Southside High School (Elmira, New York)

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Elmira High School
777 South Main Street
Elmira, New York 14904
Coordinates 42°04′07″N 76°47′46″W / 42.068719°N 76.796006°W / 42.068719; -76.796006Coordinates: 42°04′07″N 76°47′46″W / 42.068719°N 76.796006°W / 42.068719; -76.796006
School type Public, high school
Motto Express Yourself
School district Elmira City School District
NCES School ID 361056000824[1]
Principal Christopher Krantz
Grades 10–12
Color(s) red, black, and white
Athletics conference Southern Tier Athletic Conference; Section IV NYSPHSAA
Mascot The Conductor


Elmira High School, commonly referred to as EHS, is a high school in Elmira, New York, United States. Was one of two public high schools operated by the Elmira City School District serving Chemung County, alongside Elmira Free Academy. In 2014 Elmira City School District Elmira City School District renamed Southside High school "Elmira High School" Serving 10th, 11th and 12th Grades only.[2]

Until the 2011-2012 school year, EFA would play Southside High School in football for the Erie Bell. In 2011, it was announced that the long-standing rivalry between the schools would come to an end and they would combine. The two high schools combined their sports teams by the 2011-12 school year. A community vote was taken to determine what new mascot and colors people were interested in. On May 25, 2011, the district officially announced that the new team would be called the Elmira Express, a common nickname for Elmiran legend Ernie Davis, the first African-American to ever win the Heisman Trophy in the sport of football. The colors will be red, black, and white.

The school has the honor to be recognized by the New York State Education Department as the only high performing school in the district, scoring the highest averages on state testing and curriculum exercises. Southside offers many special classes such as AP and ACE classes that could potentially count for future college credits. Aside from academics, Southside has been a strong contender in many different sports throughout the years, boasting an upgraded hall of fame in its gymnasium area. The high school is also involved in several different club opportunities, the top three being FBLA-PBL (Future Business Leaders of America), Key Club, and National Honor Society. All three are directly involved in community service. Some of these, with the addition of student council, assist in planning events such as Southside's annual Special Olympics program, the spirit week activities for what is now known as the "Express Fest," community service involvement, school functions such as managing program box offices and the school store, amongst other positive endeavors of the many clubs.

Basic information[edit]

In its time of existence, which came shortly after EFA, Southside High has had two different buildings in use. Currently, it is using a newly renovated building on South Main Street on Elmira's southside. The school colors had been green and white since the establishment of the high school as well as its sports teams, called the Green Hornets. The sports team merged and became the Elmira express.

Each year, Southside and EFA would do battle for the Erie Bell, a trophy donated to the two schools by a local railroad company. Starting in 2011, the Decker Bell will replace the 64-year Erie Bell tradition. The new Elmira Express combined team has begun somewhat of a new rivalry with the Corning Hawks from two recently combined schools in Corning, New York. Both team combinations were due to severe budget issues that are still imminent and pose a threat to combine the schools altogether. The Elmira budget problem also jeopardizes the education of the students in the district, as well as the futures of the employed staff.

Past Principals[edit]

Frank M. Edson, 1924-1932

Clifford McNaught, 1932-1952

Wallace Howell, 1952-1955

Arnold Greene, 1955-1966

Martin Harrigan, 1966-1973

Jerome O'Dell, 1973-1991

Kenneth Thomas, 1991-1996

Daile Rose, 1996-Jan. 1999

Arline Ely, Jan. 1999-2000

Lisa Kelly, 2000-2003

Theresa Armstrong, Interim 2003

James Snyder, Interim 2004

Christopher Krantz, Appointed 2004

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Southside High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Elmira Stargazette "Sorrell accuses Murdoch of panic buying", Stargazette, In Elmira, Southside High School and Elmira Free Academy will combine as Elmira High School.

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