Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District
|Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District|
|Type and location|
|Region||Nassau County, New York|
|Location||1260 Meadowbrook Rd North Merrick, NY 11566-9998|
|NCES District ID||3619020|
|Students and staff|
Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District is the central high school district of the Long Island hamlets of Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick, and North Merrick, New York. More than 5000 students, grades 7-12, attend the Bellmore-Merrick secondary schools. There are three high schools (grades 9-12) and two (previously four) middle schools (grades 7-8) in the district.
The district was officially established November 1, 1934 by the State Commissioner of Education. Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District was known as C.H.S.D. 3 until May, 1973 when is adopted the name reflecting its geographic location. This change was required of all districts by the state education department. 150 freshman students entering high school in September 1935, studied with five faculty members in a renovated six-room school house on Bedford Avenue. The principal was Sanford H. Calhoun. Wellington C. Mepham High School opened in 1937 with 741 students. Jerusalem Avenue Junior High School and Merrick Avenue Junior High School were opened in 1954. In 1958, the Sanford H. Calhoun High School and the Grand Avenue Junior High School were opened. In 1963, an addition was placed on the Mepham High School. Brookside Junior High School opened in September 1964. The John F. Kennedy High School opened in September 1966. By then, there were over 10,900 students in the district. Today, there are approximately 6,100 students in the district.
 List of schools
- High School (Grades 9-12):
- Middle Schools (Grades 7-8):
 Closed schools
The following junior high schools were closed in a consolidation effort in 1986:
- Brookside Junior High School (now used for the district offices and partially rented to other tenants). Brookside also houses the Meadowbrook Alternative Program the district's alternate learning program, for grades 10-12, one of the few in the United States.
- Jerusalem Avenue Junior High School (now a center for Nassau BOCES)
The rental of Jerusalem Avenue to Nassau BOCES, and the rental of space in Brookside that the district doesn't use generates additional income for the district. In addition, the schools' sports programs require the use of more than one gym for practice, as there are usually two sports requiring a gym in a given season. Therefore, students from Grand Avenue will sometimes practice at Jerusalem Avenue and students at Merrick Avenue will sometime practice at Brookside.
||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (July 2009)|
- School System Information Search - BELLMORE-MERRICK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, Public Priority Systems, Inc. Retrieved March 10, 2006.
 See also
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