Our school’s namesake was a man whose interests and accomplishments spanned many fields. Besides working at his family business, the Aetna Life Insurance Company, and serving as its president for 44 years, he was a City Councilman, Mayor of Hartford and Governor of Connecticut. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1904. Born in East Haddam, Bulkeley was also the first President of the National Baseball League. Throughout his life, he was active in various patriotic and civic organizations.
The original Morgan Gardner Bulkeley High School opened its doors in September of 1926. It was built at the corner of Maple Avenue and Benton Street and Dr. Gustave A. Feingold was its first principal. There were 949 students enrolled, with 61 teachers and administrators. The first class to graduate in 1927 had 115 students.
The original Bulkeley High School building remained in service until 1974. It was then extensively renovated and reopened as the Michael D. Fox Elementary School. The current site of Bulkeley High School is at 300 Wethersfield Avenue, two blocks east of the old building. It is a 292,500 square foot building with a one thousand seat auditorium, an indoor swimming pool, a Field House Complex as well as tennis courts, an outdoor track and an automotive center.