Binghamton High School

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Binghamton High School
31 Main St.

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United States
Coordinates42°05′55″N 75°55′11″W / 42.09861°N 75.91972°W / 42.09861; -75.91972Coordinates: 42°05′55″N 75°55′11″W / 42.09861°N 75.91972°W / 42.09861; -75.91972
TypePublic high school
School districtBinghamton City School District
SuperintendentTonia Thompson[1]
PrincipalKevin J. Richman[2]
Teaching staff117.98 (FTE) (2018–19)[3]
Enrollment1,445 (2018–19)[3]
Student to teacher ratio12.25:1 (2018–19)[3]
Color(s)Red, White, and Blue
Athletics conferenceSouthern Tier Athletic Conference
Team namePatriots
USNWR ranking11,864 (870 in New York)[4]
Feeder schoolsEast and West middle schools

Binghamton High School, a combined high school of the previous Binghamton North High School and Binghamton Central High School, is a large public high school located in the center of Binghamton, New York. The school is culturally diverse, with 1600+ students from many different countries, religions, and income levels. The mascot for Binghamton High School is a Patriot named Patrick who wears a signature tri-cornered hat.


Binghamton High School offers three Advanced Placement (AP) exams, in addition to classes which focus primarily on passing the Regents Examinations administered by the New York State Department of Education.

In 1997, Binghamton High School became the third high school in New York to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.[5]

Project Lead the Way[edit]

A pre-engineering program called Project Lead The Way is offered to students who are interested. It includes such courses as Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Design and Development. This is made possible through a partnership between the school and Rochester Institute of Technology. These courses allow students interested in going into an engineering field an opportunity to earn college credits and eliminate beginner courses in college.

Rod Serling School of Fine Arts[edit]

The Rod Serling School of Fine Arts offers the opportunity to major in visual art, music, theater and dance. Each of these programs has a wide array of groups and talented individuals that regularly perform for the community. Most of these programs (with the exception of instrumental and vocal music) are also offered at the IB level.

The school is named after the screenwriter and creator of The Twilight Zone series, Rod Serling, who is a graduate of Binghamton (Central) High School. The Helen Foley Theater, part of the school, is named after Serling's former teacher. The school hosts the annual Rod Serling Film Festival, which is open to all students in grades K-12 in North America.


The demographic breakdown by race/ethnicity of the 1,445 students enrolled for the 2018–2019 school year was:[3]

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity[3]
   American Indian /
Alaska Native
   Asian    Black    Hispanic    Native Hawaiian /
Pacific Islander
   White    Two or
More Races
0.3% 4.4% 28.5% 14.3% 0.1% 43.8% 8.5%


Binghamton High School offers many programs for athletics, including men's and women's basketball teams and also a football team. Binghamton High competes in the STAC conference for most sports, with the exception of football, which competes in Section 4 Class AA.

The football team at Binghamton High School has won several titles since their first season in 1981, including the Section 4 title in 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016 and Central Region titles in 2008 and 2011. The team also won a New York State title in 1985.

The boys' and girls' basketball teams have also won titles. The boys' team won back-to-back state titles in the 1984–85 and 1985-1986 seasons. The women's team has done well in recent years, winning both conference (STAC) and sectional (NYS Sec. IV) titles in the 2009–10, 2010–11, and 2011–2012 seasons. In 2011-2012, both the boys' and girls' teams won at least 20 games, including conference and sectional titles, to enter the State Playoffs with undefeated records.

The boys' track & field team won a divisional title in 2011.

In baseball the school won Division titles in 1985, 1987, 1998, and 2005; as well as Section 4 titles in 1985 and 1987.


On the Newsweek's list of the Best High Schools in America for 2007, Binghamton High School was ranked #481 out of approximately 1,200 top high schools in the United States, based on the number of participants in AP and IB courses.[6]

Binghamton High School has one of very few high school-level steel drum bands in the United States.

Along with the musical aspect of the school's arts programs, the school puts on a selected play and full-scale musical every year. Theater Production Club builds the sets and operates the show while anyone from the student body can try out for roles.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Incidents[edit]

2010 food fight[edit]

On June 11, 2010, during lunch time, over a hundred students were involved in a food fight. What started out as a prank by the freshmen class ended in chaos. When staff members and police officers working at Binghamton High School tried to break up the food fight, the crowd then turned on them. Fights escalated and staff members and police officers were injured during the chaos. Assistant Principal Martin Klein was the most hurt when he was hit in the face with a student's cell phone, which resulted in his eye getting badly injured. Other staff members and a few police officers suffered minor injuries, but there were no major injuries and no students were hurt in the brawl. Many police officers reported to Binghamton High School and the school was on lock-down. The day continued with regular classes.[8][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ "Superintendent's Message". Binghamton City School District. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Home". Binghamton High School. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public Schools - Binghamton High School (360487004380)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "Binghamton High School in Binghamton, NY - US News Best High Schools". US News & World Report. Archived from the original on February 12, 2021. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "IBO - Binghamton High School". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Basler, George (May 22, 2007). "2 Tier schools among U.S. 'best' Magazine index measures students taking advanced, IB courses". Press & Sun-Bulletin.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Rod Serling". Television Academy.
  8. ^ "Binghamton High School Food Fight Escalates Into Violence: Leaves 2 School Officials and 2 Police Injured". Republikid. June 11, 2010.

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