Thomas R. Proctor High School

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Thomas R. Proctor High School
Front entrance to Thomas R. Proctor High School off Hilton Ave.
1203 Hilton Ave.

Coordinates 43°04′56″N75°12′54″W / 43.0822°N 75.2149°W / 43.0822; -75.2149 Coordinates: 43°04′56″N75°12′54″W / 43.0822°N 75.2149°W / 43.0822; -75.2149
Type Public
School district Utica City School District
Enrollment2,786 (2016-17) [1]
Color(s)Red, black, white and silver                 

Thomas R. Proctor High School is a public high school within the Utica City School District in Utica, New York. The school was built in the early 1930s with funds from the U.S. Works Progress Administration and Thomas R. Proctor. It opened its doors in September 1936. [2] The school is located within Oneida County. The current school principal is Josh Gifford. [3] The school is the only public high school in Utica due to the closing of Utica Free Academy in 1990. [2] There are currently about 200 full-time teachers and around 3,500 students. [3]

Utica City School District

The Utica City School District is a public school district based in Utica, New York, United States.

Utica, New York City in New York ----, United States

Utica is a city in the Mohawk Valley and the county seat of Oneida County, New York, United States. The tenth-most-populous city in New York, its population was 62,235 in the 2010 U.S. census. Located on the Mohawk River at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, Utica is approximately 95 miles northwest of Albany, 55 mi (89 km) east of Syracuse and 240 miles northwest of New York City. Utica and the nearby city of Rome anchor the Utica–Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area, which comprises all of Oneida and Herkimer counties.

Oneida County, New York County in the United States

Oneida County is a county located in the state of New York, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 234,878. The county seat is Utica. The name is in honor of the Oneida, one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois League or Haudenosaunee, which had long occupied this territory at the time of European encounter and colonization. The federally recognized Oneida Indian Nation has had a reservation in the region since the late 18th century, after the American Revolutionary War.


Athletic department

Thomas R. Proctor High School offers a variety of sports for both girls and boys to compete in at varsity and junior varsity levels. [4] The 2007 boys varsity baseball team were class AA NYSPHSAA champions. The varsity cheerleading squad also holds a national title, and placed first in all five of their competitions in the school year of 2007-08.[ citation needed ]

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

New York State Public High School Athletic Association organization

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is the governing body of interscholastic sports for most public schools in New York outside New York City. The organization was created in 1923, after a predecessor organization called the New York State Public High School Association of Basketball Leagues began in 1921 to bring consistency to eligibility rules and to conduct state tournaments. It consists of 768 member high schools from the state divided into 11 numbered sections. It is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations as well as the New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations.

TypeFall sportsWinter sportsSpring sports
GirlsCross country, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyballBasketball, bowling cheerleading, indoor trackGolf, softball, track & field
BoysCross country, football, golf, soccer, volleyballBasketball, bowling, ice hockey, indoor track, swimmingBaseball, lacrosse, tennis, track & field

College level courses

Besides the core classes, Proctor High School offers various AP classes in: chemistry, physics, biology, English language and composition, English literature, accounting, calculus, European history, and U.S. history. The students must maintain a grade of 65 and above in order to pass any class at Proctor High.

Dual credit programs

Proctor High School also has a dual-credit program through the nearby Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). It gives students a chance to take community college classes in high school and earn a college credits for them. Students must maintain a grade of 75 or above to be eligible to receive college credit for that class. Dual classes include government, economics, and statistics.

ESL students

There is a large immigrant population around the area that adds a colorful demographic to the high school. Many ethnicities exist at Proctor. Over 40 languages are spoken in the school by students who immigrated from Thailand, Burma, Bosnia, Russia, Ukraine, and other regions. Since so many students are immigrants, Proctor offers classes with special instruction for them. Many English as a second or foreign language students are taught by teachers who are trained specifically to instruct those students on how they may understand the material better and improve their English. Some students have never spoken English before they came to Proctor High School.

English as a second or foreign language is the use of English by speakers with different native languages. Language education for people learning English may be known as English as a second language (ESL), English as a foreign language (EFL), English as an additional language (EAL), or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). The aspect in which ESL is taught is called teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).

Graduation requirements

There are three available diplomas a student can earn by graduation: a Regents Diploma Advanced Regents Diploma, or a Local Diploma A Regents Diploma can be earned by completing the core classes and passing the English, U.S. history, algebra, biology, and earth science regents courses, which are mandatory by New York State. An Advanced Regents Diploma is earned after taking and passing more than one regents examination given by NYS. For example, instead of only taking an algebra regents exam, a student must also take a trigonometry regents exam and pass it. Every graduate must earn 22 high school credits, which means completing 22 classes with a 65 or better grade. A Local Diploma, consists of the basic classes, which are required, without passing the regents exams.

There is an NJROTC program in Proctor, which was founded in 2001. Over 300 students are part of the program which is considered a regiment of cadets. Cadets volunteer around the community and learn the importance of leadership. The cadets make trips to about three to five schools a year for regional drill meets where they compete with other JROTC schools in drill, academics, and athletics.

Each year the program holds a "Military Birthday Bash", a military ball, and some traditional naval ceremonies like the "Change of Command Ceremony" and an awards ceremony.

Notable alumni


ColorsMaroon and WhiteBlack, Red, Silver, and White
Student Count (Graduating Class)About 275About 685
Ethnic Mix

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Phase 1 took place from June 2012 to Feb 2014 and consisted of renovation of auditorium, new windows throughout building, and masonry restoration. Phase 2 took place from June 2013 to Dec 2014 and consisted of a 56,000 square foot addition of Gymnasium, a two Story cafeteria, and two story kitchen. The work for the two phases was about $16 million,but did not include plumbing, heating or electric. Some difficulties of the renovations included, "[c]onnecting the old and new buildings together and what only made it worse was how we kept discovering asbestos every time we opened a wall because the building is so old. Also there were no existing drawings of the building, so there were a lot of change orders." There is school store on site. [8]

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