Spackenkill High School

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Spackenkill High School
Spack symbol.jpg
Address
112 Spackenkill Road
Poughkeepsie, NY, (Dutchess County), 12603
United states
Coordinates41°39′32″N 73°54′45″W / 41.6589°N 73.9125°W / 41.6589; -73.9125
Information
TypePublic, High School
Established1973
SuperintendentDr. Lois Powell
PrincipalMr. Steven Malkischer[1]
Vice principalMs. Lauren DuBeau [2]
Grades912
Enrollment731 [3] (2011- 2012)
Grade 12143
Color(s)Green     , White      and Black     
MascotThe Spackenkill Spartan
Team nameSpartans
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Website
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Spackenkill High School
Spack symbol.jpg
Address
112 Spackenkill Road
Poughkeepsie, NY, (Dutchess County), 12603
United states
Coordinates41°39′32″N 73°54′45″W / 41.6589°N 73.9125°W / 41.6589; -73.9125
Information
TypePublic, High School
Established1973
SuperintendentDr. Lois Powell
PrincipalMr. Steven Malkischer[1]
Vice principalMs. Lauren DuBeau [2]
Grades912
Enrollment731 [3] (2011- 2012)
Grade 12143
Color(s)Green     , White      and Black     
MascotThe Spackenkill Spartan
Team nameSpartans
NewspaperContrast
YearbookKaleidoscope
Website
http://www.newyorkschools.com/school-photo/131602020005_1.jpg

Spackenkill High School is a high school in Poughkeepsie, New York.

History[edit]

Spackenkill Union Free School District was chartered by the New York State Legislature in 1865 and is one of the few remaining union free school districts within the state. The name Spackenkill stems from Spack's Creek. Spackenkill is a Dutch interpretation of the Indian words for "speaking waters." Spackenkill High School was established in 1973, after a referendum was passed, since residents of the area disliked the idea of their children transferring to Poughkeepsie High School after graduating from Orville A. Todd Middle School. Though the proposition was questioned, the majority of the residents passed it to purchase land for a high school, a necessity for the fast-growing Spackenkill School District.[4] Construction began in 1970, and ended in 1973. The first class graduated in 1974. Since then, it has been among the premiere free, public institutions in upstate New York gaining national acclaim in 2010. On average, its graduating class sends 15-20 seniors to Ivy League universities and other top tier schools in the nation. Similarly, its soccer teams and baseball team are among the most competitive in the state.[5] Spackenkill's recent construction includes the adding of a new elevator, science classrooms, conference rooms, and a black box theatre. The high school is also adding additional wings, windows, art rooms, weight rooms and renovations to the library.[6] The school's Odyssey of the Mind team has had a long history of successes including 2 world championships.

School profile[edit]

Spackenkill is a four-year public school, having open enrollment and offering a strong college preparation program. Vocational programs are offered through Dutchess County BOCES. If a student wishes, he or she is able to participate in a bridging program compatible with Dutchess County Community College, and other colleges in the area. Additional courses are applicable to students who wish to achieve a higher level of education through Poughkeepsie High School, over the period of summer vacation for all students who reside in the Spackenkill District. Spackenkill's overall test average compared to other schools in New York from 0 (worst) to 100 (best) is 96 (+1.0 z-score)[citation needed] Thirteen Advanced Placement Courses are offered throughout the year. The school population is 731 with over 70 faculty members.[7] Spackenkill High School was named in Newsweek's list of the Best High Schools in America from 2008-2012.[8]

Community[edit]

Spackenkill High School is located in the middle to upper class suburb of Poughkeepsie, New York. The district is composed almost entirely of single-family dwellings. A large proportion of the district’s residents are well educated with a strong commitment to students and their education. One of the largest IBM Corporation facilities in the country is located within the district. Vassar College, Marist College and Dutchess Community College (DCC) are located within 10 miles of the high school.[9]

Athletics[edit]

Spackenkill High School's teams are known as the Spartans. They play in Section IX of the NYSPHSAA, and are a Class B school in most sports as of 2010.[citation needed]

In 2005, the Spackenkill Baseball team won their first state title.[citation needed]

In 2007, the Spackenkill Varsity soccer team won their first state title,[10] after first reaching the finals in 2005.

The Spartan Golf team has won their division almost every year since 2000.[citation needed]

In 2011, the Spartan Football team won their league, but fell to Marlboro High School in the Section IX Final.

In 2011, the Spartan Boys Soccer team went undefeated in the regular season with a 14-0-1 record.

In 2011, the Lady Spartans Soccer Team won their first Section IX title.

In 2011, the Spartans Baseball Team defeated Burke Catholic High School to claim the Section IX title.

In 2011, the Girls Varsity 8 Boat won League Championships.

In 2011, the Girls Varsity 8 Boat and the Boys Lightweight 4 Boat of Spackenkill's crew team went to Nationals in Camden, NJ.

In 2012, the Lady Spartan Volleyball Team became Division Champions.

In 2012, the Men's Golf Team went 12-0, and won MHALS.

In 2012, the Lady Spartans Soccer team won the Section IX title a second year in a row.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.spackenkillschools.org/node/5533
  2. ^ http://www.spackenkillschools.org/node/6645
  3. ^ {{cite web url=http://www.spackenkillschools.org/sites/default/files/spackenkill/SCHOOL%20PROFILE%202010-11_0.pdf%7Ctitle=School Profile}}
  4. ^ "The politics of school districting: a case study in upstate New York.". 
  5. ^ "History and Demographics". Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  6. ^ "High School Project". Retrieved 2 Oct 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.spackenkillschools.org/sites/default/files/spackenkill/SCHOOL%20PROFILE%202010-11_0.pdf
  8. ^ "America's Best High Schools". Retrieved 2 Oct 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.spackenkillschools.org/sites/default/files/spackenkill/SCHOOL%20PROFILE%202010-11_0.pdf
  10. ^ "Champs - Boys' Soccer". Varsity845.com. Retrieved 17 April 2011.