Rye High School (New York)

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Rye High School
Rye High School.jpg
Rye High School's Performing Arts Center's entrance
1 Parsons Street

, ,
New York

United States
Coordinates40.973333, -73.686944
School typePublic
School districtRye City School District
CEEB code334970
PrincipalPatricia “Patty” Taylor
Enrollment1,025 (2016-17)[1]
Average class size≈20
School color(s)Garnet and Black          
AthleticsSection 1 (NYSPHSAA)
RivalHarrison, NY

Rye High School is a public high school in Rye, New York.


Rye High School is the only high school in the Rye City School District. It shares a building with Rye Middle School.


The school is accredited by the New York State Department of Education and the Middle States Association. The school is ranked the 96th best high school in the US[2] according to Newsweek's Ranking of the top 500 high schools in the US as of 2015.

Due to the abundance of garnets discovered during construction of the school, this precious gem became the adopted mascot.


Rye High School has two pep rallies each year, one before the Rye versus Harrison football game.


The High School itself was built during the Great Depression, as part of a public works project aimed at giving people work. Rye High School is designed in the style of Gothic architecture, constructed with dark stones, small recessed windows, and sloping roofs.

The High School is connected to Rye Middle School. Several Rye Middle School classes are hosted in the High School and about 1/3 of middle school students use the high school cafeteria at any given time, rotating every third of the school year.

Recently, a 17 million dollar initiative helped modernize the school by constructing an entirely new science wing adjacent to the auxiliary gym on the north end of the campus. The new building contains twelve labs, workrooms, and numerous new facilities, among other things. The project was completed in 2015.[3]

The campus hosts a football stadium with an outdoor track and spots for field events to be conducted, a baseball/softball field, practice fields for various sports (including lacrosse, soccer, field hockey and cross country), a small brook separating the field from the rest of the school, parking lots, grassy fields, and a few trees.


A graduation requirement of 60 hours of community service was implemented in 1989.[4]

Though not a curricular requirement, as much as 89 percent of the student body participates in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. During the month of May, the school essentially shuts down while AP's are administered to students. Afterwards, students receive a five-day break from classes for their efforts. Unlike many other high schools, AP World and AP European History is offered to students in the tenth grade, as opposed to only being offered in eleventh grade. This distinction allows students to essentially "try out" AP courses so they can gauge their ability to handle the heavy workload.

At graduation, many students have taken at least one Advanced Placement course, with some students taking in upwards of fifteen of these courses.

In addition, several honors courses and one college credit class are offered to students who wish to challenge themselves academically.

Recently the school has adopted a new focus on STEAM courses. The most recent example is the addition of the AP Computer Principles course, which will ran for the first time in the 2018-2019 school year.

Graduation requirements[edit]

In order to receive a diploma from Rye High School, a student must meet several criteria by the time of graduation. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete 60+ hours of community service
  • Have taken 3+ years of foreign language
  • Have taken a Participation in Government class
  • Have taken an Economics class
  • Have 4 or more English credits
  • Have 4 or more History credits
  • Have at least 1 Art credit
  • Have 3 or more Science credits
  • Have 3 or more Math credits

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school hosts a multitude of extracurricular activities, including but not limited to: Gender Equality Club, adopt a grandfriend, entrepreneur club, jazz band, Appletes, pep band, weight lifting club, Zephyr art and literary magazine, Junior Statesmen of America and the LGBTQ club.


Rye High School football cheerleaders at Harrison in 2006

Rye High School fields teams in baseball, softball, basketball, cheer-leading, cross country, crew, field hockey, football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The football team has won 3 state championships including 2 in a row (2007, 2008), and the basketball team won its league with a 17–6 record in 2009 and went to the Westchester County Center. The sailing team won the state championship in 2017 and the region's team race championship.

The annual Rye-Harrison football game has been played for eighty-three years and is a top rivalry in Westchester County. The Rye High School team has defeated Harrison for a record nine consecutive games, until they broke the streak in 2012, losing 21–0. The game is an extremely popular event in town, drawing thousands of spectators. Along with the football and cheerleading teams will be the school's bands. Generally the Harrison High School band is more marching oriented, with their halftime show consisting of a very tightly choreographed marching number. Rye High School chooses to be slightly unorthodox in their choice of performing. Instead of having a stereotypical marching band uniform, the band is outfitted in dark black T-shirts with the word "BAND" written in all capitals in red with a white outline. The band will generally play in the stands for the entire game, with third quarter off. For their halftime show, a smaller group of students will perform three songs, always ending with "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The solo in the song is generally played by the senior (or most experienced) guitar player in the group.

In general, if and when Rye wins their game, they will go into the brook that runs adjacent to the school (dubbed by natives as "Blind Brook") and splash around to celebrate.


Rye High School students had an underground tradition, well known by students and alumni, known as "Freshman Friday." In mid-2012, three Rye High School students were charged with kidnapping three freshmen, taking them to a remote location and hazing them, with one student requiring hospital treatment.[5] The school repeatedly denied any knowledge of the event, despite the fact that many teachers interviewed about the incident did admit that they had knowledge of the event well before the proceedings occurred. After several adjournments, in October 2012 the felony assault charges against the three students were reduced to misdemeanor counts of hazing and unlawful imprisonment, with subsequent proceedings closed.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "RYE HIGH SCHOOL". Rye High School. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "America's Top High Schools 2015". Newsweek. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  3. ^ New Rye High Science Wing On Schedule For Fall '14 Opening
  4. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (April 30, 1990). "At Rye High, Doing Good to Do Well". New York Times.
  5. ^ "Freshman Friday" Incident Leads to Three Arrests, by Myfox New York Staff, myfoxny.com retrieved on June 6, 2012
  6. ^ "Rye hazing case: Felony charge dropped, outcome sealed". The Journal News. October 16, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Curry, Jack (December 5, 1995). "BASEBALL; Yanks' Martinez Trade Talks Stall". New York Times. "B. J. was drafted out of high school by the Yankees," Clifton said of the player who was born in the Bronx and graduated from Rye High School in Westchester County.

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Coordinates: 40°58′24″N 73°41′13″W / 40.97333°N 73.68694°W / 40.97333; -73.68694