Middletown High School serves 9th through 12th grade students in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, which covers that city as well as adjacent portions of the towns of Wallkill and Wawayanda in Orange County, New York, United States. It is located on Gardner Avenue in a small outlying area of the city, near the county fairgrounds on a small rise south of NY 211.
The school, formerly Anthony Veraldi Junior High School, built in 1959, replaced the building now known as Twin Towers Middle School as the district's high school in 1976 after a major expansion. It has been expanded at least four times since then.
Current enrollment at Middletown High School is 2,146 students (as of 2012), though this number is expected to increase in the coming years. The student body is made up of 946 Hispanic students, 650 black students, 489 white students, 52 Asian students, and 9 students of two or more races. The school is classified as an inner city district and high poverty district, with 63.6% of students registered for free or reduced price lunch. Middletown has 142 full-time teachers, with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Average class size at Middletown is roughly 24.
The Middletown Middies football team shares a historic rivalry with the Port Jervis High School Red Raiders, named the Erie Bell game after the trophy, which is an old railroad bell from the Port Jervis-Middletown line. The game is an alternating home-and-away series and started in 1897. Middletown leads the series 72-58-7 as of 2015, and has won three of the last four games. Beginning in 2014, the game is on the list of U.S. Marines Great American Rivalry games.
Middletown's boys basketball team is highly regarded in the state, and during the 2011-2012 school year the team went to the final four of the state playoffs. The Middies returned to the playoffs in 2015-2016, making the state finals and losing to Aquinas Institute. The team has a rivalry with the NFA Goldbacks from nearby Newburgh.
Middletown's track and field team is nationally recognized and has produced a number of successful college athletes and state and national qualifiers. The boys 4x400 meter relay team won a national championship in 2011.
Middletown's tennis program is regarded as one of the best in New York state among public high schools. Top players of all time include Liam Hogan, who was a member of the Varsity Tennis team from 2016 to 2019.
However, there is no greater sport in the high school than the Middletown Softball Team. Home to aces Jazmyn Martinez and Allison Marcano, as well as homerun hitter Elivia Perez, the underdog team went from a 1 and 19 season in 2011 to a section appearance in 2012 , making the section tourney every consecutive year since then. Since 2012 they have managed to have a winning record each year, and won the Section 9 Championship in 2016. They host the championship in 2017.
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