| || "We were post-war, but it was always "in the event of war..."|
-GHS graudate '54
This is a period of uncertainty, change and progress - the Korean War, the "Cold War," Civil Defense alarms state-wide. Will Stamford or Greenwich be the home of the United Nations? The Russians are in space with the launch of Sputnik, polio is defeated by the Salk vaccine, and the "thruway" (part of the $464 million Connecticut Turnpike) opens. School systems in Greenwich radically change with a decision in favor of junior high schools, and more emphasis is placed on college preparation.
"We abide by the rules." -GHS grade '54
|State-and nation-wide, GHS takes first places with its drama, choral groups and literary magazines. |
|TV appears in curriculum. || |
|Board of Education offically adopts the 6-3-3 system of organization for Greenwich Public Schools "after prolonged and careful consideration." || |
|7th grade is removed to the new North Street School. By September 1955 the 8th grade will be gone also. The next scheduled change is the removal of freshmen to Eastern Junior High School. || |
|Eastern Junior High School opens (Central in 1959, Western in 1963).|
First AFS student comes to GHS.
Salk vaccine being tested town-wide.
|First of the state's emergency 200-bed hospitals is stored in GHS by the Civil Defense.|
GAPS is formed "to promote standards of excellence in the public school."
Language laboratory developed, pioneering Linguaphone in French, Spanish, German and Latin.
Three main courses of study are now offered: College Preparatory, Comprehensive, and Commerical.
Approximately 45% of GHS graduates go on to college.
1957 Sputnik Launched
|Future Teachers of America Club is formed to be followed by Future Nurses of America (1959), Future Business Leaders (1961), Future Secretaries (1965), and so on.|
First town-wide High School Art Exhibition.
|I-95 thruway opens. "Coach" Conlon retires. || |
Russian class is approved.
Greenwich High School is the only high school in Connecticut listed by 120 leading American universities as among the top 44 high schools in the United States.