Plainview – Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School

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Plainview – Old Bethpage
John F. Kennedy High School
50 Kennedy Drive
, New York, United States
Type Public School
Motto "Excellence in Education"
Established 1966
School district Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District
Principal Mr. James Murray,

Mr. James Bolen,
Assistant principal
Mrs. Sharon Fish Lasher, Assistant principal
Mr. Christopher Donnarummo, Assistant principal
Faculty approx. 130
Grades 9th through 12th
Enrollment 1500+
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Blue and white         
Athletics conference NYSPHSAA Section 8
Mascot Plainview Hawks POBJFKhawk.jpg
Newspaper The Hawkeye
Information ceeb = 334532

Plainview – Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFKHS) is a four-year coeducational public high school located on Kennedy Drive in Plainview, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School is the only high school in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. It is fully accredited by the New York State Education Department. This school is registered with the College Board as Plainview – Old Bethpage/JFK High School, and is often referred to as Plainview JFK, especially for athletic purposes, to avoid confusion with nearby Bellmore JFK.


The school was opened in 1966 under the name John F. Kennedy High School. It was Plainview's second high school. Originally, all senior high school students went to Plainview High School, but were split by residential location when JFK High School opened. In 1991, Plainview-Old Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy High School were merged into the John F. Kennedy High School building. The school was renamed Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. The newly merged school abandoned Plainview High School's colors of green and white in favor of John F. Kennedy's blue and white. Both the original Plainview High School mascot, the Gulls, and the John F. Kennedy High School mascot, the Eagles, were replaced with a new mascot, The Hawks. It is now the only public high school for residents of the community of Plainview and Old Bethpage.


For the 2006–2007 school year, the student body of POBJFK was 92% white and 7% Asian, . All other races or ethnicities made up 0–1% of the student body. In 2006–2007, average class size ranged from 19–24 students. The annual attendance rate for the school was 97%. Ninety-six percent of teachers had a master's degree plus 30 hours or doctorate degrees. The school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1987-1988. Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School was ranked 162nd of 1600+ schools listed in Newsweek's 2010 Best High Schools list.

For the 2006–2007 school year, 95% of graduates received a Regents Diploma. Of those, 71% of graduates received an Advanced Regents Diploma. Seventy-nine percent of 2006–2007 graduates went on to four-year colleges and 17% went on to two-year colleges. One percent went to the military and 2% to employment.[1]


In 1991, the school underwent an expansion. During this time, 5 new tennis courts, a new track and pool, and two new classroom wings were added. Notwithstanding opposition by some residents, the school board eventually approved the expansion. In anticipation of the expansion, ninth grade classes were consolidated into the building in 1991 and the remaining grades in 1992. In addition, the gardening club landscaped the school grounds, creating a quarter acre garden on the northwestern side of the campus.[citation needed]

AP Macroeconomics[edit]

Based on a report released on January 24, 2005, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK "was ranked as achieving the best overall performance last spring on an Advanced Placement test in macroeconomics," meaning that Plainview has the "strongest AP macroeconomics course in the world among schools in (its) size range," according to the College Board. This data referred to AP exams given in Spring 2004. The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District attributes this success to the district's sole macroeconomics teacher, Ms. Jane Behrens.[2]

Science Research[edit]

Plainview is known for its top-tier science research program. During the 2005–2006 school year, then-seniors Abhinav Khanna and Ben Pollack placed second nationally in the Siemens Competition (formerly Siemens Westinghouse Competition). During the 2006–2007 school year, then-senior Jinju Yi was a National Finalist and Regional Winner in the same competition. On December 3, 2007, Class of 2008 Seniors Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff were named national winners in the Siemens Competition team category (for a $100,000 scholarship), with the creation of a molecule that can inhibit the production of drug-resistant tuberculosis strains.[3][4]


The school offers numerous sports teams yearly including Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Basketball, Lacrosse, Football, Softball, Soccer, and Bowling just to name a few. The school has various rivalries with high schools neighboring hamlets such as Syosset High School and Farmingdale High School.

  • The Boys Varsity Tennis Team were 2004 Long Island champions.
  • The Varisty Girls Cheerleading Squad made it to the National Competition in Florida in 2012-2013.

Senior Prank[edit]

The Class of 2006's senior prank.

POBJFK made headlines[5][6] when the Class of 2006 pulled a senior prank in which students placed a car on the school's roof on the last day of classes. The car, or rather shell of a car, which was painted hot pink and covered in green question marks, was lifted onto the school's roof directly above Principal James Murray's office. Mr. Murray responded to the prank by wearing a hot pink tie with green question marks on it to the 2006 graduation.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ The New York State School Report Card, Comprehensive Information Report, 2006–07
  2. ^ "POBJFKHS Holds Strongest Advanced Placement Macroeconomics Performance in Nation". Plainview Herald. February 4, 2005. Retrieved March 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ Catherine Arnst (December 3, 2007). "Girls Dominate the Siemens Competition". Business Week. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  4. ^ Amanda Millner-Fairbanks (December 4, 2007). "Girls Make History by Sweeping Top Honors at a Science Contest". The New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Getting Away With It". June 15, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Senior Pranks 2006". Museum of Hoaxes. 2006. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 

Coordinates: 40°46′54″N 73°27′31″W / 40.78167°N 73.45861°W / 40.78167; -73.45861