Peekskill High School

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Coordinates: 41°17′17″N 73°55′03″W / 41.288146°N 73.91761°W / 41.288146; -73.91761

Peekskill High School
Peekskill, New York, Westchester County
Type Public
Established 1929
Principal Fred Hutchinson
Asst. Principals Kent Picou, Margie Daniels & Griselda Reyes
Color(s)      Crimson and      Blue
Mascot Red Devils
Phone # (914) 737-0201

Peekskill High School (established 1929) is located at 1072 Elm St. in Peekskill, New York, and educates most of the district's ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. The high school's current principal is Fred Hutchinson. Students at the high school prepare for the New York State Regents Exams in science, language, mathematics, history and English. In addition to the Regents curriculum, the high school also offers Advanced Placement. These courses prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exams offered by the College Board in early May. A new course at the High School as of the 2007-2008 school year is a three year Authentic Science Research program. Several college courses are also offered at the High School. The school replaced the Peekskill H.S. at 212 Ringgold Street (1929 to 1972). Prior to 1929 Drum Hill School served as the high school, which is now a senior living community. The current high school is located on former grounds of the original Peekskill Military Academy, which closed in 1968.

Clubs and sports[edit]

The High School offers many clubs and sports for students to enrich their in-school experiences. The sports are divided into three seasons; fall, winter, and spring. Football, Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Tennis, and Women's Volleyball are offered in the Fall. Basketball, Bowling, Winter Track, Wrestling, and Men's Swimming are offered in the Winter. Baseball, Softball, Golf, Lacrosse, Men's Tennis, and Track are offered in the Spring. Many students participate in one or more sports, in addition to one or more of the numerous clubs offered year-round. Several of these clubs are the Chess Club, Interact Club, Latino Culture Club, Black Culture Club, Irish Culture Club, Exchange Club, Environmental Club, Ski Club, Student Council, S.A.D.D. Club, Debate Club, T.V. Club, Yearbook and Drama Club. The Drama Club performed the full Broadway score of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" in April, 2008. In 2010 the Drama Club performed Sondheim's "Into the Woods". The show was nominated for eight Metropolitan Theater Awards including, Best actor and Actress in a supporting role, Outstanding Stage Crew, Outstanding Graphic Design, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Costume Achievement, Outstanding Lobby Display and Outstanding Instrumentalist. They won for Outstanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Costume Achievement. In 2011, under new direction and technical direction, they performed "Seussical". They were only nominated for two Metropolitan Theater Awards, Outstanding Child Actor and Outstanding Graphic Design. 2012 saw the drama club bring "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" to life. There are also various Honor Societies in the school such as the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Science National Honor Society.


In January of 2013, a scandal was discovered in the guidance department of Peekskill High School. Four counselors were reassigned as an investigation into the falsifying of transcripts took place. It was reported that 34 students were given credits they didn't deserve. Most were given credit for a "co-op" work experience program that the district had discontinued a few years earlier. Superintendent James Willis said in a letter to parents, "The Board of Education and I, along with my administrative team, are absolutely appalled by what we have discovered. This won’t be tolerated. Moving forward, I am organizing an internal protocols team to assess the current transcript review processes and to make recommendations to ensure something like this can never happen again." Some students might have to take summer classes or an extra semester in order to graduate on time.

Notable alumni[edit]

School song[edit]

Words written in 1932 by Edwin Steckel, music teacher and bandmaster.