Hartford Public High School
"The Second Oldest Secondary School in the United
Research articles about HPHS in the Hartford Courant online: choose a period of time and subject (ex. 1930-1940ís, graduations, the war effort, womenís athletics, etc.).
Design a history dvd with images of the school buildings which housed the Latin School (1638-1740), Hartford Grammar School (1740-1847), and the Hartford Public High School (1847-2008).
Reactivate the exhibit on the Nook Farm community
Write an article on the major changes in the curriculum of the school from 1900 to 2000.
Interview an alumnus who graduated from HPHS before 2000 and write an essay about how this person has made a difference with his/her life.
Write a creative essay based on a student of the
Research HPHS faculty and alumni authors from 1870 to the present. Pick a theme: novels, textbooks, scientific works, etc.
Transcribe examples of student writing from the 1980ís and 1990ís onto cdís: senior essays, valedictorian speeches are in manuscript in the Museum Collection.
Plan a building tour route for visitors to the school and organize a cadre of student guides.
Design a student handout on the history of HPHS.
Students at HPHS
Write an article on the changing ethnic patterns of
students at HPHS from 1850 up through 2007.
Write an article about African-American students at HPHS from 1850 to 1950.
Write an essay on HPHS persons who achieved national/ world fame (ex. J. P. Morgan, William Gillette, Admiral Harry S. Knapp, Donald C. Johanson, Franklin Chang Diaz, etc.).
Design a permanent exhibit featuring notable alumni of the school (see website <hartfordpublic.com> alumni page and link).
Science and Technology
There are over 100 pieces of antique science equipment in the Museum collection. They were used in the science classes at the old HPHS. Pick 3 of these and research their manufacturer and function (name, age, construction, manufacturer, etc.) Connect with the CT Science Center, Yale, Harvard, and MIT science museums for extended research.
Art & Architecture
Research one of the portraits in the Museum collection with emphasis on the subject and the painter.
Create a digital record of student artwork in the classbooks from 1896 up to the present.
Create a powerpoint presentation on the
architectural fragments in the
Prepare a sketch on the archival conservation
techniques used in the
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