Worthington Hooker School

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Worthington Hooker School
180 Canner Street (K-2) & 691 Whitney Avenue (3-8)
New Haven, Connecticut
Type Public school
Established 1900
Principal Evelyn Robles-Rivas
Grades K-8
Enrollment 400
Color(s) White and green
Mascot Lion

Worthington Hooker School is a neighborhood school in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. It is part of the New Haven public school system. The school is named after former Yale University professor and physician Dr. Worthington Hooker (1806–1867).[citation needed] The school serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade in two separate buildings, an elementary school (K-2) and a middle school (3-8).

The student body of around 450 students includes a very high percentage of children of Yale University professor's students, and as such, is much more multi-cultural than other New Haven public schools.[citation needed] The school also reports the highest achievement of the city's K-8 public schools.[1]

The original school building at 180 Canner Street, which now houses the lower school, was erected in 1900. It currently houses kindergarten through grade 2. As this school building was not large enough to encompass all nine grades, grades 3-8 were formerly located in the former Saint Stanislaus School building at 804 State Street. As of summer 2007, renovations of the main school building had been completed [2][3] and efforts were under way to build a new 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) school building for the middle school on nearby Whitney Avenue.[4] Planned construction of the new middle school was delayed for several years due to opposition by neighbors who objected to the use of "spot zoning" to allow construction of a school in a residential neighborhood and sued to block the project. An August 2007 unanimous decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court allowed the project to proceed, based on a finding that the city had not abused its zoning authority.[5] The new middle school building for grades 3 through 8 was completed in 2009 at a cost of $36.5 million and officially opened on December 21, 2009.[6]

The 180 Canner Street building is a contributing property in the Whitney Avenue Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


  1. ^ Melissa Bailey, Still “The Site We Want”, The New Haven Independent, June 28, 2006
  2. ^ Worthington Hooker School Renovation, New Haven City Schools Construction website
  3. ^ Vincent Vitkowsky, A Showpiece Reopens, $12.9M Spiffier, The New Haven Independent, April 30, 2007
  4. ^ New Worthington Hooker School, New Haven City Schools Construction website
  5. ^ Melissa Bailey, State Supreme Court OKs Hooker School, The New Haven Independent, August 6, 2007
  6. ^ Thomas MacMillan, Kids Walk To School; No Calamities Reported, New Haven Independent, December 21, 2009
  7. ^ William E. Devlin and Bruce Clouette (June 9, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Whitney Avenue Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. p. 51.  and 32 accompanying photos from 1988 (captions pages 60-62 of text document). Worthington Hooker School is the first photo in the photo collection.

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Coordinates: 41°19′26″N 72°54′51″W / 41.324°N 72.9143°W / 41.324; -72.9143