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Norwalk is a city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk is the sixth most populous city in Connecticut with a population of 91,184. Norwalk’s topography is dominated by its coastline along Long Island Sound, the Norwalk River and its eastern and western banks, and the Norwalk Islands. Being a coastal city, Norwalk is home to a great many water sports including competitive swimming, recreational boating and fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. The Norwalk River and inner Norwalk Harbor host rowing events and organizations. Notable Norwalk resident Daniel Walsh won a bronze medal in Beijing with the U.S. Olympic rowing team in the 2008 Olympics. Norwalk operates public schools, while the community also has various private schools. The public schools have 11,642 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1.

Norwalk Highlights:

  • Norwalk High School, Brien McMahon High School and Center for Global Studies, which ranks better than 82.6% of high schools in Connecticut.
  • Baseball and softball are popular amateur sports with active leagues across many age groups in Norwalk. There are four baseball fields and 16 Little League fields in the city. Several of the fields, including Calf Pasture are illuminated for nighttime play.
  • Norwalk has three golf courses in the city of Norwalk: Shorehaven Golf Club is a private club in East Norwalk, Silvermine Golf Club is a private club in Silvermine (part of the course lies in the town of Wilton), and Oak Hills Park golf course is a public course in West Norwalk.
  • The cross-town rivalry between the city’s two largest high schools, Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon, is fierce, particularly for the football, basketball, soccer and field hockey teams in the fall; as well as lacrosse, baseball, and softball teams in the spring.
  • Brien McMahon High School’s football team won the FCIAC (Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) and Class M State Football championship in 1994. McMahon High School’s boys’ lacrosse team won the state division 2 lacrosse championship in 2000.
  • Norwalk used to be the home of the Connecticut Wildcats, part of the American National Rugby League, from 2003 to 2015.
  • In J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield’s parents are attending a party in Norwalk the night he sneaks into his apartment to visit his sister, Phoebe.

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