Duanesburg High School

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Coordinates: 42°44′55″N 74°11′17″W / 42.74873°N 74.187922°W / 42.74873; -74.187922

Duanesburg High School
133 School Drive, Delanson, New York 12053
Type Rural/Suburban public high school
Motto SOAR like an eagle; Safety Options Attitude Respect
Established 1958
School district Duanesburg Central Schools
Principal Leslie Wehner,Penny Hardenstine
Faculty 23
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 338
Number of students About 400
Color(s) Purple and Gold
Athletics Western Athletic Conference
Athletics conference Section II
Mascot Eagles

Duanesburg High School is a high school located at 133 School Drive, Delanson, New York, in Schenectady County, in Upstate New York. It is affiliated with the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).[1] Among those connected with the school were Philip Amelio, a former child actor, who once taught English and coached baseball.[2]


Duanesburg High gets above average ratings of 3 out of 5 from Great Schools.[3] The New York Times noted that the school scores a 108 on academic performance, slightly above the 100 average.[4] This was based on standardized test scores and the percentage of students with an 85% or higher average.[4]

In 2005, a group of students from Duanesburg High's Participation in Government classes participated in a budgetary reform discussion organized by WAMC.[5]

Students participated in the Poetry Out Loud poetry reading contest several times, most recently in 2010, sponsored by the state's arts education alliance.[6]

The high school is also well known for its science labs and programs. Duanesburg High students were Schenectady County's winning school in NYSERDA's "Energy Smart Students Program".[7] Students from this school were winners of the Capital Region Envirothon for several years.


Duanesburg high has teams in "baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling."[8] Their softball and wrestling teams are the best known.

Duanesburg has an award-winning softball team, garnering five straight regional "section II" titles from 2007 through 2011.[9]

Wrestlers from the Duanesburg team have won several championships.[10] In late February 2011, Duanesburg senior wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski was named the Times Union "athlete of the week" for his two straight state Division II titles at the 215 pounds class.[11] He had previously been a runner-up for that award.[12] Gwiazdowski was the "dominant" wrestler at the New York state finals for the 2010-2011 academic year at the Times Union Arena.[13] Having placed nationally,[14] Gwiazdowski wrestled for Binghamton University in 2011 before transferring to North Carolina State University, where he won national championships in 2014 and 2015.

Notable faculty[edit]

Philip Amelio, a retired child actor, once taught English and coached baseball at Duanesburg High School.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Marybeth Tinning (Class of 1960), serial killer
  • Stephen J. Dubner, economist, radio commentator, and award-winning author of four books and numerous articles, including the best-seller, Freakonomics[15]


  1. ^ Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) website. Accessed February 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Hudson Valley Obituaries: Philip John Amelio II". Poughkeepsie Journal. 2005-04-05. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  3. ^ Great Schools website. Accessed February 23, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "New York School Test Scores: Duanesburg Central School District, Duanesburg High School". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Duanesburg Students Discuss NYS Budget Reform" (PDF). WAMC. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Poetry Out Loud". New York State Alliance for Arts Education. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Challenge: Energy Smart Students Program" (PDF). New York State Energy research and Development Authority. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  8. ^ Duanesburg Central Schools website. Accessed February 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Pennamacoor, Chris (2009-06-03). "Duanesburg claims fifth straight Section II". Troy Record. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  10. ^ HS Wrestling website. Accessed February 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "H.S. Athlete of the Week". Times Union. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  12. ^ "H.S. Athlete of the Week". Times Union. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  13. ^ Bryan Fitzgerald and Pete Iorizzo (2011-02-27). "Gwiazdowski pins way to another title: Duanesburg wrestler dominant at 215 pounds". Times Union. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  14. ^ "High School Wrestler Places Nationally". CBS6 WRGB-TV. n.d. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  15. ^ "Stephen J. Dubner website". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

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