New Haven Graduates 1,080, 80 Percent College-Bound

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
            New Haven public high schools today graduated 1,080 students, of whom 80 percent will continue their educations at two- or four-year colleges.
            “I’m proud of the Class of 2011, especially the large numbers of students going on to college,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “The more college graduates New Haven has, the stronger the city will be. These graduates set an example for students who follow by achieving academically and continuing their educations. They know that there is no substitute for hard work and perseverance.
“I’m looking forward to our 2011 graduates continuing their success at college and in the workplace. I’m sure they will do the New Haven schools and the city proud.”
            New Haven Academy and Metropolitan Business Academy will send all their 2011 graduates on to higher education. James Hillhouse High School, the city’s second largest high school with about 162 graduates, will see 94 percent continue their educations.
            Among other city schools, 92 percent of High School in the Community seniors will attend two- or four-year colleges, while 90 percent of Hill Regional Career High School and Hyde Academy graduates will continue their educations.
            Encouraging students to attend college is a goal of the district’s School Change reform program, which is completing its first year. School Change seeks to make New Haven a national model by increasing test scores, decreasing the dropout rate and assuring all students are academically and financially able to attend college.
            Wilbur Cross, the city’s biggest high school, took steps toward achieving School Change goal by significantly reducing the number of seniors who dropped out this year. As a result, the school will graduate 340 students, 32 more than last year.
            Cross will send four students, including Valedictorian Lea Winter, to Yale University in the fall. All four were accepted at other Ivy League schools, but chose to remain in New Haven.
            Hill Regional Career High School Valedictorian Lynette Perez will also start at Yale in the fall.  
            Schools that other city graduates will attend include:  Trinity College, New York University, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College.
            Valedictorians and salutatorians are:
Wilbur Cross High School
Valedictorian Lea Winter
Salutatorian James Doss-Gollin
James Hillhouse High School
Valedictorian Chantal McHayle
Salutatorian Asia Dixon
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School 
Valedictorian Leah Gimbel
Salutatorian Marc Lewis
High School in the Community
Valedictorian Maria Arnold
Salutatorian Michael Serletti
Hill Regional Career High School
Valedictorian Lynette Perez
Salutatorian Michael Vargas

Metropolitan Business Academy
Co-Valedictorian Stephano Luzzi
Co-Valedictorian Jose Rosario
Salutatorian Jose Rosario


            New Haven Academy, Sound School and Hyde Academy do not have valedictorians or salutatorians.