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Hilton High School

Hilton High School
400 East Avenue
Hilton, New York, 14468
School type Public, high school
School district Hilton Central School District
Principal Brian Bartalo
Grades 9-12
Language English
Campus Suburban
Red, Black and white
Mascot Cadet

Hilton High School is part of the 4,450-student Hilton Central School District, a public school system based in Hilton, a suburb of Rochester, New York. Hilton High School offers an International Baccalaureate Diploma, and the school has made Newsweek's top 1,200 schools in the United States each year since ranking at number 989 in 2005. Hilton Central School District is led by Superintendent of Schools David Dimbleby who has held district leadership positions such as elementary principal and Hilton High School principal.


  • Achievements 1
  • Sports 2
  • Music 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6


Hilton Schools have a long history of achievement graduating the first Regents Diploma student, Miss Jennie Mitchell, in 1899. More than 20 one-room schoolhouses and the "Henry Street School" were centralized in 1949. In 2008 the Hilton School District's Music Program was named "One of the Best Communities for Music Education in the Nation" by the NAMM Foundation.

Superintendents have brought many innovations and sweeping facility upgrades to the District's five schools and transportation facility including a $60 million capital project in 2001-05. In Hilton, the students excel. A significant number or graduates have been accepted to US military academies, and over 90% of Hilton's graduates go on to further education.


In March 2005, Hilton added, as a part of their Capital Bond Project, an Aquatic Center at Merton Williams Middle School, thus replacing the old five-lane pool. This eight-lane pool with an attached diving well and two diving boards includes bleachers for 240 spectators, and an electronic scoreboard. Local swim teams practice and swim in this pool, including H.A.S.T (Hilton Area Swim Team) and the Girl's and Boy's Modified, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams.

Football has been a mainstay for Hilton Central High School drawing thousands of fans to LeBeau field on Friday nights. Led by longtime head coach Rich Lipani, the Cadets football team are perennial contenders for sectional titles.

In 2008, under the direction of Gary Buchholz and Phil D'Agostino along with students Tim Woodward, Andrew Zielinski, and Adam Hertzlin, Hilton won the 2008 Monroe Community College High School Engineering Competition in the SumoBot competition, claiming the top 4 places.

In 2005, the Hilton Girl's Cross Country Team won the 2005 Nike Team Nationals Race, making them the number one girls cross country team in the nation. In 2006, Allison Sawyer and Caroline Shultz advanced to the Foot Locker National Championship meet in Colorado, putting them in contention with the top 40 girl cross country runners in the United States.

In 2014, the Hilton Cadets Wrestling Team won the Section V Class AA tournament and finished the season ranked fourth in New York State.

The Hilton School District is a "School System for the 21st Century" where schools maximize the potential of individual learners in a process of continual improvement. Through the District Improvement Team and many other communication avenues, the Hilton School District puts forth in accordance with its mission to provide for each student's success academically, physically, emotionally, and socially so that they become self-directed, lifelong learners who think critically and creatively and function as caring, responsible, productive citizens. This district clearly is dedicated to success with Advanced Placement courses, Honors courses, and the International Baccalaureate program.


The high school has produced many musicians who have gone on to recording contracts and positions in orchestras and choir groups. Instrumentally, the school places students in marching band, concert band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble and wind ensemble. Additionally, Under the direction of Tim Stodd, the school's Winter Drum Line is a member of the New York State Percussion Circuit, and competes at membership tournaments throughout Western New York, including a competition hosted each winter at Hilton High School.The Drumline has won the NYS championship competition 13 times consecutively, with their most recent victory in 2013. In 2013, The Hilton Winter Drumline also won the WGI Regional in Unionville, PA, and also won the New York State championships sweeping every award there was to offer. On April 19th 2013, performing their show "Arabian Nights: Legend of Scheherazade" for the last time, Hilton High School was crowned world champion in Percussion Scholastic "A" class division with a score of 96.888 out of 100.

Vocally, students participate in da Capo singers, men's chorus, women's chorus, and chorale. In May 2007, the Marching Band, high school Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Women's Chorus, and Chorale all participated in an adjudication in Williamsburg, Virginia where the Wind Ensemble, Women's Chorus, and Chorale each swept the floor earning nearly every plaque and trophy that was awarded. Among the awards these three groups received were: the highest score within their group, highest overall score, and many others. Approximately 200 students were on this trip to Williamsburg including students from both Merton Williams Middle School and the high school. March 2009 found the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida to perform for the public, and record in the Disney Studios. Each year the high school produces a major musical. In the past few years performances have included Grease, High School Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 42nd Street, The Secret Garden and Footloose.

Notable alumni

See also

External links

  • Hilton Central School District Website
  • Newsweek's Top 1,200 US Schools
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