Norwich Free Academy

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The Norwich Free Academy
NFA Logo.png
Norwich, Connecticut
United States
Coordinates 41°32′13″N 72°04′52″W / 41.537°N 72.081°W / 41.537; -72.081Coordinates: 41°32′13″N 72°04′52″W / 41.537°N 72.081°W / 41.537; -72.081
Type Independent, Day & Boarding
Motto Tradition & Innovation
Established 1854
Superintendent David Klein[1]
Faculty About 150
Number of students 2384[2]
Color(s) Red and white

Eastern CT Conference

Class LL

The Norwich Free Academy ("NFA"), founded in 1854 and in operation since 1856, is a coeducational independent school for students between the 9th and 12th grade. Located in Norwich, Connecticut, the Academy serves as the primary high school for Norwich and the surrounding towns of Canterbury, Bozrah, Voluntown, Sprague, Lisbon, Franklin, Preston, and Brooklyn. It was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2001. The class of 2016 graduated in NFA's 160th year of operation.

Incorporated in 1855 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature, the Academy is an independent school and operates as a privately endowed educational institution that is governed by its Board of Trustees.[3] One of the state's three endowed, independent academies, the Connecticut State Department of Education refers to the Academy as "a privately governed, endowed, regional independent school."[4][5]

In addition to serving Norwich and surrounding communities, NFA also educates private tuition students. NFA is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.[6]


In 2017 the NFA administration protested against a Governor of Connecticut Dannel P. Malloy's Senate Bill 786, which requires trustees of any "incorporated or endowed high school or academy" to publicly post each "schedule, agenda and minutes of each meeting". SB 786 also allows for area school districts that send students to NFA to have seats on the NFA board of representatives. It also allows public hearings and reviews by area boards of education of portions of NFA's budget, as well as the auditing the NFA revenues each year.[7]

The bill ultimately was modified; it continued to allow area boards of education to review the NFA budget and hold public hearings and requiring annual auditing, but the requirement that area school boards have representatives on the NFA board was removed. On March 24 the Education Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved this revised version. The NFA administration expressed satisfaction over this outcome.[8]


The Slater Memorial Museum in 1958

NFA is located at 305 Broadway [1] across from Park Church and the Chelsea Parade. The 38 acre[9] main campus contains seven buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the most prominent being the Slater Memorial Museum.[10]


Racial makeup of the school in 2006-2007 was
White 72.5%,
African American 11.4%,
Native American 1.6%,
Asian 5.7%,
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population.[11]

The total minority population for the school in 2006-2007 was 27.5%
The total minority population for the school in 2001-2002 was 20.1%


Graduation Rate for Class of 2006: 93.6%
State Average: 92.2%[12]

Activities of Graduates
% Attending Two or Four Year College:
2006: 82.5%
2001: 77.6%[12]

Staff Education
% of Staff with Master's degree or Above: 84.0%
State Average: 76.0%[13]

Varsity sport teams[edit]


Football rivalry[edit]

The oldest high school football rivalry in the United States is between Norwich Free Academy and New London High School.[15][16] The first meeting between NFA and the Bulkeley School for Boys occurred on May 12, 1875; Bulkeley merged with Chapman Technical High School in 1951 to become New London High School and the rivalry with NFA continued.[17] The games have been noncontinuous, interrupted by World War I[17] and a 2-year hiatus after a brawl in 1951.[18] Some years saw them play against each other more than once a season.[19] The two teams played their 153rd game in November, 2014.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


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  38. ^ Curland, Richard (January 19, 2010). "NFA grad joining TV Hall of Fame". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
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