Sweet Home High School (Amherst, New York)
|Sweet Home High School|
|Principal||Dr. Andrés R. Arroyo|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Sweet Home High School (SHHS), sometimes called Sweet Home Senior High, is a New York State public high school located at 1901 Sweet Home Road in Amherst, New York. Sweet Home High School educates students in grades 9 through 12 and is one of seven schools in the Sweet Home Central School District. The district consists of one High School, one Middle School, four Elementary schools (Glendale, Heritage Heights, Maplemere, and Willow Ridge), and one Alternative School (Dexter Terrace). Nearly 4,000 students are enrolled in the District's seven schools.
Sweet Home has many music programs that includes Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Chorale, Mixed Chorus and the annual musical.
The school offers and competes competitively in a number of sports, including Football, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Chess, Cheerleading, Bowling, Track and Field, Softball, and Wrestling.
One of the most notable accomplishments of a Sweet Home athletics team is a streak of 292 undefeated games by the girls volleyball team. The streak lasted a span of eight seasons from 1978–1987 and set a National Federation of High School record for consecutive wins.
Football is a cherished sport at Sweet Home. The Sweet Home Panthers Varsity Football team has won the Section 6 Class A Championship 8 times since 2002: 2002, 2007-2012, & 2014 and won the New York State Championship 2 times: 2008-2009.
In 2008, the Sweet Home Varsity Football team defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 35-28 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome to win the state championship. The next year in 2009, the Sweet Home Varsity Football team once again won the state championship in Syracuse, defeating Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 34-7.
The Sweet Home Football team had a 36-game win streak, stretching over three seasons, before they were defeated in the 2010 Far West Championship (State quarter-finals) by Aquinas High School of Section V. This is the largest winning streak in New York State Section VI Football history. Over 5 seasons starting in 2007, Sweet Home only lost two games, both to Aquinas in the State quarter-finals.
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