Ossining High School

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Ossining High School
Ossining High School.jpg
West elevation, 2010
Location
29 So. Highland Avenue

Ossining, NY 10562
United States

Information
Type Public
School district Ossining Union Free School District
Principal Joshua Mandel
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1366 (in 2010)[1]
Color(s) Maroon and white
Website
Ossining High School
Ossining High School is located in New York
Ossining High School
Coordinates 41°09′37″N 73°51′36″W / 41.1602°N 73.8600°W / 41.1602; -73.8600Coordinates: 41°09′37″N 73°51′36″W / 41.1602°N 73.8600°W / 41.1602; -73.8600
Architect James Gamble Rogers
NRHP Reference # 88001827[2]
Added to NRHP August 9, 1989

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.[2]

History[edit]

The present Ossining High School building was designed by James Gamble Rogers in a Collegiate Gothic with a warm-toned blend of brick and stone. Construction began in 1928 and was finished the following year. The school building has been substantially enlarged in years since.[3]

Student body[edit]

The 2010 demographics for OHS are as follows:[1]

Ethnicity:

  • 30% White/Caucasian
  • 49% Hispanic
  • 17% Black
  • 4% Asian

Gender:

  • 51.2% Male
  • 47.9% Female

School graduation rate: 80%

Faculty[edit]

  • 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

Daily routine[edit]

Ossining High School has 9 periods, each 41 minutes long. A normal school day begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:26pm.[4] 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.

Academics[edit]

General education classes and electives are offered that fall under these categories:[5]

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[edit]

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.[6] 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.

Athletics[edit]

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.

Mascot[edit]

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.[7] 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.

Band, marching in Manhattan

Coeducational sports[edit]

These sport teams are open to both sexes, though some are more dominated by a single sex:

Gender-specific sports[edit]

Exclusive girl and boy teams exist for the following sports:

Clubs and activities[edit]

OHS has many clubs for learning, leading, socializing, empowering, and reaching out to the community.[8]

  • 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
  • Interact
  • International Club
  • Interval
  • 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
  • Programming Club
  • Project Earthquake
  • Radio Club (WOSS)
  • Republican Club
  • 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
  • Yearbook

Notable alumni[edit]

  • 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)

sanyia chong uconn womens basketball player

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b LocalSchoolDirectory.com - Ossining High School. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ Williams, Gray (2003). Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County. Westchester County Historical Society. ISBN 0-915585-14-6. 
  4. ^ Ossining High School - General Information. Retrieved 4-13-2010
  5. ^ OHS Teacher Class Pages. Retrieved 4-14-2010
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "A Fake Bird Dispatched, and ‘O’ Fills the Void". New York Times. January 7, 2007. Retrieved 4-13-2010.
  8. ^ Ossining High School - Clubs and Activities. Retrieved 4-13-2010