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Stuyvesant High School

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  • Website: Stuyvesant - history
  • Address: 345 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10282
  • Type: Campus: urban Founded: 1904 as a "manual training school for boys" (co- ed: 1969)


Stuyvesant High School is one of nine specialized high schools in New York City, United States. Operated by the New York City Department of Education, these schools offer tuition-free accelerated academics to city residents. Stuyvesant is a college preparatory science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused liberal arts high school.


From Wikipedia

Stuyvesant High School is named after Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New Netherland before the colony was transferred to England in 1664. The school was established in 1904 as a manual training school for boys, hosting 155 students and 12 teachers. In 1907, it moved from its original location at 225 East 23rd Street to a building designed by C. B. J. Snyder at 345 East 15th Street. The building, built in 1905 for $1.5 million, housed the Stuyvesant campus for the next 85 years.

Construction on the new ten-floor, $150 million building began in 1989. The new building was designed by Cooper, Robertson & Partners. When it opened in 1992, the building was New York City's first new high school building in ten years and, at the time, was the costliest high school building ever built in the city.

The new 10-story building opened in 1992. It housed 2,700 students and 103 faculty members initially. With five gymnasiums, an enormous swimming pool, modern computers, 12 science labs, multiple escalators, spacious studios, and Hudson River views, the school building was considered a paragon at the time of its opening.

For most of the 20th century, the student body at Stuyvesant was heavily Jewish. A significant influx of Asian students began in the 1970s. For the 2013 academic year, the student body was 72.31% Asian and 21.44% Caucasian, 1.03% African American and 2.34% Hispanic.


  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt taught English at Stuyvesant before the publication of his memoirs Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man. Teacher Man's third section, titled Coming Alive in Room 205, concerns McCourt's time at Stuyvesant, and mentions a number of students and faculty.

notable alumni

  • civil rights leader Robert "Bob" Parris Moses
  • musician Thelonius Monk (1935)
  • actor Lucy Liu (1986)
  • actor Tim Robbins (1976)
  • actor James Cagney (1918)
  • comedian Paul Reiser (1973)
  • NBA basketball player and game fixer and bookmaker Jack Molinas (1949)
  • former United States Attorney General Eric Holder (1969)
  • Senior Advisor to President Obama David Axelrod (1972)
  • former adviser to President Clinton Dick Morris (1964)
  • Joshua Lederberg (1941) – Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1958
  • Robert Fogel (1944) – Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 1993
  • Roald Hoffmann (1954) – Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1981
  • Richard Axel (1963) – Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2004


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