• History of East High School
    East High School is a public high school serving sixth through twelfth grade in Rochester, N.Y, and is part of the Rochester City School District. In 2014, East joined a partnership with the University of Rochester as the school's Educational Partnership Organization (EPO). The original East High school opened in 1902 on 410 Alexander St, and was designed by noted Rochester architect J. Foster Warner. The school was later moved in 1959 to its current location, 1801 East Main Street. Since 2002, changes have occurred, including the re-addition of a junior high and the splitting of the school into separate academies.

    Partnership with the University of Rochester
    In May 2014, the New York State Education Department granted the University of Rochester's request to take over management of East High School. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the university implemented a plan in their efforts to "increase learning opportunities" for students. Shaun Nelms led the partnership as Superintendent until June 2023. In July 2023, Marlene Blocker, the former Upper School principal, took over the position of Superintendent of the Educational Partnership.

    East High currently has two separate schools for its students, each with staggering start times. Their Lower School is for students in grades 6-8 and their Upper School is for students in grades 9-12. There is a separate academy for their 9th grade students in the Upper School known as the Freshman Academy.

    Lower School
    The Lower School, formerly known as the Foundation Academy, is for students in grades 6-8. Their current principal is Leandrew Wingo. In the Lower School, the students have their own place within the East High building, creating a small school atmosphere. The Lower School currently has around 350 students, small classes in core subjects, and a focus on college and career readiness and lifelong success.  

    Upper School
    The Upper School is for students in grades 10-12. Their current principal is Edward Mascadri. The school offers a full range of classes leading up to the Regents diploma, including career and technical pathways as well as AP and early-college classes. Some of these career and technical pathways include Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Teaching, Business, and Health Related Careers. 

    Freshman Academy
    The 9th graders in the Upper School have their own wing of the building, with extra support, extended time for math and literacy, and opportunities to complete four or more high school credits. The 9th graders also have their own Family Groups, 2 counselors, 2 social workers, and alternative programs for scholars not on track after the 9th grade. The current director for the Freshman Academy is Deon Rodgers.

    Student body/Demographics
    African American: 50.8%
    Hispanic: 35.4%
    White: 8.1%
    Not Specified: 4.9%
    Two or more races: 0.4%
    American Indian: 0.3%

    86.3% of the students at East High School receive a free/reduced lunch rate.


    East has had a long tradition of success, starting nearly 100 years ago when we were located closer to the downtown area.
    The original East HS as seen in the 1922 yearbook.
    The following link has scans of East High yearbooks from 1904-1930