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Mamaroneck High School

Mamaroneck High School
Palmer Ave. building as seen from the street.
Address
1000 West Boston Post Rd
Mamaroneck, New York, (Westchester County), 10543
United States
Coordinates 40°56′33″N 73°44′45″W / 40.94237°N 73.745813°W / 40.94237; -73.745813Coordinates: 40°56′33″N 73°44′45″W / 40.94237°N 73.745813°W / 40.94237; -73.745813

Information
School type Public school (government funded), High school
Established 1928
Status Open
School district Mamaroneck Union Free School District
NCES District ID
NCES School ID
Principal Elizabeth Clain
Assistant principals Stephen Frasene, Michael-Joseph Mercanti-Anthony, Mario Washington
Faculty 111.8 (on full-time equivalent (FTE) basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1469 [1]  (2009)
Grade 9 370 [1]
Grade 10 386 [1]
Grade 11 332 [1]
Grade 12 381 [1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.1 [1]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)           Orange and black
Nickname The Tigers
Newspaper The Globe
Yearbook The Mahiscan
Communities served Town of Mamaroneck, including its two villages
Feeder schools Hommocks Middle School
Website

Mamaroneck High School is a public school located in Mamaroneck, New York. The school is part of the Mamaroneck Union Free School District.

Campus setting and facilities

The present campus is located approximately half a mile southwest of Mamaroneck's Harbor Island Park and spans the distance between Boston Post Road (U.S. Route 1) and Palmer Avenue. It comprises two primary buildings, one facing the Boston Post Road, and the other facing Palmer Avenue, with an enclosed footbridge connecting them. Prior to the construction of the Hommocks Middle School, one of the two buildings used to be the district's junior high school (grades 7-9), until it was annexed by the high school.

A wooden gazebo stands near the Palmer end of the footbridge; it was a gift from the class of 1987. It was designed by an architectural-drawing-student, Brian Blum, and built by volunteer members of that year's class with support from architectural-drawing teacher Nick Cucchiarella.

The high school is one of the few in the area that has a totally open campus. Students are not obligated to stay on campus during lunch time and free periods. This has given rise to some safety concerns by parents, but by and large the community is supportive of the policy. The open campus policy has been threatened to be suspended several times, particularly in wake of a string of bomb threats and false fire alarms in the late 1990s, although the campus remained open. The open campus policy was suspended in 2008 due to another string of bomb threats.

Formerly being two separate, independent school buildings, MHS has a wealth of facilities, including three computer labs, two gymnasiums, a football field, a baseball field, two parking areas, a TV studio, a large auditorium and a smaller theater. It offers a variety of educational and extracurricular activities, including architectural and engineering drawing, golf, tennis and fencing. MHS also has extensive programs to support special-needs students. A new library and cafeteria were added to the school in 2006. This section of the complex connects the Palmer and Post Road buildings.

Ranking

Mamaroneck High school is unranked in USNews and World Report List of Best High School of 2012. However, its score of 55.2 in terms of college readiness[2] places it with the same rating as a rank of #262.


Curriculum

Students are typically enrolled in eight classes. Classes are offered on a block schedule. Days of the academic year are assigned a number 1-5, and letters A-E. There are six 52-minute periods on days 1 through 4/ A through D, excluding a 58-minute lunch. On day 1 or A, periods one and two are dropped, on day 2 or B, periods three and four are dropped, and so on. On day 5 or E, there are eight 39-minute periods and a 48-minute lunch.

Mamaroneck High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement classes to upperclassmen. Students are allowed to take AP US History and AP Physics B as early as their junior year; provided that they meet certain requirements. Seniors can select from AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, AP English, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Language in Spanish and French. In 2010, 2.415 AP tests were taken per graduating senior, and this garnered a ranking of 452 on Newsweek's annual list of Americas Best High Schools.

English, math, science, social studies, and physical education are required in each grade level. Three electives, such as digital photography, engineering, art, cooking, and psychology, are required for graduation. French, Spanish, and Chinese are offered in each grade level.

Athletics

The MHS baseball team was the state champions in class AA for the 2008 and 2009 seasons and the MHS Field Hockey Team were the Class A 2004 State Champions. They also were runner-ups in the New York State championships in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

The school also has teams for fencing, wrestling, hockey, swimming, soccer, tennis, skiing, lacrosse, basketball, and track & field.

Notable alumni

References

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