Palmyra-Macedon High School

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High School
151 Hyde Parkway
Palmyra, New York 14522
United States
Coordinates 43°03′29″N 77°14′46″W / 43.058°N 77.246°W / 43.058; -77.246Coordinates: 43°03′29″N 77°14′46″W / 43.058°N 77.246°W / 43.058; -77.246
Type Public
Motto "The Pal-Mac Way is Every Day"
Opened 1950
School district Palmyra-Macedon Central School District
Principal Andrew Wahl
Teaching staff 50[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Gender Co-Ed
Enrollment 631 (2014[3])
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red and white
Athletics 22 varsity sports[2]
Athletics conference Section V (NYSPHSAA)
Team name Red Raiders
Accreditation New York State Department of Education
Yearbook Zenobia

Palmyra-Macedon High School, known as "Pal-Mac", is a public high school located on the border of Palmyra and Macedon, New York, United States. It is part of the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District which serves the towns of Palmyra and Macedon. The principal is Andrew Wahl. The school colors are red and white.


Pal-Mac provides education for grades nine through twelve with classes administered by 50 full-time teachers.[4] A wide variety of specialty classes are offered in arts, music, technology and business; as well as advanced placement and college dual-enrollment opportunities.


The Pal-Mac Music department consists of two instrumental bands, and two vocal performance groups. The Wind Ensemble is the highest level band and the Select Choir is the highest level chorus. Students who excel in vocal and musical ability may audition for a limited position in the Select Choir. The Select Choir has a history of high performance in NYSSMA Festivals.


The Pal-Mac Technology Department is a rapidly growing aspect of the school. The school offers several courses including Digital Imaging, Woodshop, Architecture, TV Broadcasting and Communications, as well as a Robotics course. Pal-Mac High is also a PLTW Certified Engineering school, first implementing the curriculum in 1999.

FIRST Robotics[edit]

The FIRST Robotics team at Pal-Mac has participated in several regionals and competed many times in the final rounds. The Robotics team at Pal-Mac is a rapidly growing Extra-Curricular Activity and Club that utilizes the abilities of student programmers, mechanics, as well as several student-artists and web designers.

Advanced courses[edit]

Palmyra-Macedon High School offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual enrollment courses. It also has the distinction of being an IB World School since 2002 and currently the only high school offering the IB Diploma Programme in Wayne County.[5]

  • Advanced Placement courses offer students a college level curriculum which can often be transferred as introductory credits in US universities. AP Courses that are offered include: American History, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, Physics, and World History.
  • The IB Diploma Program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is accepted at many universities worldwide. IB courses that are offered include: Biology, English Literature A1, French B, History, Mathematics, Psychology, Spanish B, Theory of Knowledge, and Visual Arts

National rankings[edit]

Newsweek and US News & World Report have both recognized Palmyra-Macedon as one of the top public high schools in America.[6]

Year Newsweek Ranking US News Rankings
2008 815 Not Ranked
2009 1503 Not Ranked
2010 1666 Not Ranked
2011 Not Ranked Not Ranked
2012 Not Ranked 1672
2013 1794 Not Ranked
2014 Not Ranked Not Ranked
2015 Not Ranked Not Ranked


The Pal-Mac mascot is the Red Raiders. The former mascot was the Red Devils until 1961. Pal-Mac has a strong tradition of success in many of its Varsity sports, most notably Basketball and Wrestling, winning multiple New York State Championships. Other Varsity sports offered include: Football, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis, and Track & Field. Pal-Mac offers 22 Varsity sports in all, as well as many Junior Varsity and Modified teams. All Pal-Mac teams participate in Section V of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

In 2005, the Pal-Mac boys basketball team won the Class B New York State Championship. It was the first state championship by a Pal-Mac sports team. Representative James T. Walsh honored the team, the leading scorer Anthony Hall, and the team coach Chip Tatro, in Congress.[7]

State titles[edit]

Year Sport
1992 (runner-up) Boys Basketball[8]
2005 Boys Basketball[9]
2010 Wrestling
2011 Wrestling[10]


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