Brentwood High School (New York)

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Brentwood High School
Brentwood Indian Logo Hi.jpg
52 Third Avenue
Brentwood, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°46′28″N 73°15′15″W / 40.77444°N 73.25417°W / 40.77444; -73.25417Coordinates: 40°46′28″N 73°15′15″W / 40.77444°N 73.25417°W / 40.77444; -73.25417
School type Public high school
Principal John Callan and Richard Loeschner
Grades 9-12
Enrollment ~4,500 students
Campus type suburban
Color(s) Green and white          
Slogan Bleed Green
Team name Indians
Newspaper Pow-Wow

Brentwood High School is a secondary school in Brentwood, New York, United States. It is one of the largest high schools in New York State, and is located on the southern shore of Suffolk County, Long Island.



The first class to graduate from Brentwood High School was the class of 1957. Prior to this, public school students in the district attended Bay Shore High School.[citation needed] The physical brick and mortar structure had not yet been built.

Brentwood High School began with the Ross Building, with its tennis courts and state of the art swimming pool. It was named for psychiatrist William H. Ross, M.D., founder in 1898 of the Ross Health Resort (now Ross Healthcare, still located on Suffolk Avenue).[citation needed]

In 1961 Dr. Eugene G. Hoyt, then the District Principal, and Dr. Raymond Scheele of Hofstra University, presented a plan for curriculum development to Dr. Meade of the Ford Foundation. On the basis of this work, the foundation awarded Brentwood High School (with Hofstra as the "cooperating university") a grant of more than $300,000 for curriculum development.

The Sonderling Building was completed and open for students in September 1964. It was named for the then-President of the Board of Education, Edward Sonderling.

The first senior class to graduate in Brentwood was the class of 1965.[citation needed]

During the summer of 1968 (in compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968), temporary portable classrooms were constructed between the Ross and Sonderling Buildings, housing the language and health classes. The Guy di Pietro Building was later constructed between the two main buildings and named in honor of the late Social Studies (1963-1967) Department Chairman (1967-1972), who became the Superintendent of Schools in 1973, and remained so until his death in 1985.[1]

On January 11, 1968, then-Senator Robert F. Kennedy visited Brentwood High School and spoke to 800+ students, parents and faculty in the Sonderling auditorium. After giving a short address, he opened the floor to questions and asked his own questions of the audience.[2][3]

In the autumn of 1968, more than half the female students wore pants to protest the school's dress code. So many were sent to the office (then run by the sole principal, Stanley P. Yankowski), by their classroom teachers, that the dress code was changed.


June 27, 1971 was the last Brentwood senior class to graduate all together as one 1,400 body of students enjoying the now demolished Commack Arena as the commencement site.

By June 1973 the separation between BHS Ross and BHS Sonderling was complete. From 1974 to 1989, the student body was large enough that the two primary buildings, Ross and Sonderling, were treated as two distinct high schools. Students from North Middle School and West Middle School went to Sonderling, while students from East Middle School and South Middle School went to Ross. The graduating classes for the years 1980 through 1984 were around 700 each for Ross and Sonderling. By 1987, it had dropped to 450 each.[citation needed]

Brentwood High School was the site of the Maslow-Toffler School of Futuristic Education,[4] an alternative high school, from 1974 to 1983.[5]

In 1975, WXBA-FM, the high school radio station was founded at Brentwood High School.[citation needed] The concept and original creation, planning and opening launch event were by founder "student" Robert King, with much of this including students, teachers, school leadership, and a number of radio stars like Big Wilson.[citation needed] WXBA's first general manager was Long Island radio personality Bob Ottone,[6] now[when?] the public address announcer for the Long Island Ducks. The initial output of WXBA was ten watts (which means that the signal barely made it three miles from the school under some conditions), and was upgraded in the summer of 1981 to 180 watts. Students underwent a training program, usually during the summer between ninth and tenth grade, as DJs, news readers, and engineers.[citation needed]

Brentwood High School established an Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFJROTC) in 1977. As of the fall of 2006, it was one of only two Long Island high schools to offer the program.[7]

The Green Machine marching band came into creation during the mid-1970s.[citation needed]

The Associated Press reported in 1980 that a week after the principal, Stanley P. Yankowski, instructed homeroom teachers to take down the names of students who did not stand for the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the practice was stopped after a teacher complained to the New York Civil Liberties Union[8]


WXBA moved to expanded facilities in the newly built G. Guy DiPietro Learning Center[9] during the 1988-89 school year.

The Brentwood Science Olympiad team competed in the New York State Science Olympiad tournament held at West Point on April 16, 1988. According to Newsday, the mainstay Long Island newspaper, the team "finished second in Suffolk County, third on Long Island and 13th out of 147 schools in the State of New York."[10]

In 1988, Brentwood's AFJROTC unit was named an honor unit by the U.S. Air Force. "Only the top 20 percent of all units in the nation are considered for recognition as honor unit. In addition, Lt. Col. Arthur Bennett and Master Sgt. James Waide have been named outstanding instructors," according to a Newsday report.[11]

Newsday awarded Brentwood High School the High School of the Year Award in 1989.


In 1991, a plaque was hung listing military personnel who hailed from Brentwood.[12]

In 1999, 56 solar panels were installed on the Ross Building.[13]


In 2004, The New York Times reported that Brentwood would be one of four Long Island school districts (the others being Hempstead, Lawrence and Manhasset) that would be audited by the state comptroller in the wake of charges of theft made against school administration officials in Roslyn.[14]

On Veterans Day in 2005, Newsday covered the dedication of a memorial to 15 graduates of the high school who had died during the Vietnam War.[15] From top to bottom, the names and graduation years are: Richard P. Lancaster, Jr. (1960), Jose Vazquez (1963), Edward LaBarr (1964), James Seidensticker (1965), Peter Colicchio (1966), Frank Sardina (1965), Nicholas Fritz (1965), Michael Cacciuttolo (1966), Gary Guasp (1964), Daniel Hommel (1965), Joseph Funk (1964), Lawrence Soltan (1966), David Scolnick (1966), John Rosa (1968), and Thomas Wynne (1967).

In October 2006, Brentwood High School's Green Machine Marching Band won in the category of Large School III at the New York State Field Band Conference in Syracuse, New York. With a score of 83.75 they defeated their rivals Walt Whitman Wildcats, and the Sachem Flaming Arrows.[citation needed]

On October 28, 2007, the Green Machine defended its New York State Championship in Large School III at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. For two consecutive years the Brentwood Green Machine won the NYSFBC Governors Cup. They won at the Carrier Dome with a score of 86.10.[citation needed]

On November 16, 2008, Brentwood High School Soccer won the NYSPHSAA Boys Soccer Championship - Class AA, defeating Clarence 2-1.[citation needed]

On June 12, 2009, Brentwood High School Softball won the NYSPHSAA Girls Softball State Championship - Class AA, defeating Fairport, which included Nicole Flint pitching a perfect game.[citation needed]

On November 1, 2009, with a score of 89.95, the Brentwood Green Machine Marching Band received second place in the NYSFBC. They competed in the "Large School II" category, defeating the Huntington Blue Devils, Horsehead's Blue Raider marching band, and many others.[citation needed]

On December 5, 2009, the Green Machine Marching Band represented Brentwood in C.W. Post's production of "Babes in Toyland" at the Tilles Center in Brookville, New York.[16]

On April 14, 2010, Brentwood High School students Ijeamaka Anyene, William Genova, and Lauren Herrera were awarded the bronze medal at the International Sustainable Word Project Olympiad.[citation needed]

On October 31, 2010, the Green Machine Marching Band won the NYSFBC Governors Cup in Large School II at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York with a score of 90.20.[citation needed]

School information[edit]

Brentwood High School is among the nineteen elementary and secondary schools in the Brentwood Union Free School District in Suffolk, New York. The school educates students from grades 10-12 (9th graders attend the Brentwood Freshman Center) and also has an adult continuing education programs. According to, the school has a total of 3532 students attending: 1371 in 10th grade, 991 in 11th grade, 806 in 12th grade, and 275 from adult continuing education.

The school has two auditoriums, two gymnasiums, and six cafeterias. The school is divided into three centers, Ross center, Sonderling center, and Guy Di Pietro learning center. Students who came from East or South middle schools are assigned under the Ross center, and students who came from West and North middle schools are assigned under the Sonderling center, although students attend classes in both buildings as well as with students of either building. The Guy Di Pietro learning center holds art and music classes. It also has a weight room, a gym, and a lecture center.

When the middle schools were opened, they were known as junior high schools.


  • Baseball (boys' varsity/JV, girls' varisity/JV)
  • Basketball - boys' Class A Long Island Champions (2004, 2014, 2015)
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing team (boys', girls')
  • Football (boys' varsity/JV)
  • Lacrosse - Frank Urso, All-American, Class of 1972, after high school played at the University of Maryland and was in the hall of fame, helping the team win its second NCAA Championship in 1975.
  • Soccer - boys' varsity New York State Class A Champions 1958, 1989, 2008, 2010 (undefeated)
  • Softball - New York State Class A Champions, 2009
  • Tennis (boys' varsity/JV, girls' varsity/JV)
  • Winter track (boys' and girls')
  • Spring track (boys' and girls')
  • Volleyball (girls' varsity/JV)
  • Wrestling (boys' varsity/JV/youth)
  • Swimming (boys' varsity, girls' varsity)

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Jef Raskin (Jeffrey Frank Raskin, died Feb. 2005), widely acknowledged as the "father of the Macintosh";computer scientist and expert on the human/computer interface; inventor, conductor, artist, writer and businessman (graduated 1960)[17][18]
  • Robert Gallucci, former US Ambassador at Large (1994–1996); currently Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (graduated in 1962)
  • Edward Webber, Suffolk County, New York Police Commissioner, 2012–present (graduated 1964)
  • Leonard H. Tower Jr., a founder of the Free Software Foundation (graduated in 1967)[19]
  • Jack Scalia, actor (graduated in 1969)[20]
  • Michelle Franqui, Miss New York State 1972 (graduated 1971)
  • Mitch Kupchak, former basketball player; former general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers (graduated in 1972)[21][22]
  • Frank Urso, member of the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame[23][24][25] (graduated in 1972)
  • Reggie Fils-Aime, current President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America (graduated in 1979)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ (G. Guy Di Pietro, second scroll)
  2. ^ "Robert F. Kennedy Visits Brentwood H.S". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Bobby comes to BHS" (PDF). Brentwood Pow Wow. XII (4). Brentwood High School. 1968-01-31. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  4. ^ Maslow-Toffler School of Futuristic Education alumni website
  5. ^ Geographic Information Systems: a Tool for Success Archived March 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Nash, Collin. "In Tune With Long Island High School Radio." Newsday, 28 May 2000.
  7. ^ Brentwood Bulletin, October 2006.[permanent dead link] Accessed 01 January 2007.
  8. ^ "Principal to Stop Listing Those Sitting for Pledge." Associated Press, 10 October 1980.
  9. ^ "School Roundup." Newsday, 28 October 1987
  10. ^ "School Roundup." Newsday, 27 April 1988.
  11. ^ "School Roundup." Newsday, 21 December 1988.
  12. ^ Gray, Katti. "The Americans Who Went to War: Brentwood Community Is Filled With Prayers and Pride For Its Hundreds in the Gulf." Newsday, 3 March 1991.
  13. ^ New York Power Authority website
  14. ^ O'Donnell, Michelle. "Scrutiny Born of Roslyn Scandal Turns to District High in Need and Low on Capital." The New York Times, 20 September 2004.
  15. ^ Tabatchnick, Cara. "Brentwood Honors Brothers in Arms." Newsday, 13 November 2005.
  16. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Guy Kewney (28 Feb 2005). "RIP Jeff Raskin: Father of the Mac - Polymath, inventor of the Information Appliance". The Register. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  18. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  19. ^ Home web site of Leonard (Len) H. Tower Jr.
  20. ^ Ketcham, Diane. "About Long Island: At the Repository of High School Memories." The New York Times, 12 February 1995.
  21. ^ "Nets Have Kupchak on List." The New York Times, 6 May 2000.
  22. ^ More than just Luck
  23. ^ Forbes, John B. "At Johns Hopkins, Lacrosse Is No.1." The New York Times, 10 April 1983.
  24. ^ National Lacrosse Hall of Fame website
  25. ^ Ungrady, David. Tales from the Maryland Terrapins. Sports Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-58261-688-4 ISBN 978-1582616889
  26. ^ Kaufman, Bill. "Girding Students Against Violence at Brentwood HS." Newsday, 25 February 2001.
  27. ^ Samuels, Anita M. "Icon of Rap World at Home on the South Shore." The New York Times, 29 January 1995.

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