Wellington C. Mepham High School

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Wellington C. Mepham High School
Mepham High School.jpg
Opportunity, Industry, Achievement
2401 Camp Avenue
Bellmore, New York, 11710
United States
Coordinates 40°40′29″N 73°32′32″W / 40.67478°N 73.54218°W / 40.67478; -73.54218Coordinates: 40°40′29″N 73°32′32″W / 40.67478°N 73.54218°W / 40.67478; -73.54218
Type Public school
Established 1935
Principal Michael Harrington
Teaching staff 85.12 (FTE)
Enrollment 1361 (2012-2013)
Student to teacher ratio 15.99
Campus suburban
Color(s) Maroon and gray
Mascot Pirate

Wellington C. Mepham High School is a public high school located on a 21-acre (85,000 m2) campus in Bellmore, New York. It is the oldest of three high schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. The school is known locally as "Mepham" (pronounced MEP-um), and was named in honor of the first school superintendent in the district.[2]

The first building at Mepham was built in 1935, and the current campus was formed in 1937. Nicknamed the "Pirates," its student newspaper is "The Buccaneer," its yearbook is "The Treasure Chest," and its jazz band was formerly known as "The Jolly Rogers," but is more commonly referred to as simply "The Mepham Jazz Band." Also, its kickline is "The "Pirettes," its alumni publication is "The Scuttlebutt," and its former literary magazine was "The Pieces of Eight" and later changed to "Fragments."

2003 hazing incident[edit]

In August 2003, it was reported that, while at a football training camp, at least three members of the football team were hazed by their teammates.[3] Three members admitted to the acts, two of whom appeared in court.[4] The hazing included anally penetrating the young men with foreign objects, including broom handles, pinecones, and golf balls.[5] The team's season was canceled early, and two coaches were transferred to administrative positions. The incident briefly garnered national notice, including a protest from the members of Westboro Baptist Church in October 2003.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Wellington C Mepham High School". ed.gov. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mr. W. C. Mepham". mepham.org. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Kolker, Robert (2003-10-20). "Out of Bounds". New York Magazine. 
  4. ^ Schuster, Karla; Morris, Keiko (2004-05-07). "Pa. hearing tomorrow in Mepham case". Newsday. 
  5. ^ "High School History of Hazing 1905-2007". Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  6. ^ "c. 1940: Comedian Lenny Bruce Attends Mepham High". Retrieved 2007-12-05. [dead link]

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