Mamaroneck High School
|Mamaroneck High School|
1000 West Boston Post Rd
|School type||Public school, High school|
|School district||Mamaroneck Union Free School District|
|NCES District ID||3618240|
|NCES School ID||361824001648|
|Faculty||113.24 (on full-time equivalent (FTE) basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.27|
|Color(s)||Orange and black|
|Athletics conference||Section 1 (NYSPHSAA)|
|Communities served||Town of Mamaroneck, including its two villages Village of Larchmont|
|Feeder schools||Hommocks Middle School|
Mamaroneck High School is a public school located in Mamaroneck, New York. The school is part of the Mamaroneck Union Free School District. Students residing in neighboring Larchmont also attend this school.
Campus setting and facilities
The present campus is located approximately half a mile southwest of Mamaroneck's Harbor Island Park and spans the distance between Boston Post Road (U.S. Route 1) and Palmer Avenue. It comprises two primary buildings, one facing the Boston Post Road, and the other facing Palmer Avenue, with a hallway called the "overpass" connecting them. The "Palmer" building was constructed in 1925 and renovated in 1956 and 1964. The "Post" building was built in 1926 as the district's junior high school (grades 7-9). In 1968, Hommocks Middle School was built and the Post building was annexed by the high school. The Palmer basement had served as the high school's cafeteria, but after this annexation the school opted to use only the middle school's cafeteria, in the space over the Post auditorium that later housed the "Apple" program.
A wooden gazebo used to stand near the Palmer end of the footbridge; it was a gift from the class of 1987. It was designed by an architectural-drawing-student, Brian Blum, and built by volunteer members of that year's class with support from architectural-drawing teacher Nick Cucchiarella.
The high school is one of the few in the area that has an open campus. Students are not obligated to stay on campus during lunch time and free periods. This has given rise to some safety concerns by parents, but by and large the community is supportive of the policy. During lunch time, students frequent nearby delis including Walter's Hot Dog Stand, just down a hill on the Palmer side. The open campus policy has been threatened to be suspended several times, particularly in the wake of a string of bomb threats and false fire alarms in the late 1990s, although the campus remained open. The open campus policy was suspended in 2008 due to another string of bomb threats, but was later restored. In 2019, the school began requiring students to display a student ID as they enter through one of the two main entrances.
Formerly being two separate, independent school buildings, MHS has a wealth of facilities, including three computer labs, two gymnasiums, a football field, a baseball field, two parking areas, a TV studio, a large auditorium and a smaller theater. It offers a variety of educational and extracurricular activities, including architectural and engineering drawing, golf, tennis and fencing. MHS also has extensive programs to support students with disabilities. In 2006, construction was completed on a new science wing and a complex housing a library, tiered classroom, administrative offices, and guidance office. The Post side of the overpass was rebuilt and the room which had previously served as the library became the current cafe. The 28,000 square-foot three-story addition cost $15.8 million to design and construct. It was designed by Brian Snyder, AIA, of The Geddis Partnership, Southport, CT. Mamaroneck is also the first public school in New York State to have its own beehives, starting in 2018. Students care for the bees and harvest the honey.
The field used by the football, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey teams for home games is Memorial Field, between the Post parking lot and the neighboring Town Center. In 2011, artificial turf was installed and the bleachers were replaced. In 2019, the turf was replaced and a stone walkway was built around the bleachers. Manchester Field, usually called the baseball field, is overlooked on three sides by the Palmer and Post buildings and the overpass. It is surrounded by a square track used by the track and field teams.
Mamaroneck High school is unranked in U.S. News & World Report List of Best High Schools of 2012. However, its score of 55.2 in terms of college readiness places it with the same rating as a rank of #262. In the U.S. News & World Report List of Best High Schools in 2017, it is ranked #242 in National High Schools.
Mamaroneck High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement classes to upperclassmen. Students are allowed to take AP US History, AP English Language and AP Physics 1 as early as their junior year; provided that they meet certain requirements. Seniors can select from AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Government, AP English Literature, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science A, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP French, and AP Spanish Language. Students also have the option to submit an AP Studio Art portfolio in either Drawing and Painting, Photography, or Clay. In 2010, 2.415 AP tests were taken per graduating senior, and this garnered a ranking of 452 on Newsweek's annual list of Americas Best High Schools.
In addition, the High School also offers a large number of dual-enrollment courses. These include Introduction to Sociology administered by Syracuse University, College Composition by Iona College, as well as Intermediate Spanish/French/Chinese, Introduction Creative Writing, a three-year program in Original Science Research with SUNY Albany and a four program in Original Civc Research and Action.
English, math, science, social studies, and physical education are required in each grade level. Three electives, such as digital photography, engineering, art, cooking, performing arts, or video, are required for graduation. French, Spanish, and Chinese are offered in each grade level.
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The MHS baseball team won the New York class AA state championship in 2015 adding to the two other titles won back to back in 2008 and 2009. The MHS Field Hockey Team were the Class A 2004 State Champions and also again in 2014 and 2015. They also were runners-up in the New York State championships in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
The high school's ice hockey team and baseball team and field hockey team have won state championships in the state of New York, with the ice hockey team making it to states a second consecutive year in 2017. The 2016 ice hockey team won Westchester County's first NYSPHSAA Div. 1 State Championship. Anima Banks, a former member of the track team, has won the 800 M race state championship 3 times. Youssif Hemida, a former member of the wrestling team, won the New York State Wrestling Championship in the 220 pound division.
The school also has teams for golf, football, fencing, wrestling, hockey, swimming, soccer, tennis, skiing, lacrosse, basketball, sailing and track & field.
Speech and Debate
Mamaroneck High School has a Speech and Debate team, though the school only offers policy debate and does not compete in any speech events. The high school participates in local and state, as well as national tournaments. In 2019, the Mamaroneck policy debate team won the New York state championship. In addition to attending tournaments in other schools, Mamaroneck High School hosts its own annual NY Fall Faceoff tournament.
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- Fred Berger - movie producer
- Elizabeth Berridge - actress
- Susan Dentzer - journalist
- Kevin Dillon - actor
- Matt Dillon (attended, but dropped out)  - actor
- Dan Futterman - actor
- Rob Gardner (attended for part of 9th grade before moving to Los Angeles) - The original drummer and one of the founding members of the rock band, "Guns N' Roses" also a founding member of "LA Guns"
- Al Giordano - journalist
- Thomas Hauser - author
- Tor Hyams - musician
- Elizabeth Kolbert - journalist
- Scott Leius - professional Major League Baseball player for Twins, Indians, and Royals.
- Bennett Miller - director
- Jill Novick - actress
- Michael O'Keefe - actor
- Norman Rockwell (attended, but transferred) - artist
- David O. Russell - director
- Jeff Weiner - CEO of LinkedIn
- Emily Wickersham - actress
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