Horseheads High School

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Horseheads High School
401 Fletcher St
Horseheads, New York, (Chemung County) 14845
United States
Coordinates 42°09′44″N 76°49′25″W / 42.162185°N 76.823506°W / 42.162185; -76.823506Coordinates: 42°09′44″N 76°49′25″W / 42.162185°N 76.823506°W / 42.162185; -76.823506
School type Public school (government funded), High school
School district Horseheads Central School District
NCES District ID 3614850[1]
CEEB code 332465
NCES School ID 361485001241[2]
Principal Karen Donahue [3]
Faculty 94.77 (on an FTE basis) [2]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,379 [2] (2009–10 school year)
 • Grade 9 343 [2]
 • Grade 10 341 [2]
 • Grade 11 364 [2]
 • Grade 12 331 [2]
Student to teacher ratio 14.55 [2]
Color(s)           Blue and white
Mascot Blue Raiders

Horseheads High School is a public institution for secondary education (grades 9–12) in the rural town of Horseheads, New York. It is the single high school for the Horseheads Central School District. The communities of the Town and Village of Horseheads, Big Flats, Elmira, Veteran, Breesport, Pine Valley, Erin, Millport, Lowman, Beaver Dams, Cayuta, Catlin, and portions of adjacent communities make up the district. Elective, Regents, classes with Corning Community College), and several AP courses are offered by the school. Students also have the option of attending vocational programs through The Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services (GST BOCES).


The school is accredited with the New York State Board of Regents. Enrollment in the 2009–10 school year was 1,379. The district has an approximate population of 25,000, and covers some 143 square miles (370 km2). The school was also home to the 2009 New York State teacher of the year, Vickie Mike, who was a Spanish teacher at the school.[4]


The red-brick, two-story complex was built in the 1950s with additions built in the 1960s. It consists of two wings (north and south) connected by a link. The science, mathematics, and music departments along with the cafeteria, pool, library, main and guidance offices, auditorium, and a gym are located in the north wing. The humanities departments, along with another gym, are located in the south wing. Architecturally, the building is without a main facade and a central location, and going from one wing to another (a path that would roughly follow the perimeter of the central parking lot), is not a direct route. Formerly students were able to cross this central parking lot to get to class, but this policy has been discontinued due to safety concerns. The high school contains two gyms, each with a regulation sized basketball court, and room for approximately 500 people. The high school also contains a weight room with an extensive collection of aerobic, cardiovascular and free weight equipment. A regulation 25-yard pool also is within Horseheads High School. It is used by a variety of groups, and is open to the general public at a variety of dates and times. Adjacent to the high school, are the outdoor athletic facilities. Directly behind the school, bordered by Interstate 86 and Norfolk Southern Railway, is the main complex for soccer and lacrosse, and can accommodate up to three fields and a large area for practices. The football and baseball complex, are bordered by a bus garage access road, and youth baseball fields. Basketball games are held in the Horseheads Middle School gym because it's much larger.

The Middle School also houses a fieldhouse with a large center area for volleyball, soccer, basketball, etc., a small indoor track, and an indoor/outdoor golf chipping and putting area designed by Joe Sindelar (father of PGA golfer Joey Sindelar) and funded by a grant from the First Tee Program and the LPGA.[5]


Horseheads High School is one of the best public schools in Upstate New York, with students going on to attend top universities, including Princeton University, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, Cornell University, University of Notre Dame, Amherst College, United States Naval Academy, George Mason University, The Ohio State University, and more. Since 2007, the school has had students matriculate at five of the top ten national universities, according to 2013 U.S. News and World Report magazine figures (Harvard University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Duke University, and University of Pennsylvania). The school was also ranked on the College Board's AP Course honor roll, awarded to only 425 schools in North America, and 25 in New York State.[6]

The Horseheads Central School District altogether has been named one of the best 100 school districts in the United States for music education.[7] This program has worked with guest conductors and composers such as Douglas Akey, Frank Ticheli, Andrew Boysen, David Holsinger, Chris Tucker, and Timothy Mahr.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Warren Conklin – Retired Varsity Softball Coach -– New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2013
  • Christina Kowalski – New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2013
  • Sara Surosky – New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2013
  • Kelly Buckley - New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2015
  • Joey Sindelar Professional Golfer PGA Member


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Horseheads Central School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Horseheads Senior High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Horseheads High School". Horseheads Central School District. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Horseheads High School Foreign Language Teacher Named 2009 New York State Teacher of the Year" (Press release). New York State Education Department. September 15, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "History". Horseheads Central School District. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Murray, Jeff (December 11, 2015). "Horseheads school district honored by College Board". Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Where Are the "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" in America?". Yamaha. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Horseheads Middle School Band". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 

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