Clarkstown High School North

Clarkstown High School North
Clarkstown High School North
151 Congers Road[1]
New City, NY, 10956-6272
United States
Coordinates 41°09′00″N 73°58′15″W / 41.1501°N 73.9709°W / 41.1501; -73.9709Coordinates: 41°09′00″N 73°58′15″W / 41.1501°N 73.9709°W / 41.1501; -73.9709
School type Public[1]
Established 1953[citation needed]
Status Open[1]
School district Clarkstown Central School District
Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan[2]
CEEB Code 333325[3]
Principal Harry Leonardatos[4]
Assistant principals Amy Franchi, Jane Hicks, David Jacob[4]
Faculty 107.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 to 12[1]
Enrollment 1,571[1]  (2007-08)
Student to teacher ratio 14.6[1]
Medium of language English
Hours in school day 6.5[5]
Campus type Suburban[1]
Color(s) Purple and Gold         
Athletics American football, Association football (soccer), Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Crew, Cross country, Dance, Fencing, Field hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and field, Volleyball, Wrestling[6]
Mascot Ram
Team name Rams
Publication Chaos (science journal), Clio (social studies journal), Epiphany (literary magazine), Foreign Exchange (foreign language magazine), QED (math journal)[7]
Newspaper Ram's Horn[7]
Yearbook SAGA[8]

Clarkstown High School North is a high school located in Rockland County, New York educating students in grades 9 through 12. Clarkstown North or simply "North," as it is referred to by students and staff, is one of two high schools in the Clarkstown Central School District (CCSD). Since 2006, North offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to juniors and seniors.[9]



Clarkstown North consists of three buildings: the Main, the Annex, and the New building.


The original building of Clarkstown High School North is the Main, which is built off an early 1900s mansion. Before the construction of Clarkstown High School South, this was the only high school in the Clarkstown Central School District. The Main has the language department, the English department, some of the science rooms, the film making course, a two room writer's lab, a two story library, a large gym with boys and girls locker rooms, a smaller gym that serves as the wrestling room, an auditorium and theater department, a courtyard, a large lunchroom, a special education program, and a bomb shelter. It is the largest building in the school.


The second building is commonly referred to as the "Annex" and was completed by the 1960-61 school year. Before Felix Festa Middle School was constructed, the Annex was the school district's junior high school.[citation needed] However, the two buildings were not connected, so for a long time students had to walk outside to get from class to class. The Annex is built on a hill and has three floors. The top floor is referred to as the fifth floor, the one right below it in the middle of the hill is the fourth floor, and the bottom floor is the third. The third floor has science rooms, the fourth has math rooms, and the fifth has math rooms, health rooms, study halls, a small gym with locker rooms, and two small cafeterias.

During the 1980s, classrooms were built in trailers called "The Mobiles." The Mobiles had been put up in 1985 during the construction of the new library in the Main. These were demolished before the start of the 2009-10 school year.[10]

New building extension

The new building extension was built during the 2004-2005 school year.[11] This expansion connected the "Main" and "Annex" buildings, and also added many classrooms. The building stands on three floors consisting of specialty classrooms, including a new band room on the middle floor, and art rooms on the bottom floor, as well as many social studies classrooms. It was intended to have air conditioning, but the budget was apparently not met.[citation needed]

The new building extension is also known as the "X" wing, a reference to the current principal, Harry Leonardatos, who is a Star Wars fan.[citation needed]

Vermin problem and Halloween 2007 walkout

On October 31, 2007 Clarkstown North students, from grades ranging from 9th to 12th grade, held a walk-out to protest the sanitary conditions of the school.[12] The protest started in front of the annex building and students walked to the far ball field. Students chanted and held signs from approximately 12:20pm to 1:00pm while a news helicopter hovered above.[citation needed]

This was the largest walk out in district history.[citation needed] The other previous walk out was in 1975 and happened because students were against the new rules regarding study halls.[citation needed]

Originally, Clarkstown North Students were planning to walk to Town Hall, in the heart of New City, New York. The plan was quickly scrapped as Clarkstown Police Department threatened to arrest anyone who left school grounds on account that it was unlawful assembly and the students could quickly turn into a riot.[citation needed]

The next evening there was an emergency school board meeting in which students and parents spoke about the conditions at Clarkstown North. The meeting started at 7:30pm and went until 11:30pm. During the meeting, it was revealed that there were over 700 recorded absent students during the walkout, far more than the estimated 200-300.[citation needed] The following day there was a meeting immediately after school for all students to discuss ways to improve Clarkstown North.

Field Renovation

In June of the 2007-2008 school year, construction began on the football field and track. The track and playing field were torn up and replaced by a new rubber track and artificial-turf football field. The renovations were scheduled to be finished by the start of the 2008-2009 school year,[13] but were completed October 25, 2008.

The field project is part of a larger plan to renovate many of the schools in the district.[14]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Clarkstown North Senior High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  2. ^ "District Superintendent". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  3. ^ "New York High School Codes". Bowling Green State University. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ a b "School Administration". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  5. ^ "Clarkstown High School North Student Agenda". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  6. ^ "Clarkstown Central School District Athletic Handbook". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  7. ^ a b "Activities and Clubs". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  8. ^ "SAGA Yearbook". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  9. ^ "Clarkstown High School North". International Baccalaureate Organization. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  10. ^ "NHS Mobile Classrooms Now Part of Clarkstown History". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  11. ^ "A Timeline of Clarkstown Central School District Milestones". Clarkstown Central School District. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  12. ^ "New York Students Stage Walk-Out, Protest Unsanitary Conditions at School". Fox News. 2007-10-31.,2933,306840,00.html. 
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  15. ^ Skylar Astin’s Spring Awakening. The Journal News. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  16. ^ Keith Bulluck. NFL Enterprises. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  17. ^ Will Cunnane. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  18. ^ "Brittny Gastineau". Zimbota. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  19. ^ Adam Rodriguez. Yahoo Movies. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  20. ^ "Alumni Page". Clarkstown Summer Theatre Festival. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  21. ^ Randi Weingarten AFT Convention Speech. AFT. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  22. ^ Hoping to Continue Education as Union Head. NY Times. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.

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