Northwest Catholic High School

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Northwest Catholic High School is a coeducational, college preparatory, private high school located in the upmarket inner-ring suburb of West Hartford.


In 1932,the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford purchased of land on Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford with an eye to future development. Two years later, the Most Reverend Henry J. O'Brien, D.D., Archbishop of Hartford, announced that a high school would be built on this tract of land to serve the students in the surrounding parishes.

The first principal was the Reverend Bradford Colton (1961-1968) who guided the school during its founding years. He was succeeded as head of school by Reverend William F. O'Keefe in 1968; Sister Doris Regan, O.P., in 1977; Reverend Henry C. Frascadore in 1985; Dr. Michael S. Griffin in 1996; and Mr. Matthew O'N. Fitzsimons in 2006.

The official dedication of the school was held September 24, 1961 with the Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford, the Most Reverend John F. Hackett, D.D. officiating. In June 1965, the first class was graduated.

In December 1971, the Commission on Independent Secondary Schools granted Northwest Catholic institutional membership in the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools for a period of ten years. This accreditation has since been renewed in 1981, 1991 and 2001.

In 1989, Northwest Catholic High School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary School. "In lumine tuo videbimus lumen."<br />Translated, this is...
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