New Rochelle High School

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New Rochelle High School
New Rochelle HS Seal.jpg
New Rochelle High School Seal
Summa Optimaque Æmulari (Latin)
New Rochelle, New York
TypePublic Senior High School [1]
School districtCity School District of New Rochelle
PrincipalReginald Richardson
Number of students3,364 [2]
Color(s)Purple, White & Black               
AthleticsThe Huguenots
Athletics conferenceSection 1 (NYSPHSAA)
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New Rochelle High School
New Rochelle HS Seal.jpg
New Rochelle High School Seal
Summa Optimaque Æmulari (Latin)
New Rochelle, New York
TypePublic Senior High School [1]
School districtCity School District of New Rochelle
PrincipalReginald Richardson
Number of students3,364 [2]
Color(s)Purple, White & Black               
AthleticsThe Huguenots
Athletics conferenceSection 1 (NYSPHSAA)

New Rochelle High School (NRHS) is a public high school, comprising grades 9 through 12, in New Rochelle, New York, operated by the City School District of New Rochelle. NRHS serves over 3,300 students; offering more than 240 courses, including honors, research and advanced placement courses.

NRHS students are known for ranking highly in SAT test scores for Westchester County.[3] 96% of graduates attend college or other institutions of higher learning. NRHS students earn accolades in competitive national programs including the National Merit Scholarship programs and the Intel Science Talent Search.

New Rochelle has been ranked in the top 2% of high schools in the nation by Newsweek since 2000—it is also one of the most diverse high schools in the country; its student body represents 60 countries from around the world.[4] NRHS is a two-time Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[5] NRHS is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools.[6]


front of NRHS
The Mahlstedt House

The school buildings are situated at the rear of a plot of land, fronted by two lakes, and 'Huguenot Park'. The forty-three acres of land that comprise the park, including what is now “Twin Lakes”, were acquired by the City in 1923 as the site for the community’s new high school and a park. At the time, the twin lakes were one large lake which had been used for an ice manufacturing business by the Mahlstedt family. At the southeast corner of the property is the Mahlstedt house where three generations of the family lived while operating their ice business at the lake. When the City purchased the land in 1923, the house became the Huguenot Branch of the New Rochelle Public Library.

A white marble World War II Marines Memorial is located near the causeway leading to the High School from North Avenue. The monument was dedicated on June 3, 1949 to the 15 New Rochelle Marines who died while fighting in the war.

The high school is designed in the French-Gothic style by the noted architectural firm of Guilbert and Betelle. It includes a working clock tower, indoor swimming facilities, eight tennis courts, two football fields, one combined soccer and baseball field, an outdoor track, a television station and a planetarium. The planetarium can hold 84 viewers and uses a 'Spitz Scidome', 360 degree fulldome video projector with ATM-4 automation and a 5.1 surround sound audio system.

On May 17, 1968, school buildings dating from the 1920s and 1930s were destroyed by arson.[7] A 16-year old high school student with a history of setting fires to attract attention was arrested for the arson. Additions made to school buildings in 1959 and 1960 were not affected. Fire insurance allowed the school to rebuild while displaced students were accommodated at local junior high schools under a time-sharing arrangement.[8]

On August 15, 2008, New Rochelle High School was struck by lightning. The resulting fire badly damaged the building's distinctive spire. The fire occurred just two months after the 40th anniversary of the 1968 arson fire that destroyed much of the school.[9]


To create a more personalized atmosphere, NRHS is organized into eight smaller learning communities of approximately 400-600 students each. The communities are geographically defined and serve as a home base for students and teachers. Ninth and tenth grade students in each community are teamed with core area teachers in English, social studies, mathematics, and science. These teacher-student 'teams' remain intact for ninth and tenth grade in order to provide continuity for students and staff. Eleventh and twelfth grade students remain within their communities even though most course work occurs throughout the campus.[10]


Honor societies[edit]

The Fund for Educational Excellence[edit]

The Fund for Educational Excellence is a private foundation formed to address the dramatic increase in the cost of public education by supporting aspects of the public educational system that fall outside the normal operating budget.[12] The Fund was established in 1998 in a cooperative effort by the Superintendent of Schools, members of the Board of Education and community leaders to preserve the New Rochelle tradition of excellence in education. Most notably, the Fund has sponsored several benefit concerts featuring NRHS students at major performance venues including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center.[13]

The Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC)[edit]

The Museum of Arts and Culture is an on-site museum offering exhibits and programs focused on the fine arts, history, literature and science and technology. The Museum opened in 2006 and is the only Regents-chartered museum in a school in the state of New York.[14]

Co and extra-curricular activities[edit]

The school has a considerable number of clubs including:[15]


Interscholastic sports[edit]

Fall schedule

  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleading
  • Boys & Girls Cross Country
  • Freshman Football
  • Junior Varsity Football
  • Varsity Football
  • Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
  • Boys Varsity Soccer
  • Girls Junior Varsity Soccer
  • Girls Varsity Soccer
  • Girls Swimming
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball
  • Girls Varsity Tennis
  • Girls Junior Varsity Tennis
  • Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee

Winter schedule

Spring schedule

  • Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
  • Boys Varsity Baseball
  • Freshman Baseball
  • Varsity Golf
  • Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse
  • Boys Varsity Lacrosse
  • Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse
  • Junior Varsity Rugby
  • Varsity Rugby
  • Girls Junior Varsity Softball
  • Girls Varsity Softball
  • Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
  • Boys Varsity Tennis
  • Boys Varsity Track
  • Girls Varsity Track
  • Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee

Athletic Accomplishments[edit]

NRHS cheerleaders during the playing days of Ray Rice
NRHS Cheerleaders

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni sorted by graduation date.


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  3. ^ "About the School District". New Rochelle High School Official Website. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-05-24. the SAT scores of students attending New Rochelle High School placed within the top 10 
  4. ^ Newsweek Web Exclusive (2007). "The Top of the Class: The Complete List of the 1,300 Top U.S. High Schools". Newsweek. Retrieved 2008-05-24. [dead link]
  5. ^ "BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM:Schools Recognized 1982–1983 and Through 1999–2002". Blue Ribbon Schools Program - Knowledge Applications Division. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  6. ^ "2007 - New Rochelle High School Receives Accreditation". New Rochelle High School Official Website. Retrieved 2008-05-24. [dead link]
  7. ^ Ralph Blumenthal, FIRE RUINS SCHOOL IN NEW ROCHELLE; Arson Believed the Cause, but No Link to Racial Antagonism Is Seen, New York Times, May 18, 1968, page 1.
  8. ^ New Rochelle Finds Room For Students, "New York Times", May 21, 1968
  9. ^ Storm sparks school fire, floods cars, The Journal News, August 16, 2008.[dead link]
  10. ^ School publications - handbook
  11. ^ The PAVE Program
  12. ^ "The New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence". Retrieved September 2012. 
  13. ^ PAVE-ing the Way for Future Artists, NY Metro Parents, April 4, 2007
  14. ^ MuseumHP
  15. ^ New Rochelle High School Handbook
  16. ^ Questions Unlimited (2008). "Tournament Progress". Questions Unlimited (publisher). Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  17. ^ a b Carley, Jeanne M. (March 18, 1979). "Model Congress to Meet Friday". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  18. ^ New Rochelle Science Olympiad 2007
  19. ^ a b District Awards
  20. ^ City School District of New Rochelle - 2006 Football Section Champions[dead link]
  21. ^ Semple, Kirk (November 21, 2004). "2-4-6-8, Best Football in the State! (Who Knew?)". The New York Times. 
  22. ^ Current Biography Yearbook. New York: H. W. Wilson Company. 1971. p. 24. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Distinguished Alumni". New Rochelle High School Official Website. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  24. ^ Oden. Gloria. “Open letter.” Inertia Magazine. January 2008. Web. 20 October 2011.
  25. ^ Tell Me a Story: The Don Hewitt Saga
  26. ^ 1988–1989 Annual Report Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  27. ^ Goldstein, Richard (February 8, 2006). "Lou Jones, 74, Sprinting Star, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  28. ^ Zurawik, David; Sun, Baltimore. "Long-time PBS Host Louis Rukeyser Dies -". Chicago Tribune. 
  29. ^ "New Rochelle". Daily News (New York). September 7, 2007. 
  30. ^ "Tiger Woods Coach". Retrieved September 2012. 
  31. ^ Music Makers of New Rochelle Biographies
  32. ^ Classmates: Jeralyn Merritt
  33. ^ Music Makers of New Rochelle
  34. ^ "Pro Wrestling Returns To New Rochelle". Retrieved September 2012. 
  35. ^ Cristina Teuscher Is Named Top Woman College Athlete
  36. ^ Meltzer, Marisa. "The Prom Dress Moves Into the Designer Leagues". Fashion & Style. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  37. ^ Eymer, Rick (16 May 2014). "Koehler an unexpected Major Leaguer". 
  38. ^ Carpiniello, Rick (16 June 2013). "Ray Rice ready to take leadership baton from Ray Lewis". USA Today. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  39. ^ "NFL Players Bring March Madness to New Rochelle High School". Retrieved September 2012. 
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