Jamestown High School (New York)

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Jamestown High School
350 East Second Street
Jamestown, New York 14701
Coordinates 42°05′46″N 79°14′08″W / 42.09623°N 79.23548°W / 42.09623; -79.23548Coordinates: 42°05′46″N 79°14′08″W / 42.09623°N 79.23548°W / 42.09623; -79.23548
Type Public
Established 1867
School district Jamestown City School District
NCES School ID 361563001350[1]
Principal Mike McElrath
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,502
Color(s) Red and green
Team name Red Raiders
Early postcard showing school, circa 1906–1916

Jamestown High School (JHS) is a public high school located in Jamestown, New York, United States. It is the sole public high school within the city limits of Jamestown, and educates high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


1903 marked the publishing of the first yearbook. In 1934, the present day building began construction as part of Roosevelt's New Deal. The new school building was officially finished on November 15, 1935. From 1984-87, the school went through modernization, including the construction of a new gym.

In 2014 the Red Raider Marching Band placed first in the Large School 2 division in Syracuse, New York, and repeated this feat once again in 2015. This was the first time the band won back to back state championship titles in its history.[2]


In addition to the standard courses of history, math, science, and English, Jamestown High School teaches courses covering many different areas of art and music. It also offers college-level courses via the Advanced Placement Program in a variety of subjects that allow students to receive university credit. The Advanced Placement Program sometimes produces high pass rates on the Advanced Placement Exams. College classes are also taught at the school through Jamestown Community College's College Connections program.[3] The College Connections program offers students at participating high schools in the surrounding area the opportunity to earn college credits by completing select courses offered by Jamestown Community College for free and without having to leave their school.[4]

Students graduating in the top 20% of their graduating class get into Jamestown Community College for free.


Jamestown High School offers softball, baseball, boys' tennis, boys' and girls' track and field, and golf in the spring; football, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' cross country, girls' tennis, girls' swimming, and girls' volleyball in the fall; and boys' and girls' basketball, boys' swimming, boys' and girls' indoor track, bowling, and wrestling in the winter. Hockey is not part of the school's varsity sports program but is run by the local youth hockey association in Jamestown. The school's mascot is a cartoon Native American man carrying a tomahawk.

The Red Raider football program found success in the mid-1990s. They played North Rockland in their first state championship game in 1993. While they were defeated in that game, the Red Raiders went on to win state titles in 1994 and 1995. Jamestown did not advance to a state title game again until 2000.[5] In the fall of 2014, the Red Raider football team went to the NYSPHSAA Class AA Championship at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The Raiders played Newburgh Free Academy and won the championship. It was their first since 2000.

In 2011, the Jamestown Red Raiders were runners-up for the state in basketball, eventually falling to state and national powerhouse Mt. Vernon. In 2014, the basketball program advanced to the state championship final, falling to Green Tech.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Clubs offered are Key Club, FBLA, Spanish Club, French Club, Environmental Club, Raider Readers, Drama Club, Broadcast/Communications Club, National Honor Society, Needlework Club, Psychology Club, High School Bowl, Ski Club, Debate/Mock Trial, and Yearbook Club.

Jamestown High School also has the JHS A Cappella Choir. Started in 1924 under the direction of Miss Ebba Goranson, the choir has seen generations of students singing religious and contemporary music in their annual Vespers (held near Christmas) and Spring Concerts. Previous directors include Donald Bubé, Brian Bogey, and its current director, Stormin' Norman. The choir has been a staple in Jamestown High School’s history, and the history of Jamestown, NY in general. Other choirs include the Mixed Chorus, Ladies of Today, and Men of Tomorrow.


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