Wellington C. Mepham High School
|Wellington C. Mepham High School|
Opportunity, Industry, Achievement
|Bellmore, NY, USA|
|Head teacher||Michael Harrington|
|Number of students||1,312|
|Color(s)||Garnet and gray|
Wellington C. Mepham High School is a diverse 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.
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
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. Three members admitted to the acts, two of whom appeared in court. The hazing included anally penetrating the young men with foreign objects, including broom handles, pinecones, and golf balls. 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 include:
- "About Us". Retrieved 2008-01-01.
- Mr. W. C. Mepham
- Kolker, Robert (2003-10-20). "Out of Bounds". New York Magazine
- Schuster, Karla; Morris, Keiko (2004-05-07). "Pa. hearing tomorrow in Mepham case". Newsday
- "High School History of Hazing 1905-2007". Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- "c. 1940: Comedian Lenny Bruce Attends Mepham High". Retrieved 2007-12-05.[dead link]
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