Award Year: 2017

Herricks High School

100 Shelter Rock Road
New Hyde Park, NY, 11040-1356

(516) 305-8726

Dr. James A. Ruck, Principal at time of Nomination

Herricks Union Free School District

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Herricks is a community of learners, promotes intellectual curiosity and creative expression, values diversity, and measures success by one's personal development and contributions to society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 35%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 57%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 11%
Herricks High School Graduation 2017

Herricks High School Graduation 2017

Diverse and dedicated, competitive and compassionate, Herricks students are prepared to become citizens of the world. Our school district is comprised of segments of many communities, which has helped make us unique as we have formed our identity from within.

Herricks students shine as high performing scholars, artists, musicians and athletes. Every year, students are recognized with local, state and national awards in a variety of academic subjects. They continue to earn accolades from the National Merit Scholarship Program as scholarship winners, finalists, semifinalists and/or commended students. They flourish in STEAM-related areas, taking highly sought-after titles such as Regeneron Scholars and Siemens Competition finalists and semifinalists, and have received numerous other distinctions for their innovative ideas. Our English Scholars Program helps our writers strive creatively in language arts and prepares them for the challenges of college and beyond. We are a NAMM-designated Best Community for Music Education, and our students are selected to national and state wide musical showcases and festivals annually. Our athletes are committed to their sports and we have celebrated recent champion teams.

Overall, Herricks High School is committed to a student-centered environment that encourages students and teachers to be active participants in the world, working together to find solutions to relevant issues.

What ultimately makes Herricks so special is the strong sense of connection within the schools and community that is demonstrated by tolerance, acceptance and kindness. Our diversity, and emphasis on social emotional learning, provides an atmosphere where students constantly learn and grow from one another.