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High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. It is preceded by primary education. High school is also the name used to describe the institution in which the final stage of compulsory education takes place. In the United States, high schools generally consist of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, although the inclusion of grade 9 varies by school district.
Herricks High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school with 1326 students and 130 teachers, accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the middle states association. The school is located in New Hyde Park, New York, 20 miles east of Manhattan. Herricks High is on a hill overlooking the town. It is across the street from the Herricks Community Center. Dr. Jack Bierwirth, son of an ambassador in the Reagan administration is the current superintendent of the Herricks School District and Dr. Jane Modoono is the current principal of Herricks High School.
Herricks offers 18 AP, Advanced Placement courses. Over 300 students take AP exams each year. The courses include are chemistry, biology, physics B, physics C, calculus AB, calculus BC, statistics, psychology, macroeconomics, microeconomics, US history, US government and politics, European history, language and composition, literature and composition, computer science, French, Spanish, studio art, photography, music, theory, sped, living environment. Herricks also offers math research and science research courses.
Herricks has a competitive sports program. The school has baseball, tennis, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, and lacrosse teams. The director of athletics is Jim Petricca. He is assisted by numerous gym teachers. In the 2006-2007 school year there was no Varsity football team, but the junior varsity football program did have a team. The Herricks School District, a community of learners, through its educational programs, promotes intellectual curiosity and creative expression, values diversity, and measures success by one's personal development and contribution to society.

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