Syosset High School

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Coordinates: 40°49′50.98″N 73°28′58.49″W / 40.8308278°N 73.4829139°W / 40.8308278; -73.4829139

Syosset High School
"A great place to live, an outstanding place to learn"
United States
Type Public School
Established 1956
School district Syosset Central School District
Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante
Faculty 250+
Grades 9th through 12th
Campus size 2,200 students
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red, Black and White
Mascot SyoBraveHead.jpg
Syosset Braves

Syosset High School, located on Southwoods Road in Syosset, New York, USA is the only public high school for residents of the Syosset Central School District.


The school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1992–1993. The school district as a whole was also the 2002 winner of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award, which honors school districts for excellence in arts education. The school was also named a Grammy Signature[1] for its music programs in orchestra, band and chorus. In 2010 it was rated 14th in the country for music education by the National Association for Music Education.[2] Syosset High School ranked 143rd of 1600+ schools listed in Newsweek's 2010 Best High Schools list. Eleanor Roosevelt was among the first notable people to make a personal appearance in the auditorium.

SHS's publications The Pulse (school newspaper) and Ken (literary magazine) have won many awards. Its DECA Chapter has produced state champions and has sent competitors to the international level.[citation needed] Its Forensics Speech & Debate team has taken home both state and national championships.[citation needed] The school has Model United Nations, Model Congress, and Quiz Bowl teams. In April 2007, the Quiz Bowl won an online national championship.[3] The Science Olympiad Team has also competed at the national level. Syosset's Tri-M Chapter has been named Chapter of the Year numerous times.[citation needed] Syosset's theater club, the Syosset Association of Creative Thespians, (ACT-ITS[4] Troupe 3880), shows one drama, one musical, and one work of Shakespeare per year, as well as many student-directed shows and one-act play SHS offers Advanced Placement courses, a new college level engineering course set up by Stony Brook University available to students in 2011, as well as Syracuse University courses offered through SU Project Advance. Syosset High School has the top-ranked varsity golf team on Long Island.[citation needed] It is one of the few schools on Long Island to give a Russian Regents;[citation needed] Japanese and Latin also have multi-year programs.[citation needed] It has a three-year research program in which students enter competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search.[citation needed]

In June 2013, Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, came to talk to graduating seniors about drugs abuse.

Academic Departments[edit]

Syosset High School has several academic departments which house a wide variety of courses for students to choose from.

  • Art
  • Business Education
  • Castle Program
  • Driver's Education
  • English
  • Human Ecology (formerly known as Family and Consumer Sciences)
  • Health Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Theater Arts
  • World Language

Forensics Speech & Debate[edit]

The Syosset High School Forensics Speech & Debate Team competes in the National Forensic League and has collected five national titles and numerous New York State titles and has participated in competitions at Harvard University, Princeton University, and Yale University. Currently, Syosset Forensics ranks in the top 50 of over 3000 schools nationally, and in the top 3 of New York State. Former Syosset Forensics competitors include Idina Menzel, Natalie Portman, and Kenneth Lin.[citation needed]

Science Olympiad[edit]

The Syosset Science Olympiad team has been competing since 1986. In 2014, Syosset will host the Eastern Nassau County Regional competition.[citation needed]

Castle Program[edit]

The Castle Program is designed for students (non-special education) who need a different environment in order to succeed. These students are typically students who have a history of poor class and school attendance. They meet in a separate setting with small class sizes and a close-knit team of teachers who focus on "realistic expectations." Participation in this program is voluntary.[5]

Junior Day[edit]

Junior Day was inspired by the show, "If you really knew me." Every student at Syosset High School, participates in Junior Day once during their junior year. The purpose of the day is to show students that there is more to the school, their peers, and themselves than what meets the eye. In order to accomplish this, the students participate in different activities throughout the day. Ice breakers are played to warm the students up to each other and then the students and faculty volunteers gather around to listen to the personal stories of the two faculty members who are running the program. Then, students are randomly broken up into groups with one faculty member and each share a personal story that most people don't know about themselves. These stories are shared in confidence with your group. After a lunch break, the students come back together to participate in an activity as a group. The students are supposed to line up on one side of the room and wait for a statement to be read. If the statement is true to them, then the student is supposed to walk to the middle of the room, then return. The purpose of this activity is for students to realize that they are not alone. There are others who are going through the same situation as them. This activity is supposed to encourage students to realize that there is more to someone than what they may have thought previously. This day successfully brings students together and unites them, further developing their relationships with one another and themselves.


WKWZ, 88.5 FM, is a broadcasting station owned and operated by the Syosset Central School District that operates from 2:30–11:00 pm Monday through Friday. It is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). WPOB broadcasts on the same frequency from 7:00–2:30 from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, and is the sister station to WKWZ. The General Manager is head of the Syosset Film and Radio department, David Favilla, with all other positions (other than General Manager, Station Supervisor and Chief Engineer) operated by students in the school, with positions such as Station Manager(s), Music Director, Sports Director, Traffic Director, Program Director, Community News Director, and Organizational Supervisor(s).


Notable alumni[edit]

Sue Bird, on offense


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  2. ^ "About the Syosset CSD". Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Online academic competition – exciting quiz bowl concept since the National Academic Championship was established in 1983". March 30, 1981. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "International Thespian Society – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Castle Program at Syosset High School". Retrieved 2/5/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Long Island High School Sports News – Newsday – Scores & Recaps". Newsday. February 28, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Syosset beat Lindenhurst, 35-13, for Class I title". Newsday. November 28, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Weber, Christopher. "School of Stars: Judd Apatow, Elaine Chao, Michael Isikoff, W.Va. First Lady?". Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Livnat, Arie (December 16, 2010). "No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Sue Bird headed to Ramle". Haaretz. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ George Drakoulias
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  13. ^ "LIVES WELL LIVED: JOHN C. RUSSELL; He Who Dances". New York Times. January 1, 1995. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 

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