Peekskill High School

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Peekskill High School
Peekskill, New York, Westchester County
Coordinates 41°17′17″N 73°55′03″W / 41.288146°N 73.91761°W / 41.288146; -73.91761Coordinates: 41°17′17″N 73°55′03″W / 41.288146°N 73.91761°W / 41.288146; -73.91761
Type Public
Established 1929
Principal Rodney Arthur
Asst. Principals Kent Picou, Margie Daniels and Naima Smith-Moore
Enrollment 887
Color(s)      Crimson and      blue
Mascot Red Devils

Peekskill High School, established in 1929, is located at 1072 Elm Street in Peekskill, New York, United States. It educates most of the district's ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. The school's current principal is Rodney Arthur. Peekskill students 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 courses, which prepare students to take the AP Exams offered by the College Board in early May. A new course at the school as of the 2007-2008 school year is the three-year Authentic Science Research program. Several college courses are also offered.

The school replaced the Peekskill High School at 212 Ringgold Street (1929 to 1972). Prior to 1929, Drum Hill School served as the high school, and is now a senior living community. The current school is located on the former grounds of the original Peekskill Military Academy, which closed in 1968.

Clubs and sports[edit]

The school offers many clubs and sports for students to enrich their in-school experiences.

Fall sports:

  • Football
  • Women's swimming
  • Men's and women's cross country
  • Men's and women's soccer
  • Women's tennis
  • Women's volleyball

Winter sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Winter track
  • Wrestling
  • Men's swimming

Spring sports:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Men's tennis
  • Track

Many students participate in one or more sports, in addition to one or more of the numerous clubs offered year-round.

Clubs offered by the school include:

  • Chess Club
  • Interact Club
  • Latino Culture Clu
  • 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
  • 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 perform ''You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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 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 had been 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.

School song[edit]

The words of the school song were written in 1932 by Edwin Steckel, music teacher and bandmaster.

Notable alumni[edit]