Sanford H. Calhoun High School
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|Sanford H. Calhoun High School|
Logo of Calhoun High School's baseball team
|1786 State Street
Merrick, New York 11566
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Bellmore–Merrick Central High School District|
|Enrollment||1,322 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.5:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and gray|
Sanford H. Calhoun High School is a public high school located in Merrick, New York. Established in 1958, Calhoun is one of three high schools in the Bellmore–Merrick Central High School District, and acts as a magnet school for several programs.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,322 students and 75.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 17.5:1. There were 85 students (6.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 28 (2.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Hoofbeats is the official student newspaper of Calhoun. The newspaper has won numerous awards, and five editions are produced each year.
Calhoun competes in Section VIII athletics, a compilation of public schools in Nassau County. The fall season hosts boys' and girls' cross country, football, boys' and girls' soccer, girls' tennis, boys' badminton, boys' volleyball, girls' volleyball, and girls' swimming. The winter hosts wrestling, boys' and girls' basketball, and indoor track, with district teams—including athletes from the other two schools of the district, Mepham and Kennedy—for ice hockey, swimming, diving, rifle, and bowling. The final season, spring, is home to boys' and girls' lacrosse, track and field, baseball, softball, boys' tennis, and girls' badminton.
Calhoun Choral Program
The Calhoun Choral Program (CCP) is composed of over 160 students, and consists of three groups. Many students belong to more than one group.
- Concert Choir is an auditioned 75-person class composed of tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. Each spring, over one-hundred students audition for the incoming group. The group performs a wide variety of three-, four-, six-, and eight-part music, primarily a cappella.
- Chorale, a 3-section class made of over 80 ninth–twelfth grade students, is a group that performs a wide variety of three-part a cappella and accompanied music.
- Crescendo, the most well known of the ensembles, is an auditioned show choir of 24 to 27 students that performs pop-rock literature with choreography.
Calhoun Band Program
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The Calhoun Band Program consists of six groups. Students are often involved in multiple groups.
- Wind Ensemble (CCVB) is made up of tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. Students audition to be in the CCVB for the following year. The group plays in two concerts every year during the winter and spring. The CCVB participates in festivals like Festival Disney and a competition in Virginia Beach. A president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and historian are elected by the group every year.
- Symphonic Band is made up of tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. It does not require an audition. The band plays in two concerts every year during the winter and during the spring with the Concert Band. A president and vice president are elected by the group every year.
- Concert Band consists entirely of ninth graders. It does not require an audition. The band plays in two concerts every year during the winter and during the spring with the Symphonic Band. A president and vice president are elected by the group every year.
- Jazz Band is made up of students from all grade levels. Students must audition to be in this section of the band program. These students meet once a week after school to prepare for a winter and spring concert.
- Rock Band is made up of ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. They perform at various functions, but primarily at Calhoun High School's varsity football games.
- Pep Band is made up of ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. They perform at Calhoun High School's varsity football games alongside the Rock Band.
Calhoun Theatre Program
Calhoun High School's award winning theatre program, the On Tour Company, began in 1974 and has been successful in producing a wide range of productions each year. Since 1985 the program has been run by Salvatore Salerno of Merrick. Typically, the company stages a Shakespeare play, a straight play, a musical, and an alternating style show each year, in addition to several smaller productions. These include 3 improv nights, the Gotta Sing, Gotta Act and Gotta Dance production and one night of senior one acts each year. The On Tour Company also participates in various local community wide events such as street fairs and Shakespeare festivals.
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- Jeff Mattson, lead guitarist and singer of Dark Star Orchestra
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- Robbie Rosen, American Idol contestant
- Zack Ryder, professional wrestler
- Kevin Shinick, actor, writer, and director, notably of Robot Chicken
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- Joseph Bernard "Bloje" Larkin, One Tough Prick
- Marc Edelman, Baruch College Sports Law Professor, known for athlete advocacy work and online column for Forbes.
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