Manhasset Secondary School

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Manhasset Secondary School
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200 Memorial Place


United States
TypeMiddle School / Public High School
MottoesExcellence through effort
School districtManhasset School District
PrincipalDr. Dean Schlanger
Faculty83.0 FTEs[1]
Grades7 - 12
Enrollment1,092 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.2:1[1]
Color(s)Orange and blue
Athletics conferenceSection VII
Team nameIndians
PublicationIndian Ink, The Phoenix

Manhasset Secondary School is a six-year public high school and middle school located in Manhasset, Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. Manhasset High School consistently ranks among the top 100 high schools in America. In addition, the school has been represented yearly national science competitions such as I-SWEEEP, ISEF, and WAC Foundation Lighting Science Fair.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,092 students and 83.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. There were 44 students (4.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 8 (0.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Building history[edit]

  • The secondary school building was built in 1934-1939 as a project of the Works Progress Administration. The building was designed by the firm Tooker & Marsh[2] with Roger H. Bullard (of Manhasset) as an associate architect. John H. Esile & Co. was contracted as the building contractor. It has undergone multiple extensions and renovations throughout the years, but remains almost entirely intact historically. The interior main hallway and auditorium underwent restoration in 2009. It is currently pending a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Schools and offices located in the school building[edit]

  • Manhasset Middle School
  • Manhasset High School
  • Central Office, now located in the new office facility
  • The Superintendent of Schools
  • Offices for the District Coordinators of Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, English, Athletics, Technology and Social Studies


  • Manhasset's team nicknames are the Indians and "Set," but the school is progressively trying to stray from the Indian name due to social tensions. The school colors are orange and blue.
  • Varsity sports at Manhasset High School include baseball, football, basketball, cheerleading, field hockey, cross country, track, volleyball, lacrosse,[3] tennis, soccer, swimming, crew, fencing, badminton, golf, bowling and wrestling.


  • In 1932, Manhasset established the first HS lacrosse team on Long Island while Garden City followed shortly after in 1934.[4] A yearly lacrosse tradition known as the "Woodstick Classic" emerged between the schools, an event which is attended by thousands every year, and is currently the nation's longest continuous boys lacrosse rivalry.[5]
  • Since 1995, Manhasset has won the Class B State Championship one time : 1995, and Class C State Championship three times:[3] 2004,2009 and 2010.[citation needed]
  • For the past six years since 2004, the Manhasset Indians have been ranked among the top 100 best lacrosse teams in the country (Ranked by Laxpower), and have finished among the top three on that list, three different times during that span.[citation needed]
  • In 2009 and 2010, the boys lacrosse team won the Class C state championship, making back-to-back state titles for the first time in school history.[citation needed]


  • In 2008, the Boys Junior 4+ boat won the Scholastic National Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tennessee,[6] the prestigious Stotesbury Cup regatta, and the New York State Championship regatta.
  • The following year, in 2009, the Boys Senior 4+ won back-to-back National titles.[7][8] They also placed first in both the New York State Championship regatta and the New Jersey State Championship regatta that year. The Girls Junior 4+ boat also won the Scholastic National Regatta and placed 4th in the world-famous Head of the Charles Regatta.
  • In 2010 the Girls Lightweight 4+ boat won New York State Championship regatta and the Scholastic National Regatta. They also took second place Second at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.


Eight choirs involve over 300 students in singing: Symphonic Choir, Concert Choir I, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Select Ensemble (elite mixed chorus), Kinsmen (elite men's chorus), The Shirley Tempos (Women's a cappella), Long Island Sounds (Men's a cappella).[2] .

NYSSMA Majors[edit]

  • 2017 Gold with Distinction: Men's Chorus #Triple Crown year (GwD, Reg’s Rock, The Woodstick Classic)
  • 2016 Golds with Distinction: Women's Chorus, Symphonic Choir, Symphonic Orchestra
  • 2009 Golds with Distinction: Women's Chorus, Symphonic Choir, Select Ensemble, Kinsmen, Orchestra
  • 2008 Golds with Distinction: Women's Chorus, Concert Choir, Select Ensemble, Kinsmen
  • 2007 Golds with Distinction: Concert Choir, Select Ensemble, Kinsmen

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Manhasset Secondary School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Manhasset Lacrosse: Enduring Tradition". Manhasset Press. July 14, 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
  4. ^ Local Heat, National Spotlight - High Schools, Long Island Expressway, National Collegiate Athletic Association -
  5. ^ Woodstick Classic Boys Varsity Lacrosse November 30th, 2006.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2013-12-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^
  9. ^ "The Journey Of A Hometown Hero". October 17, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Holden, Stephen. "FILM REVIEW; Jim Brown as Football Legend, Sex Symbol and Husband", The New York Times, March 22, 2002. Accessed October 15, 2007. "It was at Manhasset High School that he became a football star and athletic legend."
  11. ^ Barbuti, Angela. "Field of Dreams: Manhasset's Fab 5 Returns to MHS to Practice" Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine, Manhasset Press, August 26, 2005. Accessed November 27, 2007. "Of the 150 best lacrosse players in the world, five call Manhasset home. Beginning their careers playing on Manhasset's P.A.L. teams, Conor Denihan, John Gagliardi, Tim Goettelmann, Blake Miller, and Nick Murtha would all grow up to play major league lacrosse."
  12. ^ [1] Nancy Gary; Pioneering Dean of Medical Schools, Washington Post, June 15, 2006
  13. ^ Ken Howard profile, The New York Times. Accessed November 23, 2007.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°47′35″N 73°42′15″W / 40.79306°N 73.70417°W / 40.79306; -73.70417