A Tradition of Excellence memorialized at the

School Heritage Museum

Huntington Heritage Headlines

 A bronze plaque honoring Lou Giani will be dedicated during a Saturday morning ceremony.
April 30, 2024

Coach Lou Giani Plaque Dedication on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Lou Giani stands alone as New York State’s all-time greatest high school wrestling coach. His unparalleled career as Huntington High School’s mat mentor landed him in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he was enshrined as a Distinguished Member, one of only a handful of American high school coaches to be so honored.

 The 1924 Huntington relay team that won the quarter mile Penn Relays crown.
March 19, 2024

The Tradition Continues for Huntington’s Athletes

As the spring season enters its second week at Huntington High School, more than 370 athletes are filling the rosters of 17 varsity and JV teams. Still more will sign onto varsity Unified basketball when its makes its debut in a few weeks. These teenagers are joining a 114 year old tradition where hard work has always been the culture

 This year's Huntington fencing team continues the sports' tradition. (Rachel Learned and Darin Reed photo.)
January 9, 2024

The History of Huntington’s Fencing Program

The story behind the Huntington High School varsity fencing program is a one that played out over many decades. It took several attempts to get the sport off the ground and it wasn’t until the 1935/36 school year that the effort succeeded.

 A memorial plaque affixed to the wall outside the music office in honor of Milton George Bergey (1)
August 30, 2023

Unraveling Memorial Music Plaque Mystery

There’s an obscure memorial plaque on the wall outside the Huntington High School music department office commemorating the life and death of 1953 alum Milton George Bergey, who perished in a February 25, 1960 mid-air collision over Rio de Janeiro with 18 fellow members of the United States Navy Band. The group was flying to Brazil to play at a diplomatic reception featuring President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek.

 Huntington Elementary School shortly after its opening in 1969.
August 18, 2023

STEM Rotunda Named for Alumni Architect Al DiGiacomo

Huntington School Board members voted to rename the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School rotunda after the architect who designed the building; Huntington High School Class of 1941 member Alfred DiGiacomo. A ceremony is being planned for the fall.

 Superintendent James W. Polansky stands at The Rock following the painting of a heartfelt message
July 31, 2023

Superintendent Contributes to History of Huntington’s Rock

The Rock at Huntington High School has been the canvas upon which students and community members have painted heartfelt messages for decades. Now Superintendent James W. Polansky has added his name and story to the beloved tradition.

 Nathan Hale School as it exists today
March 21, 2023

Remembering Nathan Hale School

Faced with growing enrollment just a few years after it opened Woodbury Avenue School and Lincoln Elementary School, the Huntington School District decided to erect a stately looking brick building on Bay Avenue in 1928. Named after Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, the school served children from the Halesite and Huntington Bay areas.

 Equestrienne club
January 18, 2023

Huntington High School Pride is a Long Tradition

Pride. Huntington High School students have always possessed it in abundance. It was obvious even a century ago and probably decades earlier, too.

 Equestrienne club
September 28, 2022

There Once Was a Huntington Equestrienne Club

A nearby school district recently reached out to Huntington UFSD to gauge interest in collaborating on an equestrian team. While the notion might seem really “out there” if not outright farfetched, officials haven’t slammed the door on the idea. It is under discussion as the two districts explore the possibilities.

 NHS Chapter
September 21, 2022

Huntington’s NHS Chapter Founded in 1954

The Nathan Hale chapter of the National Honor Society at Huntington High School was organized in 1954. It will celebrate its 66th induction ceremony this fall.


Huntington Heritage Important Documents

About The School Heritage Museum

Felt patch from the last field day at Robert K. Toaz JHS.

Traditions and History

The School Heritage Museum was established in December 1985 to serve as the official depository of the Huntington School District’s traditions and history. Beginning with eight cartons of assorted pieces of memorabilia, the collection has grown to include thousands of artifacts, photos, documents and pieces of school lore. 

Among the items are school illustrations from 1794, science equipment from 1898, gymnasium benches from 1910, building plaques and cornerstones dating to 1910 and even 1920’s era drinking fountains and the bell that rang out from the original high school, which stood from 1857 to 1909 on Main Street at the site of the current town hall.

Room 140

The Heritage Museum, which is located in Huntington High School’s room 140, has effectively chronicled 350 years of public education in the community. Artifacts include a complete set of school yearbooks since the first one was published in 1930 and annual bulletins from prior years, decades of district newsletters and newspaper clippings detailing school milestones, 19th century diplomas, historic athletic award banners, trophies and cups, distinguished alumni displays and quirky items such as the letters that once spelled out the name Robert K. Toaz Junior High School high atop the first junior high built in Suffolk and the megaphone used at the 1939 homecoming festivities.

Arrange a Tour

Individuals, community and school groups are welcome to visit the facility and learn more about the history of the district and the students and staff who studied and worked here through the years. Customized tours can be arranged by calling the curator at 631-673-2048.

mid century athletic team

Our Museum Curator

Brian Hansen

Brian Hansen

Museum Curator

Brian Hansen assumed the post of School Heritage Museum curator on July 1, 2012. He is only the second curator to lead the museum, having taken over from the institution’s founder, Jack Abrams.

Mr. Hansen obtained an undergraduate degree in communications (radio and television) at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and earned two graduate degrees in early childhood education/special education and English as a second language at St. John’s University. He also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the College of St. Rose and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Concordia University in Chicago.

The museum leader interacted with Mr. Abrams in the time leading up to his appointment and Mr. Hansen received the founding curator’s imprimatur. He works as a full-time social studies teacher in the New York City public schools and as a private tutor.

Mr. Hansen has been a freelance producer and writer for many years, including work as a coordinating producer/segment producer, story coordinator and associate producer for various VH1 productions. He also gives guitar lessons.

The new curator’s personal interests include writing children’s books, writing and playing music, coaching sports, technology and computer production.

Heritage Timeline Project

A Chronological Tradition of Excellence from 1657 to Present day

Coming Soon

School Heritage Videos and Galleries

HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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Finley Galleries and Slideshows

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September 2022

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September 2022

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Photo Gallery 3

September 2022

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Photo Gallery 3

September 2022

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Challenging Academic Courses

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Academic Departments

30+

Interscholastic Athletic Teams

90+

Colleges and Universities accepting 2020 HHS Graduates