Due to declining enrollment and without a place to call home, Weaver is leaving the Central Connecticut Conference at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday.
Weaver’s building has been undergoing renovations for years and won’t reopen until 2019, the Courant reported. The lack of facilities has led to declining enrollment and athletic teams, other than basketball and track, have suffered. Most don’t have junior varsity teams.
The story described the move as being mutual between the school and the league.
Weaver’s only academic program is the culinary arts academy, which had 194 students in October and is being phased out, with no freshmen accepted this school year. Students at the Journalism and Media Academy and Global Academy can also play for Weaver. Weaver has one of the smallest enrollments in the state.
Weaver was a charter member of the CCC and has won 54 CIAC sports championships during its existence. The boys basketball team has won eight state championships, including the 2015 Class M title, and played for last year’s Class LL championship vs. Hillhouse.
The girls basketball team won its only title in 2012. Weaver has also won 16 different state girls outdoor track and field titles. Its football program — which now co-ops with Bulkeley and Hartford Magnet at Trinity College — last won state titles in 1997 and 1999.
Weaver will likely play sports as an independent and could apply for re-admittance to the CCC in the future.