South Windsor High School is located in South Windsor, Connecticut
. It currently serves grades 9-12 with approximately 1,364 students and a 13:1 student-teacher ratio. 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. The school also offers over 80 options for extracurricular activities and 30 options for afterschool athletics.
''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.
''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 Competition
team won the international FIRST Championship
event in Atlanta
, partnered with teams from Worcester, Massachusetts
and Las Vegas, Nevada
''April 2010:'' Bobcat Robotics, the South Windsor High School FIRST Robotics team won the FIRST international championship 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.
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.
''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.
''August 2016:'' Newsweek ranked South Windsor High School as 348/500 on their list of the top 500 high schools in the United States in 2016.
''March 2018:'' The South Windsor High School Show Choir "Choral Spectrum" was awarded Best In Show and Grand Champion at the Nutmeg Show Choir Festival at Windsor Locks High School in Windsor Locks, CT. Additionally, the show choir received a best band award, a best choral sound award, a best female soloist award, and a best male soloist award.
''March 2020:'' The South Windsor HS Math Team placed second in the 2020 Capital Area Math League (CAML). The high school's FIRST Robotics Competition team, Bobcat Robotics, won 1st place at their district event in Waterbury. Superintendent Kate Carter announced the South Windsor schools district will cancel all activities involving large groups concerning the spread of the Coronavirus
. Following this, the school districts closed for 2 weeks for the same reason. Mid-way through, South Windsor public schools district closed until further discussion in April.
South Windsor high school is part of the CCC, the Central Connecticut Conference
competing in the East division. Athletic accomplishments include the CIAC Division II ice hockey championships in 1976 and 1997.
, U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant general
, member of the musical group Brockhampton
South Windsor High School
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