Syosset High School

Syosset High School

Infobox US school| name = Syosset Senior High School

image caption = "SHS"
motto = "A great place to live, an outstanding place to learn"
established = 1956
type = Public School
district = Syosset Central School District
grades = 9th through 12th
principal = Dr. Jorge Schneider
city = Syosset
state = New York
country = USA
campus type = Suburban
campus size =
enrollment = 2,200
faculty = 200+
mascot =

colors = Red, Black and White
homepage =

Syosset High School, located on Southwoods Road in Syosset, New York, USA is the only high school for residents of the Syosset Central School District.


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 school in recognition of its superior music education programs [] . It recently was rated fourteenth in the country for music education by the National Association for Music Education. []

SHS's publications "The Pulse" (school newspaper) and "Ken" (literary magazine) have won many awards. Its Forensics Speech & Debate team has taken home both state and national championships. The school has strong Model United Nations, Model Congress, and National Champion Quiz Bowl teams. In April 2007 the Quiz Bowl team finished off a near perfect Quiz Net season with a victory in the national championship. [] ). The Science Olympiad Team has also competed at the state level. Syosset's Tri-M Chapter has been named Chapter of the Year numerous times.

SHS offers a wide range of courses, including many Advanced Placement courses, as well as Syracuse University courses offered through [ SU Project Advance] . In a move to become ranked higher in national statistics, Syosset has done away with all of its honors classes. Students are now forced to choose between taking a regular course or a sometimes over challenging AP course. This controversial move has called into question if Syosset High School has its students best interests in mind, or is just trying to gain unnecessary prestige. Another issue that has recently been called into play, is the large contingent of Syosset kids that failed last year's Math B Regents. Syosset High School has the top ranked varsity golf team on Long Island. It is one of the few schools on Long Island to give a Russian Regents; Japanese and Latin also have multi-year programs. It boasts a three-year research program in which students enter competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search.


WKWZ, 88.5 FM, is an FCC-licensed broadcasting station owned and operated by the Syosset Central School District that operates from 2:30-11:00 PM Monday through Friday. 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, Dave 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 boys varsity lacrosse team won the 2008 Nassau County Class A championships for the second year in a row. It is the second county title the school has won in lacrosse in its history. 8 of the team's seniors will go on to play college lacrosse.
** The 2008 boys lacrosse team defeated West Islip in the Long Island Championships (Class A state quarterfinal). It is a first in the school's history and it was West Islip's 5th loss in 5 seasons.
***The braves then went on to beat Yorktown 7-6 in the state semi-finals and then went on to lose 11-7 in the State Championship.
* The boys varsity lacrosse team won the 2007 Nassau County Class A championships. Pictures of the final game versus Farmingdale High School can be seen [ here] .
** Head Coach John Calabria was named, by Newsday, Nassau County Coach of the Year and All-American Junior Jeff Cohen was named to the Newsday All-Long Island Team. [,0,]
* Football Championships [,0,2413888.htmlstory]
** 1970: Nassau County Champions & North Shore Champions
** 1973: Nassau County Champions
** 1974: Nassau County Champions
** 1976: New York State Champions
* Syosset Running Braves holds the 4by800 national indoor high school record of 7:42.22, when it was broken back in Feb. 2005. The four runners were Adam Lampert, Chris Howell, Sean Tully, and Dan Tully.
* The Syosset Running Braves have accomplished 10 consecutive county champs in cross country from 1996 to 2006.
* The Syosset Braves Swim Team were the Nassau County Champions of 2003 and have consistently sent swimmers to the New York State sponsored meet.
* On November 3rd, 2007 Syosset Cross Country runner [ David Frankel] won the Nassau County Varsity Boys Cross Country Championship with a pr of 15:59. [ Read More]
*In 2008 Syosset upset West Islip in an amazing game to win the Long Island title and then beat Yorktown to advance to the state finals, where they lost to West Genesee.

Notable alumni

*Judd Apatow - Emmy-winning American screenwriter, director, television producer, and film producer
*Jay Bienstock - Emmy award winning producer of "Survivor" and "The Apprentice"
*Sue Bird - WNBA Player
*Alan S. Blinder, PhD - Economist, Professor of Economics & Public Affairs at Princeton University, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 1994-1996, writer, author, and columnist
*Elaine Chao - 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor
*John Delin - Author of the book "Syosset People and Places" and webmaster of Syosset Scrapbook
*Michael Isikoff - Newsweek journalist
*Brenda Howard - political activist
*Michael Pollan ('73) - Writer
*Robert Maschio - Actor
*Idina Menzel - Actress
*Ed Newman - NFL Player
*Dave Ockun - Concert Producer
*Adam Pascal - Actor
*Natalie Portman - Actress
*Judy Prianti - Actress (nee Riccoboni)
*Carl Safina and Paul Ginsparg (both SHS '73) - MacArthur Fellows
*Meg Wolitzer - Novelist
*Gabe Rotter - Novelist


*"Dark Water (2005 film)" - The school appears in the opening sequence and a few other times throughout the first scene of this 2005 horror film
*"Mr. Deeds" - The character played by Winona Ryder confesses to Adam Sandler's character (Mr. Deeds) that she was from Syosset
*"New York Minute" - Mary Kate and Ashley Olsens' characters attend Syosset High School
*"Soapdish" - Cathy Moriarty's character is exposed as a male alumnus of Syosset High School


[ District info] [ Quiz Net] [,0, Newsday All-Long Island Selections] [,0,2413888.htmlstory LI Football Champions] [ Long Island School Rant Forums]

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