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RHHSRiverhead High School


700 Harrison Ave
Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone: 631.369.6727/23

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Principal: Sean O'Hara

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Assistant Principal: Kellyann Parlato
Assistant Principal: Nicole Taylor
Directory of Security: Terry Culhane  

RHS is a comprehensive four-year High School with approximately 1,800 students in grades 9-12. The HS has a teaching and professional staff of about 155 and a very diverse student body.


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Students inducted into National Honor Society

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Riverhead High School inducted 126 juniors into the National Honor Society during a candlelighting ceremony on Dec. 5.

Each student was presented with a certificate and pledged to uphold the purpose and principles of the society, including scholarship, leadership, service and character.

In addition, the new NHS officers for the 2020-21 school year were named. They include President Madison Stromski, Vice President Brianna Maricahal, Tresurer William Lopez and Secretary Justin Meilunas.



Throwing Clay Inspires Riverhead HS Student

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When Riverhead High School senior Perrin Toole enrolled in one of her school’s ceramics classes during her junior year, she never thought it would inspire her to pursue a career in art. 

Ceramics was not something Toole thought would be of interest to her, but her art teacher urged her to take the class. She was glad she did — she fell in love with the craft right away. Toole now takes not only the school’s new Advanced Ceramics course, but also a ceramics class outside of school. She has made a variety of pieces, including a vase and countless bowls, and recently designed a 3D Christmas tree. 

“It’s just so relaxing and satisfying,” she said. “I love how when you throw it, it all stays in one place.”

Toole plans to expand upon her artistic ability in other media. This semester, she is enrolled in filming and computer graphics classes at her school. She believes a well-rounded course load will help advance her goal of becoming an art teacher one day. 


Student-Musicians Perform With Renowned Conductors

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Seven Riverhead High School students were among approximately 900 student-musicians who performed in the All-State Festival at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester on Dec. 7-8. They performed in five out of the eight distinguished ensembles, which were led by world-renowned conductors. 

The students were selected based on their performances at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival last spring. Their tireless efforts in practice and rehearsal culminated in outstanding performances at the annual statewide event. 

“I had the pleasure of watching each of these students become better musicians during their time working with fantastic conductors,” said Riverhead High School choral director Dena Marie Tishim. “They are certain to remember this weekend for a long time to come.” 

The Riverhead Central School District congratulates each of the following students on their exceptional musical accomplishments: 

Laura Allen and William Green played bass clarinet and percussion, respectively, in the All-State Symphonic Band under the direction of Purdue University professor Jay S. Gephart, a well-known, award-winning band conductor and clinician.

Nathaniel Bollermann performed with the All-State String Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Mick from Ithaca College, an adjunct professor, researcher, author and advocate for music education.

Lauren Enos was chosen for Clarinet I in the All-State Symphonic Orchestra, guided under the baton of University of Illinois professor Donald Schleicher, who frequently serves as a guest conductor on the international stage, as well.

Sarah Jordan is a two-time All-State participant who performed with the Treble Choir under the direction of Dr. Lori Hetzel. Dr Hetzel is the director of choral activities at the University of Kentucky and serves as the artistic director of the Lexington Singers Children's Choir.  
Ethan Lucas and Madison Payne were chosen for the Mixed Choir, where they sang under the direction of University of Michigan’s Dr. Jerry Blackstone, who was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for his recording of the opera “L’Orestie d’Eschyle.”

An Outstanding Performance at Radio City Music Hall

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The Riverhead High School Chamber Choir was honored to perform before a packed audience at the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall on Dec. 3. 

The choir, directed by Dena Marie Tishim, was given this opportunity after the Reverend Mary Cooper of the House of Praise in Riverhead secured them a spot in the show and offered to pay a portion of their performance fee. 

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students to perform in the historic venue where the Tony Awards are held annually,” said Tishim. 

Prior to the performance, the students enjoyed each other’s company while dining at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, whose wait staff consists of Broadway and off-Broadway star hopefuls. They also watched as Riverhead’s own All-State percussionist William Green performed on tambourine alongside the waiters and waitresses. 

The group also performed in Choral Day at LIU Post on Nov. 22, where they sang for college professors and received valuable feedback. In addition, they mingled with students from other schools, including Huntington, Northport and Jericho high schools, and sang alongside them in a grand finale. 

Upcoming performances by the Riverhead High School Chamber Choir will be held Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., at the Jamesport Meeting House Carols and Cookies event, and Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church’s A Gift to the Community event. 

Campus Connections

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Riverhead High School seniors learned more about campus and college life from a panel of 2018 Riverhead High School alumni as part of an annual Campus Connections talk on Nov. 26. During the guidance department-sponsored event, the college freshmen shared their campus experiences, including those related to classes and dorms, and answered questions from the seniors. Colleges represented included Quinnipiac University, Stony Brook University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fashion Institute of Technology, CUNY Queens College, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Binghamton and St. John's University.