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E. O. Smith High School

E. O. Smith High School
1235 Storrs Road

Tolland County

United States
Coordinates41°48′09″N 72°14′39″W / 41.8026°N 72.2441°W / 41.8026; -72.2441
TypePublic school
EstablishedSeptember 1958 (65 years ago) (1958-09)
School districtRegional School District 19
CEEB code070754
Teaching staff86.10 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,094 (2021–22)[1]
Student to teacher ratio12.7[1]
Color(s)Red and black
Team namePanthers

E. O. Smith High School, (or E.O. Smith) named after a member of Connecticut's legislature and former University of Connecticut president Edwin O. Smith, is a secondary school located in Storrs, Connecticut, United States. E.O. Smith was established by the University of Connecticut in 1958 as the first high school in the area.[2]


E.O. Smith High School serves the towns of Ashford, Mansfield, and Willington, which together make up Connecticut's Regional School District #19. E.O. Smith also serves students from the nearby town of Columbia, and students from surrounding towns such as Columbia), Coventry and Windham may attend E. O. Smith as participants in the school's Agriculture Education program.[3] The Depot Campus, also in Mansfield, provides a non-traditional model of education, emphasizing internships and smaller classes.[4][5]


E. O. Smith was established in 1958 as a laboratory school for research and teacher training for the University of Connecticut, serving the towns of Ashford and Mansfield. It is located adjacent to the University of Connecticut campus, and was owned by the State of Connecticut and operated by the university until June 30, 1987.[2] On that day, Public Act 84-42 was instated and the State Legislature voted to give ownership of the school to the Town of Mansfield and the Town of Ashford as long as the towns agreed to pay for the physical rehabilitation of the school. The Town of Willington joined the region in 1993.[2]

In the early 2000s, the district superintendent, Bruce Silva, oversaw a referendum for a $31.5 million expansion and renovation at E.O. Smith that was "completed under budget and on time."[4] Silva was superintendent of the Regional School District 19 for twenty-five years and an administrator for the district for forty years, with twenty-three consecutive school budgets approved by the time of his retirement in 2017.[4] During that time, he planned and renovated the Reynolds School to become the non-traditional Depot Campus school.[4]

Dr. Louis DeLoreto has been principal of E.O. Smith since 2001.[6] DeLoreto is a graduate of UConn's educational administration program.[6]

Student demographics

In the 2021-22 academic year, E.O. Smith had an enrollment of 1,094 students in grades 9-12, and a student-teacher ratio of 12.7 to 1. While enrollment has been flat since the 2018-19 school year (1,091 students), the number of teachers has fallen, so the student-teacher ratio has increased (from 11.2 to 12.7).[1][7]

About one quarter (26%) of students come from poor households (measured by how many qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch).[1] The majority of E.O. Smith students identify as white (76 percent), while 7 percent identify as Asian, 12 percent Hispanic, and 4 percent Black. Less than one percent of the student body identifies as multiracial, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.[1]


As a regional public high school, E.O. Smith offers a general secondary education curriculum, including foreign languages, science courses, history, English, etc. It has a special program in agriscience, tracing to its proximity to and history as part of UConn, which began as the Storrs Agricultural College. Students at E.O. Smith may take early college courses for credit at the University of Connecticut (adjacent to the high school campus), Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, or Manchester Community College, in Manchester.

Extracurricular activities and sports

E.O. Smith science students have been active in a coral reef conservation project, propagating and maintaining a reef aquarium so students can learn about aquaculture, marine biology and reef ecosystems. E.O. Smith has hosted the New England Frag Farmer's Market for fifteen years, and it has become the biggest one-day coral event in the country, with over 1,500 attendees in 2019.[8][9]

Wangumbaug Lake, in Coventry, Connecticut, location of rowing practice for the crew team.

E.O. Smith soccer has an impressive record. The boys soccer coach for forty years, John Blomstrann, has led the teams to more wins than any other coach in Connecticut history. From 1980 to 2020, Blomstrann coached the teams to 565 victories.[10][11] During a three-year period from 1980 to 1983, the boys' soccer team won all but two games in the Eastern Connecticut Conference.[12]

The girls' 2014 season was disrupted when the team's coach, Jeffrey Sirois, sent an "inappropriate" video via Snapchat to the young players on his team, for which he was arrested and fired.[13]

Among its most successful soccer alumni are E.O. Smith players Eleni Benson and Lyle Yorks. Benson was a three time all-conference selection and was named All-New England and all-state as a high school senior.[14] She played for Yale University,[15] and was a defender for Greece women's national team in the 2004 Olympics.[16][17] Lyle Yorks was one of the most highly decorated youth players in Connecticut.[18] Yorks won two NCAA championships with the University of Virginia team, and then went on to a career in Major League Soccer.[18]

The school's co-ed crew was established in 1992.[19] As the sport is dominated by private schools, it is the only public school rowing program in Northeastern Connecticut.[19] The team practices at Coventry Lake (Wangumbaug Lake) in the town of Coventry, where it shares a boathouse at with the UConn Huskies rowing team and uses some of the college's equipment.[19]

The E.O. Smith Drama Club presents four shows per year, including a winter musical, two straight shows in the fall and spring, and a night of senior directed one-acts at the end of the year.[citation needed] The spring show is performed at the Connecticut Drama Association Festival where cast and crew members have a chance to win awards and advance to the New England Drama Festival. E.O. Smith's Drama Club has won several awards from the Connecticut Drama Association including outstanding performance for Animal Farm (2009) and Lily's Purple Plastic Purse (2010), allowing them to continue to the New England Drama Festival, which E.O. Smith hosted in 2009.[20] Several E. O. Smith actors have also won individual awards for their performances in the shows or in the Connecticut Drama Association Monologue Contest.

The school has had competitive computer science and math teams since the early 1980s.[21][22]

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (January 2023)


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  2. ^ a b c "History". Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  3. ^ "Agriscience". E.O. Smith High School. Retrieved 2024-04-11.
  4. ^ a b c d "Regional School District 19 Superintendent Bruce Silva to retire". Facebook-Edwin O. Smith High School page. 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  5. ^ "Depot Campus". E.O. Smith High School. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  6. ^ a b "Neag Alumni Society Recognizes Outstanding Graduates", UConn NEAG School of Education, 2014, retrieved 19 May 2022
  7. ^ "E.O. Smith High School - Public School Enrollment / Teacher Counts". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  8. ^ E.O. Smith Coral Project, retrieved 19 May 2022
  9. ^ Smok, Marcin (2018-03-09). "The Unique and Exciting New England Frag Farmer's Market". Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  10. ^ Lori Riley (2020-10-06). "Connecticut's winningest boys soccer coach collected 565 victories and five state titles before retiring last winter — sort of". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  11. ^ Matthew Conyers (2014-10-21). "E.O. Smith Soccer Coach Sets State Record With 500th Win". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  12. ^ "ECC: E.O. Smith to regain title". The Day: 10A–11A. 2 September 1983.
  13. ^ Mason, Ari (October 3, 2014). "Soccer Coach Arrested After Sending Teens Obscene Video: Police". Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  14. ^ "Soccer Roster - Eleni Benson". Yale Bulldogs. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  15. ^ "Back from Greece Benson Bends it for Yale". Yale Daily News. 2004-09-09. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  16. ^ "Olympic Women's Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Squad List: Greece (GRE)". FIFA. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Eleni Benson". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  18. ^ a b 2008 Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Archived 2008-08-07 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ a b c "Edwin O. Smith High School Crew". Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  20. ^ "Connecticut Drama Association Newsletter" (PDF). Connecticut Drama Association. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  21. ^ Page, Warren; Grabiner, David (1985). "An Interview with the 1985 USA Team to the International Mathematical Olympiad". The College Mathematics Journal. 16 (5): 336–360. doi:10.2307/2686993. JSTOR 2686993.
  22. ^ Fay, Francis (1984-12-10), "Computer Team Garners Medals", The Hour, Norwalk, CT, retrieved 2022-05-20
  23. ^ "Sammy Hagar & Desirée Bassett Mgm Grand Foxwoods 7-20-08". LaFango. 7 January 2010.
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  25. ^ Stephanie Reitz (November 24, 2019). "Student Leader Wanjiku (Wawa) Gatheru Named UConn's First Rhodes Scholar". UConn Today. Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  26. ^ 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees, retrieved 19 May 2022
  27. ^ Tim Page of The Washington Post, 1997, retrieved 20 May 2022
  28. ^ Harrison Smith (21 February 2019). "Mansfield's Peter Tork, bassist and singer in the Monkees, dies at 77". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  29. ^ 2008 Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Archived 2008-08-07 at the Wayback Machine

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