Fitch Senior High School

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Robert E. Fitch Senior High School is a public high school located in Groton, Connecticut. It is the only high school for its district, and services students from the district's two middle schools, Carl C Cutler Middle School in Mystic and West Side Middle School in Eastern Point, City Of Groton.

It serves the geographical region between the Mystic River in the east, and Thames River in the west, and has a northern boundary of the Ledyard town line. Major communities it serves include the City of Groton, the Town of Groton (including NAVSUBBASE NLON Groton Naval Housing), Groton Long Point, Noank, and parts of Mystic west of the Mystic River and south of Ledyard town line.

Fitch Senior High School
Motto Achieve More, Believe More, Care More
Established 1928
Type Public high school
Principal Joseph Arcarese
Students 1392
Grades 9-12
Location 101 Groton Long Point Road,
Groton, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates 41°20′24″N 72°00′47″W / 41.340°N 72.013°W / 41.340; -72.013Coordinates: 41°20′24″N 72°00′47″W / 41.340°N 72.013°W / 41.340; -72.013
District Groton Public Schools
Colors Red and Black
Mascot Falcon
Newspaper The Scarlet Tanager
Website http://www.groton.k12.ct.us/fhs

The school has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program since the 2004-2005 school year. By the 2006-2007 school year, 75 percent of students eligible for the diploma received it. The school also offers numerous Advanced Placement courses. The class of 2007 received $2 million in scholarships.[1]

In the 2006-2007 school year, 17.1 percent of the students were eligible for free or reduced-priced school lunches, up from 14.1 percent in 2002-2003. Statewide the average percentage is 22.9. The student body is 72.3 percent White, 12.5 percent Black, 7.4 percent Hispanic, 6.7 percent Asian-American, and 1.2 percent American Indian. A total of 4 percent of students speak languages other than English at home. Groton is the home of a U.S. Navy submarine base, and a relatively large number of students move in and out of the school district each year due to military transfers.[1]

History[edit]

The original Fitch High School (now the former location of Fitch Middle School) was built in 1928 next to the Town Hall on Poquonock Road, and was funded in part by the will of a local merchant, Charles Fitch, with the stipulation that it be named after his son, Robert E. Fitch. In the early 1950s, the district enrollment was larger than the school could handle. The school district decided to split to a Junior High and Senior High system. In 1954, the school district built a new school, the current Robert E. Fitch Senior High School, in its current location at the top of Fort Hill Road, and renamed the existing school Robert E. Fitch Junior High School.[2]

The new Robert E. Fitch Senior High School was a collection of 5 separate buildings, connected by uncovered outdoor walkways. The main building consisted of a gymnasium (today used as a small gymnasium), an auditorium (today used as the library), a cafeteria, office space, an art room, a music room, and a classroom. The 4 other buildings were constructed in the locations, until the 2006 renovations occurred, of the Art Annex building, the Mathematics wing, the Business class wing, and the HomeEc/machine shop wing.

In 1958 and 1963, new wings were added to the school (the English wing, the two Science Wings, and the Foreign Language/Social Studies wing), also connected by outdoor paths. In the 1970s and 1980s, a few new construction projects took place to turn the school into what many students would know for the next few decades. Where previously students would have to travel outside in all weather between buildings, all locations with the exception of the Art annex were enclosed and made part of the building, creating one large contiguous building. The path between the Art Annex and nearby Science wing was covered with an overhead roof. A new larger auditorium was constructed adjacent to the old one, and the old auditorium was turned into a library. A new larger gymnasium was constructed adjacent to the old gymnasium, which still continues to be used as a gymnasium. The cafeteria was renovated and expanded. The Home Economics wing had a garage attached, and a machine shop was created.

Renovations[edit]

In 2006, the school underwent its first major renovation in a few decades, in response to growing enrollment and need for more modern facilities. A large 3-wing structure was added to the front of the school, containing classrooms, updated laboratory space, and office space. A few older wings of the school were demolished, including the original 1950s Art annex, the original 1950s Mathematics wing, as well as the Foreign Language/Social Studies Wing and the two science wings. Many areas of the existing building were renovated, including turning the previous guidance office and main office locations into classroom space, large renovations to the original 1950s Home Economics and technology education wing, and converting the location previously used for the school store into a branch for a local bank. In February 2008, students returned from February vacation and began using the addition for the first time.

[1] Fitch High School, prior to the 2006-2008

[2] Robert E. Fitch High School as it presently stands.

Programs[edit]

  • Fitch is known for its variety of sports, especially in Football, Baseball, Track, and Softball.
  • This school is one of two in Connecticut to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
  • The school started a Peer Mediation program in the 2004-2005 school year.[1]
  • The Mentor/Mentee Program, also started in the 2004-2005 school year, has certified teachers meeting with 15 students every 21 school days.[1]
  • The school is home to FIRST Robotics Team #2168 - The Aluminum Falcons.[3]
  • The school offers a semester long Freshman Academic seminar to orient incoming freshmen.[1]
  • The Student-to-Student group helps guide new students for the first few days of school, introducing them to available extra-curricular activities and checking in with them throughout the school year.[1]
  • One of the more popular programs at the school is the Mr. Falcon Pageant, in which men from the school compete and are judged in the categories of Talent, Question-Answer, Spirit Video (short video on why the contestant should be Mr. Falcon), and a variety of dances they perform.

Clubs[edit]

Clubs at the school include:

  • Amphora (Literary art magazine)
  • Anime Arts Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Yearbook
  • Poets Anonymous
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • Outdoor Club

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Connecticut Department of Education. "Strategic School Profile 2006-07: High School Edition: Fitch Senior High School", retrieved January 26, 2008
  2. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=D-9IATWECjoC&pg=PA161&lpg=PA161&dq=robert+e+fitch+high+school+history&source=bl&ots=D5e5w18MXb&sig=avMpq9PZBWmWmqSPsDl-1ahclQc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LJblUc65JtLi4AOLzYHQCg&ved=0CE0Q6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q=robert%20e%20fitch%20high%20school%20history&f=false
  3. ^ http://team2168.org FIRST Team #2168 - The Aluminum Falcons

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