Welcome to the Half Hollow Hills High School East homepage, a site to highlight, inform and celebrate everything that is High School East. As one of the finest educational settings in the country, High School East annually receives recognition at the local, state and national level for both individual and collective achievements. James Baldwin said, “Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” We are the Thunderbirds! According to folklore, the Thunderbird, is a mythical creature which was considered to be supernatural; holding great power and strength. Perhaps most notably, the Thunderbird is known to embody a variety of facets and features. Similar to that spirit, High School East enjoys a diverse school community that we continually look to honor and embrace. Everyone brings value and importance to our school community, for it is the collective passions, thoughts and spirit that make High School East truly come to life.

Milton K. Strong, Ed. D.



Congratulations - Students of the Month December 2021

Congratulations to High School East students; Schlaimanta Charles, Victoria Czoch, Daniela Fernandez, Alexandra Garelick, Rayyan Mehmood, Jacob Muscolino, Jack Nevins, Nicholas Palermo, Kaitlyn Parkes, Valeska Quispe, Sophia Raziel, Marissa Reichelscheimer, Rebecca Shimony and Cherry Yeung. They were nominated as students of the month for December by their teachers in one or more of the following categories: Academics, Service/Community Activities, School Involvement or Effort/Improvement.

HSE Art Installation 2022

Ms. Uttendorfer and her Art History class of 2022 continued the long tradition of installation art at Hills East with their 16th project, the creation of a large scale mural of a pixelated eye. Using Post-it notes as their medium, they assembled various colors of 3x3” squares to create an eye that dissolves into the wall. One of their inspiration artists was Bill Viola, creator of The Crossing, an immersive video and sound installation. The class chose the eye as their subject to symbolize intelligence, light and the ability to look towards the future.