Bridgeport Public Schools
Bridgeport Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Bridgeport, United States. The city's public school system has 30 elementary schools, three comprehensive high schools, two alternative programs and an interdistrict vocational aquaculture school; the system has about 23,000 students, making the Bridgeport Public Schools the second largest school system in Connecticut. The school system employs a professional staff of more than 1,700; the city has started a large school renovation and construction program, with plans for new schools and modernization of existing buildings. The current superintendent is Ed. D. Bassick High School, home to the Business Magnet Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center is located near historic Captain's Cove and is open to students from surrounding towns, it is one of the first schools in the country specializing in aquaculture curriculum. Central High School established in 1876, home to Central Magnet, largest of the high schools Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet Campus established in 2013, home to three magnet schools: Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering & Physical Science School, Biotechnology Research & Zoological Science School, Information Technology & Software Engineering School Warren Harding High School, home to the International Baccalaureate Program as well as the Health Magnet Program in association with nearby Bridgeport Hospital plus St. Vincent’s Medical Center on the north side of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Manor.
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy:Originally located on East Washington Avenue. This school is now located in the old Barnum School building on Noble Ave. Barnum School: located on Noble Avenue; the school was named after Phineas Taylor Barnum. Beardsley School: constructed in 1903 on Huntington Road, named the Huntington Road School. Current namesake is that of James Beardsley who donated over 100 acres of land to the city of Bridgeport in 1878. Blackham School: built in 1964 and opened February 1, 1965, Blackham School is located on Thorme Street; the school was named after Florence E. Blackham who graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1887 and subsequently Bridgeport City Normal School in 1889. Florence Blackham taught at a plethora of Bridgeport over the course of many years, including: Staples School from 1889 to 1890, Grand Street School in 1890, City Normal School from 1890 to 1892, Franklin School from 1892 to 1903, Courtland Street School from 1903 to 1911. Additionally, Ms. Blackham served as principal at Jefferson School and Kossuth Street School in 1911.
In September 1915 she became the principal of a position she held for 23 years. Black Rock School: built in 1841 on Brewster Street. Bridgeport Learning Center is located on Tesiny Avenue, it is known as the Bridgeport Learning Center at Sheridan Bryant School: constructed in 1912 on Maplewood Avenue, the school was named after poet William Cullen Bryant. Cesar A. Batalla School: constructed in 2006, located on Howard Avenue. Columbus School: Currently located at South End Elementary School at 160 Iranistan Avenue. Erected in October 1966 on George Street. Cross School constructed in May 1959 on Reservoir Avenue named for Governor Wilber Lucius Cross from 1931 to 1939 the 86th governor of Connecticut Curiale School located on Laurel Avenue Discovery Magnet School located next to the Discovery Museum and across from Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course on Park Avenue. Dunbar School opened in January 1983 on Union Avenue replacing Abraham Lincoln School which operated from 1896 to 1969 named after Paul Lawrence Dunbar, an Afro-American novelist and poet Edison School located on Boston Terrace Garfield School located on Stillman Street Geraldine Johnson School, located on North Avenue near the intersection of North Avenue and Park Avenue, opened in 2008.
The school's namesake, Geraldine Johnson, was both the first female African American principal and the first female African American Superintendent in the city of Bridgeport Hall School, founded in 1914 on Clermont Avenue, was named in honor of Lyman Hall, an American Revolutionary War statesman Hallen School constructed in 1922 on Omega Avenue named after a former Board of Education member & Judge of Probate Edward F. Hallen High Horizons Magnet School located on Palisade Avenue Hooker School opened in September 1942 on Roger Williams Road named after Thomas Hooker Howe School located on Clinton Avenue named after Elias Howe Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School, located on Hollister Avenue, opened in 2008 Longfellow School erected on Ocean Terrace Luis Muñoz Marín School opened in January 1992 on Helen Street named after Luis Muñoz Marín, elected the first governor of Puerto Rico, while his father Luis Muñoz Rivera was the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico Madison School built in 1916 named after the fourth president under the United States Declaration of Independence, James Madison Maplewood School A.
K. A. Classical Studies Academy located on Linwood Avenue Maplewood Annex School is located on Wells Avenue McKinley School is located on Logan Street Multi-Cultural Magnet School: opened in September 1980 on Palisade Avenue New Beginnings Family Academy- on Garden Street Newfield School opened on November 6, 1906 on Newfield Avenue. Closed at the end of the 2005 - 2006 school year. District turned the building over to the city in Sept. 2006. Now is the Bridgeport Police Department Training Academy @ Newfield Park City Academy: called Holy Rosary School and Barnum Annex, located on East Washington Ave. Park City Magnet School William Samuel Johnson Elementary School, being built in 1954 & opened in 1955 Park City Magnet- North Campus School opened in 1
Waterbury is a city in the U. S. state of Connecticut on the Naugatuck River, 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 77 miles northeast of New York City. Waterbury is the second-largest city in Connecticut; as of the 2010 census, Waterbury had a population of 110,366, making it the 10th largest city in the New York Metropolitan Area, 9th largest city in New England and the 5th largest city in Connecticut. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Waterbury had large industrial interests and was the leading center in the United States for the manufacture of brassware, as reflected in the nickname the "Brass City" and the city's motto Quid Aere Perennius?. It was noted for the manufacture of watches and clocks; the city is along Interstate 84 and Route 8 and has a Metro-North railroad station with connections to Grand Central Terminal. Waterbury is home to Post University and the regional campuses of the University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport, Western Connecticut State University as well as Naugatuck Valley Community College.
The land was inhabited by the Algonquin bands. According to Samuel Orcutt's history, some Puritan residents of nearby Farmington "found it expedient to purchase the same lands from different tribes, without attempting to decide between their rival claims." The original settlement of Waterbury in 1674 was in the area now known as the Town Plot section. In 1675, the turbulence of King Philip's War caused the new settlement to be vacated until the resumption of peace in 1677. A new permanent location was found across the river to the east along the Mad River; the original Native American inhabitants called the area "Matetacoke" meaning "the interval lands." Thus, the settlement's name was Anglicised to "Mattatuck" in 1673. When the settlement was admitted as the 28th town in the Connecticut Colony in 1686, the name was changed to Waterbury in reference to the numerous streams that emptied into the Naugatuck River from the hills on either side of the valley. At that time, it included all or parts of what became the towns of Watertown, Wolcott, Naugatuck and Middlebury.
Growth was slow during Waterbury's first hundred years, the lack of arable land due to the constant flooding of the Naugatuck River in particular, discouraged many potential settlers. Furthermore, the residents suffered through a great flood in 1691 and an outbreak of disease in 1712. After a century, Waterbury's population numbered just 5,000. Waterbury emerged as an early American industrial power in the early 19th century when the city began to manufacture brass, harnessing the waters of the Mad River and the Naugatuck River to power the early factories; the new brass industry attracted many immigrant laborers from all over the world, leading to an influx of diverse nationalities. Waterbury was incorporated as a city in 1853 and, as the "Brass Capital of the World", it gained a reputation for the quality and durability of its goods. Brass and copper supplied by Waterbury was notably used in Nevada's Boulder Dam and found myriad applications across the United States, as well. Another famous Waterbury product of the mid-19th century was Robert H. Ingersoll's one-dollar pocket watch, five million of which were sold.
After this, the clock industry became as important as Waterbury's famed brass industry. Evidence of these two important industries can still be seen in Waterbury, as numerous clocktowers and old brass factories have become landmarks of the city. Of note in Waterbury's industrial history was the production of silverware, starting in 1858 by Rogers & Brother, in 1886 by Rogers & Hamilton. In 1893, Rogers & Brother exhibited wares at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In 1898, both companies became part of the International Silver Company, headquartered in nearby Meriden. Production continued at the R&B site until 1938. Today designs by the two companies are in the collections of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, in many historical societies and museums across the United States. In June 1920, labor unrest occurred in the town, with striking workers fighting with police on the street. Over 30 were arrested Lithuanians, Russians and Italians.
The strikers numbered some 15,000, with most being employed at Scovill, Chase Rolling Mill, Chase Metal Works. One striker was shot to death by police. At its peak during World War II, 10,000 people worked at the Scovill Manufacturing Co sold to Century Brass; the city's metal manufacturing mills occupied more than 2 million square feet and more than 90 buildings. The first Unico Club was founded in Waterbury in 1922 by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola, it now has 150 regional groups. The membership is composed of business and professional people of Italian lineage or those who are married to an Italian-American; the clubs sponsor educational and civic programs. Waterbury's Fr. Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 2, 1882. Though the first councils were all in Connecticut, the Order spread throughout the United States in the following years. Established in 1894, St. Joseph's Church holds the distinction of being the first Lithuanian worshiping community in Connecticut and second oldest in the country.
Sacred Heart was the first Catholic high school in Connecticut, September 6, 1922. One of the first full-length sound motion pictures was made in the 1920s at the studios of the Bristol Co. at Platts Mills by Professor William Henry Bristol, who experime