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 Two K-Factor shows were held on Saturday for the first time. (Darin Reed and Rachel Learned photo.)
May 23, 2023

K-Factor Memories Will Always Be Remembered

Those who performed in this spring’s K-Factor talent show at Huntington High School will always remember the experience along with the crowd filling the auditorium.

 Grandfriends club members looked beautiful for the senior prom at Sunrise Senior Living.
May 16, 2023

Grandfriends’ Senior Prom for Senior Citizens a Hit

It’s been a typically busy year for Huntington High School Grandfriends club members, with regular bake sales to raise monies to fund the organization’s activities, especially its annual culminating event; the “senior prom” for senior citizens residing at Sunrise Senior Living in South Huntington.

 The Key Club's K-Factor is set for shows on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m (2)
May 10, 2023

K-Factor Shows Set for Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

The Key Club’s K-Factor is ready to thrill crowds gathering in the Huntington High School auditorium with shows on Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

 Huntington High School's Color Run on Sunday, June 18 is inching closer.
May 9, 2023

Habitat for Humanity’s Color Run Inches Closer

It’s going to be one of the most fun events of the year, so no one should miss it. Best of all, it’s for a great cause. Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter will hold the high school’s first ever “color run” on Sunday, June 18. Proceeds will support the building of the first ever Long Island Habitat for Humanity home funded by a school district club chapter.

 Huntington's Habitat for Humanity chapter is planning to host a color run
May 2, 2023

Habitat for Humanity Plans Color Run on Sunday, June 18

Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is developing plans to hold its first ever “color run” fundraiser on Sunday, June 18. Monies raised will help support the building of the first ever Long Island Habitat for Humanity home funded by a school district club chapter.

 The Huntington High School student government is conducting its annual Stuff the Bus food drive campaign (1)
April 28, 2023

Help Huntington Students Stuff the Bus

Community service is an important component of the lives of Huntington High School and a concern for the homeless and hungry and for families who just don’t have enough food to eat is always present. So Saturday’s food collection outside of King Kullen in Halesite on Saturday is vital.

 Huntington High School sophomore John Joyce IV.
April 24, 2023

Sophomore John Joyce Enjoys a Variety of Classes

John Joyce is enjoying his experience at Huntington High School where the sophomore has dived into his classes along with clubs and sports. He works well with a diverse group of teachers and is surrounded by a wonderful set of friends.

 Get ready for a groovy experience at Huntington's dance a thon
April 18, 2023

HHS Can’t Wait to Dance the Night Away

Get ready to jive at what’s believed to be Huntington High School’s first ever dance-a-thon. The big event is set for Thursday from 5-9 p.m. in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium. Since students and faculty have the next day off from school for Eid al-Fitr, the night will be full of fun-filled festivities without the stress of a school night.

 Dance a thon
April 14, 2023

Dance-a-Thon Expected to Draw Crowd

It just might be a throwback to a bygone era, but that’s what is going to make the Huntington High School dance-a-thon next Thursday (April 20) from 5-9 p.m. in the gym so much fun. A large crowd is expected to attend.

 Europe Vacation
April 14, 2023

H-ton Students Enjoy Vacation Travel to Europe

The recent spring break provided 42 Huntington High School students with an irresistible opportunity to travel to Europe and spend time exploring Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.

 The Key Club's K-Factor Talent Show is set for Saturday, May 16 at Huntington High School
March 17, 2023

K-Factor Talent Show Auditions Set for April 12-13

The Key Club’s K-Factor Talent Show is set to rock the Huntington High School auditorium again this spring with shows on Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

 Cristel Hernandez and Kimberly Panameno lead the high school's New World Club
March 16, 2023

Dynamic Duo Leads Huntington New World Club

New World Club co-Presidents Kimberly Panameno and Cristel Hernandez are a real life dynamic duo. The group mentors English as a new language students and helps them adjust to life in a new country and new school.

 Huntington freshman Shelby Gillenwater
March 16, 2023

Shelby Gillenwater Enjoys Good Relationships with Teachers

Shelby “Dash” Gillenwater coasted past the midway mark of his freshman year at Huntington High School. He’s fully engaged with teachers and classes, coaches and sports. The teenager has been studying in Huntington UFSD since kindergarten at Washington Primary School.

 The Huntington Habitat club members worked hard to construct various sections of a house
March 14, 2023

Trip to New Orleans Reinvigorates Habitat Volunteers

A recent trip to New Orleans, which has never completely recovered from the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, reinvigorated a group of Huntington High School Habitat for Humanity chapter members, who gave up their mid-winter vacation to volunteer and help construct a home for a family in desperate need of housing.

 Huntington High School junior Cristel Hernandez
March 10, 2023

Cristel Hernandez Excels with a Smile on Her Face

Cristel Hernandez is a sweet young woman who loves her family and friends and excels in her classes and extracurricular activities. The Huntington High School junior is interested in pursuing a teaching career and considering her magnetic personality it’s a sure bet that she will be popular with the students in her classes.

 Huntington High School junior Jennifer Vallejo.
March 9, 2023

Jennifer Vallejo Enjoys Exceptional Huntington Experience

Jennifer Vallejo’s considerable drive and determination shouldn’t be underestimated. The Huntington High School junior works very hard and earned an academic grade average exceeding 97 in the most recent marking period. She hopes her efforts will pay off and result in a career as a pediatrician, physician assistant or dermatologist.

 Huntington junior Kimberly Panameno is a wonderful young woman
March 7, 2023

Kimberly Panameno Plans for Career as Spanish Teacher

Kimberly Panameno has an upbeat and engaging personality. The kind that draws people in and wins them over. The Huntington High School junior is a wonderful young woman, full of vim and vigor. She is planning for a career as a Spanish teacher and one can imagine students flockig to her classes.

 Senior Laurel Bonn (left) is Huntington's 2023 valedictorian and  Haileigh Smith (right) is Huntington's  salutatorian.
March 3, 2023

Christopher Grover is one of Huntington’s Good Guys

Christopher Grover is one of Huntington High School’s good guys. The junior is a well-liked young man and a hardnosed competitor who plays to win at everything he does while still managing to genuinely care about others.

 Senior Laurel Bonn (left) is Huntington's 2023 valedictorian and  Haileigh Smith (right) is Huntington's  salutatorian.
March 2, 2023

Alexa Mazure Carves Path as Huntington Freshman

In her first six months at Huntington High School, Alexa Mazure has carved out a wonderful path for herself. The freshman has an A average in her classes and she’s impressed everyone with her talents as a musician. The teenager has already connected with several teachers who are making a positive difference in her life.

 Senior Laurel Bonn (left) is Huntington's 2023 valedictorian and  Haileigh Smith (right) is Huntington's  salutatorian.
March 1, 2023

Charlotte Gordon Sails Through Huntington High School

Charlotte Gordon is sailing through Huntington High School where the junior is one of the leading members of the Class of 2024. The popular and articulate young woman is senior editor of the school newspaper, vice president of the Key Club, concertmistress of the chamber orchestra and a very high achiever academically.

Important Information

About Huntington High School

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Huntington Pride

The staff members at Huntington High School pride themselves in providing a challenging academic environment as well as opportunities for leadership, citizenship and service. The instructional programs address all levels of performance. The school offers a large selection of Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines.

Rich Curriculum

The foreign language program in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish offers advanced, honors and AP level courses with an option to acquire college credits. The academic support services provided at the high school are specific and focused. Numerous extra help programs are offered by teachers both before and after school. Walk in tutoring is available in all major subjects during all lunch periods.

Special Education programs range from teacher consultant models to life skills. The high school offers both ENL and bilingual classes (math and science) to ELL students. In addition, there is an after school alternative program provided to support those students who need to make-up credits.  

Extras and Special Interests

Arts, music and physical education programs are among the best and most competitive in the country. Students choose from an extensive and creative list of electives and are afforded the opportunity to join over 40 student activities. Career exploration is provided through a well-delineated internship program that allows all 11th and 12th grade students to pursue special interests. Active student groups focus on community services that teach compassion, empathy, and social responsibility.


The honor societies combine academic excellence with the responsibility to share talents and skills with other students throughout the district who need support in specific content areas. Drama productions provide a showcase for the magnificent talent of gifted students, exceptional staff and a stage crew that is organized, creative and efficient. The school newspaper, The Dispatch, shares provocative and insightful ideas.

Huntington 2022 seniors
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Onwards and Upwards

The guidance department and the college counseling center provide students and their families with information intended to aid them in making the best possible course choices. Each year Huntington seniors are accepted by the most competitive colleges and universities in the country including Yale, Cornell, Harvard, the U.S. Naval Academy, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Fordham, Columbia, Lehigh, Tufts, Vanderbilt and many others. Huntington prides itself in assisting students to gain acceptance to the college that can best meet their needs and interests.

Tradition of Excellence

Through the monthly Pride Award program, teachers nominate and recognize a large number of students who are working diligently to improve their academic performance. It is through the efforts of dedicated teachers, staff members and devoted parents that the school is able to provide a challenging and supportive environment for all students.

Huntington High School’s tradition of excellence and social responsibility will continue to provide the foundation from which the community’s youth will draw strength and inspiration.

Huntington High School Leadership

Brendan Cusack

Brenden Cusack


Brenden Cusack has been Huntington High School’s principal since July 1, 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education at SUNY New Paltz in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in adolescent education/English 7-12 at CUNY Queens College in 2002. He obtained a professional diploma in school administration and supervision at CUNY-Queens College in 2005.

Prior to being named principal, Mr. Cusack served as Huntington High School’s assistant principal for three years. He earlier worked as assistant principal at Hicksville High School for three years. Prior to that position, he was an administrative dean at Walt Whitman High School for four years.

A Freeport High School English teacher for eight years, Mr. Cusack taught Advanced Placement literature and theatre arts, served as a class advisor for four years, chaired the Middle States Committee on Educational Programs and produced school plays. He has also been employed as an assistant principal of the Freeport School District’s summer school program and assistant principal and principal of the Western Suffolk BOCES regional summer school.

Since coming to Huntington in 2012, Mr. Cusack has embraced the high school’s academic, co-curricular and athletic programs and worked tirelessly to improve the student experience. He can often be found during after school and evening hours attending games, plays, concerts and induction ceremonies and meeting with students and parents.

The veteran educator maintains memberships in the Huntington PTSA, Huntington SEPTA, Suffolk County High School Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum, National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Council of Administrators and Supervisors.

Mr. Cusack participated in school leadership training at Harvard College in 2015. He is entering his 27th year in education.

Gamal Smith

Gamal Smith

Assistant Principal

Gamal Smith has been an assistant principal at Huntington High School since July 2015. Mr. Smith obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and pre-med studies at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where he also played on the varsity basketball team for four years. He earned a Master of Science degree at Mercy College in the Bronx and studied for his state administrative certification at Touro College in Manhattan.

Prior to joining Huntington’s administrative ranks, Mr. Smith worked as a teacher and lab instructor at Richmond Hill High School and John Adams High School, where he also served as dean of students. He was assistant principal at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, dean of students/discipline at Brooklyn Lab School, assistant principal and science department chairman at Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School in the Bronx, assistant principal at PS 212 in the Bronx and dean of students and a science teacher at PS 254 in the Bronx. He was also principal of Nassau BOCES PATH (Positive Alternative Twilight High School) for a year.

Mr. Smith has worked for several years as the assistant principal and principal of the Western Suffolk BOCES summer school program.

Over the years Mr. Smith has helped spearhead many initiatives at schools where he has worked, including Saturday, after school, extended day and early college awareness programs and science fairs and expos.

Jully Williams

Jully Williams

Assistant Principal

Jully Williams has been an assistant principal at Huntington High School since September 2021. She obtained an Associate of Arts degree at Suffolk Community College in Selden. She earned bachelor and master degrees at Adelphi University in 2006 and 2009, respectively. She holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University.

At the time of her appointment, Ms. Williams had been working as an English as a new language teacher in North Babylon, where she had been on the faculty since August 2011. She has also worked at SCOPE and at Suffolk Community College as an adjunct professor.

Ms. Williams completed administrative internships at North Babylon and Central Islip while studying at Stony Brook for her state certification. She worked as a dean in the Western Suffolk BOCES summer program at North Babylon in 2021.

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High School Videos

Blue Devil Broadcast

Season 1,  Episode 1 - HHS morning broadcast team delivers news from the high school.

HHS Homecoming 2022

A slideshow video commemorating this year's Homecoming Day celebration. Credits: Darin Reed

HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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October 21, 2022

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