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South High Named NYSPHSAA School of Distinction

South High School has been honored by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) as a recipient of the 2022–23 School of Distinction Award. South High is one of 15 high schools in Nassau County to receive this honor, which requires that 100% of a school’s varsity teams qualify for the Scholar-Athlete Team award during their respective season.

This year, 84 schools state-wide earned the School of Distinction Award. An additional 219 schools earned the School of Excellence Award, which requires that 75% of a school’s varsity teams qualify for the Scholar-Athlete Team award.

“The School of Excellence and School of Distinction Awards exemplify the mission of NYSPHSAA, education through interscholastic athletics,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “It is amazing to see the commitment to academic excellence from the schools, administrators, coaches, and student-athletes.”

South High Athletic Director Don Herr accepted this award on behalf of the school during a regional NYSPHSAA meeting on Sept. 15, 2023.


David Zawatson, Don Herr, and Dr. Christopher Gitz are photograhed holding an award and a certificate from NYSPHSAA

(Left to right) GNPS Director of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics David Zawatson; South High Athletic Director Don Herr; and South High Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz.