Fayetteville–Manlius High School

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Fayetteville-Manlius High School
The front of the high school, facing south onto Route 173.
8201 East Seneca Turnpike
Manlius, New York
Coordinates 43°00′33″N 75°57′36″W / 43.009167°N 75.96°W / 43.009167; -75.96Coordinates: 43°00′33″N 75°57′36″W / 43.009167°N 75.96°W / 43.009167; -75.96
Type Public Secondary
Motto "Building on Excellence"
Established 1962
School district Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District
Principal Raymond W. Kilmer
Faculty 106
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,577 - 2,000
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and White          
Mascot Hornet

Fayetteville–Manlius High School (also F-M High School or FMHS) is a comprehensive New York public high school on East Seneca Turnpike in the Town of Manlius, serving grades 9-12 in the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District. It is the only high school in the district, and is the successor to both Wellwood Middle School and Eagle Hill Middle School. The school is governed under the authority of the New York State Education Department, whose standardized examinations are designed and administered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.


Fayetteville–Manlius High School was opened in 1963 after the 1951 merger of then separate Fayetteville and Manlius school districts and subsequent need to consolidate students into a single high school. Upon this opening, a major school restructuring was implemented, as the Fayetteville High School became Wellwood Middle School and Manlius High School became Pleasant Street Elementary (which closed in 1975). A new middle school, Eagle Hill, was also opened directly next to the high school in 1965. Space requirements, due mainly to ballooning enrollment and continued reorganization as a result of the 1951 merger, prompted the district to relocate Eagle Hill to a new building on a new campus in 1972, so the high school could expand into the junior high's previous facilities. This expansion, which connected the two buildings, now called House 1 and House 2, by a hallway and an enclosed footbridge, nearly doubled the school's footprint. F-M High School served grades 10 through 12 until 1976, when the two junior high schools became middle schools, and FM High took in 9th graders.[1]

The district logo features the oak tree motif


Raymond W. Kilmer is the school's current principal, and took office on July 1, 2010. His supporting staff include:

  • Mr. Edward Kupiec, Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Karen Liparulo, Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Heidi Green, Director of Counseling Services
  • Mr. Scott Sugar, Director of Athletic Services
  • Mr. Carlos Mendez, Jr., District Coordinator of Music
Fayetteville-Manlius Alma Mater
Guarded by the old oak tree
Symbol of our goal
Steadfast is our pride in thee
Its strength will write our scroll

Fayetteville! Manlius!
Truth shall be our light
Pledge we now our loyalty
To colors green and white

Raise we now our voice in song
To thee a tribute bring
Join the ever-growing throng
Let all who love thee sing

Fayetteville! Manlius!
Truth shall be our light
Pledge we now our loyalty
To colors green and white


Many of the school's traditions stem from the fact that decades ago, hornets nested in a 200-year-old oak tree that formerly stood on the old high school campus (now Wellwood Middle School).[2][3] Because of this, the athletic teams' mascots are the Hornets, and several of the names used for the school newspaper over the years have been hornet-related (see Extracurriculars, below).

The school alma mater gives tribute to the original tree in its opening stanza, "Guarded by the old oak tree...". The alma mater is set to the melody of "Aura Lee". Its lyrics are attributed to teacher Richard Rhoades "and his music composition class".[4] The motif can also be seen in the school colors (green and white), in the district logo, and in the name of the school yearbook (Oakleaves).


Entering the 2014-15 school year there were 1460 students enrolled at F-M High School and 130 faculty members, for a student-teacher ratio of approximately 11:1.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the racial/ethnic makeup of the student population was 91.8% White, 2.7% Black or African American, 4.4% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 0.8% Hispanic. Approximately 0.5% of the population, or 8 students, demonstrated limited English proficiency. Approximately 0.8% of students qualified for a reduced-price lunch, and another 3.5% were eligible for a free lunch. Since then the Asian student population has increased significantly, and now makes up around 15% of the school or more.

Academics and extracurriculars[edit]


Focus is placed on developing students as well-rounded, respectful, socially engaged, productive citizens who constantly value new learning opportunities. The school focuses on graduating all students with the minimum of a Regents Diploma, but some may also graduate with a less advanced local diploma. The Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation may be achieved with extended studies in a foreign language.

Though the curriculum is developed and sanctioned by the New York State Department of Education, and classes are developed to prepare students to achieve success on the required Regents Examinations, most core courses offer one or two components that explore more advanced topics. The school offers standard level Regents courses, but also offers more advanced Honors courses, Interdisciplinary courses (in English and History), Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as Syracuse University courses offered through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA). SU courses offered through Project Advance are taught at the high school by F-M faculty members (qualified by the University), and follow the same curriculum and are given the same credit as courses taught at the university. A large percentage of students opt to take SU courses offered through Project Advance instead of AP classes because their equally challenging curriculum is often more widely accepted for transfer credit by the students' successive colleges or universities.

As a school that strives to develop and encourage individual character and self-confidence, F-M has been steadfast in limiting any unnecessary academic competition amongst students. It is one of the only public schools in Central New York, and part of an extremely small percentage in the country, that does not rank students publicly with the exception of awarding valedictorian to a graduating senior. The school also uses a 100 grade point scale, as opposed to the much more common 4.0 scale, and does not weigh the GPA based on class difficulty level (Regents, Honors, AP, etc.). In addition, the athletic department does not participate in academic All-America honors.

Notable achievements[edit]

  • 2011 ranked 6th for overall sports by ESPN
  • Science Olympiad National Champions in 2004
    • Other National Finishes: 3rd Place: 2005. 4th Place: 2000,[5] 2001, 2006,[6][7] 2007,[8] 5th Place: 2009[9]
    • New York State Championships in ten consecutive years 2003–2012 and 2014.[10][11][12]
  • 2005 gold medal and 2006 blue ribbon, Expansion Management magazine's Education Quotient[13]
  • 1999, 2000, and 2006 GRAMMY Signature School[14]
  • Six-times named one of the American Music Conference's "Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America".[15]
  • The high school is consistently honored by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as having one of the best art programs in the country.[16] In 2006, students from the high school received a record number of national awards, including the prestigious National American Vision Award.[17]
  • Fayetteville Manlius High School won the New York State Mock Trial Championship in 2016.
  • The district consistently exceeds average state and national performances on the SAT. In addition, 99% of F-M students take the exam at least once.[18] The average scores for the Class of 2010 are as follows:
F-M[19] State[20] Nation[21]
Critical Reading 565 484 501
Math 593 499 516
Writing 560 478 492
TOTAL 1718 1461 1509

Graduation data[edit]

F-M High School has established a long, successful history of advancing students' interest in education beyond high school. In 2006, the school graduated 100% of its senior class, 67% of whom received a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and 28% of whom received a Regents Diploma. Of these graduating students, 98% continued on to higher education, 84% to a four-year college, and 14% to a two-year college. Of the remaining graduates, 1% continued into the workforce, and another 1% had unknown plans. The dropout rate also remained under 1%, about half of whom enrolled in a High School Equivalency or GED program.[22]


The student activities program offers more than fifty clubs and activities in a wide range of interests. Student-run publications include the Oakleaves yearbook, the student newspaper called The Buzz (formerly The Sting, formerly the Hornet's Nest), and a literary magazine, Voices. The school has a Quizbowl team and Amnesty International Club. Fayetteville-Manlius also boasts a Model United Nations club with more than fifty participants. The club hosts an annual Central New York MUN Conference (CNYMUN), often inviting over a thousand delegates from around New York. Another extracurricular area in which the Hornets excel is Mock Trial, where in 2016, Fayetteville-Manlius High School won the New York State Mock Trial Championship with an undefeated season record. The school has a chamber orchestra, string orchestra, concert orchestra, symphony orchestra, a jazz ensemble, two bands, concert band and wind ensemble as well as a very powerful Pep Band, and three vocal groups: choir, the select groups chorale, and Swing 16. The school also has the top Ukulele Ensemble in the Central New York area.[23] FM also has three major stage productions during the year. The final production of the year, called Showboat, is the annual student-run talent show, a tradition reaching back several decades. Fayetteville–Manlius High School also hosts a π memorization contest called "pi day" every year, typically on March 14.[24]


F-M's 32 varsity teams compete in the American Division of the CNYCL, Section III of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA),[25] and Section III of the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association.[26] A wide variety of teams claim CNYCL and Section III championships every year, and the vast majority of athletes are honored with NYS Scholar Athlete Awards.[citation needed] The teams include:

Fayetteville-Manlius Sports Teams
Season: Girls: Boys:
Fall Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Soccer,

Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading
Winter Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Indoor Track Basketball, Bowling, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Swimming, Wrestling, Cheerleading
Spring Crew, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Track Baseball, Crew, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track

All varsity teams practice and compete on the high school campus, with a few exceptions. The soccer teams compete in the village of Manlius, the hockey team practices and competes at the Cicero Twin Rinks in Cicero, New York and crew teams practice on Onondaga Lake and compete at various venues. The swimming teams practice and compete at Nottingham High School and less frequently at Corcoran High School in the city of Syracuse.[citation needed]

The Hornet, F-M's school mascot, a recolored version of Georgia Tech's mascot, Buzz
The varsity letter awarded by FMHS

Notable athletic achievements[edit]

  • Girls' Cross Country
  • Boys' Cross Country
    • Ranked #2 in the nation (as of 01/01/11)[41]
    • 2nd Place, 2004 & 2010, and 3rd place, 2005 — Nike Cross Nationals[42][43][44]
    • 1997, 2004 & 2005 NYS Federation Champions[45][46]
    • 2004, 2009, 2013 & 2014 NYSPHSAA Class AA Champions & 1997 NYSPHSAA Class A Champions[47]
    • 2014 Nike Cross Nationals Team Champions
  • Boys' Outdoor Track
    • 2006 National Champion 4x1 Mile Relay (meet, Section III and NYSPHSAA record time) and 2nd Place Distance Medley Relay, 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals[48]
  • Boys' Indoor Track
    • 2006 National Champion 4x1 Mile Relay (meet record time), 2006 Nike Indoor Nationals[49]
  • Girls' Lacrosse
    • National Rankings: #4 (2004) and #3 (2005) by LaxPower[50][51]
    • 2004 & 2005 NYSPHSAA Class A Champions and 2006 NYSPHSAA Class A Runners-up[52][53][54]
  • Boys' Lacrosse
    • 1988 NYSPHSAA Class A Runners-up
    • 1993 NYSPHSAA Class A Runners-up
  • Girls' Crew
    • 1st Place, Girls 2nd 8+, 2006 New York State Scholastic Rowing Association (NYSSRA) Championships[55]
    • 1st Place, Girls V8+, 2009 Section 3 Champions
    • 1st Place, Girls JV4+, 2011 National Champions
  • Girls' Tennis
    • 2003 & 2004 NYSPHSAA Doubles Champions[56][57]
    • 14 consecutive Section III titles
    • undefeated since 1993
  • Boys' Tennis
    • 12 consecutive Section III titles
    • undefeated since 1995


Recent facilities[edit]

The science wing, opened in 1998, includes eight laboratories and a large group instruction room. The "overpass", at the middle of the school, connects its two main sections; "House 1" (primarily English and Social Studies) and "House 2" (primarily Science, Mathematics, and Technology). The school also opened a new Art Wing in 2000. Subsequent additions and renovations have allowed the school to keep up with advances in technology, increases in enrollment, and changes in curriculum.

  • Two new wings for science and music and a renovated library media center were opened in 1998, followed by a renovation of the auditorium in 1999.
  • Since 1998, the school has opened seven computer labs spread throughout the school, in an ongoing commitment to making contemporary technology accessible to all students. Together, these labs contain almost 200 computers, in addition to a computer in every classroom.
  • In 2000, to accommodate the school's nationally renowned, award-winning art programs, the district opened one of the most extensive art facilities of any public school system in Upstate New York. The new wing includes classrooms and studio space for drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and digital media. Existing photography facilities remained intact and have since been updated to accommodate digital technologies.
  • 2000 saw the opening of a television studio, FMTV, which develops and broadcasts a student-run morning news program and special events to every classroom in the school.
  • In 2003, after acquiring farmland adjacent to the campus, the school opened a new access road, expanded student parking lot, and additional athletic fields. Consolidated maintenance facilities, and a state-of-the-art observatory opened in 2004, also as a result of this acquisition.
  • An expanded counseling suite and administrative office was opened in 2004.
  • The fitness center was expanded and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment in 2008. The overpass was renovated and numerous classrooms were re-purposed.
  • During the Summer of 2011, the football stadium was renovated, and a new turf field was installed after a donation of $1.4 Million by the F-M Community Sports Facility Association.

Notable incidents[edit]


During the 2006–2007 school year, the school gained national attention due to controversial policies implemented at school-sponsored dances. Catching the attention of the New York Times in a December 17, 2006 article, was the decision by principal James Chupaila to ban "grinding", or any forms of perceived "suggestive dancing styles", at school dances, and to cancel one dance altogether for fear it could become a moral and legal liability.[58] The story was also featured in the New York Observer,[59][60] and on the front page of The Post-Standard. Chupaila's decision led to the cancellation of the remainder of class dances, with the exception of the school's popular spring charity fundraiser, Dance Marathon.

Cheating scandal[edit]

During the 2007–2008 school year, F-M was again in the news when the FBI was consulted in an investigation at Fayetteville–Manlius High School. At a faculty meeting Administrators disclosed that there was breach in computer network security. One student was caught trying to remove an electronic monitoring device (a hardware keylogger) from a school computer on October 24, 2007. Another student was caught trying to break into the school earlier that day, and the third was found waiting in a nearby car.[61] Further investigation implicated eight students altogether, two of them graduates attending college (Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University). The students face criminal charges, some of them charged with multiple felonies.[62]

Notable alumni[edit]

The school district, in conjunction with the Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation, has instituted a Fayetteville-Manlius Hall of Distinction, which is said "to recognize and celebrate Fayetteville-Manlius for the accomplishments of its graduates."[63] These are some of the notable alumni who have been inducted, among many others:





  • Wayne Trivelpiece, director of Antarctic Seabird Research, NOAA - Class of 1966


  • John Beattie, Senior Intelligence Officer, NCIS - Class of 1976


Not inducted


  1. ^ "District History and Accomplishments". Fayetteville-Manlius School District. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  2. ^ FM Football: A Tradition in Pride and Excellence
  3. ^ "Wellwood 75th and Arbor day Celebration". News 10 Now: In Your Neighborhood. News 10 Now. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Alma Mater". Fayetteville-Manlius School District. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  5. ^ C Results, 2000 National Science Olympiad Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 2005 Science Olympiad National Results Archived 2006-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ 2006 Science Olympiad National Results
  8. ^ 2007 Science Olympiad National Results Archived 2010-07-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  10. ^ N.Y.S Science Olympiad C-Division State Information - 2013-2014 Archived March 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ C-Division State Information - 2004-2005 Archived 2007-10-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "F-M wins 5th state Science Olympiad" The Post Standard. March 11, 2007
  13. ^ Education Quotient, Expansion Management
  14. ^ Grammy in the Schools Click on the "Signature Schools" link
  15. ^ American Music Conference's "Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America" Archived 2007-03-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  17. ^ "FM Art Students Receive National Recognition" - FM Art News
  18. ^ Town of Manlius Neighborhood Report[permanent dead link]. See page 11 for SAT performance.
  19. ^ School Profile, 2010-11
  20. ^ New York Profile Report, 2010 College-Bound Seniors
  21. ^ Total Group Profile Report, 2010 College Bound Seniors
  22. ^ "New York State School Report Card: 2005-06 Comprehensive Information Report" (PDF). New York State Education Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  23. ^ "The Ukulele Experience". 
  24. ^ Gabalski, Joseph A. "Student Activities Booklet" (PDF). Fayetteville-Manlius School District. Retrieved 2006-12-06. [dead link]
  25. ^ http://www.nysphsaa.org/
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  27. ^ NXN Girls' Final: Manlius 'Magnificent Seven' won't be denied: Stunning 27 pt. total for F-M girls, as Rachel Johnson takes individual crown Archived December 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ESPN RISE. Published 12-05-2010. Retrieved 01-01-2011.
  28. ^ 2008 Nike Cross Nationals Girls' Championship Results - Note: F-M listed as "Manlius XC"
  29. ^ US#1s Rule: Manlius XC, North Spokane XC!
  30. ^ 2007 Nike Team Nationals Girls' Results - "Manlius NY 83 repeats, 8 - 9 - 10 - 19 - 37 adds up to record 88-point margin" - Dyestat
  31. ^ 2006 Nike Team Nationals Girls' Results - "New York sweeps - Fayetteville-Manlius ends dream season with 50-point win." - Dyestat
  32. ^ "F-M girls bask in national spotlight" - The Post Standard (12/3/2006). Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  33. ^ http://www.dyestat.com/?pg=us-2009-XC-NXN-Girls-Championship
  34. ^ POWERADE FAB 50 ESPN RISE - 2010 Girls' Team Rankings Archived September 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ESPN RISE. Retrieved 01-01-2011.
  35. ^ F-M cross country girls win fifth straight AA state title[permanent dead link] Eagle News Online. Published 11-19-2010. Retrieved 01-01-2011
  36. ^ 2007 NYSPHSAA Girls' Championships - TullyRunners
  37. ^ 2008 NYSPHSAA Championships Results - DyeStat
  38. ^ 2009 NYSPHSAA Girls' XC Championships Results - TullyRunners
  39. ^ 2007 NYS Federation Championships - "Fay-Man girls romp again; titles for Emily Lipari, Pat DuPont, and Shen boys" - Dyestat
  40. ^ "Fayetteville-Manlius girls win again. Shen boys, Tommy Gruenewald, and Hannah Davidson also win" -Dyestat (11/18/2006) 2006 New York Federation Championships Results.
  41. ^ POWERADE FAB 50 ESPN RISE - 2010 Boys' Team Rankings Archived September 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ESPN RISE. Retrieved 01-01-2011.
  42. ^ NXN Boys' Final: Arcadia brings an end to the California Dreamin': Lukas Verzbicas takes individual title to set up potential double at FL Nationals Archived December 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ESPN RISE. Published 12-05-2010. Retrieved 01-01-2011.
  43. ^ 2004 Nike Team Nationals Results - Dyestat. Archived 2007-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. Note: F-M listed as "Stotan XC"
  44. ^ 2005 Nike Team Nationals Results - Dyestat. Archived December 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. F-M listed as "Manlius XC".
  45. ^ 2004 NYSPHSAA Federation Championship Results Archived July 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  46. ^ 2005 NYSPHSAA Federation Championship Results Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  47. ^ 2009 NYSPHSAA Boys' XC Championships Results- TullyRunners
  48. ^ 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals Results Archived May 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  49. ^ 2006 Nike Indoor Nationals Results Archived January 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  50. ^ 2004 F-M Girls' Lacrosse Results and Computer Ratings - LaxPower
  51. ^ 2005 Girls' Lacrosse National CCR Rankings -LaxPower
  52. ^ 2004 Girls' Lacrosse State Champions - LaxPower
  53. ^ 2005 Girls' Lacrosse State Champions - LaxPower
  54. ^ 2006 Girls' Lacrosse State Champions - LaxPower
  55. ^ 2006 New York State Scholastic Rowing Championship Girl's 2nd 8+ Results - Racetrack.com
  56. ^ 2003 NYSPHSAA Girls' Tennis Championships, Doubles Results Greiner and Englert are the victors from F-M.
  57. ^ 2004 NYSPHSAA Girls' Tennis Championships, Doubles Results Crawford, Zino and Englert are the victors from F-M.
  58. ^ York, Michelle (December 17, 2006). "High Schools Crack Down: Dance Nice or Not at All". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  59. ^ http://www.observer.com/node/36573
  60. ^ http://www.observer.com/node/36533
  61. ^ Porter, Sue Weibezahl (October 30, 2007). "Police: 3 F-M students caught tampering with computers". The Post Standard. Retrieved 2018-02-18. 
  62. ^ Doran, Elizabeth (November 7, 2007). "Police say F-M students cheated on SATs, more". The Post Standard. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  63. ^ "Hall of Distinction Home Page". Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation. Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  64. ^ Nina Fedoroff, Class of 1960, Inducted in 2009

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