Hyde School to relocate to Hillhouse HS

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– There has been an announcement from the school superintendent in New Haven about relocating the Hyde School to Hillhouse High School. The move has some parents fuming because they don’t want larger class sizes.

Students at the Hyde School of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine just found out their high school is going to have to move. Again. For the 4th time in 5 years.

“Well, the moving is difficult but it works,” said Michael Booker, Hyde Senior.

Hyde’s small size and personal attention work for Michael Booker. He used to sleep in science class. Now he gets As and has a project at the district science fair.  Science Fair

“Even though we’re in different places, we’re still strong together,” said Booker.

When asked if that strength comes from it being a smaller school, Booker said, “you get more help and they actually support you.”

For his junior year, Hyde was at the old Gateway College campus on Long Wharf, before that it was in a building in Hamden. A leaky roof at Gateway forced a move to part of Gateway’s North Haven campus, but school officials say money and logistics mean it will have to move to New Haven’s sprawling Hillhouse High School.

“It’s not just financially unfeasible at Gateway North Haven, that space isn’t going to be available indefinitely,” said Garth Harries, New Haven Schools Superintendent.

A teacher at Hyde told News 8 a letter went out the faculty yesterday saying that while the school will be inside the walls of Hillhouse, it will still keep its own identity, even the sports team will remain separate.

“Hyde will have a section of the building. They’ll have their own entrance, their own signage, they’ll work with other schools around sharing of public space,” said Harries.

Hillhouse High School  Standout Hyde students at the science fair just hope that no matter where it is, Hyde will keep the atmosphere so crucial to their success.

“They might very well end up merging the schools at the same time,” said Charles Tyson, Hyde Junior.”That would be a bad thing, yeah.”

The Superintendent guarantees Hyde will keep its own identity. He says Hillhouse has plenty of room and it is being set up to contain several of these smaller academies under one roof.

The move is not expected to occur until after 2015-16 school year.

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