Shelton High School (Connecticut)
|Shelton High School|
|120 Meadow Street
|School district||Shelton Public Schools|
|Headmaster||Dr. Beth Smith|
|Number of students||1784 students|
|Color(s)||Orange and Black|
|Website||Shelton High School website|
The first four SHS graduates received their diplomas on June 26, 1889. In 1894, the First School Society became the Town School Committee, with Walter D. Hood as the first school superintendent. The current Shelton High School was built in 1973.
In 2006 residents of Shelton voted to renovate the school at a cost of about $25,000,000. The renovation started in the summer of 2006 and the majority of the renovation was completed in August 2008.
Beth Smith became Shelton High School's headmaster at the start of the 2008-2009 school year.
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A cigarette thrown into a garbage can in the maintenance department's storage closet sparked a fire that damaged a portion of Shelton High School. Smoke got into the school's ventilation system, resulting in heavy smoke damage, including to the media center. Heavy water damage also occurred. The damage was in the millions of dollars. Fire damage was confined to the second-floor storeroom where the fire broke out shortly after noon on December 30. Cleanup of the school started on December 31, 2008.
Shelton High School underwent a $25,000,000 renovation project. Construction started in the summer of 2006 and major construction was completed by August 2008.
Some of the renovations included:
- Auditorium upgrades, which include new seating, lighting, sound, and other technology,
- A new science wing was added from the existing library mezzanine. In addition, all other science classrooms were renovated to a 'like new' condition
- New HVAC system/mechanical system
- Air quality improvement
- Electrical system upgrades
- Building technology upgrade
- Phone system upgrade
- Fire alarm system, life safety systems, ADA, and building codes
- Site reconstruction
A wing of about 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2), was added on the east side, containing a new weight room and locker rooms. The former weight room was constructed into an auxiliary gymnasium. New student lockers were installed throughout the building. During the summer of 2009, new outside doors were installed in the building, the cafeteria ceiling was replaced, boilers were replaced, and a new health room was reconstructed to reduce noise levels.
2008 sprinkler issue
State law and building codes state that sprinkler systems must be installed in older schools that undergo renovations. An investigation showed that Shelton High School did not meet all fire code requirements. Building Committee Chairman Anthony Simonetti said that Shelton High School did not go under a "like new" renovation, but instead "alteration", which does not require putting sprinklers in the building. Fire Marshal Tortora said that some violations of the state fire code having to do with several windowless rooms will soon be fixed.
A fire caused extensive damage in part of the school in late December 2008, while students were out on holiday break. During the fire cleanup, another building inspection took place. Conducted by the Shelton Fire Marshall's office, it found fire code violations, some having to do with the lack of sprinklers in maintenance areas and art rooms. The building's fire doors were also cited. Many of the door's self-closing devices were broken, some doors were bent and couldn't close, and some didn't have fire alarm magnets.
The school newspaper is called the Gael Winds. The paper has had issues with censorship.
Shelton High School's sports programs include football, baseball, boys' volleyball, swimming, ice hockey, girls' and boys' indoor and outdoor track and field, and girls' cheerleading programs. The school is part of the Housatonic Division of the Southern Connecticut Conference.
The Shelton Gaels high school football team won the state championship in 1988, 1995, 2000, and 2003.
The Shelton Gaels high school boys' volleyball team won the state championship in 2004 and 2005, with a 46-0 record. The Shelton Gaels Varsity Cheerleading squad won the state championship in the 2000-2001 season.
The Shelton boys' cross country team won its first division championship, and the SCC championship in 2007, making its first trip to the New England championships. In 2008, it placed second in the CIAC State Open Championships, and fourth in the New England Championships.
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The Shelton High School headmaster banned a senior and two friends from attending the senior prom because the students had taped a message of 12-inch high cardboard letters above the school's entrance inviting Tate's classmate, Sonali Rodrigues, to go to the dance with him. In addition to giving the students in-school suspensions for what she described as a safety issue, the headmaster described the act as trespassing and banned them from the dance.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and Shelton High School alumnus NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky questioned the appropriateness of the punishment. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy sided with the student, saying, "While it seems that there are rules that were broken, in this case, it doesn’t seem as though the punishment fits the crime." The punishment prompted state lawmakers Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) and Sean Williams (R-Waterbury) to introduce an amendment to a pending bill that, with an exception for vandalism and violence, would require schools to offer parents an alternative to banning students from school-related activities as means of punishment.
On May 12, the headmaster announced that she stood behind her decision, citing long-standing policy. Protests at the school continued the next day, with students being sent home saying they'd been told they were "inciting a riot and breach of peace". On May 14, the headmaster held a press conference reversing the decision, saying that "the level of distraction created by this incident" had "affected the culture of Shelton High School" and that "international notoriety" had forced her to reverse herself.
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- Dan Orlovsky (2001), NFL quarterback
- "SHS History".
- "SHS Athletics".
- "Souther Connecticut Conference". Housatonic Division.
- Miller, Joshua Rhett (May 11, 2011). "Mayor: Punishment Doesn't Fit Crime in Case of Connecticut Teen Barred From Prom". Fox News.
- "Creative Prom Invite Gets Student Suspended", NPR http://www.npr.org/2011/05/11/136198925/creative-prom-invite-gets-student-suspended
- A story about this incident, featuring reporter Ben Sosenko, was aired nationially on MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42992010#42992010
- "You WON'T go to the ball: Teen banned from prom after posting giant invite on school's walls". Daily Mail. London. May 12, 2011.
- Gendreau, LeAnne (2011). "James Tate Take Prom Plea to Today Show". nbcconnecticut.com. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- NFL QB Joins Huddle of Support for No-Prom Teen May 12, 2011 8:28 PM EDT http://www.foxnews.mobi/sr=1/dd=1/ms=1/jsrv=72/aamsz=banner_top/site=FOXNEWS/area=FN.WEATHER.FORECASTS/quickPage.html?page=22995&content=51794924&pageNum=-1
- "NFL Quarterback Backs Teen Barred From Prom, but School Stands Firm on Decision". Fox News. May 12, 2011.
- Tate serves suspension as fellow students attempt sit-in Anne M. Amato, Staff Writer Updated 11:16 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2011 http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Tate-serves-suspension-as-fellow-students-attempt-1377675.php
- press video of press conference
- Shelton High School website
- Shelton High School "Strategic School Profile 2005-2006" from the state Department of Education
- School's Web page at Great Schools Web site