Hall High School (Connecticut)
|William H. Hall High School|
|975 North Main Street|
West Hartford, Connecticut 06117
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||'Live like a Warrior.'|
|Founder||William H. Hall|
|School district||West Hartford Public Schools|
|Number of students||1,437 (2014–15)|
|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. Enrollment in grades 9–12 for the 2014–2015 school year was 1,437 students.
The 2014–2015 demographic profile is as follows: White 65%, Hispanic 12%, Asian American 10%, Black 10%, two or more races 3%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 1%, and Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.1%.
Athletics and clubs
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. Hall's boys' cross country team has won the Central Connecticut Conference four of the last five years dating back to 2012.
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.
In 2011, Hall's chess team won the state championship.
- 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
- Chris Carrabba, musician and lead singer of the band Dashboard Confessional attended freshman year
- Joel Frahm, jazz tenor saxophonist
- Jimmy Macbride, jazz drummer
- Brad Mehldau, jazz pianist
- Noah Preminger, jazz saxophonist
- Michael Schur, Mose Schrute on The Office, and television producer, writer, and actor, best known for his work on the NBC comedy series The Office (2005–2013); Parks and Recreation (2009–2015), and The Good Place (2016–present). He also co-created the NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–present).
- Roger Sperry, neuropsychologist and Nobel Prize laureate
- Patrick Zimmerli, composer
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