Syosset High School
|Syosset High School|
"A great place to live, an outstanding place to learn"
|Syosset, New York
|School district||Syosset Central School District|
|Principal||Dr. Giovanni Durante|
|Grades||9th through 12th|
|Campus size||2,200 students|
|Color(s)||Red, Black and White|
Syosset High School, located on Southwoods Road in Syosset, New York, United States is the only public high school for residents of the Syosset Central School District. As of 2015, the magazine Newsweek ranked the high school 219th in the US out of the top 500 US high schools
The school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1992–1993. The school district as a whole was also the 2002 winner of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award, which honors school districts for excellence in arts education. The school was also named a Grammy Signature for its music programs in orchestra, band and chorus. In 2010 it was rated 14th in the country for music education by the National Association for Music Education. Syosset High School ranked 143rd of 1600+ schools listed in Newsweek's 2010 Best High Schools list. Eleanor Roosevelt was among the first notable people to make a personal appearance in the auditorium.
In April 2007, the school's Quiz Bowl team won an online national championship.
Syosset High School has several academic departments which house a wide variety of courses for students to choose from:
- Business Education
- Castle Program
- Driver's Education
- Human Ecology (formerly known as Family and Consumer Sciences)
- Health Education
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Theater Arts
- World Language
The Castle Program is designed for students (non-special education) who need a different environment in order to succeed. These students are typically students who have a history of poor class and school attendance. They meet in a separate setting with small class sizes and a close-knit team of teachers who focus on "realistic expectations." Participation in this program is voluntary.
WKWZ, 88.5 FM, is a broadcasting station owned and operated by the Syosset Central School District that operates from 2:30–11:00 pm Monday through Friday. It is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). WPOB broadcasts on the same frequency from 7:00–2:30 from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, and is the sister station to WKWZ. The General Manager is head of the Syosset Film and Radio department, David Favilla, with all other positions (other than General Manager, Station Supervisor and Chief Engineer) operated by students in the school, with positions such as Station Manager(s), Music Director, Sports Director, Traffic Director, Program Director, Community News Director, and Organizational Supervisor(s).
- The football team won the 1974 New York State Championship and the Long Island Championship in 2014.
- The boys swim team won the Nassau County Championships in 2003.
- The tennis team won the Nassau County Championships in 2015.
- The boys lacrosse team won the Long Island Championship in 2008 and 2015.
- The girls lacrosse team won the Nassau County Championships in 2015.
- Under coach Bart Sessa, the boys cross country team has won ten back-to-back Nassau County titles from 1996 to 2006, and the cross country and track and field teams have won eleven back-to-back county titles from 2012 to 2016. On February 5, 2005, athletes Chris Howell, Adam Lampert, Dan Tully and Sean Tully set the national indoor record in the 4 × 800 metres relay in a time of 7:42.22. The same team won national championships at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships and Nike Outdoor Nationals and won the 4 × 800 metres relay at the prestigious Penn Relays on April 29, 2005.
- The boys' soccer team won the Nassau County Championship in 2012.
- Judd Apatow – Screenwriter, director, producer
- Jay Bienstock – Emmy award winning television producer of Survivor, The Apprentice, and The Voice
- Sue Bird - Women's National Basketball Association point guard, 3x Olympic champion, 4x All-Star (Seattle Storm)
- Alan S. Blinder – Economist, author, former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- Elaine Chao – 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor
- Alan Eichler- Theatrical publicist, producer and talent manager.
- Sibel Galindez - Actress
- Paul Ginsparg – Physicist
- Brooke Gladstone – Journalist, Media Analyst
- Wayne Gladstone – Writer, humorist
- Rick Hodes – Medical doctor known for work in the developing world.
- Brenda Howard – political activist
- Michael Isikoff – Newsweek journalist
- Mitchell Lazar- Physician-scientist
- Kenneth Lin - Playwright
- Carolyne Mas – Singer-songwriter
- Robert Maschio – Actor, Scrubs
- Idina Menzel – Actress-singer
- David Nesenoff – Rabbi, filmmaker, journalist
- Ed Newman – NFL player
- Jeff Panzer - Music Video Executive
- Adam Pascal – Actor-singer
- Michael Pollan (1973) – Writer
- Tracy Pollan – Actress
- Natalie Portman – Actress
- Gabe Rotter – American novelist, television writer and producer
- Jim Rowinski – NBA player
- Dave Rubin – Comedian, television personality
- John C. Russell – Playwright
- Carl Safina – Conservationist, author
- Doug Varone - Choreographer
- Barry Weiss – Chairman, BMG Label Group
- Meg Wolitzer – Novelist
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- Weber, Christopher. "School of Stars: Judd Apatow, Elaine Chao, Michael Isikoff, W.Va. First Lady?". Politicsdaily.com. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
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