Greenwich High School
|Greenwich High School|
|School district||Greenwich Public Schools|
|Teaching staff||204.70 (on an FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.38|
|Color(s)||Red, white and black|
It offers over 295 courses and a wide variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Greenwich High School was ranked by Newsweek among the 100 top U.S. high schools in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
As of the 2018-2019 schoolyear, Greenwich High School offers 28 Advanced Placement courses in AP English (Literature and Composition & Language and Composition), French Language, German Language, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Calculus (AB & BC), Computer Science, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics (1, 2, & C), U.S. History, European History, Psychology, U.S. Government & Politics, Comparative Government & Politics, Economics (Micro & Macro), Studio Art, 2D Design: Photography, 3D Design: Ceramics, and Music Theory, as well as a variety of honors courses and electives. Students are required to complete four credits or years of English/Language Arts courses, three credits each of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, two credits of Foreign Language, one-and-a-half credits of art or business, one credit of physical education, one-half credit of wellness, and six credits of electives (a total of 22 credits). In the school course guide, additional requirements include the following:
- The social studies requirements include a full year of American History, and semester courses in Civics and Contemporary America.
- The science requirements must include one credit in a biological science and one credit in a physical science (chemistry or physics).
- The arts requirements must include one and one half credits in any of the following areas: visual art, business, family and consumer sciences, human development, media, music, technology education, and theater arts.
- To be eligible for a Greenwich High School diploma, a student must have attended Greenwich High School for at least one full semester immediately prior to graduation.
Students are allowed to take general elective courses (e.g. art, music, business, et cetera) all four years at GHS, but are only allowed to take certain subject electives (e.g. English) in junior and senior years.
Students' grade point averages are calculated on a weighted scale. For non-honors classes, the maximum mark a student can receive is a 4.33 (A+); in Advanced Placement or Honors level courses students can receive up to a 5.33 (A+).
All students at GHS are issued a Chromebook computer which they are required to bring to every class.
Greenwich High School (GHS) has a number of student activities designed to promote a broad spectrum of interests. The school's student newspaper is The Beak. The yearbook is The Compass. Greenwitch is the school's student literary magazine. Student activities include student government, as well as academic, music, drama, international, language, service, sports, and special-interest clubs. The Music Department features four choral ensembles, three orchestras, three concert bands and two jazz bands. The Theater Arts program mounts one contemporary, two musicals, one Shakespeare production and one compilation of student written and directed work each year. Young Democrats and Young Republicans both feature prominently, and have coordinated with numerous political campaigns, both on local and national levels.
Greenwich High School students have opportunities to participate in a variety of sports in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC). Both boys and girls teams compete in the FCIAC in the following sports (although some sports such as football are not played by any girls' teams while softball is not played by any boys' teams): football, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, field hockey, track and field, cross country, swimming, golf, softball, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, and lacrosse.
- Peter Katis - record producer, audio engineer, and musician
- Scooter Braun - Justin Bieber's manager
- Erin Cardillo (Class of 1995) - actress
- Truman Capote (attended c 1939-41) - author
- Caroline B. Cooney - author
- Rita Cosby - television journalist
- Edward "Porky" Cragg (Class of 1936) - Major US Army Air Corps, Triple Ace in World War II
- Ernest T. Cragg (Class of 1939) - Major General, US Air Force
- Dorothy Hamill - Olympic figure skater
- Hope Hicks (Class of 2006) - Former White House Director of Communications.
- Carl Higbie - Former Navy SEAL and author.
- Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy - former publicist and the wife of John F. Kennedy Jr.
- Erich Kunzel - conductor, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
- Matt Lauer - former Today Show host
- Jon Ledecky (Class of 1975) - businessman, co-owner of the New York Islanders
- Zach Lowe - NBA writer
- D.J. Machale - author of the Pendragon series
- Rob Mathes - music producer and singer
- L. J. Mazzilli - baseball player (transferred)
- Shane McMahon (Class of 1987) - former executive at World Wrestling Entertainment
- Stephanie McMahon (Class of 1994) - executive at World Wrestling Entertainment
- Martha Moxley
- Evan Osnos - Chief Beijing correspondent for the New Yorker Magazine
- Jennifer Psaki - former White House Communications Director
- Evan Ross - actor, Diana Ross' son
- Mike Sandlock - former MLB player
- Christopher A. Sims - winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2011
- John Sullivan - Los Angeles Rams center
- Trey Wingo - ESPN analyst
- Steve Young - Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback
- Justin Zackham - screenwriter
- John Zimmer - Co-founder and President of Lyft
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- The Greenwich High School Alumni Website
- Greenwich High School Web pages at Great Schools website
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