Manhasset Secondary School

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Manhasset Secondary School
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200 Memorial Place
Manhasset, NY 11030

Type Middle School / Public High School
School district Manhasset School District
Principals and Assistant Principals Dr. Dean Schlanger (Principal, all grades)
Peter J. Vercessi (Assistant Principal, all grades)
Faculty 59.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 7 - 12
Enrollment 1350 (as of 2008-09)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.3[1]
Color(s) Orange and Blue
Athletics conference Section VII
Team name Indians
Publication Indian Ink
Information 516-267-7600

Manhasset Secondary School is a four-year public high school and middle school located in Manhasset, at 200 Memorial Place, in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. Manhasset High School consistently ranks among the top 100 High Schools in America.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 785 students and 59.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 13.3:1.[1]

Schools and offices located in the school building[edit]

  • Manhasset Middle School
  • Manhasset High School
  • Central Office
  • The Superintendent of Schools
  • Offices for the District Coordinators of Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, English, Athletics, Technology and Social Studies


  • Manhasset's team nickname is the Indians, and the school colors are orange and blue.
  • Popular varsity sports at Manhasset High School are baseball, football, basketball, field hockey, cross country, track, volleyball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, swimming, crew, fencing, badminton, golf, bowling and wrestling. The following are some of the sport teams and their accomplishments:

Cross-country and track[edit]

  • The 2010 Cross Country team completed a 3rd consecutive undefeated dual meet season, finishing 13-0 and emerging victorious in the Conference Championship meet.
  • The 2009 Cross Country team finished 4th at the State Championships in Plattsburgh, NY.
  • The Manhasset Boys 2008 Cross-Country team won the Class B County Championships, competing in the State Meet in Sunken Meadow, New York. The team placed 4th in the Nassau County tournament, and 8th in the New York State Class B Division. [2]


  • Manhasset lacrosse is an enduring tradition.[2]
  • In 1932, Manhasset established the first HS lacrosse team on Long Island while Garden City followed shortly after in 1934.[3] A yearly lacrosse tradition known as the "Woodstick Classic" emerged between the schools, an event which is attended by hundreds every year, and is currently the nation's longest continuous boys lacrosse rivalry.[4] Manhasset leads the all-time series, 66-55.[5] In recent years, a side rivalry has developed with the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks, as well as John Jay Cross River High School
  • Since 1995, Manhasset has won the Class B State Championship one time : 1995, and Class C State Championship three times:[2] 2004,2009 and 2010.[citation needed]
  • For the past six years since 2004, the Manhasset Indians have been ranked among the top 100 best lacrosse teams in the country (Ranked by Laxpower), and have finished among the top three on that list, three different times during that span.[citation needed]
  • In 2009 and 2010, the boys lacrosse team won the Class C state championship, making back-to-back state titles for the first time in school history.[citation needed]


Manhasset’s Varsity Wrestling Team won the Division 2 Nassau County Championships three consecutive years, 2005, 2006, & 2007. Since moving to Division 1 in 2008, the team has produced several conference champions and all-county wrestlers.


  • In 2008, the Boys Junior 4+ boat won the Scholastic National Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tennessee,[6] the prestigious Stotesbury Cup regatta, and the New York State Championship regatta.
  • The following year, in 2009, the Boys Senior 4+ won back-to-back National titles.[7][8] They also placed first in both the New York State Championship regatta and the New Jersey State Championship regatta that year. The Girls Junior 4+ boat also won the Scholastic National Regatta and placed 4th in the world famous Head of the Charles Regatta.
  • In 2010 the Girls Lightweight 4+ boat won New York State Championship regatta and the Scholastic National Regatta. They also took second place Second at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.


In 2010, the Manhasset Boys Varsity Soccer team finished first in conference VI. They finished with an undefeated season (10-0-2) with 32 points and received a #1 seed in the Nassau County Playoffs the first time ever in their school's history. Throughout the season, the team was consistently ranked in the state by Newsday (#1 in Week 4; #5 in Week 5; #4 in Week 6), the first time the school has ever been ranked in the state for soccer. On October 30, 2010, the boys soccer team won their first round playoff game against Seaford 2-1 in Double OT. It was the first time in ten years that the Indians had won a playoff game in soccer. The Indians continued their undefeated streak until losing to Wantagh in the county semi-finals.


In 2007 Manhasset's Choirs (Concert Choir, Kinsmen, & Select Ensemble) became the first in New York State to receive three Golds with Distinction on the highest level of NYSSMA.[citation needed] In 2008 this process was improved with four Golds with Distinction when the Women's Chorus also received one on Level VI.

This year eight choirs will involve over 300 students in singing: Symphonic Choir, Concert Choir I, Concert Choir II, Women's Chorus, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Select Ensemble, Kinsmen, Varsity Kinsmen.[3]

Kinsmen is the elite men's choir with 35 members. In June 2008 they were selected as the Best High School Choir in New York State. In recognition of their excellence Kinsmen will perform at the NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester in December. Kinsmen can be heard on YouTube.[4][5]

The Manhasset High School Marching Band has won the USSBA Division 1A New York State Championships three years in a row, from 2009 through 2011. On October 3, 2010, Manhasset hosted its own marching band competition, which included five bands competing and an exhibition by the Stony Brook University marching band.

NYSSMA Majors[edit]

  • 2009 Golds with Distinction: Women's Chorus, Symphonic Choir, Select Ensemble, Kinsmen, Orchestra
  • 2008 Golds with Distinction: Women's Chorus, Concert Choir, Select Ensemble, Kinsmen
  • 2007 Golds with Distinction: Concert Choir, Select Ensemble, Kinsmen

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ted Bessell (born 1935) television actor and director.
  • Jim Brown (born 1936), NFL Hall of Famer for the Cleveland Browns.[9]
  • Jack Coffee (born 1944) attorney, professor of law at Columbia and SEC expert.
  • John Gagliardi (born 1974), professional lacrosse player.[10]
  • Dr. Nancy E. Gary, (1937–2006) former dean of Albany Medical College, Executive Vice President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Dean of its F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.[11]
  • Ken Howard (born 1944), actor best known for the TV series The White Shadow[12] and Chancellor of the National Kidney Foundation.
  • Steve Lesser (born 1944), architect, best known for work on Faneuil Hall, Boston.
  • Vinnie Rizzo (born 1990), professional football player.
  • Vicki Robin (born 1945), activist, author Your Money or Your Life
  • Ira Lee Sorkin (born 1943), attorney, and SEC expert, defended Bernard Madoff


  1. ^ a b c d Manhasset High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 27, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Manhasset Lacrosse: Enduring Tradition". Manhasset Press. July 14, 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  3. ^ Local Heat, National Spotlight - High Schools, Long Island Expressway, National Collegiate Athletic Association -
  4. ^ Woodstick Classic Boys Varsity Lacrosse November 30th, 2006.
  5. ^ Woodstick Classic: All-Time Results - Lacrosse, Microsoft Corporation -
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  9. ^ Holden, Stephen. "FILM REVIEW; Jim Brown as Football Legend, Sex Symbol and Husband", The New York Times, March 22, 2002. Accessed October 15, 2007. "It was at Manhasset High School that he became a football star and athletic legend."
  10. ^ Barbuti, Angela. "Field of Dreams: Manhasset's Fab 5 Returns to MHS to Practice", Manhasset Press, August 26, 2005. Accessed November 27, 2007. "Of the 150 best lacrosse players in the world, five call Manhasset home. Beginning their careers playing on Manhasset's P.A.L. teams, Conor Denihan, John Gagliardi, Tim Goettelmann, Blake Miller, and Nick Murtha would all grow up to play major league lacrosse."
  11. ^ [1] Nancy Gary; Pioneering Dean of Medical Schools, Washington Post, June 15, 2006
  12. ^ Ken Howard profile, The New York Times. Accessed November 23, 2007.

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