Centereach High School

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Centereach High School
14-43rd Street
Centereach, New York
United States
Type Public
Established 1970
School district Middle Country Central School District
Principal Tom Bell
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1750 students
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Cougar
Nickname CHS

Centereach High School is a public high school in the Middle Country Central School District of Suffolk County, New York on Long Island, teaching a college preparatory curriculum for grades nine through twelve.

History and overview[edit]

Centereach High School opened in 1970, to serve the continuing population growth in central Suffolk County and in the Middle Country Central School District.


According to 2007 data, 97.8% of Centereach graduates earn a New York State Regent's diploma. 53.3 percent of graduates plan to attend 4 year college, and 40.8% plan to attend a 2 year college.[1]


The Stephen I. Tupper planetarium hosts a variety of shows[2] and serves as an integral part of the elementary science curriculum,[3] receiving its funding through the school budget.[4] It boasts a 12.2 m dome, seating for 120,[5][6] and a projector nicknamed Sidney.[7] Its directors have included David Cohn,[8] who has worked on coordinated efforts with NASA/JPL, and Thomas Madiganny, who has worked as an IT professional for the likes of Robert Half International.[9]


Centereach fields a number of varsity and junior varsity athletic teams, in Section 11, Division 2 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, including Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball (Girls), and Wrestling.

In the fall of 1995, the cross country team (a joint Middle Country team with Newfield High School) won its first state Federation title.[10]

The October 29, 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated ran a story about Centereach's football team being a favored pick for its opponent's homecoming games because of its poor record in recent seasons.[11]

Centereach has an Ice Hockey team that is not involved with the school, but is in the NYSAHA.

Notable alumni[edit]

Events of note[edit]

In January 1997, 30-year-old New York City firefighter James Halversen was shot and killed while jogging around the Centereach High School track, in a random act of violence.[12][13] This unfortunate event gave rise to stories about a portion of the track being "haunted," so much so that it has drawn paranormal investigators to the site.[14]


  1. ^ "Newsday: High School Graduates". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ Dawn of the Space Age, Mirage 3D  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "District Curriculum Information". Middle Country School District. 
  4. ^ "Budget". Middle Country School District. 
  5. ^ "Stephen I Tupper Planetarium". David Cohn. 
  6. ^ "Tupper Planetarium". Association of French speaking Planetariums ( WPD - Worldwide Planetariums Database ). 
  7. ^ "Sidney the projector". 
  8. ^ "Biography". 
  9. ^ "Linked-In". Thomas Mdiganny. 
  10. ^ "Cougars Now 14th Nationally". Newsday. November 30, 1995. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ "High School Football: Lost Cause". Sports Illustrated. October 29, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ Alvarez, Lizette (Jan 5, 1997). "New York City Firefighter Killed While Jogging Near His L.I. Home". The New York Times. Retrieved Aug 5, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Man Sentenced to Prison In Slaying of Firefighter". The New York Times. Nov 5, 1998. Retrieved Aug 5, 2009. 
  14. ^ Centereach High School Investigation, Long Island Paranormal Investigators, accessed Aug. 5, 2009

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Coordinates: 40°52′30″N 73°05′14″W / 40.87500°N 73.08722°W / 40.87500; -73.08722