Valley Central High School

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Valley Central High School
Valley Central High School.jpg
Front entrance of school
1175 State Route 17K
Orange County, New York
Montgomery, NY 12549
United States
Coordinates 41°31′28″N 74°13′00″W / 41.52444°N 74.21667°W / 41.52444; -74.21667Coordinates: 41°31′28″N 74°13′00″W / 41.52444°N 74.21667°W / 41.52444; -74.21667
Funding type public
Opened 1961
School district Valley Central
Principal Jayme Ginda-Baxter
Staff 124[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,757[1]
 • Grade 9 434[1]
 • Grade 10 484[1]
 • Grade 11 500[1]
 • Grade 12 398[1]
Average class size 23[1]
Student to teacher ratio 1:15[1]
Language English
Hours in school day 6.5
Campus type rural
School colour(s) Blue     and white    
Athletics conference Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association
Mascot Viking
Team name Vikings
Communities served Most of town of Montgomery;
portions of towns of Crawford, Hamptonburgh, Newburgh, Shawangunk and Wallkill
Villages of Maybrook, Montgomery, and Walden
Feeder schools Valley Central Middle School

Valley Central High School is located in Montgomery, New York. It educates students in grades 9-12 in the Valley Central School District, which includes much of the town of Montgomery, portions of neighboring Wallkill and Newburgh and the three villages of Maybrook, Montgomery and Walden as well as parts of Campbell Hall and Coldenham.


"Centralization" to the Town of Montgomery immediately brought the hope that new structures would soon be underway to house the bulging classrooms of the three village schools and the rural school at St. Andrews. On July 2, 1958, when the new centralized district was one day old, the unofficially-named "Montgomery Central School District" held its organizational election and voted to seat nine members on the Board of Education.

As soon as the election was complete, discussions about new buildings began. In January 1959 the voters selected the Russell Site as the home for the proposed East Coldenham Elementary School, and the Muller Site for the junior and senior high schools. The following June, the voters approved a $4.2 million bond issue for the construction of these new buildings and renovation of the existing schools. By mid-March 1960, men and machinery had begun construction of what was to become, at the time, Valley Central Jr.-Sr. High School. After 18 months of labor, the new building opened on September 9, 1961.


Map of New York highlighting Montgomery.

The building was constructed in 1961, with some additions in the 1990s. It has a wide lower level and a smaller second story. It is joined to the adjacent Valley Central Middle School.

The building boasts many amenities common to other high schools in the region: a swimming pool, gymnasium with wrestling room. For academic purposes, it has a full library and auditorium. Outside are the football field, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and a track.

Architecturally, it reflects the era of its construction, with long straight hallways laid out in a grid pattern. The rear corridor runs all the way from the building exit near the gym on the east side to the middle school, almost a half-mile in length. There are several courtyards in the building, but they are rarely used today.

Student population[edit]

The building has about 1,700 students currently enrolled with 9-12 grades counting in. The class of 2013 is the largest class to date.

Notable Alumni[edit]


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