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Hartford Public High School

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: HPHS
School Phone: (860) 695-1300
Grades Served: 9-12
Type: District
Principal's Name: Flora Padro
Principal's Email:

Founded in 1638, the historic Hartford Public High School services students in grades 9-12 in the greater Hartford, CT community. It is the second-oldest public secondary school in the United States. Hartford Public High School is NAF-Certified in Engineering and Green Technology. It is designed for students who plan to continue their education beyond high school with a special focus on:

  • Pre-engineering
  • Engineering technologies
  • Green technologies

Students explore concepts of Earth-friendly technologies and the role they can take in preserving natural resources. Students will work with local companies and agencies in Hartford for on-site learning opportunities, which may include:

  • Visiting to high-tech manufacturing and alternative energy companies
  • Listening to guest speakers
  • Job shadowing
  • Participating in internships

The Allied Health Sciences theme prepares our young adults to successfully pursue a degree in allied health sciences or in a related health care/science-based course of study. The pathway will provide students with a rigorous, high-quality education through its:

  • Academics
  • Enrichment programs
  • Healthcare-related Internships
  • Community service
  • Healthcare themes are threaded throughout the entire curriculum

Special Features & Highlights

  • All students are expected to complete a rigorous academic curriculum integrated with workplace based learning opportunities, job shadowing, and internships.
  • We offer strong post-secondary partnerships with colleges/universities that provide students with opportunities to participate in healthcare-related classes and earn college credits while still in high school.
  • We have an active and influential industry advisory board, industry-based internship opportunities, Project Lead The Way engineering curriculum, and a small academy environment.
  • Students have opportunities to visit multiple colleges and universities.
  • Our Freshman Academy is a unique opportunity to connect you with a group of dedicated teachers that will support you through your high school career. The opportunity includes: freshman seminar, exposure to career pathways and individualized academic support.

ACCOLADES HPHS was previously named NAF School of Distinction because of opportunities, internships and courses that prepared students for health careers.

CURRICULUM The theme-based curriculum is drawn from two national programs: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and the National Academy Foundation (NAF). The school has a significant partnership with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and is a grant recipient of United Technologies. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Affectionately known to alumni as “The Pub”, HPHS offers numerous clubs and organizations including Model UN, Robotics, O.W.L.S., and varsity sports.

TECHNOLOGY Students have a unique opportunity to work with professional manufacturing equipment and robotics, and have computer access in their classrooms.

Did You Know?

  • Hartford Public High School is the second oldest public high school in the country, and has a museum and observatory that houses an ALVAN CLARK TELESCOPE, produced by the firm of Alvan Clark and Sons in the 1880s.
  • Our engaging academic program is focused on preparing students for COLLEGE, CAREER and PUBLIC SERVICE.
Zone: 3
Before Care: yes
Before Care Information:

Before school programs will be shared with parents during orientation.

After School: yes
After School Programs:

After school programs will be shared with parents during orientation.

School Contact Phone: (860) 695-1497
55 Forest Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Hours: 7:30 am to 2:40 pm

School uniforms are required and will be discussed with parents at registration.

Languages Taught:

Spanish, 9-12

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