New Paltz High School

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New Paltz Central High School
New Paltz Central High School.jpg
New Paltz Central High School during 2007.
130 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
United States
Type Public
Motto Making the world smaller, one student at a time.
School district New Paltz Central School District
Principal Barbara Clinton (current)
Staff 6[1]
Faculty 60[1]
Enrollment 765[1]
Color(s) Maroon and white
Song "Break Stuff"
Mascot Huguenot
Nickname Ol' Maroon
Information (845) 256-4100

New Paltz Central High School is situated in the town of New Paltz in upstate New York, on South Putt Corners Road. It serves students in grades 9-12 from the New Paltz Central School District, which serves most of New Paltz and Gardiner, New York, as well as parts of several other towns adjacent.


Aerial view of New Paltz High School at an altitude of 3,500 feet. MSL

The original structure was completed during 1968, at which time the average class size was significantly smaller than for later decades. During 2004 a new wing was added.

New Paltz High School is known for academic success. The school has a variety of Advanced Placement courses that offer college credits. These classes are taken by students who want to challenge themselves in history, science, math, or literature and writing. Due to the high school's small size, students receive much one-on-one attention, increasing their academic success.

The school was recently rated 98 in Newsweek's top Public High Schools in the nation[citation needed]. This study bases rank from calculating the amount of Advanced Placement courses taken by students in the school and their success in taking them.


The school mascot is the Huguenot. Historically the Huguenots were a band of French Calvinists who, while escaping religious persecution played a major part in the European settlement of New Paltz.

New Paltz High School has several athletic teams with sports in both JV class and Varsity class. Teams are raised from the school population and are directed by faculty and staff. The teams include Football, Baseball,Basketball, Soccer,Track and field,Gymnastics,Volleyball, Cross Country, Swimming, Nordic Skiing, Wrestling,Tennis,Lacrosse,Golf[2] and during 2009 the high school added both a boys and girls Lacrosse program who each lost every game of the 2009 and 2010 school year. Also added that year was a bowling club initiated by Matthew Perez and Mike Ginnick. New Paltz has a good football program and have won 3 section titles including the 2010 Section 9 Class B title win over Marlboro High School. The New Paltz Track and Field program has also had championship success, winning Section 9 Class B titles during 2010 (tying with Ellenville High school), 2011 and 2012 as well as being the 2011 and 2012 Mid-Hudson Athletic League champions. The cross country program is also well-founded, with title wins in MHAL's and Sections frequently over many years. The Men's Varsity Swim Team also placed 2nd in the New York State Championship Meet during 2010 at Buffalo, losing to Shenendehowa High School.

From the 1970s through the 1990s New Paltz had an elite wrestling program managed by coaches Kemble Matter and Frank Ciliberto. During the span from 1975 to 1993 New Paltz was the regional standard, winning 13 UCAL/MHAL titles and two section 9 titles (when section 9 included Rockland County). Other notable team wins were achieved at the Pascack Hills, NJ and Delaware Valley, PA invitational tournaments as well as the Prestigious OSWOA Tournament for the 1983-1984 season. Also during that season New Paltz scored second in the New York State Cup dual meet tournament, losing a narrow battle 27-25 to eventual NYS Champions, Baldwin, a prolific Long Island wrestling school roughly 3 times as large as New Paltz.

Each year the high school's Physical Education department hosts a dodgeball tournament - with both faculty and student players, and a pickleball tournament which sometimes includes separate competitions for badminton and ping-pong [3]


During the 2005-2006 school year, the school developed their own television show called NPZ TV. The show was founded by English teacher Bill Zimmer and Computer Teacher Jen Cone. NPZ TV continues to deliver the school's daily announcements with two anchors and a Lunch/Weather/Wellness person, the broadcast also includes brief shows about school sports, local news and student interests that are created by the Advanced Graphics and Video Editing for Production Class taught by Cone. Students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, arrive at the school early to assist with the show, both as the anchors and to work with the technology in the 'Controlroom' to insert V-Screen backgrounds and videos directly into the teleprompter.[4] During the start of the 3rd season, new English teacher Joel Neden began to act for Zimmer due to his expected departure to become a principal of a different school district. Zimmer's replacement, an old NPHS veteran Joe Dolan now writes the daily script with Neden.

The high school also has its own internet radio station named Radio New Paltz; it is referred to more commonly as 'RNP'.[5] RNP is capable of broadcasting student produced shows and audio from sports commentary.[5]

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Coordinates: 41°43′27″N 74°04′29″W / 41.724149°N 74.074781°W / 41.724149; -74.074781