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Rockville Centre, New York
—  Village  —
Rockville Centre, New York is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°39′48″N 73°38′13″W / 40.66333°N 73.63694°W / 40.66333; -73.63694Coordinates: 40°39′48″N 73°38′13″W / 40.66333°N 73.63694°W / 40.66333; -73.63694
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
 - Mayor Mary W. Bossart
 - Total 3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 - Land 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 30 ft (9 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 24,568
 - Density 7,496.5/sq mi (2,894.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 11570
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-63264
GNIS feature ID 0962765

Rockville Centre is a village located in New York's Nassau County on Long Island in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 24,568.

The Village of Rockville Centre is inside the southwest part of the Town of Hempstead.


Rockville Centre School District

Rockville Centre’s public school district consists of five elementary schools which include: Watson, Covert, Wilson, Hewitt,and Riverside. In addition to the elementary schools, Rockville Centre also consists of South Side Middle School and South Side High School.

The district extends farther than Rockville Centres borders, including half of South Hempstead, and some of Hempstead. One of the schools, Covert, is located in South Hempstead.

In 2008, South Side High School was again ranked in Newsweek's The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. schools, this year at #42. Year after year, RVC has maintained this distinction, at #44 in 2007, #32 in 2006, #45 in 2005 and #65 in 2003.


Rockville Centre is located at 40°39'48" North, 73°38'13" West (40.663390, -73.636831).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.7 km2), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it is water. The total area is 2.38% water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there are 24,568 people residing in the village, organized into 9,201 households and 6,468 families. The population density is 7,496.5 people per square mile (2,892.0/km2). There are 9,419 housing units at an average density of 2,874.0/sq mi (1,108.7/km2); as of 2004[1], the average home value is more than $500,000. The racial makeup of the village is 90.88% White, 3.72% African American, 1.42% Asian, 0.08% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.83% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 7.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 9,201 households, out of which 33.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% are non-families. 26.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.25.

In the village the population is spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 women there are 87.9 men. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there are 81.9 men.

According to a 2007 estimate[3], the median income for a household in the village is $99,299, and the median income for a family is $128,579. Males have a median income of $70,149 versus $43,800 for females. The per capita income for the village is $40,739. 5.0% of the population and 2.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.0% of those under the age of 18 and 5.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Village Board of Trustees

  • Mayor - Mary Whalen Bossart (Concerned Citizens) (2007-)
  • Deputy Mayor - Charles Joyce (Concerned Citizens) (2007-)
  • Trustee - David Krasula (Concerned Citizens) (2007-)
  • Trustee - Kevin R. Glynn (Common Sense) (2009-)
  • Trustee - Edward Oppenheimer (Concerned Citizens) (2009-)

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Rockville Centre include:

  • Bill Fillmaff (1985-),1998 Worldwide Poker Champion, author of Secret System.
  • Dave Attell (1965-), comedian, was raised there.
  • Pete Axthelm (1943-1991), critically acclaimed sportswriter, columnist, journalist, and TV sports commentator was raised in Rockville Centre.
  • Tommy Bianco, MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Kevin Connors, ESPNNEWS Sports Anchor, was raised in Rockville Centre and graduated from South Side High School.
  • Ted Demme (1963-2002), film director and producer, grew up here and graduated from South Side HS and was the nephew of Academy Award winning film director Jonathan Demme. Ted's films included The Ref, Beautiful Girls, Monument Ave. and Blow.
  • Billy Donovan (1965-), former New York Knicks player, University of Florida 2 time back to back National Championship head basketball coach, was born and raised in Rockville Centre, starred at St.Agnes Cathedral HS; led Providence College to the 1987 Final Four and was named the Southeast Regional MVP.[4] His dad, Bill, is in the Boston College Hall of Fame and lives here.
  • Joseph Fins (1959-), physician and medical ethicist, is a graduate of South Side High School.
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, award winning author, historian, TV news analyst, and 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner for history grew up in Rockville Centre; her book on the Brooklyn Dodgers, Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir (ISBN 0-684-82489-2), features the village.[5]
  • Tommy Rainone, Welterweight Boxer, was born in Rockville Centre in 1980.
  • Mel Gussow (1933-2005), theatre critic for The New York Times.[5]
  • Ray Heatherton (1909-1997), The 'Merry Mailman', lived in Rockville Centre; he hosted a series of long running children's TV shows in the '50's and '60s.
  • Joey Heatherton (1944-), Ray's daughter, was born in Rockville Centre and attended St. Agnes HS before becoming a well-known actress, singer, and dancer.
  • Art Heyman, college All-American at Duke University and first pick of the 1963 NBA draft by the NY Knicks was born here and owned and operated the Back Street Bar and Grill after his playing days.
  • Henry Hill Mob Informant had a home in Rockville Centre.
  • Joan Jett (1958-), lived there during the 1980s[6]
  • Dean Kamen (1951-), Segway Human Transporter inventor.[7]
  • Bobby Kelton Stand-up comedian known for his 22 appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", grew up in Rockville Centre and attended South Side High School.
  • Kevin Kelton Television writer-producer for "Saturday Night Live" and other series, grew up in Rockville Centre and attended South Side High School.
  • Kerry Keating - Head Coach, Santa Clara University Broncos and former UCLA Bruins' assistant coach.[8]
  • Wendy Aron, American Author [[Hide & Seek]] Sitcom Writer Family Ties
  • Sandy Koufax (1935-), former major league Hall of Famer and pitching great, lived in Rockville Centre from 1944-1949 before moving back to Brooklyn for 10th grade. He won the Cy Young Award 3 times by unanimous voting and was the NL MVP in 1963. He was the World Series MVP twice [ 63' 65'], threw 3 no-hitters and a perfect game, and is widely considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time.
  • Frank Layden, former Niagara Univ. coach, Atlanta Hawks assistant coach, and president and head coach of the Utah Jazz where he won the 1984 NBA coach and executive of the year awards; got his coaching and teaching start at St. Agnes Cathedral H.S. and lived here in the late 50s.
  • Brendan Malone, assistant coach for the Orlando Magic [NBA], and former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers lived here while coaching for years at Power Memorial HS in NYC.
  • Anne Meara (1929-), actress and comic was raised in Rockville Centre. For decades, she and her husband Jerry Stiller formed one of America's most famous comedy acts on stage and television; Stiller and Meara.
  • John Nolan and Michelle Nolan of the band Straylight Run were born there.
  • Mark O'Connell, the drummer of the band Taking Back Sunday, grew up in Rockville Centre and attended South Side High School.
  • Daryl Palumbo (1979-), of the bands GlassJaw and Head Automatica.
  • Floyd Patterson (1935-2006), Heavyweight Champion of the World lived here in the late 50s.[9]
  • Frank Pellegrino, actor and restaurateur appearing in the movie Goodfellas and The Sopranos who is also co-owner of Rao's restaurant in NYC lives there.
  • Ted Robinson, Emmy Award winning and veteran radio and TV play-by-play sports announcer for NBC, USA, and other networks was raised in Rockville Centre.
  • Howard Stern (1954-), radio personality, attended South Side High School after he moved to RVC from Roosevelt.[10]
  • Jay Wright (1961-), the head coach of the Villanova Wildcats basketball team, lived in Rockville Centre for years while he was the head coach of the Hofstra University Pride basketball team.
  • Jamie Smith, reporter of CBS 3-KYW Philadelphia, AP Award Winner, was born in Rockville Centre, went to St. Agnes Cathedral Parish [2].
  • Broadway lighting designer Don Holder (The Lion King; Tony Award) (Movin' Out) graduated from South Side High School.
  • Marc Turnesa, golfer on the PGA Tour, grew up in Rockville Centre and attended South Side High School. His dad Mike is head pro at the Rockville Links C.C. Both help carry on the tradition of the famous Turnesa brothers royal family of golf.
  • Wally Rooney, retired 23 yr. veteran NBA referee; former supervisor of NBA officials, and former NABR union president lives and raised his family here.
  • Brian Mahoney, former Haggerty award winner while a Manhattan College standout; N.Y. Net player [ABA]; and head basketball coach at Manhattan College and St. John's University where he won Big East coach of the year [92-93]; grew up, starred at St. Agnes H.S. and makes his home here.
  • Jimmy Hayes, all time Boston Univ. basketball scoring avg. leader @ 24.3ppg [1967 - 70] and NY Net [ABA] was born and starred for St. Agnes Cathedral H.S. here.
  • Frank Morris(coach) coached at St. Agnes Cathedral HS from 1961-87; taking over the successful boys program started in 1954 by the well known educator, referee, and former St. Johns U. player, Jim Lennon. Together the two compiled an astounding 573-130 record in 31 seasons. Morris has been credited with transforming scholastic basketball on Long Island by implementing a revolutionary, unrelenting fast break offense, to go along with a tenacious full court man to man defense; both learned from his lacrosse playing days at Cortland State. His extremely well conditioned teams compiled a 491-122 record in 26 seasons against some of the toughest competition in the metropolitan NYC area; the east coast and beyond; winning many Long Island championships, NYS titles, and significant regional and national exposure and prominence. The two men helped build the Rockville Centre high school into a local perennial powerhouse; and sent a multitude of players to many fine colleges and universities throughout the nation on basketball scholarships; right up until the high school was closed in 1987.
  • AJ Wynder, member of the 90-91 NBA Boston Celtics, played at St. Agnes HS.
  • Terry McDermott, upon graduating St. Agnes HS in 1969 was the 8th overall pick in the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft by the LA Dodgers. He played briefly for the Dodgers in 1972 before injuries cut short his career and he became a TV sports reporter/director in Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Tim Moriarty, deceased Hockey Hall of Fame writer and author who covered the NY Islanders for Newsday during their championship runs, as well as following the Rangers and writing books; lived here.
  • Billy Idol, Rock Singer, lived in Rockville Centre for a brief period of a few years during his early childhood before returning to England with his family.
  • Frank Alagia, was a high school all American at St. Agnes HS in 1972 and won the 1976 Naismith Award as the best player in the nation under six feet tall his senior year at St. Johns Univ.
  • Dean Skelos, State Senator New York State Senate's Republican Majority Leader; grew up and still lives here.
  • Ed O'Toole, 1946, 47', and 48' USA national champion in the 10,000 meters; and member of the 1948 USA Olympic Team in London; lived and raised his large family here.
  • Joan Roberts, Created the role of Laurey in the original production of Oklahoma! on Broadway.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^
  4. ^ Hermoso, Rafael. "COLLEGE BASKETBALL: SOUTH; Easy Part For Florida Is Playing The Game", The New York Times, March 18, 2001. Accessed November 25, 2007. "Donovan was reared in Rockville Centre, N.Y."
  5. ^ a b Gussow, Mel. "AT LUNCH WITH: Doris Kearns Goodwin; Foundations of a Lifetime, Found in the Box Scores", The New York Times, November 12, 1997. Accessed December 12, 2007. "Growing up in the 1950's in the Long Island suburb of Rockville Centre, she defined herself by her family, her street, her town, her Roman Catholic religion and her team, the Brooklyn Dodgers."
  6. ^ Ketcham, Diane. "LONG ISLANDERS", The New York Times, March 29, 1987. Accessed November 17, 2007. "Ms. Jett, who has a home in Rockville Centre, will perform the concert possibly in May, he said."
  7. ^ Marshall, Angela. "Inventor wins national honor: Villager recognized for contributions to science", Rockville Centre Herald, April 10, 2003. "It is hardly a stretch of the imagination to believe that one day there will be a sign at the entrances to Rockville Centre saying 'Birthplace of Dean Kamen.'"
  8. ^ Kerry Keating, CSTV. Accessed November 17, 2007. "Keating was born on July 15, 1971 in Stoughton, Mass., and was raised in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He attended high school at Archbishop Molloy and graduated from Seton Hall Prep."
  9. ^ Nichols, Joseph C. "30,000 EXPECTED AT POLO GROUNDS; Johansson's First Defense Likely to Bring Receipts of $750,000 at Gate", The New York Times, June 19, 1960. Accessed December 8, 2007. "Ingemar Johansson, a 27-year-old native of Goteborg Sweden, will make the first defense of his world heavyweight championship tomorrow night. He will oppose the previous title-holder, Floyd Patterson of Rockville Centre, L.I., in a fight scheduled for fifteen rounds at the Polo Grounds."
  10. ^ Howard Stern, Newsday. Accessed December 4, 2007. "That was the last straw. In June, 1969, when Howard was 15, the Sterns made their move -- to predominantly white, middle-class Rockville Centre."

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