Stamford High School


Stamford High School is a high school, founded in 1873, in Stamford, Connecticut. It is one of three public high schools in the Stamford Public Schools district, along with Westhill High School and AITE.

In 1878 the Stamford Town Committee decided to create a high school for the growing community after deciding there was the lack of sufficient secondary education. They created Stamford High School the following year in a single rented room. Students attending SHS starting in 1874 had one teacher who taught reading, spelling, arithmetic, grammar, history, and philosophy. Drawing, Latin, Greek, physical geography, and geometry were added to the curriculum in 1876.

The school's extracurricular activities include mock-trial and debate teams, student liaisons to the Board of Education, multicultural groups, various team sports, chapters of buildOn, the Future Business Leaders of America, National Art Honor Society, and National Honor Society, debate, Strawberry Hill Players theater troupe, String Ensemble, and the Stamford High School Concert Band, whose members are part of the Black Knights Marching Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble.

The Strawberry Hill Players perform two major productions throughout the year: one in the fall, and another in the spring. Additionally, every January SHP produces a series of short, student-directed one-act plays called "Senior Scenes". The goal of the production is to allow the program's graduating seniors to try their hand at directing, under the supervision and guidance of a working director. The Strawberry Hill Players also participate in the annual Connecticut Drama Association Festival, and have won numerous individual and team awards at the competition.

The school's halls have in recent years been adorned with numerous paintings by students, depicting various figures including the black knight mascot. The school's cafeteria is decorated on one wall by a large mural of the school's facade and scenes of student life, painted in 1997 by members of the Strawberry Hill Players technical crew. Murals from the 1930s also adorn the "small auditorium" in Stamford High, having been uncovered and restored in the 1990s.

Stamford High School offers 24 varsity sports. These include football, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' cross country, cheerleading, volleyball, girls' swimming, and field hockey in the fall; boys' and girls' basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, boys' and girls' indoor track, cheerleading, and boys' swimming in the winter; and baseball, softball, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' track, boys' and girls' lacrosse, and golf in the spring.

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