Spackenkill High School

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Spackenkill High School
112 Spackenkill Road
Poughkeepsie, (Dutchess County), NY 12603
United states
Coordinates 41°39′32″N 73°54′45″W / 41.6589°N 73.9125°W / 41.6589; -73.9125
Type Public, High School
Established 1973
Superintendent Dr. Mark Villanti[1]
Principal Mr. Steven Malkischer[2]
Grades 912
Enrollment 731 [3] (2011- 2012)
 • Grade 12 143
Color(s) Green     , White      and Black     
Mascot The Spackenkill Spartan
Team name Spartans
Newspaper Spack News[4]

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


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.[5] 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, Spackenkill's baseball and soccer teams are among the most competitive in the state.[6] 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. 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]


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]


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.

In 2005, the Spackenkill varsity baseball team won the school's first athletic state championship.[10]

In 2007, the Spackenkill varsity soccer team won the school's second athletic state title.[11]

In 2014, the Girls varsity softball team won its first divisional championship with a 6-0 divisional record.[12]

In 2005, 2014, 2016, and 2017, the Girls varsity volleyball team won their section IX title. In 2013, 2016, and 2017, they were league champions. And in 2014, the girls were state finalists.