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Norwich Free Academy

The Norwich Free Academy
Norwich, Connecticut, USA
Type Public (often described as Independent)
Motto Tradition & Innovation
Established 1854
Superintendent David Klein[1]
Faculty About 150
Number of students More than 2300[1]
Color(s) Red & White
Athletics Eastern CT Conference

Class LL


The Norwich Free Academy ("NFA"), founded in 1854 and in operation since 1856, is a high school located in the city of Norwich, Connecticut. The Academy serves as the primary high school for Norwich and the surrounding towns of Canterbury, Bozrah, Voluntown, Sprague, Lisbon, Franklin, Preston, and several others. It was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2001. The class of 2006 graduated in NFA's 150th year of operation.

The Norwich Free Academy was incorporated in 1855 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature, and it operates as an endowed educational institution. It is governed by its Board of Trustees without control from either the City of Norwich or the Norwich Public Schools. The Academy therefore describes itself as an independent school. The Connecticut State Department of Education does not list NFA in its list of non-public schools,[2] and therefore considers it to be a public school because the state of Connecticut oversees the school.[3] NFA is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.[4] NFA serves as a secondary school of choice to Norwich and seven surrounding communities (Bozrah, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague, and Voluntown), as well as tuition students.


  • Campus 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Statistics 3
  • Varsity sport teams 4
  • Football rivalry 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • Notable faculty 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The Slater Memorial Museum in 1958

NFA is located at 305 Broadway [1] across from Park Church and the Chelsea Parade. The campus contains seven buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the most prominent being the Slater Memorial Museum.[5]


Racial makeup of the school in 2006-2007 was
White 72.5%,
African American 11.4%,
Native American 1.6%,
Asian 5.7%,
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population.[6]

The total minority population for the school in 2006-2007 was 27.5%
The total minority population for the school in 2001-2002 was 20.1%


Graduation Rate for Class of 2006: 93.6%
State Average: 92.2%[7]

Activities of Graduates
% Attending Two or Four Year College:
2006: 82.5%
2001: 77.6%[7]

Staff Education
% of Staff with Master’s degree or Above: 84.0%
State Average: 76.0%[8]

Varsity sport teams


Football rivalry

The oldest high school football rivalry in the United States is between Norwich Free Academy and New London High School.[10][11] The first meeting between NFA and the Buckeley School for Boys occurred on May 12, 1875; Buckeley merged with Chapman Technical High School in 1951 to become New London High School and the rivalry with NFA continued.[12] The games have been noncontinuous, interrupted by World War I[12] and a 2-year hiatus after a brawl in 1951.[13] Some years saw them play against each other more than once a season.[14] The two teams played their 153rd game in November, 2014.[15]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also


  1. ^ a b Lemoine, Anna Maria (Sep 13, 2011). "NFA’s new superintendent signs contract worth $215,000 per year".  
  2. ^ "Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools in Connecticut." Connecticut State Department of Education. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
  3. ^ "STRATEGIC SCHOOL PROFILE 2005-06 High School Edition Norwich Free Academy." Connecticut State Department of Education. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Chelsea Parade Historic District". National Park Service. December 9, 1988. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Strategic Group Profile 2006-07: Norwich Free Academy".  
  7. ^ a b "Strategic Group Profile 2006-07: Norwich Free Academy".  
  8. ^ "Strategic Group Profile 2006-07: Norwich Free Academy".  
  9. ^ "Teams & Schedules". The Norwich Free Academy. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Thomas (November 13, 1985). "SCOUTING; Oldest Rivalry Is Renewed".  
  11. ^ "High School Football Records". National Football League. Archived from the original on 2007-06-14. 
  12. ^ a b Serra, Geoff (Fall 2009). "The Nation's Oldest High School Rivalry". Connecticut Explored 7 (4): 42–43. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ Girasoli, Brian (2012). The Norwich Free Academy V. New London Football Rivalry. Charleston:  
  14. ^ Allard, Mark; Girasoli, Brian (November 26, 2013). "NFA, New London renew rivalry on Thanksgiving". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ Poole, Owen (November 27, 2014). "Johnson scores 7 TDs to lift NFA over New London". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ Mosher, James (March 22, 2011). "Norwich author wants to put coffee bar in Otis Library". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  17. ^ "Obituary Sketch of Allyn L. Brown". Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys - As Printed in the Connecticut Reports volume 164, page(s) 713-715.  
  18. ^ Poole, Owen (May 11, 2014). "Norwich’s Campbell gets the call". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  19. ^ Farmer, Tony (December 19, 2013). "Carignan signs minor-league deal with Giants". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ Dimauro, Mike (July 7, 2000). "Tech will miss Ward".  
  22. ^ Flint, Peter B. (July 23, 1990). "John Harold Fanning Dies at 73; A Chief of Labor Relations Board".  
  23. ^ "Norwich Free Academy Receives $12 Million for Endowment". Philanthropy News Digest. Nov 11, 2004. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  24. ^ "Alma Matters" 21 (2). Norwich Free Academy. Winter 2011–2012. p. 24. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  25. ^ Franklin, Kelly-Ann (April 5, 2011). "Norwich native, Grammy-winning musician lived generously and humbly, friends say". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  26. ^ Lamb, Wally. "Essays: Braided Cords".  
  27. ^ McElheny, Victor K. (1998). Insisting on the Impossible: The Life of Edwin Land. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books. p. 16. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  28. ^ McCauley, Janie (April 5, 2014). "Mariners call up former NFA star Leone". The Day. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  29. ^ Anderson, George B. (1907). History of New Mexico: its resources and people. Volume 1. Los Angeles: Pacific States Pub. Co. p. 307.  
  30. ^ Reindl, JC (August 26, 2012). "Osten girds for another fight". The Day. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  31. ^ Bessette, Claire (November 6, 2012). "19th Senate: Osten big winner". The Day. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  32. ^ Mosher, James (January 10, 2013). "Coast Guard chief gives 2 speeches Wednesday at Academy". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  33. ^ Curland, Richard (January 19, 2010). "NFA grad joining TV Hall of Fame". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  34. ^ "Local roundup: Shaughnessy signs with Cardinals". The Day. March 16, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  35. ^ Somers, Kent (March 12, 2014). "Matt Shaughnessy to re-sign with Arizona Cardinals".  
  36. ^ Bessette, Claire (May 17, 2001). Wicked' guy this year's Norwich Native Son"'". The Day. p. B4. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  37. ^ "Paul Faulkner-Was NFA artist". The Day. January 6, 1997. p. B4. 
  38. ^ "Lamb credits his teaching experience".  

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