|New Utrecht High School|
1601 80th Street
New York, 11214
|Type||Public high school|
|Student to teacher ratio||19:1|
|Color(s)||White and Green|
|Newspaper||The New Comet|
|Information||Phone: 718-232-2500 Fax: 718-259-5526|
New Utrecht High School is a public high school located in Bensonhurst, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education under District 20, and serves students of grades 9 to 12. It is one of the largest high schools in New York City in terms of enrollment.
New Utrecht High School was established in 1915 as an offshoot of the nearby coeducational Bay Ridge High School. This resulted in New Utrecht High School becoming an all-boys school, while Bay Ridge High School became an all-girls school.
The first location of the school was a wooden building on 86th Street and 18th Avenue, and it had a population of 350 students. Irving Hazen was the founding principal, and he adopted the white and green colors of his alma mater, Dartmouth College, as the colors of the school.
In November 1924, the school moved to its present location on 80th Street and 16th Avenue, with 2,300 students. In February of the following year, girls were admitted, resulting in the school becoming coeducational. Over the next few years the school continued to grow, until it consisted of a main building and four annexes, and with a student population of nearly 11,000. It was the largest student body in the world at the time.
New Utrecht High School was the scene of several racial conflicts between blacks and whites within the community in the 1970s to 1990s. In 1974, 300 black students stormed the school after a fight between a black student and a white student ended up with the former being injured, which spurred up rumors that it was a racial attack. In 1990, a black student was shot by a group of white students stemming from an incident in the locker room.
In the 2000s, New Utrecht High School underwent a major overhaul. It added a new, two-story cafeteria building, which replaced the old cafeteria located in the main building. The old cafeteria was subsequently turned into classroom space. A new entrance was also created, accompanied by a corridor which conjoined the cafeteria building with the main building.
New Utrecht High School has an active student government, which is elected every October. For close to a century the student government positions were mayor, deputy mayor, secretary, treasurer, and student representatives from each grade. The mayoral theme was a longstanding tradition that stemmed from the fact that the neighborhood of New Utrecht was named by Dutch settlers after the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. In 2015, the student government decided to change the name of the two major positions of mayor and deputy mayor to student body president and student body vice president. The New Utrecht High School Student Government is responsible for allocating funds to clubs, as well as organizing a School Spirit Week, a Thanksgiving Dinner, a Toy Drive, and other annual school-wide events.
There is also a Senior Council composed of a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The Senior Council is responsible for organizing Senior events, such as the Senior Class Brunch and Senior Trip, creating the Senior Class sweatshirts, voicing concerns of the Senior Class to the administration, and keeping the Senior Class informed.
School Leadership Team
The School Leadership Team (SLT) consists of representatives from the school administration, parents, teachers and students. The students are usually two active students, one junior and one senior, who voice the concerns of the student body. The SLT meets monthly to discuss and work on issues related to implementation of the school's mission and vision. A PTA meeting follows immediately after.
Productions at New Utrecht High School
There are four productions held annually at New Utrecht High School: the Talent Show, the Chinese New Year Show, the Fashion Show, and the International Show.
The Talent Show is open to anyone who has talent, whether it be singing, dancing, magic, comedy or any other form of entertainment. The sound crew, lighting crew, stage crew, construction crew and booklet crew are composed entirely of students. The show is usually held in December.
The Chinese New Year Show is put on near the Chinese New Year. It has singing, dancing, acting and other forms of entertainment, revolving around Chinese culture. The Chinese Club at New Utrecht High School has a partnership with a non-profit organization called the Chinese-American Planning Council.
The Fashion Show production at New Utrecht High School is student run and consists of students in the New Utrecht Fashion Society creating their own clothes and having their friends model them. The show is usually held in March or April.
The International Show is held in April or May and, like the others, is completely student run. It is similar to the Talent Show but focuses on other countries around the world.
New Utrecht High School offers clubs for students, including:
- Student Organization
- Arista Society
- Art Club
- Asian Club
- Chinese Chess/Gaming Club
- Chinese Debate Club
- Chess & Game Club
- Creative Problem Solving Club
- Dance Club
- Disc Jockey (DJ) Club
- Glee Club
- History Club
- LGBTQ+ Student Association
- Photography Club
- Robotics Club
- Sound Club (Audio/Visual)
- Stock/Investigating Club
New Utrecht High School offers Advanced Placement courses, including:
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP World History/Human Geography
- AP United States History
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
- AP Micro-Economics
- AP Macro-Economics
- AP English Language and Composition
- AP English Literature and Composition
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics
- AP Biology
- AP Psychology
- AP Computer Science A
There are several academies (programs that offer employment-oriented training in specialized fields) at New Utrecht High School, which include:
- Academy of Business of Technology
- Academy of Medical Professions and Health Careers
- Academy of Legal Studies
- Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
- Academy of Art and Design
- Honors Academy
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (May 2017)
Notable alumni of New Utrecht High School include:
- Walter Adams (1922–1998): economist, university president
- Koby Altman (born 1982): professional basketball general manager
- Carmine Appice (born 1946): musician, drummer
- Steve Augeri (born 1959): singer
- Troy Ave (born 1985): rapper
- Lord Have Mercy (born 1973): rapper
- Gene Barry (born Eugene Klass; 1919–2009): actor
- Seymour Benzer (1921-2007): biologist
- Barbara Aronstein Black (born 1933): academic dean
- Abe Burrows (1910–1985): playwright
- Pat Capri (1918–1989): professional baseball player
- Jack Carter: comedian
- Ronald Castorina: politician
- Phyllis Chesler: feminist author, psychologist
- Joseph Colombo (1923–1978): criminal
- Billy DeMars (1925-2020): professional baseball player, coach
- Max Desfor (1913–2018): photographer
- Amram Ducovny (1927–2003): writer
- Stanley Ellin: author
- Jerry Ferrara: actor
- Cy Feuer: playwright, stage director, producer
- Stanley Fink (1936–1997): politician
- Eli Friedman (born 1933): nephrologist
- Leo Friedman: Broadway photographer
- Allen Funt (1914–1999): TV personality
- David Geffen (born 1943): media mogul
- Ralph Ginzburg (1929–2006): author, editor, publisher, photojournalist
- Bernice Gottlieb (née Bernice Friedman; born 1931): pioneer in transracial adoption movement, real estate executive
- Philip Habib (1920–1992): diplomat
- Buddy Hackett (born Leonard Hacker; 1924–2003): comedian
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison: writer
- Sal Iacono: television comedian
- David Ignatow: poet, author
- Gabe Kaplan (born 1945): comic, actor, poker player
- Michael Kidd (1915–2007): choreographer
- Harvey Lembeck (1923–1982): actor
- Howard Levy: dermatologist, Vietnam War resister
- Steve Lombardi: professional wrestler
- Paulie Malignaggi: professional boxer
- Harold Martin (1918-2010): politician
- Patty McCormack: actress
- Robert Merrill (1917–2004): opera singer
- Art Modell (1925–2012): businessman, entrepreneur, professional sports team owner
- Doretta Morrow: actress
- Sam Nahem (1915–2004): professional baseball player
- Angela "Big Ang" Raiola: TV personality
- Anthony Ramos: actor, singer
- Teddy Reig (1918–1984): jazz record producer, promoter, artist manager
- Daniel Rodriguez: singer
- Stan Rosen (1906–1984): professional football player
- Spencer Ross: sportscaster
- Herschel Savage: pornographic actor
- John Saxon (1935-2020): actor
- Ralph Snyderman: physician, scientist, administrator
- Arnold Stang: comedian, actor
- Martha Stewart (born 1922): film and TV actress, singer
- Tony Visconti (born 1944): music producer
In popular culture
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- Levin, Jay. "Harold Martin, former Bergen County freeholder and state Assemblyman, dies", The Record (Bergen County), October 20, 2010. Accessed November 24, 2019. "Harold Martin was born in West New York and grew up in Brooklyn, where his family operated a successful menswear store. He graduated from New Utrecht High School and studied political science and economics at Rutgers University, from which he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees."
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