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Harrison Almanac: Harrison High School

Harrison High School has earned a reputation for its top-rated academic programs, quality teachers, successful alumni, and being half of one of the most intense rivalries in high school sports.

The Harrison Huskies and Rye Garnets represent a long and feuding history that is followed by spectators in and out of Westchester County. The annual football game between the two schools attracts hundreds of people.

Harrison High School was ranked 100 out of 27,000 high schools in the country in a 2010 Newsweek ranking of America’s high schools . Students have an opportunity to take Regents and Advanced Placement classes and can enter an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Nearly 1,000 Harrison students are enrolled at Harrison High School, the only high school in the Harrison Central School District. The Harrison Board of Education oversees the school, which has close to 100 faculty members.

Harrison High School opened at 255 Union Avenue in 1974 and was built to alleviate growing class sizes at Harrison Junior High School, which at that time served grades six through 12.

The school is almost evenly divided between the four grades - 9 through 12. Close to 95 percent of the graduating class moves onto higher education.  The average class size is about 20 students giving it a roughly 12 to 1 student-teacher ratio.

The award-winning school newspaper, The Husky Herald, includes contributed content from students and faculty and is one of the many out-of-classroom activities available to students. Other activities include competitive dance, drama, theatre arts, musical theatre, marching band, and visual arts.The Administration includes Principal James Ruck, and Assistant Principals Josh Elder and Lawrence Mastrota.

For more information, the school’s phone number is (914) 630-3095. Alumni of the high school may also frequent the school’s Alumni Web site .

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