East High School (Rochester, New York)

East High School is a public high school serving the sixth through twelfth grade in Rochester, N.Y, and is part of the Rochester City School District, and in partnership with the University of Rochester as the school's Educational Partnership Organization (EPO).[2] The school opened in 1902 on 410 Alexander St, and was designed by noted Rochester architect J. Foster Warner. The school was later moved in 1959 to its current location, 1801 East Main Street. Since 2002, changes have occurred, including the re-addition of a junior high and the splitting of the school into separate academies.

East High School
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1801 East Main Street

TypePublic high school
MottoWe have the power to change the world... now let's get to work.
School districtRochester City School District
SuperintendentShaun Nelms, Ed.D
Upper School PrincipalMarlene Blocker
Lower School PrincipalTanya Wilson Thevanesan
Freshman Academy DirectorAlecia Zipp-McLaughlin
Faculty206 (2006)
Teaching staff128.9 (2014)
Grades6-8 (Lower School), 9-12 (Upper School)
Enrollment2011 (2007)
Student to teacher ratio14:3 (2014)
Color(s)Purple and Gold
MascotEcho the eagle
Team nameEagles (2015-present)
NewspaperThe Eagle Express (2015-present)'
YearbookThe Orient
East High School
East High School (Rochester, New York) is located in New York
East High School (Rochester, New York)
East High School (Rochester, New York) is located in the United States
East High School (Rochester, New York)
Location410 Alexander St., Rochester, New York
Coordinates43°9′35″N 77°35′31″W / 43.15972°N 77.59194°W / 43.15972; -77.59194Coordinates: 43°9′35″N 77°35′31″W / 43.15972°N 77.59194°W / 43.15972; -77.59194
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
ArchitectWarner, J. Foster
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Italian Renaissance
NRHP reference #83001707[1]
Added to NRHPJune 30, 1983

Partnership with the University of RochesterEdit

In May 2014, the New York State Education Department granted the University of Rochester's request to take over management of East High School.[3] Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the University will implement a plan in their efforts to "increase learning opportunities" for students.[4]


East High currently contains two separate schools for their students, each with staggering start times. Their Lower School[5] is for students in grades 6-8 and their Upper School[6] is for students grades 9-12. There is a separate academy for their 9th grade students in the Upper School known as the Freshman Academy.[7]

Lower SchoolEdit

The Lower School, formerly known as the Foundation Academy, is for students in grades 6-8. Their current principal is Tanya Wilson Thevanesan. In the Lower School, the students have their own place within the East High building, creating a small school atmosphere. The Lower School currently has around 160 students per grade level, small classes in core subjects, and a focus on college and career readiness and lifelong success.

Upper SchoolEdit

The Upper School is for students in grades 9-12. Their current principal is Marlene Blocker. The school offers a full range of classes leading up to the Regents diploma, including career and technical pathways as well as AP and early-college classes. Some of these career and technical pathways include Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Teaching, Business, and Health Related Careers. In addition to all of this, every student in the Upper School will have access to the full range of BOCES programs.

Freshman AcademyEdit

The 9th graders in the Upper School have their own wing of the building, with extra support, extended time for math and literacy, and opportunities to complete four or more high school credits. The 9th graders also have their own lunch period, their own PE classes, their own period for Family Group, 4 counselors, 2 social workers, and alternative programs for scholars not on track after the 9th grade. The current director for the Freshman Academy is Alecia Zipp-McLaughlin


With the AP institute, the school has overcome many challenges. The school offers over 19 AP credit classes which some students partake in. The graduation rate of East High in 2009 was 39%.[8]

Student body/DemographicsEdit

  • Hispanic 29.9%
  • White 8.9%
  • African American 54.9%
  • Asian 6%
  • Native American 0.2%
  • Two or More Races 0.05% [9]

66.9% of the students at East High School receive a free/reduced lunch rate.[9]

Notable alumniEdit

Old campusEdit

New campusEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "UR as the epo". rcsdk12.org.
  3. ^ [1] Archived May 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Spectrum News - Rochester - Finger Lakes, Batavia". rochester.twcnews.com.
  5. ^ "Lower School / Lower School 6-8". rcsdk12.org.
  6. ^ "Upper School / Upper School 9-12". rcsdk12.org.
  7. ^ "Freshman Academy / Welcome to The Freshman Academy". rcsdk12.org.
  8. ^ http://interactive.wxxi.org/files/Local_High_School_Graduation_Rates.pdf
  9. ^ a b "East High School". SchoolDigger.
  10. ^ "The Midge Costanza Institute - The study of politics and public policy". www.midgecostanzainstitute.com. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  11. ^ Mandelaro, Jim; Pitoniak, Scott (1996). Silver Seasons: The Story of the Rochester Red Wings. Syracuse University Press. p. 103. ISBN 0815627033.

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