Fairport High School

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Fairport High School
1 Dave Paddock Way
Fairport, New York, 14450
United States
Coordinates 43°4′47.12″N 77°24′54.15″W / 43.0797556°N 77.4150417°W / 43.0797556; -77.4150417
School type Public High School
Established 1924 (West Avenue location)
Opened July 10, 1968
School district Fairport Central School District
Principal Robert Clark
Teaching staff 107[1]
Grades 1012
Gender Co-Ed
Number of students 1639
Average class size 550
Hours in school day 7:25 am – 2:10 pm
Campus Suburban
School color(s) Red, White and, Blue
Fight song On Old Fairport
Athletics 35 Varsity Sports[2]
Athletics conference NYSPHSAA Section V
Team name Red Raiders
Rivals Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets (all sports)
McQuaid Knights (boys' volleyball and ice hockey)
Pittsford Panthers (ice hockey, football, and lacrosse)
East Rochester Bombers (Little Brown Jug football game, now defunct)
National ranking Increase636th[3]
NYS Regents average 83%[4]
Newspaper The Lampion
Yearbook The Hourglass
Clubs 55
School emblem
Fairport High School is located near Rochester, NY

Fairport High School (FHS) is a public high school serving the tenth through twelfth grades in Fairport, NY and is part of the Fairport Central School District. The Principal, as of December 5th 2014, is Robert Clark; following his time as an Assistant Principal in Fairport since 2011.

Current enrollment estimates place the student population around 1,700. The Class of 2009 was the largest class to pass through FHS in approximately 15 years, totaling just over 600 students. FHS takes part in numerous international exchange programs, including trips to Ireland, France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

In 2009, Fairport became the first high school in New York State to offer a course in Game Design and Development. On a similar note, after town residents approved a technology funding measure, the Fairport Central School District made plans for a complete technological overhaul of FHS which began during the summer of 2010.


In 1924 the high school was on West Avenue in the village of Fairport. Later, it was at Minerva Deland High School. July 10, 1968 marked the groundbreaking of the current Fairport High School, which opened to students on December 7, 1970.

FHS FACT 12[edit]

In 1996 FHS was given permission to broadcast educational programs on FACT 12, programs included the FHS Morning Show, Homecoming events, Concerts, Award Ceremonies, and Sporting Events.[5]

Building Administration[edit]

Principal: Robert Clark

Assistant Principals:

Red House: LeAnna Watt

White House: Wayne Ackles

Blue House: Don Santini (Interim)

Campus/school site[edit]

Pre 1968 Campus[edit]

The original Fairport High School, in the Village of Fairport, has been converted to condominiums.

The pre-1968 Fairport High School campus was located at 71 West Avenue, only 2 blocks from Main Street in the village of Fairport, NY. It was built and opened in 1924 to serve as the village's first public high school. From 1965 until the early 1980s, the old campus served as the West Avenue School, with grades 4–6. As the school district's needs changed, the old campus was sold in 1984 and developed into condominiums.[6][7]

Post 1968 Campus[edit]

Fairport High School library includes a large selection of books and computers for research

As the population of the town increased the town saw the need to build a much larger high school. The campus was relocated to 1358 Ayrault Road to accommodates a much larger campus. In 1968 land was broken for the new Fairport High School Campus.


The new campus was much larger than its predecessor which included a much larger surface area for athletic events to be held on. The athletic fields include:

  • Track and field Approved in 2000[8]
  • Football Turf Field with 1,000 Seat Bleacher named after former coach Joe Cummings
  • 5 Tennis courts
  • Discus/hammer Throw field
  • 2 Softball fields
  • 2 Baseball fields
  • 4 General purpose fields

In addition, there is a concession stand as well as an admissions booth used for FHS Sporting Events.

Indoor facilities[edit]

  • Athletics
    • Competition swimming/diving pool[9]
    • 1 Gym divided Into 4 sections
  • General
    • 3 cafeterias
    • 1 Small auditorium
    • 1 Large auditorium
    • Autoshop
    • Woodshop
    • 3 art/crafts rooms
    • 3 music rooms
    • 4 Computer labs
    • Library
    • Staff offices

Construction projects/other[edit]

In the 1990s an East and West Wing was added to the school which held additional class space. In 2006 there were plans for a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) field house and the installation of lights on the football field.[10] The fall 2011 sports season is the first time the new field lights are in use. In 2007 a multi-use turf field was approved.[11]


The high school is divided into three houses (Red, White, Blue) each with its own assistant principal. Several course areas are offered to students:[12]

  • Art, business, English, Family and consumer science, foreign Languages, health, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies, technology

There are services to students with disabilities, and a curriculum leading to the International Baccalaureate – Fairport HS was the first High School in Monroe County to offer this program.[13]

However, the IB programs were cut at FHS after the 2011-12 school year due to budget constraints.


Day Jazz, Afternoon Jazz, Sophomore Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Full Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Polyphonic Women's Choir, Polyphonic Mixed Choir, and Sophomore Choir are all credit-bearing ensembles. The groups usually obtain gold or gold with distinction ratings at NYSSMA festivals. Students from the three bands are also members of the Pep Band, which plays at home games, at pep rallies, and in parades. A Pit Orchestra is also selected from the top students every year to perform during the spring musical.

The Prisms Concert, which takes place every spring, is a concert featuring many of these groups, as well as students performing solos or small group pieces. This concert is unique because the groups play in different areas of the auditorium. A spotlight focuses on the group or student performing as they play one three-minute piece. When they finish, the spotlight moves to another performer.

Higher level courses[edit]

  • Advanced Placement courses are offered at Fairport High School to allow students planning to attend college to get a head start on courses. Advanced Placement courses that are offered include Language & Composition, English Humanities, Spanish, Statistics, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Physics C, Music Theory, U.S. History, American History: Humanities, and European History.
  • The Project Advance program offers courses that allow students to earn transferable college credit early through a special program at Syracuse University. Courses include Information Technology, Economics, Policy Analysis, Psychology, Forensic Science, and Sociology.
  • Cisco Networking courses at Fairport High School reward passing students with entry-level Cisco Career Certifications for networking.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


FHS Homecoming Football Game

The Fairport High School athletic nickname is the Red Raiders. The school's colors are red, white and blue. FHS has a strong athletic tradition in many of its varsity sports such as Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Field Hockey, Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Gymnastics, and Cross Country. Fairport offers 35 varsity sports as well as offerings at the Junior Varsity and Modified levels.

In 2006 and 2007, Fairport won the Class AAA basketball championship in Section 5. In both years the team played against its archrival Rush Henrietta. The cheerleading squad has won three national titles as well as numerous other sectional and regional titles. The baseball team won three consecutive Section 5 Class AAA titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007.[14] As well as being ranked No. 1 in the state 16 times since 1982,[15] the men's swimming program at Fairport High School has won 20 Section V Class A titles, including 17 in a row from 1981–97.[16] Along with winning the Class A Section 5 championship 10 times, the cross country team also had a state champion, Pat Dupont, in 2007.[17]

Student Organizations/Clubs[edit]

FHS FIRST Robotics team[edit]


Fairport High School's FIRST Robotics team has been a participant in the FIRST Robotics Competition program for 18 years. When the team was founded in 1997 they were sponsored by Eastman Kodak and was known as Team 36 Kod-Red and, was the first suburban FIRST team in the Rochester, NY region. In 1999 Kodak discontinuedits sponsorship and the Gleason Works became the sponsor for the team known as Team 578 Blue Lightning. The team is no longer sponsored by the Gleason Works, but Xerox Corporation has agreed to become the team's new major sponsor. They are supported mainly by the Fairport High School. During the 2010–2011 school year, the team changed its name to Red Raider Robotics (R^3) so it would be more closely linked with the school. In 2000 they became the FIRST Philadelphia Regional Winners and the year after they became the FIRST Nasa VCU Regional Winners. In 2004 the team became the FRC Pittsburgh Finalist.[18]

Notable alumni/faculty[edit]

Philip Seymour Hoffman


Former FHS Principal David Paddock (left) shakes hands with Former New York Governor Spitzer
Name From To Mr. Robert Clark[20] 2014 Present
Mr. Joseph Fantigrossi[20] 2012 2014
Dr. Christopher Salinas[20] 2009 2012
Mrs. Pamela Ciranni[citation needed] 2008 (Interim) 2009
Mr. David Paddock[21] 1995 2008
Mr. Robert Reiter[citation needed] 1991 1995
Mr. Lyman Cook[22] 1970[23] 1991[24]

Major school events[edit]

Brotherhood/sisterhood week[edit]

Every spring, Fairport students celebrate Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week. The week is focused around Civility, Awareness, Respect, and Embrace (CARE). The event is most prominent at FHS, where a different activity takes place each day of the week. Monday is Family Talk Day, during which a student and an adult are selected to speak to the students. Tuesday consists of a presentation during which student voices writings are read. The writings anonymously tell students' feelings about CARE. On Wednesday, a community member is asked to speak. On Wednesday of the 2007 celebration, Rachel's Challenge visited the school. The program encouraged students to improve the atmosphere of their school. The program impacted the students in a large way, partly because they had lost a beloved member of the student body the night before. Wednesday is also the annual Junior-4th Grade walk. The district's 4th and 11th graders walk the village streets together to build relationships with each other. Thursday's program is known as Unplugged, and is a non-stop musical performance available to students with free periods or lunch. Friday concludes the eventful week with Outreach Day. On this day, the entire school is bused to the three elementary schools. Students meet with their new little brothers and sisters for an hour. They play games and teach them about CARE. A song written about this week by former students Sean Lyness, John Cieply, Pat Dupont, and David Lachance is played yearly.


Fairport High School Students Sing the Graduation Song at the 2007 Fairport HS Graduation

Fairport High School holds its high school graduation at the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester, NY. The class of 2009 is to be the largest class.

Class Year Class Size Graduation Rate Graduation Speaker College Bound
2014 551 unknown Mr. Mike DeMay unknown
2011 558 unknown Mr. Dylan Gillett unknown
2009 612 99%[25] Mr. Mark Northrup 90%
2008 606[25] 99%[25] Mrs. Heather Jones 87%
2007 564[25] 99%[25] Mr. Michael Mallaber[26] 88%[25]
2006 535[27] Unknown Mr. John Baynes Unknown
2005 488[27] Unknown Mrs. Kim Gillett Unknown
2004 515[27] Unknown Dylan Gillett Unknown

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Fairport Athletics
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Schools Test Average NY
  5. ^ Village History
  6. ^ http://www.perinton.org/Data/Documents/Historian/columns/Schools%20overview.pdf
  7. ^ West Ave Fairport High School
  8. ^ McDermott, Meaghan (September 4, 2000). "Fairport students will see changes". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY). pp. 3B. 
  9. ^ FHS Pool Directions[dead link]
  10. ^ Diaz, Fernando (February 9, 2006). "Fairport at a crossroads". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY). pp. 1B, 4B. 
  11. ^ Steenburgh, Megan (June 14, 2007). "What's new in fairport and perinton". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY). pp. 1B, 4B. 
  12. ^ FHS Academics
  13. ^ FHS IB Department
  14. ^ "Fairport baseball coach Granger dies at age 54". Democrat and Chronicle. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  15. ^ [3][dead link]
  16. ^ [4][dead link]
  17. ^ [5]
  18. ^ Fairport FIRST Robotics Team Website
  19. ^ Fairport teen becoming YouTube sensation
  20. ^ a b c Fairport Central Schools – Fairport High School
  21. ^ Fairport High principal and Class of 2008 will move on together
  22. ^ Fairport Class of 1980
  23. ^ Cook Named High School Principal
  24. ^ FHS Seniors Reach 'The End'
  25. ^ a b c d e f District Facts
  26. ^ "Fairport HS Graduation Program". Fairport High School. June 21, 2007. p. 2. 
  27. ^ a b c Local School Directory Fairport HS

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