Palmyra-Macedon High School

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High School
151 Hyde Parkway
Palmyra, New York, 14522
United States
Coordinates 43°03′29″N 77°14′46″W / 43.058°N 77.246°W / 43.058; -77.246Coordinates: 43°03′29″N 77°14′46″W / 43.058°N 77.246°W / 43.058; -77.246
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Motto The Pal-Mac Way is Every Day
Opened 1950
School district Palmyra-Macedon Central School District
Principal Andrew Wahl
Asst. Principal Steven H. Sanzo
Teaching staff 55[1]
Grades 9-12
Gender Co-Ed
Enrollment 705 (2010[5])
Education system New York State Department of Education
Hours in school day 7:45 am – 2:12 pm
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red and White
Athletics 21 Varsity Sports[2]
Athletics conference Section V (NYSPHSAA)
Mascot Red Raider Indian
Team name Red Raiders
National ranking Increase1,672[3]
Publication Pal-Mac Magazine
Yearbook Zenobia
Clubs 29[4]

Palmyra-Macedon High School (Pal-Mac) is a public high school located on the border of Palmyra and Macedon, New York, United States. It is part of the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District which serves the Village of Palmyra, the Town of Palmyra, the Village of Macedon and the Town of Macedon. The principal is Andrew Wahl. The school colors are red and white.

School Information[edit]


Total enrollment of grades 9 through 12 is consistently within the 500-700 range.

  • 2007-2008: 500
  • 2009-2010: 705[6]


Pal-Mac contains grades nine through twelve with classes administered by 55 full-time teachers.[7] Pal-Mac offers many Honors, AP, IB, and FLCC dual-enrollment courses.

National Rankings[edit]

Newsweek and US News & World Report have both recognized Palmyra-Macedon as one of the top public high schools in America.[8]

Year Newsweek Ranking US News Rankings
2008 815 - 2009 1503 - 2010 1666 - 2011 Not Ranked Not Ranked
2012 Not Ranked 1672

International Baccalaureate Programme[edit]

Palmyra-Macedon High School is an IB World School.[9] The IB Diploma Programme and related curriculum has been offered since 2002.[10]

IB Curriculum Offered[edit]

Ten courses are currently offered within the program including:[11]

  • Biology (HL)
  • English A1 (HL)
  • French B (SL)
  • History (HL)
  • Math Studies (SL)
  • Mathematics (SL)
  • Psychology (SL)
  • Spanish B (SL)
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Visual Arts (SL)


The Pal-Mac mascot is the Red Raiders. The former mascot was the Red Devils until 1961. Many students participate on the traditional Varsity sports teams available including Football, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis, and Track & Field. There are also many Junior Varsity and Modified sports programs. There is only one Freshman team for Basketball. Pal-Mac sports teams participate in the Finger Lakes League and the NYS Section V

Boys Basketball[edit]

In 2005, the Pal-Mac boys basketball team won the Class B New York State Championship. It was the first state championship by a Pal-Mac sports team. Representative James T. Walsh honored the team, the leading scorer Anthony Hall, and the team coach Chip Tatro, in Congress.[12]

State Titles[edit]


State titles[edit]


The Pal-Mac Music department consists of two instrumental bands, and two vocal performance groups. The Wind Ensemble is the highest level band and the Select Choir is the highest level chorus.

Select Choir[edit]

Students who excel in vocal and musical ability may audition for a limited position in the Select Choir. The Select Choir has a history of high performance in NYSSMA Festivals, often being awarded Gold with Distinction.[citation needed]


The Pal-Mac Technology Department is a rapidly growing aspect of the school. The school offers several courses including Digital Imaging, Woodshop, Architecture, TV Broadcasting and Communications, as well as a Robotics course. Pal-Mac High is also a PLTW Certified Engineering school, first implementing the curriculum in 1999.

FIRST Robotics[edit]

The FIRST Robotics team at Pal-Mac has participated in several regionals and competed many times in the final rounds. The Robotics team at Pal-Mac is a rapidly growing Extra-Curricular Activity and Club that utilizes the abilities of student programmers, mechanics, as well as several student-artists and web designers.


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