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 Host Mike Schwendemann waits for a raffle winner to be pulled.
May 21, 2024

K-Factor 2024 Memories Will Last Forever

Those who performed in last Friday night’s K-Factor talent show at Huntington High School will always remember the experience and so will everyone in the large crowd filling the auditorium. It was a special evening.

 Grandfriends club members love pursuing their mission.
May 13, 2024

Grandfriends’ Senior-Senior Prom Lifts Spirits

Huntington High School’s Grandfriends club threw a party for more than 100 guests at Sunrise Assisted Living, who came together for a fun time at this year’s senior-senior prom.

 K-Factor performers have a tradition of electrifying the audience. (Rachel Learned and Darin Reed photo.)
May 13, 2024

K-Factor Show Set for Friday at 7 p.m.

The Key Club’s K-Factor is ready to thrill crowds gathering in the Huntington High School auditorium on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

 The Huntington High School Varsity Club is ready for the 2024-25 athletic season. (Darin Reed photo.)
May 10, 2024

Blue Devil Varsity Club Reorganizes for 2024-25

The Huntington High School Varsity Club is reorganizing for the 2024/25 school year with a new president and new executive board members.

 Friendly advice column
May 8, 2024

Scan Q&R Code for Heartfelt and Practical Advice

Sizzy Q&A: Friendship and Dating Advice is the hot new column in The Dispatch student newspaper at Huntington High School.

 The Key Club's K-Factor Talent Show is set for Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in teh high school auditorium
April 29, 2024

K-Factor Talent Show Set for Friday, May 17

The Huntington High School Key Club is busy organizing its annual K-Factor Talent Show. The big event is set for Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

 This year's Huntington High School prom will be held at Larkfield in East Northport
April 19, 2024

Tentative Homecoming Date is September 28

Plans are steadily taking shape for the 2024 Homecoming Day celebration. Officials are looking at Saturday, September 28 for the parade, afternoon football game and halftime festivities.

 This year's Huntington High School prom will be held at Larkfield in East Northport
March 20, 2024

Larkfield to Play Host to Huntington’s 2024 Prom

Huntington High School’s 2024 prom theme is Under the Stars and the big event is already shaping up to be great night. The affair is set for Thursday, June 27 at Larkfield in East Northport. Tickets will be on sale soon.

 Huntington Habitat members on a job site in the New Orleans area.
March 4, 2024

Huntington Habitat Volunteers in New Orleans

A delegation of Huntington High School Habitat for Humanity club members traveled to New Orleans during the students’ recent mid-winter vacation, partnering with a local affiliate to help continue rebuilding housing stock destroyed more than 15 years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.

 Friday's 3 vs. 3 coed basketball tournament is dubbed Blue Devil Madness.  (2)
March 4, 2024

Blue Devils to Host 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament

Call it Blue Devil Madness. Next Friday afternoon’s 3 vs. 3 co-ed basketball tournament at Huntington High School’s Louis D. Giani Gymnasium promises to be a fun event.

 The girls track team celebrates its victory over the Blue Devil wrestlers.
February 26, 2024

February Fever Rally Lifts Blue Devil Spirits

Huntington High School’s new Principal’s Advisory Council wanted to create something new; something unique. The group developed an idea for a winter pep rally, but the teenagers envisioned something radically different from the traditional fall one held outside the afternoon prior to Homecoming Day.

 Huntington High School's 2024 spelling bee champion Devon St. John.
February 16, 2024

Devon St. John Repeats as Spelling Bee Champion

Devon St. John is the undisputed spelling bee champion at Huntington High School after the junior successfully defended the title she first won last year and bested an impressive field on Thursday afternoon in the auditorium. The event was organized by the Post Ellipsis chapter of the National English Honor Society.

 Huntington High School has a new investment club.
February 14, 2024

Business Courses Available at Huntington High School

Many Huntington High School students are familiar with the Virtual Enterprise business course, but they are often surprised to learn there are also Business Law, Business Management & Human Relations, Business Management & Human Relations, Career & Financial Management, Personal Law I, Personal II, Sports Marketing and Fashion Marketing courses available.

  Personal growth opportunities are available to Huntington students during the summer months
February 12, 2024

Summer Programs Offer Personal Growth Opportunities

Huntington High School students use their summer vacations for what suits them best. Some like to travel while others pursue a mix of work and fun. Some use the time to engage in internships, visit colleges, relax and spend time with family. Many seek out summer programs on college campuses. Such experiences can help enlighten and clarify educational and career paths

  Huntington's Cupid for the Cure dance is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the high school
February 9, 2024

Cupid for the Cure Dance is Tonight

Tonight’s “Cupid for the Cure Dance” in the Huntington High School cafeteria from 6-9 p.m. promises to be fun for everyone. Organized by the Key Club and English Honor Society every student is invited to attend. Advance sale tickets are priced at $5 with tickets at the door going for $10.

  Patricia Avelli has been appointed assistant principal at Huntington High School.
February 7, 2024

Patricia Avelli Named Huntington Assistant Principal

Patricia Avelli has been appointed to serve as assistant principal at Huntington High School. Huntington School Board members approved the appointment of the longtime math teacher this past Monday night in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium. She had been serving in an interim capacity since last fall.

  Huntington junior Nicholas Plachta.
January 29, 2024

Nicholas Plachta Chosen for American Legion Boys State

Huntington High School will be well represented in this year’s American Legion Boys State program at SUNY Morrisville State College. Junior Nicholas Plachta has been selected to participate in the highly regarded leadership action initiative, which will run from June 28 through July 3.

  2023 spelling bee champion Devon St. Huntington High School freshman Quinn Rinaldi.
January 23, 2024

Freshman Quinn Rinaldi Excels from the Start

Quinn Rinaldi is one of Huntington High School’s top freshman. The teenager is exceling in his classes and participating in a wide range of clubs and sports. He’s discerning his likes and dislikes as he goes and already sketching out tentative plans for the future.

  2023 spelling bee champion Devon St. John is flanked by finalists Ryan Curran and Peter Gaal.
January 16, 2024

Huntington High School Spelling Bee Approaches

The Huntington High School Spelling Bee finals will be held on Thursday, February 15 in the auditorium. The event is being coordinated by the English Honor Society. A panel of faculty members will serve as judges.

  Huntington's Debate Club welcomes new members
January 12, 2024

Huntington Debate Club Argues it Out

Don’t get in an argument with any of the members of Huntington High School’s Debate Club. These teenagers are expert at formulating and articulating their opinions. They think quickly on their feet and they can rebut anyone on any topic.

  The Huntington Key Club is holding a Cupid for the Cure dance on February 9
January 12, 2024

Blue Devils Invited to Compete at Cupid for the Cure Dance

The Huntington High School Key Club and the English Honor Society chapter are teaming up to host a winter dance, “Cupid for the Cure.” Every student is invited to attend with a special request for winter sports season athletes.

  Huntington's alternative high school program enrolls almost 80 students this year (1)
January 11, 2024

HHS Alternative High School Program Meets Need

Huntington UFSD’s alternative high school program has nearly 80 students enrolled this year as the teenagers seek to assemble to academic credits they need to graduate.

  Huntington High School's Environmental Club wants to make the world a greener place (1)
January 10, 2024

Huntington’s Environmental Club Pursues Projects

Huntington High School’s environmental club is continuing to pursue various projects centered on sustainability and Earth-friendly advocacy in an age of rapid climate change and threats to the habitats of thousands of species.

  Huntington High School junior Anthony Addeo.
January 3, 2024

Junior Anthony Addeo Determines His Interests

Anthony Addeo is Huntington UFSD wire-to-wire. The teenager began his trek through the district as a five year old kindergartner at Washington Primary School. He’s always been a teacher favorite and he’s always been surrounded by classmates who have admired and respected him. That’s still true today as a high school junior.

  The 2024 volume of The Huntingtonian is under development now
January 2, 2024

2024 Huntingtonian Yearbook Takes Shape

The 2024 edition of “The Huntingtonian,” the annual yearbook of Huntington High School is taking shape. The volume is currently on sale through January 30 at a discount price of $85. The cost will increase to $95 effective January 31. So order now.

  A new profile of Huntington's Class of 2024 is available on the district website. (Darin Reed photo.)
December 21, 2023

Profile of HHS & Class of 2024 Now Available

A profile of Huntington High School and the Class of 2024 is now available for viewing and downloading on the Huntington School District’s website at www.hufsd.edu.

  Huntington Key Club members with 200 gifts in the school lobby.
December 21, 2023

H-ton Key Club Rallies for Project TOY

The Huntington High School Key Club has seized upon the spirit of the season, collaborating with the Family Service League of Huntington to make Project TOY more special than ever for local families and kids.

  Huntington High School has an active Women's Empowerment Club.
December 20, 2023

Women’s Empowerment Club Strives for New Heights

Huntington High School’s Women’s Empowerment Club is striving to climb to new heights. Guided by faculty advisor Sara Guagliano, the group is determined to make a difference in the lives of its members and in the overall atmosphere around the building.

  Students had fun creating the displays
December 18, 2023

HHS Students Deck the Halls for the Holidays

Huntington High School students got into the spirit of the season when dozens of teenagers spent hours after school decorating first and second floor hallways to help create a festive holiday atmosphere.

  Huntington Grandfriends club members caroled at Sunrise Assisted Living.
December 18, 2023

Huntington’s Grandfriends Spread Holiday Cheer

Huntington High School Grandfriends Club members traveled across town to spread their exclusive brand of holiday cheer at Sunrise Assisted Living, caroling alongside the happy residents, who quickly bonded with the dozen teenagers and their faculty advisors.

  Dozens of Key Club members turned out for the shopping tour.
December 18, 2023

Key Club’s Target Shopping Tour for a Good Cause

Huntington High School Key Club members went on their annual holiday shopping tour at Target, picking out gifts for local children who come from families that are struggling financially.

  The Huntington School Board has approved a charter for the high school Principal's Advisory Council (1)
December 15, 2023

Trustees Approve Charter for Principal’s Advisory Council

Huntington School Board members approved the charter for the new Principal’s Advisory Council at Huntington High School. The goal of the group is to “increase the overall happiness, productivity and wellbeing of students and faculty by providing a bridge between the student body, faculty and administration.”

Elizabeth James
October 11, 2023

We Are Huntington

Elizabeth James
October 10, 2023

We Are Huntington

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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.

Many new courses, programs, spirit activities and extracurricular opportunities have been initiated at Huntington High School under Mr. Cusack’s leadership during his time at Huntington High School. He is widely known as an advocate for students and staff members as well as an approachable, receptive and understanding building leader.

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 28th 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.

Patricia Avelli

Patricia Avelli

Assistant Principal

Patricia Avelli was appointed assistant principal at Huntington High School effective February 5, 2024.

Ms. Avelli has taught mathematics at Huntington High School since September 2011. She obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at Adelphi University in May 2006 and May 2007, respectively. She studied for her state administrative certification at Stony Brook University.

The educator has taught a variety of courses at the high school, including Beacon pre-calculus, pre-calculus honors, intermediate algebra inclusion, financial algebra, Common Core algebra and AIS, Common Core algebra inclusion, pre-calculus BC honors, intergraded algebra and AIS and algebra II honors.

Named a Distinguished Teacher in 2022, Ms. Avelli served as the Class of 2022 faculty advisor. She has been the National Honor Society advisor since 2017. The classroom veteran was previously the Math Honor Society advisor from 2014-2017.

While studying for her state administrative certification, Ms. Avelli interned with Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack. She has mentored new teachers, served on grading, scholarship and interview committees and was a member of the high school’s Leadership Team and Shared Decision Making Committee.

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