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|William Cullen Bryant High School|
48-10 31st Avenue
|School district||NYC Geographic District 30|
William Cullen Bryant High School
William Cullen Bryant High School, or William C. Bryant High School, and Bryant High School for short, is a secondary school in Queens, New York City, United States serving grades 9 through 12.
It is named in honor of William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. He is most known for his work as one of the creators of Central Park in Manhattan, New York.
The school has 2,652 students enrolled; the ethnic make-up of the school is 48.3% Hispanic, 27.7% Asian, 2.5% White, and 19.7% African American. The school has a four-year graduation rate of 69% and an attendance rate of 91%. In 2010, New York City Department of Education gave it a letter grade of C.
The school was founded in 1889. A new building was erected in 1902-4 in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City on 41st Ave. This building became Long Island City High School when Bryant moved to its current site on 31st Ave in 1930.
In popular culture
- William Cullen Bryant was the school in the popular film A Bronx Tale. Robert De Niro visited the school.
- Two episodes of the hit TV show Ugly Betty were shot in the school. One was shot in the lunch room. The episode featured Lindsay Lohan who visited the school. The episode was called "Granny Pants".
- In episode 13 of season one of Archie Bunker's Place titled "Man of the Year" Archie Bunker says he graduated from the school in 1940.
- Ollie Mack, retired NBA player
- Mike Maloy, basketball player
- Winifred Lenihan (1898–1964), stage actress and director who played Joan of Arc in George Bernard Shaw's play Saint Joan on its debut in 1923
- Ethel Merman (1908–1984), star of musical comedies on Broadway and in Hollywood, was born in Astoria and graduated from Bryant. The school's auditorium was named the Ethel Merman Theater in 1989 during its centennial celebration.
- Moe Spahn (1912–1991), basketball player
- Veronica Gedeon (1917–1937), Long Island City native, commercial model, 1937 New York City murder victim
- Sam Mele (1922–2017), Major League baseball player and manager.
- Eugenie Clark (1922–2015), ichthyologist known for both her research on shark behavior and her study of fish in the order Tetraodontiformes.
- Billy Loes (1929–2010), former Major League baseball pitcher who played in the World Series, winning for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, was born in the area and attended Bryant High School. He also played for the Baltimore Orioles and the San Francisco Giants.
- David Horowitz, biographer and conservative intellectual.
- Susan Anspach (1942–2018), noted American stage (Hair) and film actress (Five Easy Pieces, Play it Again Sam, Montenegro)
- Suze Rotolo (1943–2011), an American artist, book artist, author, but best known as Bob Dylan's girlfriend between 1961 and 1964. She is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
- Richard Kline (1944– ), played Larry Dallas on classic ABC-TV sitcom Three's Company. He also performed on Broadway in City of Angels and is a member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company.
- Joel Klein (1946– ), New York City Department of Education chancellor from 2002 to 2011
- Lou Lumenick (1949– ), New York Post metropolitan editor and film critic.
- Panayiota Bertzikis (Class of 1999), executive director and founder of the Military Rape Crisis Center
- Edward Bryant Jr. (1954– , Class of 1972), inducted into The Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2016, received a Doctorate in Martial Arts, DMA in 2017, and a Baltimore City Public School mathematics/computer teacher, 1977 – 2011.
- "Attendance". The New York City Department of Education. October 10, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
- "2009-10 Progress Report Overview" (PDF). NYC Department of Education.
- Matt LaRose; Stephen Leone; Richard Melnick (2007). Postcard History Series: Long Island City. ISBN 9780738555430.
- Brian Kellow (2007). Ethel Merman. ISBN 9781101202586.
- David Horowitz (1997). Radical Son.