Massapequa High School
|Massapequa High School|
|Massapequa High School Main Campus|
|4925 Merrick Road
Massapequa, New York, 11758
|School district||Massapequa Union Free School District|
|Principal||Mike Francesa, PhD|
|Vice principal||Yvonne Knott|
|Faculty||211.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||2,392 (as of 2005-06)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.0|
Massapequa High School is a four-year public high school located in Massapequa, New York for students grades 9 through 12. (Students in grade 9 attend the Massapequa High School Ames campus.) It is known locally for its low drop out rate and quality sports teams.
Massapequa High School's first graduating class, the class of 1956, began its high school years at what is now Eastlake Elementary School. Massapequa High School opened in its own location on Merrick Road in September 1955.
Berner High School opened in 1962 to relieve the growing population of Massapequa High School. After a decline in district enrollment, Berner High School closed in 1987. It now serves 7th and 8th grade students as Berner Middle School.
Massapequa High School recently underwent an expansion in the northeast corner of the school, constructing a new wing which features eight new classrooms ready for use in September, 2007. The school's track was resurfaced in the summer of 2011.
Massapequa High School Main Campus
Located on Merrick Rd. in Massapequa across from the Southgate Shopping Center.
Massapequa High School Ames Campus
Located on Baltimore Ave.
In the 2006 Season Massapequa High School's baseball team won the New York State division. They won the LI Championship again in 2007, 2008, and 2009 creating a "four peat" tradition.
In 2007, Massapequa High School's volleyball team won the New York State championship. Recently, cheerleading was added as a sport.
Massapequa HS has a wrestling program dating back to the 1950s. The Massapequa Wrestling program, involving only freshmen, began in 1952 under the leadership of Coach Len Connor. In 1955, Bill Deveaux took over as the head coach and managed the program through 1957, which included the first graduating class in 1956. John Hass officially took over as the head coach in 1958 and continued until 1962. In 1963, former wrestler Al Bevilacqua took over as the head coach. Wrestling grew and flourished at Massapequa under the leadership and program development of Coach Bevilacqua. Years later, another former wrestler, Gary Mims would become an assistant coach and help Coach Bevilacqua turn Massapequa into a wrestling powerhouse. Mims would go on to become the head coach in 1978 and guide the program through 28 successful years up until his retirement in 2006. In 2006, Joe Catalanotto took over as head coach at Massapequa. Prior to 2006, Coach Catalanotto had been the Junior High coach for seven years and an assistant with both the Varsity and Junior Varsity programs at Massapequa.
In 2010, the Girl's Varsity Soccer team won the New York State class AA title.
Massapequa Girls Volleyball team has won Nassau County title for 11 years in a row.
Massapequa lacrosse: Massapequa has a respected lacrosse program and has produced many high school All-County and All-American players. Many have gone on to play at top division 1,2,and 3 schools and in the MLL and the NLL. History: Nassau County Champs Class A: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006.
- Brian Baldinger, former pro football player
- Rich Baldinger, former pro football player
- Gary Baldinger, former pro football player
- Alec Baldwin, Actor†
- Phil Baroni, Mixed Martial Arts Champion
- Matt Bennett, Actor/Singer
- Candy Darling, Transgendered Andy Warhol Superstar
- Elliot Easton, musician
- Jessica Hahn, (1977) Playboy model, actor, focus of Jim Bakker scandal
- Ron Kovic (1964), author of Born on the Fourth of July
- Andrew Paskoff (1991)Television Producer
- Scott Paskoff (1991)Television Producer
- Jerry Seinfeld (1972), comedian.
- Brian Setzer (1977), musician
- Timothy Van Patten (1977), Actor
- Stray Cats, musicians
† Indicates a graduation from Berner High School
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