John L. Miller Great Neck North High School

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Great Neck North High School
35 Polo Road
Great Neck, NY 11023
Type Senior High School[1]
Opened 1929[2]
Principal Bernard Kaplan
Faculty 81.0 (on FTE basis)[3]
Enrollment 943 (as of 2005-06)[3]
Student to teacher ratio 11.6[3]
Color(s) Blue, White, Orange
Mascot Blazer the Goat
Newspaper Guide Post
Yearbook Arista

John L. Miller Great Neck North High School or simply "North High," or "North," is a public high school, including grades 9 through 12, in the village of Great Neck, New York, operated by the Great Neck School District. As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 980 students and 81.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 11.6.[3]

The school building was designed by the noted architectural firm of Guilbert and Betelle.

According to Newsweek magazine's 2015 list of "America's Best High Schools," Great Neck North High School was ranked 105th.[4] The school is near the center of the main shopping area in Great Neck.[5]


Great Neck High School was established in 1895, in a wood frame building on Arrandale Avenue at Middle Neck Road that also housed elementary school students.[6] The wood building was expanded in 1900 but then destroyed by fire and replaced by a brick building in 1921.[7] By this time high school students had moved into their own building, just to the west of the original Arrandale building. The site of the east Arrandale building is now a park and an apartment building for senior citizens.[8]

The first building named Great Neck High School opened in 1914. Its location was between the original Arrandale school and the original Great Neck Library (now Great Neck House). This school building, also built of brick, was demolished in 1976.[9] The site of the west Arrandale building is now a parking lot for Great Neck House.

The main section of the present building on Polo Road opened in 1929. The school was still known as Great Neck High School, as engraved above the building's main entrance. As the student population grew, the school became known as Great Neck Junior-Senior High School and served grades 7–12. By 1936, there were 1228 pupils, only grades 8–12 of which could fit in the Polo Road building. Grade 7 was housed in the west Arrandale building. After World War II ended, the school district's student population grew quickly. The Polo Road building was expanded in 1947, in general accordance with its architect's original plan.[10]

As the population explosion continued, the district built new buildings. In January 1952, Great Neck Junior High School was opened to serve grades 7–9, and the existing school was renamed Great Neck Senior High School, serving only grades 10–12.[11] In 1958, a South campus including another high school and junior high school was opened. As a result, the existing high school was renamed Great Neck North Senior High School. In 1970, the school was renamed to honor Dr. John L. Miller upon his retirement after 28 years as superintendent of the school district.[12] The new name was John L. Miller–Great Neck North Senior High School, though the full name was rarely used except for official documents.

The student population shrank after the Baby Boom generation graduated in the 1970s, and grade 9 was moved back to the high school building. The current name of the school was then adopted: John L. Miller–Great Neck North High School. Also called "North".[citation needed]

As of 1988, Great Neck North has an "open campus" policy. Students in grades 9 through 12 may go in and out of campus. Rona Telsey, a spokesperson for the district, said in 1988 that "open campus" had not been a controversy for the school.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Type of school; URL accessed October 23, 2007.
  2. ^ History; URL accessed August 24, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d Great Neck North High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 12, 2008.
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  5. ^ a b Saslow, Linda. "Schools Split on 'Open Campus'." The New York Times. October 23, 1988. Retrieved on October 18, 2011.
  6. ^ Spear, Devah and Gil. The Book of Great Neck, 1936. The Great Neck Library has provided this download to view scanned images of the book. It is a 29.6 MiB PDF file. It contains a chapter on the history of Great Neck High School written by its principal at the time, Leon C. High.
  7. ^ Match, Richard. Lucky Seven: A History of the Great Neck Public Schools, Union Free School District No. 7, Great Neck Public Schools 150th Anniversary Committee, 1964. The Great Neck Library has provided this download to view scanned images of the book. It is a 7.2 MiB PDF file.
  8. ^ The Village of Great Neck Housing Authority retrieved 2009-09-28. Pictures of the site where Great Neck High School was established.
  9. ^ Great Neck School District History retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  10. ^ James Betelle, Where Are You? retrieved 2009-09-24. Architecture of Great Neck High School as originally built.
  11. ^ "This is Great Neck", The League of Women Voters of Great Neck (2003)
  12. ^ "John L. Miller, 93, School Superintendent", The New York Times, January 5, 1998.
  13. ^ a b c Famous Great Neck Alumni from the 1960s, Great Neck School District. Accessed July 21, 2007.
  14. ^ Kerr, Kathleen. "They Began Here", Newsday. Accessed October 23, 2007. "David Baltimore, 1975 Nobel laureate and one of the nation's best-known scientists, is a good case in point. The 60-year-old Baltimore, who graduated from Great Neck High School in 1956..."
  15. ^ Fischler, Marcelle S. "For ‘Hairspray’ Star, ‘My Darn Dream Come True’", The New York Times, July 8, 2007. Accessed July 11, 2007. "In her sophomore year, unable to find her niche, she switched from the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School to the Village School, the district’s alternative high school, with 50 students. After class, she joined the theater program at the William A. Shine Great Neck South High School..."
  16. ^ Gootman, Elissa. "Star-Struck Classmates Welcome Hughes Back", The New York Times, March 7, 2002. Accessed October 24, 2008.
  17. ^ a b c Dempsey, Mike. "Great Neck North", Newsday, May 15, 2007. Accessed September 18, 2008.
  18. ^ [1]. Accessed July 30, 2007.[dead link]
  19. ^ Karin Brulliard (December 31, 2006). "Partying With Taxing Precision". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 March 2009. 
  20. ^ Fischler, Marcelle S. "LONG ISLAND JOURNAL; A Psychic Channels Real Life Into a Novel", The New York Times, February 13, 2005. Accessed October 5, 2008. "Laurie Puhn, a former cheerleader voted the most outstanding student in Great Neck North High School's class of 1995, is one of those A-list people."

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Coordinates: 40°48′00″N 73°44′22″W / 40.799956°N 73.739484°W / 40.799956; -73.739484