Newtown High School (Connecticut)

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Newtown High School
Newtown HS logo CT.jpg
12 Berkshire Road


United States
TypePublic high school
School districtNewtown Public Schools
NCES School ID090291000615[1]
PrincipalKimberly Longobucco
Enrollment1,571 (2018-2019)
Student to teacher ratio11.14
Color(s)Blue and Gold          
Team nameNighthawks
RivalMasuk High School
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges (1948–)
NewspaperThe Hawkeye

Newtown High School is an accredited public high school in Newtown, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2018–2019 school year, the school serves 1,571 students in grades 9–12 and employs 141 faculty members. It is the only high school of the Newtown Public Schools.

Newtown High has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1948 and was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award for Schools of Excellence in 2000.[2][3][4]



Expansion of the Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, which was completed in early 2012.

In 1996 the school underwent a major reconstruction, including the addition of a 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) addition to the eastern side of the school. A new track and football field were also constructed, and extra seating was installed in the stadium. The reconstruction was complete by January 1998 and the school fully re-opened.

Renovations began in 2008 on a 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) addition. The main building of the expansion was scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, but instead was completed in early 2012. The expansion project included adding a full new wing of three floors, including new classrooms and teachers' offices and a cafetorium (auditorium and cafeteria); renovating the gymnasium; and building a new 400-square-foot (37 m2) greenhouse. In addition, the football field and track were renovated and much more parking was added. The expansion was fully completed in January 2010.[5] With the expansion, the school's area is 376,000-square-foot (34,900 m2).

MRSA scare[edit]

On October 17, 2007, two cases of MRSA strain staph infections were reported at Newtown High School. The school put precautions in place to protect students from this potentially fatal bacterial infection.[6]

Interfaith prayer service[edit]

Sandy Hook interfaith vigil

On the evening of December 16, 2012, Newtown High School was the scene of a prayer service commemorating the twenty children and six adults killed by Adam Lanza during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. Lanza had previously attended Newtown High School through the tenth grade.[7]

President Barack Obama delivered a reflection at the end of the service. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy offered some thoughts prior to the President's remarks. The entire service was broadcast nationwide on CNN.[8]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Newtown High School mascot and athletic emblem is the Nighthawk with blue and gold serving as the school colors.


The Newtown Nighthawks compete in the Colonial Division of the South West Conference. All SWC schools are members of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.[9] The Nighthawks participate in cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, indoor track, wrestling, baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track.

Until 1996, the school's teams were called "The Indians;" they featured an Indian mascot. This was changed among controversy of the mascot being racist in nature. In 1996, local Connecticut students, all native American and actively involved with their culture, visited Newtown High School and explained that the pep rally and game activities—the war chants, tomahawk chants, the Indian costumes and dancing—trivialize religious customs. Representatives from other local tribes explained that mascots should not depict a race or ethnic group because it is dehumanizing.[10] They were renamed the Newtown Nighthawks.[11]

Marching band and color guard[edit]

The Newtown High School marching band, called the Marching Nighthawks, is currently a Class IV Open marching band made up 70 musicians and 19 color guard members under the direction of Kurt Eckhardt. Back in 1995, the marching band performed at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. The band earned 3 straight Musical Arts Conference Class IV championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007, won the USSBA 2006 Class IV Connecticut State Championship, placed in the top 10 in the USSBA 2007 Group IV National Championship,[12] claimed the title of Musical Arts Conference Class IV Champion in 2011, and were the USSBA 2011 Group V Open Connecticut State Champion, where the color guard was ranked #1 overall. In 2012 and 2013, the band was the USBands Group V Open Connecticut State Champion. In 2015, the marching band came in third place at the USBands Group V Open National Championship winning the caption of "Best Music" with their show "Pharaoh's Legacy." In 2016, the marching band won the Group V Open Connecticut State Championship with their show "Something Wicked This Way Comes–Dark's Pandemonium Carnival." In 2017, the marching band had an undefeated season and won the USBands Group IV Open New England States Championship and the USBands Group IV Open National Championship with the captions of "Best Overall Effect" and "Best Percussion" with their show "Dystopia." This was the school's first national championship and record score of 97.363. In 2018, the marching band came in third place at the USBands Group IV Open National Championship winning the captions of "Best Music" and "Best Percussion" with their show "The Climb."

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - Newtown High School (090291000615)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  2. ^ "Member Details, Newtown High School". Commission on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Riley Names 198 Blue Ribbon Schools" (Press release). United States Department of Education. May 22, 2000. Archived from the original on October 9, 2006. Retrieved December 27, 2006.
  4. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002" (PDF). Retrieved December 27, 2006.
  5. ^ Stacy Davis (December 29, 2011). "Newtown High School addition almost done – maybe". NewsTimes. Newtown.
  6. ^ "Students at 2 Conn. high schools diagnosed with resistant bug". 7 News. HARTFORD, Conn. October 17, 2007. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  7. ^ Kreider, Randy. "Adam Lanza's Mom Pulled Him Out of School: Relative". ABC News. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Sandoval, Edgar. "President Obama attends Newtown vigil, offers 'love and prayers of a nation' to families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "Membership Information, Newtown High School". Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  10. ^ D'Orio, Amy (March 31, 1996). "Indian Chief Is Mascot No More".
  11. ^ Thompson, W. (January 12, 2012). "Confessions of a Newtown Sports Parent". Newtown Patch. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  12. ^ "USSBA 2007 National Championship Scoresheet". YEA!. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  13. ^ Pete Yost; Jason Keyser (December 14, 2012). "Connecticut shooting suspect was honors student". Boston Globe. Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2012.

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Coordinates: 41°24′50″N 73°16′33″W / 41.414°N 73.2758°W / 41.414; -73.2758