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Westfield Technical Academy

Westfield Technical Academy
Westfield Technical Academy Logo.png
Westfield Vocational Technical High School, upper campus.jpg
Address
33 Smith Ave

, ,
01085

Coordinates42°07′31″N 72°45′42″W / 42.12528°N 72.76167°W / 42.12528; -72.76167
Information
School typePublic, Career Technical High School
EstablishedJuly 1911[1]
October 1, 1911 (opened)
PrincipalJoseph Langone
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment527[2] (2018-19)
Student to teacher ratio9:1
Color(s)Purple and Gold         
MascotTiger
Website

Westfield Technical Academy (formerly known as Westfield Vocational Technical High School), is a technical, coeducational, four-year public high school, part of the Westfield Public Schools district in Westfield, Massachusetts. The school opened on October 1, 1911 as the Westfield Independent Industrial School.

School Name History

  • Westfield Independent Industrial School; Westfield Day Industrial School for Boys; Westfield Evening Trade/Industrial School (1911-1917)[3][4][5]
  • Westfield Boys Trade School (1917-1950)
  • Westfield Trade High School (1950-1969)
  • Westfield Vocational High School (1969-1994)
  • Westfield Vocational Technical High School (1994-2015)
  • Westfield Technical Academy (2015-present)

List of principals

  • 1911: William C. Shute[6]
  • 1911-1919: Burton A. Prince
  • 1919-1950: Chester C. Derby
  • 1950-1952: Leonard H. Scott
  • 1952-1957: Vincent P. Kramer
  • 1957-1976: Michael Gonzalez
  • 1976-1984: Arthur A. Peters
  • 1984-1989: Alfred R. Rios
  • 1989-2006: Steven E. Pippin
  • 2006-2012: Hilary Weisgerber
  • 2012-2016: Stefan Czaporowski
  • 2016-Present: Joseph F. Langone

Past School Locations

  • Broad Street, Westfield Massachusetts 01085 (1911-1917)[7]
  • 25 Bartlett Street, Westfield, Massachusetts 01085 (1917-1962)
  • 33 Smith Avenue, Westfield, Massachusetts, 01085 (1962-Present)

Technical Programs

Westfield Technical Academy currently offers career-technical training in twelve programs:

  • Allied Health
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology (2015-Present)
  • Business Technology (1994-Present)
  • Collision Technology (1994-Present)
  • Construction Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Graphic Arts (1994-Present)
  • Horticulture Technology (1994-Present)
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology (1911-Present)

Former technical programs

  • HVAC/R Technology (1994-2008), discontinued due to low enrollment. The room which was for HVAC/R Technology (on the upper campus) is now part of Electrical Wiring.

Sports

  • Soccer (Boys Varsity/Junior Varsity, Girls Varsity)
  • Baseball (Boys Varsity/Junior Varsity)
  • Basketball (Boys Varsity/Junior Varsity, Girls Varsity)
  • Golf (Boys Varsity)
  • Softball (Girls Varsity)
  • Cross Country (Boys/Girls Varsity)

Notable co-operative sports

  • Wrestling (Boys Varsity with Westfield High School)
  • Lacrosse (Boys/Girls Varsity with St. Mary's Parish School)

Former sports

  • Football (Boys Varsity) (Late 1990s-2006)

Notable events

  • June 6, 2019: 98 students graduated from the Academy. 9 of these students were the first to graduate from the school's new Aviation program which was established in September 2015. The school held their graduation at Barnes Airport.[8][9][1]

References

  1. ^ "Bulletin of the Board of Education". 1914.
  2. ^ [profiles.doe.mass.edu]
  3. ^ "Bulletin of the Board of Education". 1918.
  4. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Education Together with the ... Annual Report of the Secretary of the Board". 1913.
  5. ^ "Journal of Education". 1911.
  6. ^ "Journal of Education". 1911.
  7. ^ "Bulletin". 1919.
  8. ^ [thewestfieldnews.smugmug.com]
  9. ^ [www.masslive.com]

Notes

1.^ News and Media state that 105 graduated. In reality, 97 graduated at Barnes Airport on June 6 and 1 was handed his diploma in private because of disciplinary reasons weeks before graduation. The commencement program booklet which was given to people at the graduation lists 97 of the graduates.

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