student enrollment. From the 1970s through 2016, the Enfield Public School district consisted of two high schools. During a 2012 study, student population trends projected through the year 2021 showed significant decreases. Enrollment data from the most recent Prowda, Ph.D. Report, released February 19, 2012, indicated that high school age enrollment for the town of Enfield has fallen from 2075 students in 2008 to 1812 students in the recently completed 2011-12 school year. Future Prowda enrollment projections show further declines to 1575 students in 2015 and 1334 students by the year 2020. Enrico Fermi High School opened in 1971 not long after the present Enfield High School opened due to large graduating classes of the baby boomer generation when double sessions were required and graduating classes exceeded 700 students each session. Graduating sizes for each school today are presently around 200 students. As of 2012, Enfield High School enrolled approximately 800 students while Enrico Fermi High School enrolled approximately 1,000 students. In 2016, both high schools merged into Enfield High School with an enrollment of approximately 1400 students.
In 2010, Enrico Fermi High School was considered for the location of the consolidated high school. However, the facility's location on a corner lot prevented further expansion without expanding onto the newly renovated fields. Furthermore, the school's contaminated soils were capped in 2007. If expansion were to occur, the town would have to incur millions of dollars in expense for the remediation of the contaminated soils on the Enrico Fermi High School location. Enfield High School's campus allowed for a sizable expansion of the building. Additionally, the town still owes a bond for the 2005 library expansion. Per the Board of Education vote on January 10, 2012 to approve Enfield High School as the location of the future consolidated high school.
Plans for the consolidated building at Enfield High School by the firm, Silver Petrucelli & Associates, and construction company, Gilbane, called for a four floor "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) wing addition to the south end of the building off A-wing which will include state-of-the-art science labs and classrooms. A-wing will see a "like-new" renovation, as well the rest of the facility, that would gut the entire building to its core structure and will construct updated classrooms. A grand lobby with a tiered glass enclosure is proposed for the main entrance. B-wing plans to house an expanded guidance department and career services office. Expansion to the gymnasium out of the north end of the building will result in renovated locker rooms and health classrooms; and cardio, wellness, and weight rooms. Expansion to the cafeteria and auditorium will double their size. Renovations to C-wing also include a second lobby for the performing arts music wing with expanded music classrooms, practice rooms, and offices. The entire building will be implemented with advanced technology and air-conditioning. Site-plans reworked campus landscaping, traffic flow, and parking spaces for faculty and students. The total cost of construction for the expansion and renovation to Enfield High School is approximately $103 million. However with a reimbursement rate from the State of Connecticut at approximately 73% the town will pay a share of approximately $35 million, bonded over 20 years. The closing of Enrico Fermi High School as a school will result in approximately $2 million in savings each year. Plans state that savings from the closing of one high school will pay for the 20 year bond, according to the Enfield Pre-Referendum High School Consolidation Committee. If the referendum did not pass, Enfield's two high schools would have remained open, but would have required limited renovations for updates to each facility at a cost of $50 million each, which would not be reimbursable by the state, in order to adhere to the State of Connecticut's new educational mandates that go into effect in 2017. Moreover, issues with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations had to be addressed in both buildings. The referendum went to town's voters in November 2012, and passed by a 2:1 margin.
The consolidation plans to save money because the town will no longer have two high school budgets. Academically, the plan is seen as high priority in order to improve the town's educational system on the secondary level. Because the current high school curriculum split between two high schools, a curriculum of a consolidated high school will allow for more expanded vocational studies, flexible scheduling, and a competitive curriculum with diverse course offerings. Talks of consolidation have been ongoing since May 2010, a referendum passed in 2012, and construction began in 2014. Enfield High School and Fermi High School merged in 2016 school year.
On May 25, 2010, Enfield Schools voted on the concept of a single high school and a middle school for sixth through eighth-graders. Enfield Schools also approved reconfiguring all the elementary schools, which could lead to the closing of two elementary school facilities. The Strategic Planning Committee recommended redrawing school districts in 2011 by having separate schools for pre-K to second grade and grades 3-5 and to account for the single middle and high schools. The closed elementary schools were closed and reused for other town purposes.
Colors, mascot, and symbol
Prior to the two high schools' consolidation in 2016, town residents have questioned the new school name, colors, and mascot. Controversy in the past with Enfield High School’s discriminatory "Raider" mascot has forced the new high school to either stay with Enrico Fermi’s "Falcon" mascot or adopt a new one. Sports leagues regulations also have strict guidelines on mascots found offensive by different minority groups.
The mascot "Chief Wahoo", was taken away after complaints from a teacher were received concerning the controversy of its presentation. The students have shown much dissatisfaction and would like him returned. The school administration currently does not allow the use of the Raider mascot during public events. However, until 2016, the school still used the Raider logo on the basketball court, school flyers and notices and school sponsored events.
In February 2013, the Enfield Board of Education voted for the Eagle to be the consolidated high school's new mascot. A survey was taken of 1,500 students from Enfield High School, Fermi High School, and John F. Kennedy Middle School as an opinion to influence a final decision to be made by the Board. As a result of the survey, top choices for mascots were the Falcon, Eagle, and Spartan. Top color choices were and blue/gold and black/green/gold, which the school board favored and subsequently adopted. The decision for the Eagle was influenced by the presence of American bald eagles on the property, which occasionally make an appearance during sporting events and school gatherings.
Notable alumni and staff
- John Ashton - actor best known for his role as Det. Sgt. John Taggart in Beverly Hills Cop and Beverly Hills Cop II
- Kevin Foxe - new media and film producer, most known for "The Blair Witch Project"
- Craig Janney - former NHL hockey player, captured two state shampionships with the EHS Varsity Hockey team, before going to Deerfield Academy
- Peter King - Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated
- Karen Scavotto - Olympic archer
- The Last Goodnight, members of the band originally from Enfield and formerly called Renata. The album's first single, "Pictures of You" became a pop radio hit in the summer of 2007.
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