Ossining High School
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|Ossining High School|
|West elevation, 2010|
|29 So. Highland Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
|School district||Ossining Union Free School District|
|Enrollment||1366 (in 2010)|
|Color(s)||Maroon and white|
Ossining High School (OHS) is a public high school located in Ossining, New York, United States. Its building is located within the boundaries of the Downtown Ossining Historic District, and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The 2010 demographics for OHS are as follows:
- 30% White/Caucasian
- 49% Hispanic
- 17% Black
- 4% Asian
- 51.2% Male
- 47.9% Female
School graduation rate: 80%
- Full-time principal: Joshua Mandel
- Full-time assistant principals: Lorraine Longing, Dean Parker, Chris Olson
- Number of full-time teachers: 104
- Number of full-time professional staff other than teachers, principal, and assistant principals: 15
Ossining High School has 9 periods, each 41 minutes long. A normal school day begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:26pm. The school offers optional extra help time from 2:30-3:00pm. Classes run on an A/B day schedule, so that days alternate and some electives or labs may occur every other day.
General education classes and electives are offered that fall under these categories:
- College prep
- Computer science
- ESL (English as a second language)
- Foreign language (Spanish, French, and Italian)
- Modern language
- Physical education
- Social science
- Social studies
- Special education
- Life skills
- Special programs
All the programs ensure that the students have a variety of courses available to their individual interests in order to complete the requirements for earning a high school diploma.
Science research program
Science teacher Angelo Piccirillo started OHS’s science research program in 1998 with three students. Twelve years later it had 90 students, with Piccirillo and a second teacher, Valerie Holmes, working on the science research full-time. The program includes guidance on research topics, mentors, and help with writing papers and presenting them. It accepts 30 freshmen yearly out of more than 100 applicants. Additionally, the science research program was nationally recognized in 2010, when it had 8 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, more than any other in the country.
Ossining High School offers a wide variety of sports throughout the school year, ranging in level from Modified to Junior Varsity to Varsity. Physical education (PE) is a requirement for all students to attend each semester but students on a varsity team are exempt from their PE class while that sport is in season.
For 73 years, Ossining teams were the "Ossining Indians". In June 2002, the school changed its mascot after a request from the state education commissioner. The request for changing American Indian symbols and mascots was part of the Native American mascot controversy. A new mascot, the Riverhawk, was then chosen. After opposition from the student body, the Riverhawk was dropped and Ossining has since participated in athletics with no mascot.
These sport teams are open to both sexes, though some are more dominated by a single sex:
- Cross country
- Field hockey
- Ice hockey
Exclusive girl and boy teams exist for the following sports:
Clubs and activities
OHS has many clubs for learning, leading, socializing, empowering, and reaching out to the community.
- Art Club
- Black Cultural Club
- Computer Club
- Creative Writing Club
- Diamond Steppers
- Drama Club
- El Barrio
- Engineering Club
- Environmental Club
- Fed Challenge
- Gay/Straight Alliance
- Habitat for Humanity
- International Club
- JSA (Junior Statesmen of America)
- Latina Power
- Law Club & Law Team
- NHS (National Honor Society)
- OHS International Social Change Club
- Outdoor Club
- Peer Leaders
- Performing Arts
- Power of Peace
- Prestigious Ladies of Power
- Project Earthquake
- Radio Club (WOSS)
- S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
- Safe Driving Committee
- School Store
- Student Council
- The Current (school newspaper)
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Video Club
- Wellness Club
- Peter Falk (class of 1945) American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo
- Ken Horton (class of 2007), professional basketball player
- Martha Quinn (class of 1977)
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- Peter Applebome (January 26, 2011). "A School Far From No. 1, but a Leader in Science". Our Towns. New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
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- Ossining High School - Clubs and Activities. Retrieved 4-13-2010