Liverpool High School
|Liverpool High School|
|4338 Wetzel Road
Liverpool, New York
|Motto||"Preparing our students for tomorrow, today"|
|School district||Liverpool Central School District|
Liverpool High School (also LHS) is a comprehensive New York public high school located on Wetzel Road in Liverpool, northwest of the city of Syracuse in the Liverpool Central School District, serving ninth to twelfth grade students. It is the only high school within the district, and is the successor to Liverpool Middle School, Soule Road Middle School, and Chestnut 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.
- 1 Campus
- 2 Academics
- 3 Athletics and Extracurriculars
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Liverpool Alma Mater
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Liverpool High School is a 9th through 12th grade institution that includes two separate buildings on one campus. The main building, named Liverpool High School (LHS), houses grades 10 through 12. The other building, the Liverpool High School Annex (LHX), houses grade 9. Liverpool High School has a somewhat unusual structure, with the Annex being a part of the high school, yet also semi-autonomous due to being divided from the main building by the football stadium.
Liverpool High School Annex
The Annex is one half of Morgan Road School; the other half hosts the Morgan Road Elementary School. A faculty-led initiative in 2007 led to the re-branding of the school as "LHX" - an acronym of Liverpool High School Annex. This was done to highlight the fact that the Annex is part of Liverpool High School, yet also a distinct educational environment. The Annex building has a separate principal, currently Mrs. Judy Campolieta.
The Liverpool High School complex is currently administered by six principals including one principal at the Annex.
- Mr. Douglas Lawrence, Executive Principal (All LHS/LHX Faculty and Staff, English, ESL)
- Mrs. Judy Campolieta, Freshman Class Principal (LHX Staff and Math)
- Mrs. Casey Dolson, Assistant Principal (Science, Math, Nurses, Teachers Aides)
- Mr. David Hunter, Assistant Principal (Business, Social Studies, Technology, Library, and TATs)
- Mrs. Harmony Booker-Balintfy, Assistant Principal (Special Education, Family and Consumer Science, Foreign Language, Psychologists, and Social Workers)
- Mr. Ari Liberman, Director of Athletics
As part of his 2010–2011 school year budget proposal, district superintendent Dr. Richard N. Johns proposed breaking up the high school into different academies and placing students into these academies based on their needs. This was met with polarized reactions by the Liverpool community and was tabled by the Board of Education save for the removal of the executive principal position. As per Johns' request, executive principal Grenardo L. Avellino resigned at the end of the 2009–2010 school year amidst immense dissent by students and quiet disagreement by many teachers. Johns announced his plan to terminate the position of executive principal to account for the large budget deficit and to restructure a “depersonalized” hierarchy of high school administrators. The School Board held court in several extremely tense meetings held at the high school in the early part of 2010.
This is one of the academies that was instituted during the 2011-2012 school year. The FOCUS academy attempted to focus in on the 13% of students in the entire high school. Speaking earlier about the plans, district superintendent Dr. Richard N. Johns said there are four types of students that would be targeted for the FOCUS academy — students who are at risk of dropping out, not graduating on time, not graduating and receiving a General Education Diploma, and students who are graduating with a 75 percent average or below. This program will be flexible with time and will allow students to come for their core classes and graduation requirements and leave for the remainder of the day, should they have to work or other extenuating circumstances. This academy was scheduled to be the first one implemented and was set to be used in the 2011–2012 school year. This academy was housed in the Wetzel Road Elementary building, which was closed last spring because of declining enrollment and an $11 million budget shortfall. It will first need a few renovations including new gang bathrooms and science laboratories. The FOCUS academy was ultimately shut down after in session for one year as it was deemed a major waste as a part of the school budget without any significant improvements by students.
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Academy is being considered for the near future as well.
Fine Arts Academy
A Fine Arts Academy for students looking for a future in the Fine Arts Department is being considered for the near future as well.
Liverpool High School offers more than 150 different courses in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Languages Other Than English, Art, Music, Family & Consumer Science, Health, Business, Technology, and Physical Education. Workforce Preparation Programs are available through Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education (BOCES). 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 not only offers standard level Regents courses (Academic level), but also offers more advanced Advanced Placement (AP), College-credit (College), and Honors (H) courses. The criteria used in placing students in the instructional levels are classroom performance, teacher and counselor recommendations, standardized test scores, and individual student preferences. Advanced students may begin earning high school credits in middle school through an accelerated program in mathematics and/ or foreign language.
The school uses a 100 grade point scale, as opposed to the much more common 4.0 scale. The rank in class is established by placing students in descending order from highest to lowest according to their weighted grade point average. The weighted grade point average is calculated with Advanced Placement (AP) courses and College Level courses weighted at 1.1 and Honors Level courses weighted at 1.05.
- Mathematics: Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus AB, Precalculus, Computer Science
- Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science
- History: Global History, United States History, United States Government & Politics, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Civil & Criminal Law
- Foreign Language: Spanish, French, Latin
- Humanities: Writing, Journalism, Public Speaking
- Physical Education and Health: Fitness, Weightlifting, Health, Personal Safety
- Arts: Studio Art, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Music Theory
- Technology: Project Lead The Way, DECA, Computer Aided Design, Graphic Design, Broadcasting Technology
- Mathematics: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science
- Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics B
- Humanities: Language and Composition, Literature and Composition
- Social Studies: World History, United States History, Government & Politics: US, European History, Economics: Macro
- Foreign Language: Spanish, French
- Arts: Studio Art, Music Theory
Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)
- Humanities: English Literature, English Composition, Psychology, Web Design
Athletics and Extracurriculars
Liverpool High School's 32 varsity athletic teams the American Division of the OHL, Section III of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) , and Section III of the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association . Liverpool has over 30 varsity teams and over 45 other teams that provide a range of team and individual sports. A wide variety of teams CNYCL and Section III championships every year, and the vast majority of athletes are honored with NYS Scholar Athlete Awards. The school has won state titles in multiple individual and team sports including boys and girls cross country, tennis, soccer, swimming, track, wrestling, lacrosse, football and cheerleading . Many teams also have modified, freshman and junior varsity components. The varsity teams include:
|Fall||Cheerleading, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Soccer,||Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball|
|Winter||Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Indoor Track||Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Diving , Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Swimming, Wrestling|
|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 hockey team practices and competes at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Baldwinsville, New York and crew teams practice on Onondaga Lake and compete at various venues. Also, the indoor track teams compete at various colleges and venues.
Liverpool High School shut down their stadium in 2007 after it was deemed unsafe to play because of the uneven turf. While it was shut down, home football games were played in the Syracuse University Carrier Dome. In 2010, after much debate with taxpayers, the 6.8 million dollar stadium was completed with state and district funds. The new stadium complex is very similar to the old complex however there are several improvements. Namely, the new stadium includes new bleachers on both sides of the field, a new running track and drainage system, an upgraded press box, visitor stands opposite the main stands, upgraded concession stand, and an enclosed box used for district officials and other notable guests.
Clubs and Organizations
- Art Club
- Computer Club
- Concert Orchestra
- Becca's Closet
- French Club
- Global Exchange Club
- GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
- Jazz Ensemble
- Jets Swim Club
- Marching Band
- Literary Magazine
- Math League
- Model United Nations (Model UN)
- Pit Orchestra
- FIRST® Robotics Club
- Science Olympiad
- Spanish Club
- Stage Band
- String Ensemble
- Student Council
- Symphonic Orchestra
- TSA (Tech Students of America)
- VEX® Robotics Club
- Winter Drumline
- Winter Color Guard
- Yearbook Club
LHS has several local chapters of nationwide organizations.
- Academic Decathlon
- Key Club
- National Art Honor Society
- National Honor Society
- National Junior Honor Society
- SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
As of the 2007-08 school year, there were 2559 students enrolled at Liverpool High School: 626 in grade nine, 646 in grade ten, 621 in grade eleven, and 666 in grade twelve. The racial/ethnic makeup of the student population was: 86% White, 8% Black or African American, 2% Asian or Pacific Islander, 2% Hispanic. Approximately 0.5% of the population demonstrated limited English proficiency. Approximately 17% of students qualified for free or reduced lunch.
There were 178 teachers employed at the school, making the student to teacher ratio approximately 14:1.
Liverpool Alma Mater
Liverpool's alma mater:
On the shores of Onondaga Hail the orange and blue, Towering towards our Alma Mater. Live forever true. Lift the chorus loud and clear She will do her best. Hail to thee our Alma Mater. Hail to LHS.
- Frank Calo - professional poker player with over $3m in winnings
- Scott Cassidy - retired MLB pitcher
- Josh Ford - goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders FC of MLS
- Chris Gedney - retired NFL tight end
- Gene Grabosky - former NFL defensive tackle
- Tim Green - retired NFL linebacker/defensive end, author
- Pete Holohan - retired NFL tight end
- Chris Jones - retired MLB outfielder
- Marc Mero - retired amateur boxer and professional wrestler.
- Jon Ratliff - retired MLB pitcher
- Mike Rawlings - mayor of Dallas, TX
- Jen Rhines - Olympic long-distance runner
- Paul Tripoli - retired NFL defensive back
- Matt Wessenger - Drafted by the Colorado Rockies
- Bentley J Bellinger - Professional ATV Racer
- Liverpool High School homepage
- The Lifeguard, the school's monthly newspaper
- PoolTube, the YouTube-esque website of the school's news show Liverpool Live
Liverpool Live Sporting Events