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Syosset High School
SHS Logo.svg
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United States
TypePublic secondary school
Motto"A great place to live, an outstanding place to learn"
Established1956; 63 years ago (1956)
School districtSyosset Central School District
PrincipalDr. Giovanni Durante
Teaching staff205.36 (FTEs) (2016–17)[1]
Enrollment2,099 (2016–17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio10.22:1 (2016–17)[1]
Campus typeSuburban: Large[1]
Color(s)     Red
MascotSyosset Braves SyoBraveHead.jpg
Last updated: May 11, 2019; 3 months ago (2019-05-11)

Syosset High School (SHS), located in Syosset, New York, United States, in Nassau County on Long Island, is the only public high school for residents of the Syosset Central School District. As of 2012, the news magazine Newsweek ranked the high school 42nd best in the US. Syosset High School has been ranked #10 in New York by as of 2016.[2]

As of the 2016-17 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,099 students and 205.36 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.22:1. There were 135 students (6.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 11 (0.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]



The school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1992–1993.[3] The school district as a whole was 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. Syosset was also named a Grammy Signature school[4] for its music programs in orchestra, band, and chorus. In 2010 it was rated 14th in the country for music education by the National Association for Music Education.[5] Syosset High School ranked 143rd of 1600+ schools listed in Newsweek's 2010 Best High Schools list.

Eleanor Roosevelt was among the first notable people to make a personal appearance in the auditorium.[citation needed]

In April 2007, the school's Quiz Bowl team won an online national championship.[6]

Castle ProgramEdit

The Castle Program is designed for students (non-special education) who need a different environment in order to succeed. These students typically have a history of poor class and school attendance. They meet in a separate setting with small class sizes and a close-knit team of teachers who focus on "realistic expectations." Participation in this program is voluntary.[7]


WKWZ, 88.5 FM, is a broadcasting station owned and operated by the Syosset Central School District that operates from 2:30–11:00 pm Monday through Friday. It is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 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, David 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 Managers, Music Director, Sports Director, Traffic Director, Program Director, Community News Director, and Organizational Supervisors.


  • The football team won the 1974 New York State Championship[8] and the Long Island Championship in 2014.[9]
  • The girls' soccer team won the Nassau County Championships in 2018.
  • The boys' swim team won the Nassau County Championships in 2003.[citation needed]
  • The tennis team won the Nassau County Championships in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. They won the Long Island Championship in 2017 and 2018. They had 3 consecutive undefeated regular seasons from 2015-2017. The Syosset Boys Varsity tennis team has consistently been the top, and most competitive, high school tennis team in Long Island since 2015.[citation needed]
  • The boys' lacrosse team won the Long Island Championship in 2008 and 2015.[citation needed]
  • The girls' lacrosse team won the Nassau County Championships in 2015.[citation needed]
  • The boys' cross country team won ten back-to-back Nassau County titles from 1996 to 2006. The cross country and track and field teams have won eleven back-to-back county titles from 2012 to 2016. On February 5, 2005, athletes Chris Howell, Adam Lampert, Dan Tully and Sean Tully set the national indoor record in the 4 × 800 metres relay in a time of 7:42.22. The same team won national championships at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships and Nike Outdoor Nationals and won the 4 × 800 metres relay at the prestigious Penn Relays on April 29, 2005.[10][11]
  • The boys' soccer team won the Nassau County Championship in 2012.[citation needed]
  • The boys ice hockey team won the Nassau County Championship in 2015.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ America's Top High Schools 2015
  3. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002, United States Department of Education. Accessed January 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "GRAMMY® Foundation Announces 2004 Signature Schools". Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "About the Syosset CSD". Archived from the original on October 10, 2001. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Online academic competition – exciting quiz bowl concept since the National Academic Championship was established in 1983". March 30, 1981. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Castle Program at Syosset High School".
  8. ^ "Long Island High School Sports News – Newsday – Scores & Recaps". Newsday. February 28, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Syosset beat Lindenhurst, 35-13, for Class I title". Newsday. November 28, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
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  13. ^ Livnat, Arie (December 16, 2010). "No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Sue Bird headed to Ramle". Haaretz. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  14. ^ Raimondi, Marc (April 5, 2010). "Christ the King's WNBA Royalty". New York Post. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "Broadway World - #1 for Broadway Shows, Theatre, Entertainment, Tickets & More!". Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
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  17. ^ "Podcaster Jon Lovett aims to deliver a tonic for our troubled times". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  18. ^ "LIVES WELL LIVED: JOHN C. RUSSELL; He Who Dances". New York Times. January 1, 1995. Retrieved January 24, 2011.

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