Hall High School (Connecticut)
|William H. Hall High School|
975 North Main Street
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||'Live like a Warrior!'|
|Founder||William H. Hall|
|School district||West Hartford Public Schools|
|Number of students||1,522 (2018-19)|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Rivals||Conard High School|
|Source: except where noted|
William H. Hall High School, also known as Hall High, is a four-year public high school located in West Hartford, in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Opened in 1924, it was named after William Henry Hall, who was a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools in West Hartford. The school colors are blue and white, and the mascot is the "Warrior". It is one of two public high schools in the West Hartford Public Schools, the other being Conard High School.
The 2019–2020 demographic profile is as follows: White 61%, Hispanic 15%, Asian American 12%, Black 7%, two or more races 5%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%, and Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.2%.
Athletics and clubs
Hall high school is part of the CCC, the Central Connecticut Conference competing in the west division.
In soccer, Hall won the 1980 state championship 3-2 over E. O. Smith High School. The school also reached the semifinals of the state tournament four times under head coach Zeke Seguro, who won his 150th game as coach on October 10, 2008 with a 1-0 victory at South Windsor. In 2018, the Hall boys lost 1-0 to Glastonbury in the state championship. However, they won the 2019 state championship 3-1 over Greenwich.
Hall's boy's ice hockey team captured the CIAC Division II ice hockey state championship in 1993.
Hall's boys' cross country team has won the Central Connecticut Conference four of the last five years dating back to 2012.
Hall's boys indoor track team won both Class LL Championships and the CT State Open Championships in 2019.
In 2011, Hall's chess team won the state championship.
Pops 'n Jazz
Hall has a renowned jazz program, which stage an annual production called Pops 'n' Jazz, regularly selling over 3,000 tickets every year. They have also won the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival twice, in 1998 and 2000. The band has performed for the president at the White House, appeared in Ken Burns's documentary film ''Jazz'' and shared the stage with countless jazz luminaries, including Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Ted Nash, Arturo O'Farrell, Elliot Mason, John Daversa, Phil Woods and Joe Lovano.
- Blue Ribbon School in 1984–85.
- Ranked as the 11th best school (6th best public school) in the state of Connecticut by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.
- Natalie Anderson, Survivor: San Juan Del Sur winner
- David Alan Basche, actor.
- Chris Carrabba, musician and lead singer of the band Dashboard Confessional attended freshman year
- Dave Chameides, Emmy Award winning Director and Cameraman
- Jacob Fox, mathematician
- Joel Frahm, jazz tenor saxophonist
- Jonathan Harris former Connecticut state senator
- Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter, director
- Matthew Yang King, actor, producer, director, and writer
- Frank Luntz, political and communications consultant, pollster, and pundit
- Jimmy Macbride, jazz drummer
- Brad Mehldau, Grammy award winning jazz pianist
- Noah Preminger, jazz saxophonist
- Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission
- Michael Schur, Emmy Award winning actor, television producer, and writer.
- Roger Sperry, neuropsychologist and Nobel Prize laureate
- David H. Steinberg, film and television writer and producer.
- Patrick Zimmerli, composer
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