Highland Park
by Jim Hall

Unlike other schools in this section, the Highland Park School isn't named after a person of local or national importance. Instead, it's simply named after the section of Manchester in which it's located and whose young people it serves.

Highland Park encompasses much of the southeastern portion of Manchester. As its name suggests, its elevation is higher than the rest of the town, owing to the mountainous terrain -- extending into Glastonbury -- found there.

Highland Park, however, did contain sedimentary rock which residents found quite useful for building, both in the foundations and in the visible portions. There was also found low-grade copper ore, associated with the Wyllys Copper Mines, though mining it eventually proved unprofitable. And, of course, there are the famous mineral springs of Highland Tonica Water, which Case Brothers bottled for many years under the name "Highland Rock Water." Information on this can be found in the Reprints section of this web site by clicking Case Brothers Historic District.

The area is quite scenic, and contains hiking trails and historic sites. As related in "Old Manchester II: The Storytellers," [T]he romantic beauty at Highland Park is surpassed by that of few localities in New England. On the southeast the hills are covered with forets, and from here [esp. at the summit of Case Mountain] a full view is afforded of Manchester, Hartford and much of the Connecticut Valley."

The current school, located on Porter Street, was not the original school in this area. If you click Porter Street's Hart Porter you'll find information on the Porter Street School, which was located near the current school's site, and on the individual after whom it was named.