Henninger High School

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Anthony A. Henninger High School
Syracuse, New York
Established 1965
School district Syracuse City School District
Principal Robert DiFlorio
Number of students approximately 1,800
Color(s) Black and Gold          
Mascot The Black Knights

Anthony A. Henninger High School /ˈhɛnɪŋɡər/ is a high school in the Syracuse City School District. Henninger is the largest of the four high schools in this district with a student population of approximately 1,800 people.


Henninger High School was built in the mid 1960s in order to merge two institutions in the area, North High School and Eastwood High School. The latter was in a neighborhood that was once a village and was later annexed by the city of Syracuse.

Originally, the school was going to be named Northeast High. However, by the time the school was finished, it was decided that the school would be named after the current mayor of Syracuse, Anthony A. Henninger.


The Henninger High School campus is home to a variety of facilities. The auditorium, once the temporary home of the now-defunct Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, was built to have excellent acoustics and seats around 950 people. The athletic complex includes two recently built turf fields, six tennis courts, two softball fields, one baseball field, four basketball courts, a quarter-mile track surrounding the main football field, an indoor pool, the Sunnycrest Ice Skating Rink and the Sunnycrest Golf Course.


Henninger participates in both boys and girls Section III, Class AA athletics. Henninger has many athletic programs including boys' basketball, football, lacrosse, bowling, soccer, tennis, hockey (through Corcoran High School), swimming (through Corcoran and Nottingham High Schools), golf and track as well as girls' basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, tennis, bowling, lacrosse, track and crew (with Corcoran and Nottingham High Schools).

Music/Fine Arts[edit]

Henninger has four branches of its fine arts department: band, chorus, orchestra and drama.


The Henninger Band performs in several venues annually. The pep band plays at all home basketball and football games. The marching band performs in several parades a year and is the only high school band that has performed in the annual Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade every year since the parade's establishment in 1985. In 2007, the band achieved first place out of all high school bands. Its successful Jazz Ensemble is well known throughout the area and goes to several competitions throughout the year. In 1996 and 1998, the Jazz Ensemble won National Invitational competitions in Myrtle Beach, SC with the trumpet section winning "Best Trumpet Section" in 1998. The 2004-2005 Jazz Ensemble won several National Invitational competitions in Myrtle Beach, SC and Virginia Beach, VA, winning "Stellar Trumpet Section" and several individual instrument awards, primarily to Wayne Tucker, Solo Trumpet, and Tee Nelson, Lead Trumpet. The Wind Ensemble, a select version of its main Concert Band traditionally plays a copy of the original arrangement of Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.


The Henninger High School Drama Club puts on 2-3 performances a year. Unlike many high schools in the area, at least two of these performances are musicals. In the past several years, the Club has been particularly ambitious. In the spring of 2006, they performed the Syracuse area debut (High School and professional) of Elton John and Tim Rice's: Aida. In the fall of the same year they performed the Syracuse area debut of Disney's High School Musical. In the spring of 2008 Henninger was the first high school in the area to do the musical, Miss Saigon. Other shows in recent years include Fiddler on the Roof in 2004, West Side Story in Fall 2007, and Once On This Island in Spring 2010.


Henninger High School's academic program is different in that it is divided into various "focus teams." The four main teams are Business, Media and Communications, Art Focus and Health Careers. The two largest teams, Health Careers and Art Focus are the only programs of their kind in the surrounding area. Health Careers in particular is a program aimed for students heading towards the medical profession. Benefits from Health Careers include many medical-based courses as well as volunteer work at local hospitals.

Henninger High School also has chapters in the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and the only chapter of the National Art Honor Society in Upstate New York

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Coordinates: 43°03′29″N 76°07′08″W / 43.058°N 76.119°W / 43.058; -76.119