Ossining High School

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Ossining High School
Ossining High School.jpg
West elevation, 2010

29 So. Highland Avenue

Ossining, NY 10562
United States
Type Public
School district Ossining Union Free School District
Principal Joshua Mandel
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1366 (in 2010)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.9:1
Color(s) Maroon and white
Athletics conference Section 1 (NYSPHSAA)
Ossining High School
Ossining High School is located in New York
Ossining High School
Coordinates 41°09′37″N 73°51′36″W / 41.1602°N 73.8600°W / 41.1602; -73.8600Coordinates: 41°09′37″N 73°51′36″W / 41.1602°N 73.8600°W / 41.1602; -73.8600
Architect James Gamble Rogers
NRHP Reference # 88001827[2]
Added to NRHP August 9, 1989

Ossining High School (OHS) is a public high school located in Ossining, New York, United States. Its building is located within the boundaries of the Downtown Ossining Historic District, and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[2]


The present Ossining High School building was designed by James Gamble Rogers in a Collegiate Gothicstyle, with a warm-toned blend of brick and stone. Construction began in 1928 and was finished the following year. The school building has been substantially enlarged in the years since.[3]

Student body[edit]

The 2010 demographics for OHS are as follows:[1]


  • 49% Hispanic
  • 30% White/Caucasian
  • 17% Black
  • 4% Asian


  • 51.2% male
  • 47.9% female

School graduation rate: 80%


  • Full-time principal: Joshua Mandel
  • Full-time assistant principals: Lorraine Longing, Dean Parker, Francesco J. Fiorillo
  • Number of full-time teachers: 104
  • Number of full-time professional staff other than teachers, principal, and assistant principals: 15

Daily routine[edit]

Ossining High School has 9 periods, each 41 minutes long. A normal school day begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:26pm.[4] The school offers optional extra help time from 2:30-3:00pm. Classes run on an A/B day schedule, so that days alternate, and some electives or labs may occur every other day.


General education classes and electives are offered which fall under these categories:[5]

All the programs ensure that the students have a variety of courses available to their individual interests in order to complete the requirements for earning a high school diploma.

Science research program[edit]

Science teacher Angelo Piccirillo started OHS's science research program in 1998 with three students. Twelve years later it had 90 students, with Piccirillo and a second teacher, Valerie Holmes, working on the science research full-time. The program includes guidance on research topics, mentors, and help with writing papers and presenting them. It accepts approximately 30 freshmen yearly out of more than 100 applicants.[6] The science research program was nationally recognized in 2010, when it had eight semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, more than any other program in the country.


Ossining High School offers a wide variety of sports throughout the school year, ranging from modified to junior varsity to varsity levels. Physical education (PE) is a requirement for all students to attend each semester. However, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are on varsity teams are exempt from PE class while the sport is in season.


Band, marching in Manhattan

For 73 years, Ossining teams were the "Ossining Indians". In June 2002, the school changed its mascot after a request from the state education commissioner.[7] The request to change American Indian symbols and mascots was part of the Native American mascot controversy. A new mascot, the Riverhawk, was then chosen. After opposition from the student body, the Riverhawk was dropped. The school's athletic teams are now called the Ossining Pride.

Coeducational sports[edit]

These sport teams are open to both sexes, though some are more dominated by a single sex:

Gender-specific sports[edit]

Exclusive girls' and boys' teams exist for the following sports:

Clubs and activities[edit]

OHS has many clubs for learning, leading, socializing, empowering, and reaching out to the community.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b LocalSchoolDirectory.com - Ossining High School. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Williams, Gray (2003). Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County. Westchester County Historical Society. ISBN 0-915585-14-6. 
  4. ^ Ossining High School - General Information. Retrieved 4-13-2010
  5. ^ OHS Teacher Class Pages. Retrieved 4-14-2010
  6. ^ Peter Applebome (January 26, 2011). "A School Far From No. 1, but a Leader in Science". Our Towns. New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  7. ^ "A Fake Bird Dispatched, and ‘O’ Fills the Void". New York Times. January 7, 2007. Retrieved 4-13-2010.
  8. ^ Ossining High School - Clubs and Activities. Retrieved 4-13-2010
  9. ^ "Dan Coudreaut Vice President, Culinary Innovation/Executive Chef at McDonald's Corporation" Check |url= value (help). LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 February 2015.