South Windsor High School

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South Windsor High School
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161 Nevers Road
South Windsor, Connecticut 06074
United States
Coordinates 41°50′32″N 72°33′16″W / 41.8421°N 72.5545°W / 41.8421; -72.5545Coordinates: 41°50′32″N 72°33′16″W / 41.8421°N 72.5545°W / 41.8421; -72.5545
Type Public
School district South Windsor Public Schools
Superintendent Kate Carter
Principal Daniel P. Sullivan III
Faculty 116 (2014)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,458 (2014) [1]
Color(s) Maroon and Gold         
Team name Bobcat

South Windsor High School is located in South Windsor, Connecticut. It currently serves grades 9-12 with approximately 1,458 students. It is the only high school in South Windsor, but also admits students from Hartford through the Open Choice Program. The school offers a variety of courses spanning departments such as mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, foreign languages, music, art, and technology.

Noteworthy Events[edit]

2002: South Windsor high School was the state's first municipal facility to be powered and heated by a fuel cell, made possible by a funding program through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The PureCell 200 kW fuel cell was manufactured and installed by South Windsor-based UTC Power, a division of United Technologies Corporation.[2]

Spring 2004: Students Mark Schneider and Jeffrey Schneider won the Siemens Westinghouse Competition with their research project, “Simulation of the West Nile Virus using STELLA 7.02.” The competition features a $100,000 top prize, and the brothers were interviewed by several media outlets, including CNN's Paula Zahn.

March 2005: William Haun, a South Windsor High School senior, represented Connecticut as a recipient of the 2005 William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Scholarship. The foundation awards a $5,000 scholarship to two recipients from all fifty states and U.S. territories, in addition to a week in Washington, D.C. where winners meet U.S. Senators, cabinet officials, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and the President of the United States. Mr. Haun received a proclamation from the town of South Windsor honoring the achievement.

April 2005: Four students at South Windsor High School wore T-shirts bearing anti-gay marriage slogans. At the time, the Connecticut General Assembly voted to legalize civil unions in the state. School administrators asked the students to remove the shirts, but they refused and were asked to leave school grounds. The content of the shirts and the actions of school administrators raised issues of free speech within a school environment. The ACLU, among other groups, criticized the school's actions.

October 2006: Three members of the South Windsor High School football team were suspended from the team for posting a derogatory video on Myspace. The video emphasized the use of explicit language and violence against opposing teams and players. This event brought into scope the continuing trend of socially unacceptable material posted on Myspace and Facebook. Many students and family members appealed for the football players but the school vowed to keep strict expectations on student athletes.

December 2006: The ACLU threatened legal action against South Windsor Public Schools since the graduation ceremony is held at a church in Bloomfield. The organization contends that this is a violation of separation of church and state.

April 2007: Bobcat Robotics, the South Windsor High School FIRST Robotics team won the international championship event in Atlanta, partnered with teams from Worcester, Massachusetts and Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

April 2010: Bobcat Robotics, the South Windsor High School FIRST Robotics team won the FIRST National competition for a second time, partnered with teams from Milford, Michigan and Redondo Beach, California.

November 2011: South Windsor High School served as a community shelter for nine consecutive days and nights in the aftermath of Winter Storm Alfred. When grid power failed, emergency response mechanisms kicked in, with fuel cell systems supplying critical electrical power, as well as heat and hot water.[3] Town Manager Matt Galligan said 200 people from South Windsor and neighboring towns were sleeping in the high school each night. Fuel cell power helped more than 600 people eat three hot meals a day prepared by kitchen staff. The nurses' station was operational; there were hot showers and charging stations for electronics. [4]

May 2015: South Windsor High School suspends and eventually compels the resignation of a tenured and decorated teacher for involvement in a reading of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Please Master" during an Advanced Placement English Class.[5][6]

August 2015: Business education teacher Ellen Festi was named the South Windsor teacher of the year.

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