Fairport High School

Fairport High School (FHS) is a public high school serving the tenth through twelfth grades in the Village of Fairport and most of the Town of Perinton, New York. It is part of the Fairport Central School District. The Principal, as of the end of the 2014-2015 school year, is Robert Clark following his time as an Assistant Principal.

Fairport High School
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Address
1 Dave Paddock Way
Fairport, New York 14450


United States
Coordinates43°04′47″N 77°24′54″W / 43.0798°N 77.4150°W / 43.0798; -77.4150Coordinates: 43°04′47″N 77°24′54″W / 43.0798°N 77.4150°W / 43.0798; -77.4150
Information
TypePublic high school
Established1874; 147 years ago (1874) (as the high school department within the Classical and Union Free School), December 7, 1970; 50 years ago (1970-12-07) (Dave Paddock Way building)
School districtFairport Central School District
NCES District ID3610890
SuperintendentBrett C. Provenzano
CEEB code331870
NCES School ID361089000860
PrincipalRobert Clark
Teaching staffIncrease 115 (2018)[1]
Key peopleAssistant Principals:

Red House: Lyndsey Keil

White House: Kevin Page

Blue House: Ashley Edwards

Special Services/Red House: LeAnna Watt
Grades1012
GenderCoeducational
EnrollmentDecrease 1495 (2016–2017)[2]
Schedulefairport.org/our-schools/fairport-high-school/bell-schedule/
Hours in school day6.75 (7:25 am – 2:10 pm)
CampusSuburban, 92 acres (37 hectares)
HousesBlue, Red, White
Color(s)Red, white, and royal blue
     
Fight songOn Old Fairport
Athletics conferenceNYSPHSAA Section V
Monroe County Public School Athletic Conference
Sports37 Varsity Sports[3]
MascotRed Raiders
RivalRush Henrietta Royal Comets (all sports
McQuaid Knights (boys' volleyball, boys' basketball and ice hockey)
Pittsford Panthers (ice hockey, football, and lacrosse)
East Rochester Bombers (Little Brown Jug football game, now defunct)
AccreditationNew York State Education Department
USNWR rankingDecrease 1167 (2018 national)
Decrease 113 (2018 state)[1]
NewspaperThe Lampion
YearbookThe Hourglass
Communities servedAll of Fairport, New York
Most of Perinton, New York
Feeder schoolsMinerva DeLand High School
GraduatesDecrease 479 (2017)[4]
PTSAfairportseniorhighschool.my-pta.org
Clubs55
Websitefairport.org/our-schools/fairport-high-school/
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Current enrollment estimates place the student population around 1,700. The Class of 2009 was the largest class to pass through FHS in approximately 15 years, totaling just over 600 students. FHS takes part in numerous international exchange programs, including trips to Ireland, France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

In 2009, Fairport became the first high school in New York State to offer a course in Game Design and Development. On a similar note, after district residents approved a technology funding measure, the Fairport Central School District made plans for a complete technological overhaul of FHS which began during the summer of 2010.

HistoryEdit

Prior to the introduction of high school classes to Fairport, families with the means could send their teenage children to academies or seminaries in nearby towns.[footnote 1]

In 1874, the State Board of Regents accredited the former Fairport Classical and Union Free School on West Church Street in the Village of Fairport as a high school.[footnote 2][5][6] Originally it offered a three-year high school course, but this was expanded to four in 1895.[7] In September 1924, after the village population increased half again in size over the preceding decade and a state law was passed raising the age of compulsory education to 18, the first dedicated high school opened on West Avenue in the village.[7][8][9] In September 1959, the Minerva DeLand School on Hulburt Road became the district's high school.[10] July 10, 1968 marked the groundbreaking of the current Fairport High School on Ayrault Road, which opened to students on December 7, 1970.

FHS FACT 12Edit

In 1996 FHS was given permission to broadcast educational programs on FACT 12, programs included the FHS Morning Show, Homecoming events, Concerts, Award Ceremonies, and Sporting Events.[11]

Campus/school siteEdit

Pre-1970 campusEdit

 
The original Fairport High School, in the Village of Fairport, has been converted to condominiums.

From 1924 to 1959, the Fairport High School campus was located at 71 West Avenue, only two blocks from Main Street in the village. The building was originally 166 feet front by 135 feet deep[12] and included an auditorium with a 32 by 20 foot stage, a 40 by 70 foot gymnasium, a laboratory for chemistry and physics, and a laboratory for biology.[13] Classes for the seventh and eighth grades were conducted on the first floor alongside offices for the superintendent and principal. Classes for the higher grades were held on the second floor. The basement contained the school cafeteria and kitchens as well as rooms for manual training, home economics, and business classes.

From 1965 until the early 1980s, the old campus served as the West Avenue School, with grades 4–6. As the school district's needs changed, the old campus was sold in 1984 and developed into condominiums.[14][15] Likewise, after the high school moved out of the Classical and Union Free School building in 1924, that building served as the South Side Elementary School until its demolition in 1955.[16] As of 2016, the Minerva DeLand School continues to serve ninth grade high school students.

Post-1970 campusEdit

 
Fairport High School library includes a large selection of books and computers for research

As the population of the town increased the town saw the need to build a much larger high school. The campus was relocated to 1358 Ayrault Road to accommodates a much larger campus. In 1968 land was broken for the new Fairport High School Campus.

FieldsEdit

The new campus was much larger than its predecessor which included a much larger surface area for athletic events to be held on. The athletic fields include:

  • Track and field Approved in 2000[17]
  • Football Turf Field with 1,000 Seat Bleacher named after former coach Joe Cummings
  • 5 Tennis courts
  • Discus/hammer Throw field
  • 2 Softball fields
  • 2 Baseball fields
  • 4 General purpose fields

In addition, there is a concession stand as well as an admissions booth used for FHS Sporting Events. In 2019, the residents within Fairport approved an expansion onto these fields. Construction is set to begin in 2020.

Indoor facilitiesEdit

  • Athletics
    • Competition swimming/diving pool[18]
    • 1 Gym divided Into 4 sections
  • General
    • 3 cafeterias
    • 1 Small auditorium
    • 1 Large auditorium
    • Autoshop
    • Woodshop
    • 3 art/crafts rooms
    • 3 music rooms
    • 4 Computer labs
    • Library
    • Staff offices

Construction projects/otherEdit

In the 1990s an East and West Wing was added to the school which held additional class space. In 2006 there were plans for a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) field house and the installation of lights on the football field.[19] The fall 2011 sports season is the first time the new field lights are in use. In 2007 a multi-use turf field was approved.[20]

AcademicsEdit

The high school is divided into three houses (Red, White, Blue) each with its own assistant principal. Several course areas are offered to students:[21]

  • Art, business, English, Family and consumer science, foreign Languages, health, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies, technology

There are services to students with disabilities, and a curriculum leading to the International Baccalaureate – Fairport HS was the first High School in Monroe County to offer this program.[22]

However, the IB programs were cut at FHS after the 2011-12 school year due to budget constraints.

MusicEdit

Day Jazz, Afternoon Jazz, Sophomore Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Full Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Polyphonic Women's Choir, Polyphonic Mixed Choir, and Sophomore Choir are all credit-bearing ensembles. The groups usually obtain gold or gold with distinction ratings at NYSSMA festivals. Students from the three bands are also members of the Pep Band, which plays at home games, at pep rallies, and in parades. A Pit Orchestra is also selected from the top students every year to perform during the spring musical.

The Prisms Concert, which takes place every spring, is a concert featuring many of these groups, as well as students performing solos or small group pieces. This concert is unique because the groups play in different areas of the auditorium. A spotlight focuses on the group or student performing as they play one three-minute piece. When they finish, the spotlight moves to another performer.

Higher level coursesEdit

  • Advanced Placement courses are offered at Fairport High School to allow students planning to attend college to get a head start on courses. Advanced Placement courses that are offered include Language & Composition, English Humanities, Spanish, Statistics, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Physics C, Music Theory, U.S. History, American History: Humanities, European History and World History.
  • The Project Advance program offers courses that allow students to earn transferable college credit early through a special program at Syracuse University. Courses include Information Technology, Economics, Policy Analysis, Psychology, Forensic Science, and Sociology.
  • Cisco Networking courses at Fairport High School reward passing students with entry-level Cisco Career Certifications for networking.

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

AthleticsEdit

 
FHS Homecoming Football Game

The Fairport High School athletic nickname is the Red Raiders. The school's colors are red, white and blue. FHS has a strong athletic tradition in many of its varsity sports such as Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Field Hockey, Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Gymnastics, and Cross Country. Fairport offers 35 varsity sports as well as offerings at the Junior Varsity and Modified levels.

In 2006 and 2007, Fairport won the Class AAA basketball championship in Section 5. In both years the team played against its archrival Rush Henrietta. The cheerleading squad has won three national titles as well as numerous other sectional and regional titles. The baseball team won three consecutive Section 5 Class AAA titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007.[23] As well as being ranked No. 1 in the state 16 times since 1982,[24] the men's swimming program at Fairport High School has won 20 Section V Class A titles, including 17 in a row from 1981–97.[25] Along with winning the Class A Section 5 championship 10 times, the cross country team also had a state champion, Pat Dupont, in 2007.[26]

Student organizations/clubsEdit

FHS FIRST Robotics teamEdit

 
FHS FRC 578

Fairport High School's FIRST Robotics team has been a participant in the FIRST Robotics Competition program for 18 years. When the team was founded in 1997 they were sponsored by Eastman Kodak and was known as Team 36 Kod-Red and, was the first suburban FIRST team in the Rochester, NY region. In 1999 Kodak discontinued its sponsorship and the Gleason Works became the sponsor for the team known as Team 578 Blue Lightning. The team is no longer sponsored by the Gleason Works, but Xerox Corporation has agreed to become the team's new major sponsor. They are supported mainly by the Fairport High School. During the 2010–2011 school year, the team changed its name to Red Raider Robotics (R^3) so it would be more closely linked with the school. In 2000 they became the FIRST Philadelphia Regional Winners and the year after they became the FIRST Nasa VCU Regional Winners. In 2004 the team became the FRC Pittsburgh Finalist.[27]

Notable alumni/facultyEdit

 
Philip Seymour Hoffman

PrincipalsEdit

 
Former FHS Principal David Paddock (left) shakes hands with Former New York Governor Spitzer
Principals
Name Tenure
John R. Gordon August 1873[29] – 1883
Augustus S. Downing July 1883[30] – 1886
Floyd J. Bartlett September 1886 – 1891
William D. Manro 1891 – 1893
Elmer G. Frail[31] July 1893 – 1896
Arthur C. Simmons December 1896[32] – June 1901
Thomas C. Wilbur[33] August 1901 – June 1903[34]
Arthur Cain Nute[35] July 1903 – June 1906
Ira M. Gast July 1906[36] – April 1908[37]
Albert H. Watkins[38] April 1908 – 1908
Frederick A. Woodward[39] September 1908 – June 1912
George A. Burton[40] July 1912 – 1915
John Lee Hopkins[41] January 1916 – September 1917
Albert T. Bouck[42] October 1917 – 1920
H. Claude Hardy[43] August 1920 – December 1920[44]
Minerva L. DeLand January 1921 – June 1935
Andrew C. Lynch July 1935 – 1948
Nelson R. Burton 1948 – August 1954
Leon Warner[45] August 1954 – January 1955 (interim)
Charles E. Witty January 1955 – August 1970
Lyman C. Cook[46] September 1970 – 1991[47]
Robert L. Reiter[48] 1991 – 1995
David M. Paddock[49] 1995[50] – 2008
Pamula F. Ciranni[51] 2008 – 2009 (interim)
Christopher Salinas[51] July 2009 – May 2012
Gerald E. Bucklin[52] May 2012 – August 2012 (interim)
Joseph D. Fantigrossi[53] September 2012 – October 2014
Robert Clark[54] October 2014 – December 2014 (interim)
December 2014 – present

Major school eventsEdit

Brotherhood/sisterhood weekEdit

Every spring, Fairport students celebrate Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week. The week is focused around Civility, Awareness, Respect, and Embrace (CARE). The event is most prominent at FHS, where a different activity takes place each day of the week. Monday is Family Talk Day, during which a student and an adult are selected to speak to the students. Tuesday consists of a presentation during which student voices writings are read. The writings anonymously tell students' feelings about CARE. On Wednesday, a community member is asked to speak. On Wednesday of the 2007 celebration, Rachel's Challenge visited the school. The program encouraged students to improve the atmosphere of their school. The program impacted the students in a large way, partly because they had lost a beloved member of the student body the night before. Wednesday is also the annual Junior-4th Grade walk. The district's 4th and 11th graders walk the village streets together to build relationships with each other. Thursday's program is known as Unplugged, and is a non-stop musical performance available to students with free periods or lunch. Friday concludes the eventful week with Outreach Day. On this day, the entire school is bused to the three elementary schools. Students meet with their new little brothers and sisters for an hour. They play games and teach them about CARE. A song written about this week by former students Sean Lyness, John Cieply, Pat Dupont, and David Lachance is played yearly.

GraduationEdit

 
Fairport High School Students Sing the Graduation Song at the 2007 Fairport HS Graduation

Fairport High School holds its high school graduation at the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester, NY. The class of 2009 is to be the largest class.

2013 520
Class Year Class Size Graduation Rate Graduation Speaker College Bound
2015 unknown unknown Mr. John Baynes unknown
2014 551 unknown Mr. Mike DeMay unknown
2011 558 unknown Mr. Dylan Gillett unknown
2012 unknown unknown Mr. John B. Davis unknown
2009 612 99%[55] Mr. Mark Northrup 90%
2008 606[55] 99%[55] Mrs. Heather Jones 87%
2007 564[55] 99%[55] Mr. Michael Mallaber[56] 88%[55]
2006 535[57] Unknown Mr. John Baynes Unknown
2005 488[57] Unknown Mrs. Kim Gillett Unknown
2004 515[57] Unknown Dylan Gillett Unknown

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ For example, The History of Macedon Academy lists dozens of alumni from Fairport and Perinton.
  2. ^ As a union school, it continued to educate students in grades 1–8 after the high school course was introduced.

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