- Bronx High School of Science
Infobox Secondary school
name = The Bronx High School of Science
motto = "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination" --John Dewey
city = Bronx
state = NY 10468
country = USA
type = Public (Selective Magnet) Secondary
principal = Valerie J. Reidy
faculty = 139 [ [http://schools.nyc.gov/daa/SchoolReports/05asr/210445.pdf 2004-2005 ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT] , Bronx High School of Science.]
enrollment = 2,676 [ [http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/10/X445/AboutUs/Statistics/register.htm About Us: Statistics] , Bronx High School of Science.]
grades = 9–12
address = 75 West 205th Street
district = 1
sports mascot = Wolverines
colors = Green and Gold
newspaper = " [http://www.bxscience.edu/survey Science Survey] "
yearbook = "The Observatory"
free_label_1 = Phone
free_1 = (718) 817-7700
free_label_2 = Admissions
free_2 = Competitive Examination
free_label_3 = Tuition
free_3 = None
website = [http://www.bxscience.edu/ www.bxscience.edu]
The Bronx High School of Science (commonly called Bronx Science, Bronx Sci, or just Science, and officially known as H.S. 445) is a specialized
New York City public high school. Founded in 1938, it is currently located in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx. Admission is by an exam open to all grade-eligible students in New York City, reportedly taken by more than 20,000 students annually.cite web | url=http://www.city-journal.org/html/9_2_how_gothams_elite.html | title=How Gotham’s Elite High Schools Escaped the Leveller’s Ax | author=Heather Mac Donald | publisher=City Journal | date=Spring 1999 | accessdate=2007-08-12] Although known for its focus on mathematicsand science, Bronx Science also concentrates intensively on the humanitiesand social sciences. As a result, it has continually attracted gifted students with a wide variety of interests.
Bronx Science has developed a worldwide reputation [Speech by Singapore's Minister for Education: cite web | url=http://www.moe.gov.sg/speeches/2007/sp20070423_print.htm | title=SPEECH BY MR THARMAN SHANMUGARATNAM, MINISTER FOR EDUCATION & SECOND MINISTER FOR FINANCE, AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE HIGH SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE (NUS HIGH SCHOOL)| publisher=Singapore Ministry of Education | date=2007-04-23 |accessdate=2007-08-12] [The Manila Science High School in the Philippines was modeled after Bronx Science's curriculum. cite web | url=http://www.geocities.com/demokrasya/paaralan/htmls/index.html | title=History of the Philippines' First Science High School | publisher=40th Commencement Exercises Yearbook, Manila Science High School | year=2003 | accessdate=2007-08-12] as one of the best [See, for example, this: cite web|url=http://www.ece.unm.edu/morenews/brueck.htm | title=Brueck Promoted to UNM Distinguished Professor | publisher=University of New Mexico | date=2006-10-26 | accessdate=2007-08-12] high schools in the United States, public or private, ranking twentieth in "U.S. News and World Report's" 2007 list of America's best "Gold-Medal" high schools. [cite web | url=http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2007/11/29/gold-medal-schools.html | title=Gold Medal Schools | publisher="U.S. News and World Report" | date=2007-11-29 | accessdate=2008-01-11] It attracts an intellectually gifted blend of culturally, ethnically, [cite book | title=One Nation, One Standard: An Ex-Liberal on How Hispanics Can Succeed Just Like Other Immigrant Groups | author=Herman Badillo | publisher=Sentinel | year=2006 | page=28] [ cite web | url=http://www.blackboardawards.com/downloads/BBA_2006_Numbers_HS.pdf | title=By the Numbers: Public, Private and Religious High Schools | publisher=The Blackboard Awards | year=2006 | accessdate=2007-08-12|format=PDF] and economically diverse students from New York City.Joseph Berger, " [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F03E3DE1231F937A25752C0A9659C8B63 How Do You Get To Bronx Science? The Yellow Bus; A Private Transportation Service Fosters the Queens Connection"] . "New York Times", January 14, 2003.] Its students are required to study five major subjects each semester, as compared to four major subjects required in nearly all of the other public high schools.
Almost all Bronx Science graduates go on to four-year colleges; many attend
Ivy Leagueand other highly selective schools. [ [http://www.city-journal.org/html/9_2_how_gothams_elite.html "How Gotham’s Elite High Schools Escaped the Leveller’s Ax"] , by Heather Mac Donald, "City Journal", Spring 1999.] Bronx Science has counted 131 finalists in the prestigious Intel(formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search, the largest number of any high school. [ [http://www2.bxscience.edu/alum/bhss/sts.htm Intel awards] ] Seven Nobel Prize-winning scientists — more than any other secondary education institution in the world — and seven Pulitzer Prize-winning authors are among the many notable Bronx Science graduates. [ [http://www2.bxscience.edu/alum/#nobel Bronx Science alumni Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners] ] [ [http://www2.bxscience.edu/alum/profiles/awards.htm Other National Awards] ]
Bronx Science is a member of the
National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology(NCSSSMST). [cite web | url=http://www.ncsssmst.org/institutionalmembers.aspx | title=NCSSSMST Institutional Members | accessdate=2007-08-14] Together with Stuyvesant High Schooland Brooklyn Technical High School, it is one of three original "specialized" science high schools operated by the New York City Department of Education.
The Bronx High School of Science was founded in
1938as a specialized science and math high school for boys, by resolution of the Board of Education of the City of New York, with Morris Meisteras the first principal and guiding light of the school. They were given use of an antiquated Gothic-gargoyled edifice located at Creston Avenue and 184th Street. The building, built in 1918for Evander Childs High School, had been successively occupied by Walton High School ( 1930) and by an annex of DeWitt Clinton High School( 1935). The initial faculty were comprised in part by a contingent from Stuyvesant High School. [cite paper|title=(Former) Stuyvesant High School|publisher=Landmarks Preservation Commission|url=http://www.stuyvesant.ourstrongband.org/LandMarkDesignation/Stuy%20Landmark%20Designation.pdf|date= 1997-05-20|accessdate=2006-05-28|format=PDF] Principal Meister put his imprint on the school from its formation, for example selecting as school colors "green to represent chlorophyll and gold the sun, both of which are essential to the chain of life." [ [http://www.bxscience.edu/about.jsp?rn=2690 About Bronx Science] , The Bronx High School of Science.]
Expansion to co-education
Bronx Science started with about 150 ninth year students and 250 tenth year students, the remaining facilities of the building being used by DeWitt Clinton. As Science became larger, the Clinton contingent was gradually returned to its own main building. During their joint occupation, which lasted for 2 years, until
1940, the two schools had separate teaching staff and classes, but the same supervision and administration.
1946, as a result of the efforts of Principal Meister, the faculty, and the Parents Association, the school became co-ed, preceding its rival schools Stuyvesant ( 1969) by 23 years, and Brooklyn Tech ( 1972) by 26 years. This opened the doors to gifted and talented girls of New York, giving them equal opportunity to pursue a quality education in a specialized high school, previously denied to them.
1958, Morris Meister, after 20 years as the principal of the school, resigned to become the first president of the newly organized Bronx Community College. Alexander Taffel succeeded Meister as principal.
The move to modern facilities
From the very beginning, a campaign for a new building was conducted by the Parents Association and Principal Morris Meister. Working with the Board of Education and the City of New York took twenty years to see the dream become a reality, but under Principal Taffel's guidance, plans were finally completed for a new building specifically designed by the large architectural firm of Emery Roth and Sons [ [http://www.nyc-architecture.com/ARCH/ARCH-EmeryRoth.htm About the architect] ] and equipped for the Bronx High School of Science. The new building would be on 205th Street near Bedford Park Boulevard, in a predominantly institutional area, commonly referred to as the "Educational Mile" between DeWitt Clinton High School and its large football field on one side, and Harris Field and
Hunter College(now Lehman College) on the other. On March 3, 1959, students and faculty occupied the new building for the first time, solving the problem of how to move the books from the old library to the new in typical Bronx Science manner: on Friday afternoon each student took home five library books from the old building, and on Monday returned them to the new one.
They entered a school equipped with the most modern facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and technical studio areas, all designed to the specific needs of the specialized Bronx Science curriculum. Gracing the main lobby entrance was a large, 63-foot, Venetian glass mosaic mural depicting major figures from the history of science such as
Marie Curieand Charles Darwinunder the protective hands of a God-like figure representing knowledge, with this quote from John Dewey: "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination." The mural is an original work of art by Frank J. Reillyentitled "Humanities Protecting Biology, Physics, Chemistry," reflecting the breadth of the school's mission: to excel not only in the sciences and mathematics for which it was founded, but also in the humanities. Legions of students over the years, bemoaning the lack of swimming facilities, have sarcastically referred to the mural as "the Science swimming pool", perpetuating the idea - perhaps apochryphal - that a choice was made to fund a mural rather than a pool in the new building; but the mural continues to epitomize the special nature of the Bronx High School of Science. [cite web|url=http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/city_of_stars/03_bronx_hs.html|title=Special Feature—City of Stars|first=Neil deGrasse|last=Tyson|publisher= Natural History Magazine|accessdate=2006-11-10]
The move was not without incident. In the first spring of the move, rumors swept the school that various Bronx youth street gangs were coming to the school, and that the Fordham Baldies would shave the hair of Science students. This never happened. Another incident did happen that spring: The first time Science girls appeared on the outdoor physical education field in skimpy shorts/t-shirts (which probably showed less than in the average high school in 2006), some students from the neighboring, all-male
DeWitt Clinton High Schoolcharged the separation fence between their field and the Science field. The fence held, but the female students exercised indoors for the remainder of that year.
When Bronx Science celebrated its silver anniversary in June 1963, President
John F. Kennedyhailed it as "a significant and pathfinding example of a special program devoted to the development of the student gifted in science and mathematics." The President had occasion to know the quality of the school's product since he had recently selected one of its graduates, Harold Brown, of the class of 1943, for the position of Director of Defense Research and Engineering; he would later serve as Secretary of Defense under President Jimmy Carter.
Holocaust Museum and Studies Center
1978, Stuart S. Elenko, a popular Social Studies faculty member, single-handedly founded a Holocaust Museum and Studies Center at Bronx Science. It has been funded by grants, donations, and the New York City Council. The Museum was one of the first of its kind in the United States, and houses an impressive collection of rare documents, photographs, artifacts and other material from the Nazi era; the Studies Center sponsors speakers and puts together and distributes educational materials about the Holocaust. The Museum has had over 60,000 visitors, and has received wide acclaim from leaders in the field. In 2003, the Museum celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a gala. In 2004an anonymous benefactor - an alumnus of the school - made a very large donation which is allowing the Museum to modernize and be totally revamped; eventually it will move out of the library where it now resides, and turned into a full-sized museum. In 2006, the Museum finally moved out of its original home into a larger space. Its facilities have been upgraded to include a plasma television screen and a computer to display presentations about different topics related to the Holocaust. Renovations are still being made to improve the aesthetics of the new location.
Tours of the museum are given by students in the Holocaust Leadership Class to any guest that requests one, as well as to sophomore World History students. The Museum and the tours have received tremendous reviews and only add to the excellent educational experience. [ [http://shalomriverdale.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=114174 Donor Gives New Lease on Life to Holocaust Studies Center ] ]
When Alexander Taffel retired as principal in
1978, the chairman of the Biological Science Department, Milton Kopelman, became Principal. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940CE4DA153AF936A15752C0A961958260 "Alexander Taffel Dies at 86; Championed Bronx Science"] , " The New York Times", January 25, 1997. Accessed April 11, 2008.] He remained so for over ten years. Upon Principal Kopelman's retirement in 1990, long-time faculty member and Biology Assistant Principal Vincent Galasso became Principal. He was followed by Physical Science Department Assistant Principal Stanley Blumenstein, a 1963graduate of Bronx Science.
2000William Stark, a popular Assistant Principal of the Social Studies Department, was appointed Acting Principal. He was expected to move up to the Principal's office, when Chancellor Harold O. Levy decided to try to find a Nobel laureate to become Principal; that effort failed, but Stark was still not offered the job as principal. Stark gave an ultimatum which said that if he wasn't officially offered the job by a certain date, he would take another position being offered to him elsewhere. When the deadline came and went, Stark accepted a job as Principal of Manhasset High School. Many faculty and parents were upset that Stark was not appointed in a timely way and thus had left the school; Vincent Galasso agreed to an interim appointment for one term in 2001. Then, despite Levy's desire to appoint a Nobel laureate, Valerie J. Reidy, Assistant Principal of the Biology Department, was appointed Principal in September 2001; she was the first woman Principal in the school's history. She has been a controversial figure, and several teachers left the school in response to her becoming principal. Some teachers have openly criticized her to newspapers, and the general opinion of the students is one of dislike. [cite paper|title=Teacher flight feared at elite high school|publisher=Columbia University Journalism School|url=http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/studentwork/bronxbeat/2001/030501/science0305_01.html|date= 2001-03-05|accessdate=2006-10-22] [cite paper|title=Showdown At Bronx Science|publisher=The New York Sun|url=http://www.nysun.com/article/14560|date= 2005-05-27|accessdate=2006-10-31] Most recently, this resulted in student protests in 2005 and 2008 [ cite web|url=http://www.nysun.com/article/69594 |title=Students Stage Walkout At Bronx Science |accessdate=2008-02-05 |date=2008-01-16 |work=The Sun |publisher=The Sun ] objecting to the administration's policy on cutting classes, and worrying that the administration's policies are driving away teachers deemed insubordinate.
The Bronx High School of Science has a student body of about 2,800 students. Admission is based exclusively on an entrance examination, known as the
Specialized High Schools Admissions Test(SHSAT), [ [http://schools.nyc.gov/OurSchools/HSDirectory/SpecializedHighSchoolsStudentHandbook.htm DEAD LINK] (Specialized High Schools Student Handbook)] open to all eighth and ninth grade New York City students interested in attending one of the specialized schools. Each year, thousands of students from the five boroughs of New York City take this comprehensive examination covering math (word problems and computation) and verbal (reading comprehension, logical reasoning, unscrambling paragraphs). Out of the 26,000 students taking the entrance examination only about 700 are admitted to Science, based on a system of ranked scores.
The student body is diversified, comprising almost every ethnic group in New York City. In 2008, 59.92% of the school was of Asian descent. [Citation | title =NYC DOE School Portal: Bronx High School of Science(X445): Register, Statistics, About Us | date =
2008-01-22| year =2008 | url =http://www.nycboe.net/SchoolPortals/10/X445/AboutUs/Statistics/register.htm
accessdate =2008-04-01] The students are evenly split between males and females. [ According to Bronx Science FAQs, "The ratio of boys to girls at Science ranges from 51:49 to 49:51, averaging 50:50" [http://www.bxscience.edu/faq.jsp?rn=7178] ]
Facilities and resources
*Computerized & renovated science laboratories, including the
Syracuse University@ Bronx Science Crime Lab and DNA Research Lab
*High speed internet access in every room
*Televisions equipped with DVD/VHS players in every room
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectiondetailid=1737 Advanced library]
:The Bronx Science Library supports the student body by providing extensive resources ranging from traditional print and microform to electronic subscription e-journals and databases rivaling many higher institutions. Located on the first floor just off the main lobby, the library is composed of three smaller rooms encompassing approximately 65,000 square feet (6,000 m²) with a seating capacity of 100. Holdings include over 30,000 volumes, 135 different magazines, microforms (including the New York Times on microfilm dating back to 1851) and readers, and computers in the computer room. Every available space is productively used, and presents a comfortable and attractive environment for students who use the library for study, relaxation, and computer activities.
:Especially notable among its electronic resources is
ScienceDirect, a free science journal service provided by Elsevierto a select few science high schools. It is used by students in their own original research endeavors as a gateway to firsthand experience with published scientific research. The library currently also contains the Holocaust Museum and Studies Center. [cite paper|title=Teaching the Fourth ‘R’ of Science Education: Research|publisher=T.H.E. Journal|url=http://thejournal.com/articles/17452|date= 2005-10-01|accessdate=2006-11-02]
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectiondetailid=2418&sc_id=1161483003 Distance Learning Lab]
* [http://www.animalroom.org/ Animal Room]
* [http://www.bxscience.edu/holocaust/Holocaust.htm Nationally renowned on-site Holocaust Museum]
* [http://www.slowfoodla.com/images/nyt-bronxgarden.pdf#search=%22bronx%20science%20greenhouse%22 2 rooftop greenhouses]
*Foreign Language Multimedia Learning Center
*As of Sept. 2006, a campus-wide wireless internet (
WiFi) is now available and fully functional.
*Rooftop solar arrays:Completed in February 2006, the installation of solar panels provides advanced instructional facilities. The 33.6 kW (DC) photovoltaic (PV) arrays consist of 168 Sharp Solar 200 watt DC PV modules laminated to PowerLight's flat-roof PowerGuard mounting system and utilizes a Xantrex PV-30208 30 kW AC 3 phase inverter. Integration with the school's computer network provides a hands-on approach with an economical and ecological power source by allowing students to monitor the solar panels' production of electricity in real time, while reaping savings on energy cost. A screen just off the main lobby displays production data at every moment. [cite paper|title=Sunlight as Energy|publisher=New York Power Authority|url=http://www.nypa.gov/annualreport/2005AR/sec8.htm|accessdate=2006-12-02]
Bronx Science students take a rigorous, well-rounded, college preparatory curriculum that includes four years of lab science, math, English, social studies, three years of foreign language and a year of fine arts, with required courses and a wide selection of electives, including AP classes. Over 600 classes are offered. [ [http://www.bxscience.edu/apps/departments/?rn=2832 Lists of classes] ] Students have an opportunity to do independent research, and many compete in the annual
Intel Science Talent Search(formerly known as "Westinghouse"). After the completion of four years at Bronx Science, and the fulfillment of the Bronx Science academic track, students graduate with a Bronx Science degree - more advanced and more prestigious than a typical New York State Regents Degree.
The core science courses chosen are typically earth sciences,
biology, chemistry, and physics; many students choose to take the Advanced Placementversions of these courses, which allow students to place out of introductory college science courses that match Science rigour. In the life sciences, the students have the additional option of taking a special "double honors" biology course, which features extra laboratory exposure. Science electives include microbiology, physiology, forensic science, human genetics, evolution, astronomy, organic chemistry, electronics and others.
In mathematics, beyond the standard AP courses in AB/BC
calculusand statistics, courses in multivariable calculus and computer science (including AP Computer Science) are among the choices. A course in linear algebra and differential equations was offered for the first time in fall 2007.
Students take four years of English, which also allows for electives, including courses in
journalism, Shakespeare, creative writingand AP English.
Social studies and history classes are required, and include US and world history, economics, with electives in psychology, law, finance, and global studies, among others.
Three years of languages are required. Bronx Science offers French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Russian,
Modern Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. At one time Hebrewand German were also offered. Students are required to take Technical Drawing (formerly known as Mechanical Drawing) and a Science Techniques Laboratory course; technology courses include engineering and architectural drawing, telescope making, computerized graphics, robotics technology, and medical illustration. Art and Music Appreciation are also required courses, with a range of studio art electives and music performance electives available.
Health and Physical Education courses are also required, with activities including step aerobics, weight training, basketball, skating, and yoga.
*ENGLISH- Dramatic Tragedy & Comedy, Women in Literature, A Study in Evil, Shakespeare: Behind the Scenes, Poetry & Inner Visions, Basic and Advanced Acting, Play Production, Journalism Workshop, Yearbook Workshop, Introduction to College Health
*SOCIAL STUDIES- Mock Trials, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Constitutional Law, The Principles of Economics and Finance, Film Studio, Holocaust Leadership Class, Social Science Research Projects
*MATHEMATICS- Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Senior Math Team, Junior Math Team, Math Projects, Visual Basic, Advanced Computer Programming, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
*BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES- Biology Research, Animal Behavior & Human Psychology, Human Genetics & Evolution, Plant Physiology and Horticulture, Nutritional Science, Microbiology, Forensic Biology, Biomedical Ethics
*PHYSICAL SCIENCES - Physical Science Research, Organic Chemistry, Earth System Science (Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, Geology), Modern Frontiers in Chemistry, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Electronics, Physics of Engineering
*FOREIGN LANGUAGE- Honors Literature Courses in French, Modern Greek and Spanish. Honors Conversation courses in French, Italian & Spanish. College level Russian. Intermediate Korean Language and Culture.
*TECHNOLOGY- Photography, Internetworking, Architectural Drafting, Computer Technology, Principles of Engineering, Computer Graphics, Cisco Networking, Advanced Internetworking, Theater Technology, Robotics Technology, Television Production Technology
*FINE ARTS and MUSIC- Studio in Drawing and Design, Studio in Painting, Studio in Sculpture, Orchestra, Chorus, Band
*HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION- Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Aerobatics, Whiffle Ball, Pickle Ball, Gymnastics, Yoga, Weight Training, Fitness, Flag Football, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, In-Line Skating, Hockey
Advanced Placement courses
*ENGLISH- English Literature, English Language and Composition
*SOCIAL STUDIES- American History, European History, World History, U.S. Government and Politics (1 Year), U.S. Government and Politics (2 Years), Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
*MATHEMATICS- Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science (JAVA)
*SCIENCE- Biology, Environmental Science, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics without Calculus, Physics with Calculus
*LANGUAGE- Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, French Language, French Literature, Italian Language & Culture, Latin (Virgil), Latin Poetry (Catullus/Ovid), Japanese Language
*ARTS- Studio Art, Art History, Music Theory
Along with a rigorous academic foundation and an array of extracurricular choices, students are provided with original research opportunities in the biological, physical, and social sciences, and programs that hone students' investigative skills and prepare them for academic competitions. Interested students may apply for research programs in their freshman year and begin a three-year sequence of voluntary work on their projects in their sophomore year. During this time, students collaborate with scientists at local laboratories to develop and complete an independent research project, usually concentrated during two summers. The program culminates in the writing of a scientific paper in the senior year, which is submitted to various competitions, such as the Intel Science Talent Search ("Westinghouse") competition. Since the inception of this prestigious national competition in 1942, Bronx Science has accumulated the highest number of finalists: 125.
*"The Observatory" is Bronx Science's prizewinning yearbook.
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=2804&sc_id=1157841109 "Science Survey"] is Bronx Science's entirely student-run newspaper. Students manage everything: reporting, layout, design, editing, and final production. The paper runs purely on funds from its advertisers, with no fiscal school support. The paper is distributed 5 times per year, gratis. "Survey" has been the name of the Bronx Science student newspaper since the founding of the school in 1938.
* [http://www.bxscience.edu/math_bulletin.jsp?rn=2931 "Math Bulletin"] is the annual publication of the Bronx Science Mathematics Department. Student term papers, original student mathematics research, and interesting topics in mathematics are featured.
* [http://www.bxscience.edu/reactions.jsp?rn=2931 "Reactions"] is a school publication written by Physical Science students.
*"Dynamo" is the literary magazine of the Bronx Science English Department. The entire student body is encouraged to submit original poems and other works which are considered for publication.
*Bronx Science publishes an annual Biology Journal. It is a joint venture between students and the faculty of the Biology Department to document advances in the field, both within Bronx Science and in the outside world. Each themed issue contains interviews, commentaries, artwork, featured student research papers, and abstracts from every student Biology research project that year (see Research).
*"Exposition" is an annual production of the Bronx Science Social Studies Department. [ [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectiondetailid=2591&sc_id=1165189992 Exposition - Home ] ]
=Traditions and Events [ [http://bxscience.edu/apps/events/view_calendar.jsp?id=0 School Calendar ] ] =
Earth Day Festival- hosted annually by the LEAP club on Earth Day. Features musical performances, guest speakers at an assembly, and educational programs in courtyard. [http://home.earthlink.net/~bxscience/ Earth Day]
* Day of Silence- an annual event hosted by the GSA to educate students about the difficulties faced by the gay, lesbian, and transgender community.
* Winter & Spring Concerts- features performances from Science's bands and chorus.
* Freshman Appreciation Day-a day once known by its abuse of incoming freshman, this day is an event celebrated by upperclassmen with general benevolence toward freshmen.
* Poem In Your Pocket Day
HolocaustRemembrance Assembly, held annually on Yom Hashoah
* Black Organization of Student Strength/West Indian Society cultural assembly-produced by BOSS/WIS
* Lunar New Year - produced by the Lunar New Year Productions club
* SING musical production
* Spring musical
* UNIDAD - produced by UNIDAD
* International Food Fair/Multicultural Day
* Music Festival
* Senior Prom - The Prom is held at the Starlight Ballroom at the
Waldorf-Astoriahotel in Manhattan. [cite web | title = Senior Class of 2008 News: Prom Information | publisher = The Bronx High School of Science | url = http://www.bxscience.edu/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=57476&id=14 | accessdate =2008-05-06]
*Baseball: Boys, J.V. & Varsity
*Basketball: Boys & Girls, J.V. & Varsity
*Bowling: Co-ed, Varsity
*Crew: Co-ed, Varsity
*Cross Country: Boys & Girls, Varsity
*Fencing: Coed, Varsity
*Golf: Boys & Girls, Varsity
*Gymnastics: Boys & Girls, Varsity
*Handball: Boys & Girls, Varsity
*Indoor and Outdoor Track: Boys & Girls, Varsity
*Soccer: Boys & Girls, Varsity
*Softball: Girls, J.V. & Varsity
*Swimming: Boys & Girls, [ [http://www.psal.org/psalsports/team/psal_teamprofile.asp?cschool=10501&csport=023 (
PSALplayoff team] for past 15 years)] Varsity
*Tennis: Boys & Girls, Varsity
*Volleyball: Boys & Girls, J.V. & Varsity
*Ultimate Frisbee: Coed, Club team
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=330 Speech and Debate Team]
Founded in 1969 by renowned debate coach Richard B. Sodikow, the Bronx High School of Science Speech and Debate Team has been prominent and successful. With the creation of the annual
Lincoln-Douglas Debatein 1979, came the creation of the Bronx Science LD squad which has had national success. David Yalof won the national championship in 1984, and two years later, Hee-Sun Hong received the first-ever Tournament of Champions title in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. In 1988, Jonathan Koppell and Peter Colavito closed out the final round of the Tournament of Champions.
Bronx Science debaters have amassed many major titles:
Emory University's Barkley Forum for High Schools, the HarvardNational Invitational, the Lexington Winter Classic, Hendrick Hudson, T.A. Edison, University of Southern California, Villiger, the Northeast Regional Championships, the Newark Debates, the Westchester Classic, the Robert J. Kaiser Invitational, the Scarsdale Jeffrey Williams Lincoln-Douglas Debate Championship, Woodward Academy Novice Nationals, Woodward Academy Second Year Nationals, the MBA Round Robin, the Bronx Round Robin, the Glenbrooks Round Robin. [ [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=330 Speech & Debate Team - Welcome! ] ] [ [http://victorybriefsdaily.com/2008/02/09/bobby-esnard-wins-scarsdale/ BOBBY ESNARD WINS SCARSDALE: Matt Ross Also Wins Novice Title for Bronx Science; Regis Takes Public Forum] , "Victory Briefs Daily", Feb. 9, 2008.] [ [http://victorybriefsdaily.com/2008/04/06/bronx-science-closes-out-second-year-nationals-larry-liu-is-novice-national-champion/ BRONX SCIENCE CLOSES OUT SECOND-YEAR NATIONALS; LARRY LIU IS NOVICE NATIONAL CHAMPION: Bronx Science Wins Second-Year Policy Tournament] , "Victory Briefs Daily", April 6, 2008.]
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=320 Ocean Sciences Bowl Team] , for the [http://www.nosb.org/ National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition]
*Moot Court Team competes in the New York City Bar Association's Moot Court Competition
*Mock Trial Team
* [http://www.bxsciborgs.com/ Robotics Team] . The Bronx Science Robotics Team (
FIRSTTeam 1155) [http://www.bxsciborgs.org] competes annually in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team is an extensive collaboration between students and faculty to design, fund, and construct a winning robot. :*Winners, 2007 New York City Regional Chairman's Award :*Winners, 2007 New Jersey Regional Finalists:*Winners, 2006 New York City Engineering Inspiration Awardhttp://bxsciborgs.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=39] http://www.archive.org/download/BronxScienceRoboticsTeam_10/parentnightpowerpoint.ppt SciBorgs Prospective Parent's Night Presentation] :*Winners, 2005 New York City Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers Entrepreneurship Award:*Winners, 2004 New York City Delphi Driving Tomorrow Award
* [http://bxsciacs.org/ American Cancer Society, Bronx Science Chapter]
* [http://www.animalroom.org/ Animal Room Squad]
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=338 ARISTA Honor Society]
*Art & Cartoonists Society
*BOSS/WIS (Black Organization for Student Strength/West Indian Society)
*Children's Charity Club
*Chinese Students Union
*Circle of Racial Understanding
*Computer Technology Society
*Current Events Club
*Defenders of Wildlife
*Digital Media Club
*Eastern European Club
*Eastern Religion Club
*Echobelly (Poetry Workshop)
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=340 Exposition History magazine]
*Foreign Film Club
* [http://www.bxscience.edu/go_club.jsp?rn=7223 Go Club]
*Health and Fitness Forum
*Hellenic Cultural Society
*Indian Cultural Society
*Japanese Animation Club
*Japanese Culture Club
* [http://yanaboo.com/jcs Judaic Cultural Society]
*Junior Electrical Engineers
*La Tour Eiffel
* [http://www.thebslc.com/ Latin Club]
* [http://home.earthlink.net/~bxscience/ League for Environmental and Animal Protection (LEAP) Club]
* [http://lnyp.amoenita.net/ Lunar New Year Productions]
* [http://www.geocities.com/mediaactivismclub/ Media Activism Club]
* [http://www.freewebs.com/bxscimun/ Model UN Club]
*Muslim Student Association
*Origami and Crafts
*Perspectives ~ Outreach
* [http://www.bxscipremed.org/ Pre-Medical Society]
*Radio & Space Comm
*Random Acts of Kindness
*Red Cross Club
* [http://www.bxsciborgs.org/ Robotics Team]
*Russian Cultural Society
*Science Fiction Fantasy
*SING, student produced musical
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=330 Speech and Debate Team]
*Stock Market Club
*Students Against Violence Everywhere
*Table Tennis Club
*The Other Box
*Tibetan Cultural Society
* [http://www.myspace.com/itsunidad UNIDAD]
*Urban Dance Club
*Young Republican Club
The school's dress code has evolved over the years. Once boys were required to wear ties and "collar" shirts and not allowed to wear "patch-pocket" pants (jeans) or hats; girls were required to wear skirts or dresses, no matter what the weather. Offenders were sent home if they were not dressed according to the rules. Many girls walking to school in the winter along wind-swept Goulden Avenue between the Jerome Park Reservoir and Clinton's football field, wore slacks under their skirts and removed them when they arrived at school. Boots also had to be removed.
In 1968 the students successfully demanded that the dress code be relaxed; girls then were allowed to wear slacks and boys could wear t-shirts.
Today's students still are not allowed to wear hats (a NYC Department of Education rule), and the dress regulations are less specific, forbidding clothing that is "distracting", "offensive", or "degrading"; anything promoting drug use or offensive language is similarly banned; and "undergarments must not be visible, and tops and bottoms of outer garments must meet or overlap". ["Student Rules and Responsibilities" (January 2002) Very few of these rules are regularly enforced. http://www.bxscience.edu/student_rules_responsibilities.jsp?rn=1128.]
The Bronx Science faculty comprises educators who possibly represent one of the most highly qualified high-school teaching staffs in the world. Many hold advanced degrees, including the
Ph.D., in their field, and many have taught at universities. A rigorous hiring process fosters qualified staff: Unlike most New York City public schools, teachers are not hired according to seniority. Instead, teachers are interviewed and a committee of current teachers from the department meets to decide whether or not an individual upholds the qualities of a potential Bronx Science faculty member. So, although many new teachers are young and un-tenured, they come to the classroom familiar with the up-to-date methods of instruction.
Strong alumni relations are apparent at Bronx Science. In fact, many teachers are alumni of the school: Michael Contente (ret. June 2007), the former coordinator of the Department of Mathematics (1966); Jean M. Donahue, Ph.D., the assistant principal of the Department of Biology (1977); Fred Levy, assistant principal of the art, music, and technology departments; David Cohen (math and technology), Richard Lee (biology), Sherrill Mirsky (math), James Perna (math), Beatrice Robertson (math), and Polly Schoenfeld (English). Surprisingly, because of such relations, many teachers have had other teachers as students at Science at some time during their career. There are other distinctions in the faculty. For example, one member of the Bronx Science faculty, Lateef O. Giwa,
M.D., was a cardiothoracic surgeon for 39 years prior to becoming a science teacher at the school. [ [http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/Dr-Lateef-Giwa-MD-39197385.cfm Dr. Lateef O. Giwa, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, located in Floral Park, NY - Free reports and ratings ] ]
Many teachers are approachable and willing to help students. Students can speak to their teachers before and after class, or schedule a conference with their teachers during lunch or a free period. Students can also communicate with their teachers via
Many teachers also play an active role in the advancement of the school's vision. For example, Fanny K. Ennever, Ph.D., a teacher in the Physical Science Department and adjunct assistant professor at
Columbia University, [ [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mpaenvironment/pages/faculty.html Columbia University's MPA in Environmental Science and Policy ] ] was responsible for securing a $27,500 grant in both 2004 and 2005 for developing and modifying the Bronx Science chemistry laboratory curriculum, in order to make sessions less "cookbook" and more inquiry-based. [http://www.dreyfus.org/sg05awards.shtml]
Every year, the senior members of ARISTA
National Honor Societyvote for the Honored Teacher Award, honoring a teacher they believe has gone well above and beyond the call of duty in educating their students. No one teacher can win this distinction more than once, thereby ensuring that all teachers have a chance to be acknowledged. Winners of the award include Patricia Nunez, Gregory Greene, and James Perna. During the 2007-2008 school year, the award was offered and shared amongst Mr. Reutershan (Multivariable Calculus), Dr. Wheeler (Advanced Placement Biology), and Mrs. Ramos (Advanced Placement Chemistry).
In Season 1, Episode 18 of
The West Wing, Mallory O'Brienmentions Bronx Science in a discussion of public school reform and school vouchers. Rob Lowe's character, Sam Seabornsays, “ Boston Latin, the oldest public school in the country, is still the best secondary school in New England.” Mallory O'Brien replies "They all can't be Boston Latin and Bronx Science."
In the television show
Head of the Class, Bronx Science is named explicitly throughout the show as Fillmore High School's rival, often appearing against them in academic competitions.
Notable alumni and former students
The Bronx High School of Science counts seven
Nobel Prize-winning physicists among its graduates:
Leon N. Cooper1947, Brown Universityawarded the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics
*Sheldon L. Glashow 1950,
Boston University, awarded the 1979Nobel Prize in Physics
Steven Weinberg1950, University of Texas at Austin, awarded the 1979Nobel Prize in Physics
Melvin Schwartz1949, Columbia University, awarded the 1988Nobel Prize in Physics
Russell A. Hulse1966, Princeton University, awarded the 1993Nobel Prize in Physics
H. David Politzer1966, California Institute of Technology, awarded the 2004Nobel Prize in Physics
Roy J. Glauber1941, Harvard University, awarded the 2005Nobel Prize in Physics
No other secondary school in the world has as many alumni who have won Nobel Prizes.
If Bronx Science were a country, it would be tied at 23rd with Spain for number of Nobel laureates (as of 2008). Were Bronx Science a university, it would be tied for 58th place, matching UNC-Chapel Hill, UMD and McGill, while beating Ivy League schools Brown and Dartmouth, as well as academic powerhouses such as Purdue, the University of Virginia, and Swarthmore.
Bronx Science also has six
Pulitzer Prize-winning graduates:
*William Sherman 1963, reporter at the "
New York Daily News", awarded 1974
William Safire1947, author and columnist at " The New York Times", awarded 1978
Joseph Lelyveld1954, Executive Editor at "The New York Times", awarded 1986
Bernard L. Stein1959, Editor of the " Riverdale Press", awarded 1998
William Taubman1958, Professor of Political Scienceat Amherst College, awarded 2004
Gene Weingarten, 1968, reporter and columnist for The Washington Post, awarded 2008[ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2005/07/19/DI.html Chatological Humor* (Updated 7.29.05) ] ]
Six alumni have won the
National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor bestowed by the U.S. President and thus far awarded to 425 scientists and engineers. Bronx Science also counts among its graduates twenty-nine current members of the United States National Academy of Sciences(NAS), an honor attained by only about 2,000 American scientists. Twenty-two Bronx Science graduates are current members of the United States National Academy of Engineering(NAE), ten are current members of the Institute of Medicine(IOM), and at least one is a current member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Other notable graduates and former students include: [See also [http://www2.bxscience.edu/alum/1959/1959history.htm] for a different take on Notables in the class of 1959.]
Bruce Ackerman1961, constitutional law scholar, Yale Law School
Richard Alba1959, sociologist of Italian-American life, Vice-President Emeritus of American Sociological Association
Bruce Ames1946, biologist, winner of National Medal of Science
Judith Baumel1973, poet, winner " Walt Whitman Award", 1987
Peter S. Beagle1955, author, singer, guitarist, best known for The Last Unicorn
James Bethea1982, producer/television executive
Rosemary Bravo1969, Vice Chairman, Burberry, former President, Saks Fifth Avenue
*Harold Brown 1943, former U.S. Secretary of Defense (
Joseph Capecci1951, US InventorSpace Race, Architect, Dean CCNY, Nuclear Waste Disposal Activist
Stokely Carmichael1960, Black Poweractivist
Majora Carter1984, recipient of MacArthur Foundationfellowship ("genius grant")
Gregory Chaitin1964, mathematician, computer scientist
*Marsha Alpert Chandler 1961, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at the
Salk Institute; former Executive Vice Chancellor, University of California San Diego
Dominic Chianese1948, actor (best known as " Uncle Junior" on the HBO series The Sopranos)
Gregory Cooper1978, Chief of Gastroentorology and colon cancer studies at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH.
Jon Cryer1983, actor
*Richard J. Danzig 1961, 71st Secretary of the U.S. Navy
Bobby Darin(as Walden Robert Cassotto) 1953, singer, songwriter, actor
Samuel Delany1960, science fictionauthor
E. L. Doctorow1948, author of " Ragtime" and other books
Jonah Falcon1988, talk show host
Jon Favreau1984, actor/director
Jerald G. Fishman,1962, CEO, Analog Devices
Jeffrey S. Flier,1964, Dean, Harvard Medical School
Todd Gitlin1959, writer and social critic, former head, Students for a Democratic Society
Harrison J. Goldin1953, former NYC Comptroller
Mark Gottdiener1960, sociologist/urbanist/semiotician
Jeff Greenfield1960, CNN reporter/commentator
Gene Grossman1973, former Chair, Department of Economics, Princeton University
Pablo Guzmán(as Paul Guzman) 1968, CBS-2 reporter
Clyde Haberman1962, "New York Times" reporter/columnist
Marilyn Hacker1959, poet, winner of National Book Award
*Michael Hirsh 1960s, head, Cookie Jar group (animation); founder,
Martin Hellman, 1962, cryptologist
Scott Ian(as Scott Ian Rosenfeld) 1982, rock musician
Martin Jay,1961, prominent intellectual historian
*Michael Kay 1978,
New York Yankeessportscaster
Thomas Keenan, 1966, Internet culture scholar and university dean
Leonard Kleinrock, 1951, computer scientist
Leslie Lamport, 1957, computer scientist
Elliott Landy, 1959, Woodstock photographer
Leonard Lauder, 1950, former president Estee Lauder Inc., and an heir to the Estee Lauder fortune.
Ronald Lauder1961, former NYC mayoral candidate and an heir to the Estee Lauder fortune, former US Ambassador to Austria
Bill Lann Lee1967, United States Assistant Attorney Generalfor Civil Rights, Clinton Administration
James Kyson Lee1993, actor
*Jeanette Lee, professional pool player (attended, did not graduate)
Harold O. Levy1970, former New York City Schools' Chancellor
Daniel Libeskind1965, architect of Freedom Tower, Berlin Holocaust Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, etc.
John Liu1985, New York City Council Member
Nita Lowey1955, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Anthony Marx1977, President, Amherst College
Marvin Minsky1945, computer scientist
Robert Moog1952, synthesized music pioneer
Al Nagler, 1953, optical engineer, founder of Televue
Lars-Erik Nelson, 1959, award-winning correspondent and columnist for New York Daily News, Newsweek, Newsday
Jay Pasachoff1959, astronomy professor
Martin Peretz1955, editor-in-chief, The New Republicmagazine
Kevin Phillips, 1957, author and political analyst
*Richard Price 1967, author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter
*Robert Price 1950, New York State Commissioner of Investigation
Paul Provenza, 1975, actor
Christopher "Kid" Reid1982, rap musician and actor
David Ren, writer/director
Donald L. Ritter, former Member of Congress
George Ritzer1958, sociologist
Daphne Maxwell Reid1966, actress
*Lee Bam Rubenstein 1976, Fire Chief CommHeed Fire Service,
USAF Firefighter, Disabled American Veterans, Instructor for Texas A&M University's Brayton Fire Training Field
Frank Rosenblatt1946, computer pioneer
*Jun John Sakurai 1951, theoretical physicist
Joel Sherman, 1979, Scrabble champion
Ben Shneiderman1964, developer of computer visualization and human-computer interaction
Karina Smirnoff, professional ballroom Latin dancer
April Smith1967, author, Emmy-nominated television producer and writer
Dava Sobel1964, author
Michael I. Sovern, former President of Columbia University
Norman Spinrad1957, science fiction author and screenwriter
Robert Strom1961, 2nd biggest winner, The $64,000 QuestionTV show
Worley Thorne, 1950, TV writer and script consultant ("The Paper Chase," "Dallas," "Star Trek: The Next Generation")
Neil deGrasse Tyson1976, Director, Hayden Planetariumat American Museum of Natural History
David Viniar1972, Chief Financial Officer, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Eliot Wald1962, TV and film writer (" Saturday Night Live," " Camp Nowhere")
Gary Weiss,1971, journalist and author
Barry Wellman1959, sociologist, founder of International Network for Social Network Analysis, Fellow - Royal Society of Canada
Wolf Wigo1991, Olympic water polo player, Captain of the US National Water Polo Team
Dave Winer1972, computer scientist, blogger
Grace Wong2004, Miss International 2007semifinalist including Miss Hong Kong 20071st runner up
George Yancopoulos1976, biologist, member of the National Academy of Sciences
::"Words and music by H. Rensin" [ [http://www2.bxscience.edu/alum/bhss/almamater.htm Commencement Declaration and Alma Mater ] ]
Science High our school whose towers reach for truth and light; all for thee our hearts and powers solemnly unite.
Hearken how the chorus heightens as our praises soar; through the years your glory brightens:Science evermore."
In our hearts your name is graven, there to keep immortal. Hope and faith have found a haven, hidden in your portal.
Hearken how the chorus heightens as our praises soar; through the years your glory brightens:Science evermore."
:"Note": "The Class of 1959 began the tradition of adding the irreverent "Oh Baby" as a bridge to the chorus, taking it from the 1958 pop song hit, "At The Hop", by Danny and the Juniors."
* [http://www.bxscience.edu Bronx High School of Science]
* [http://bxscience.ny.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=2 The Bronx High School of Science Home Page (unofficial)]
* [http://www2.bxscience.edu/alum/ Bronx Science Alumni Association]
* [http://www.bxsciencepa.org/ Bronx Science Parent's Association]
* [http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/74843/211D84610C57 LinkedIn Alumni Group]
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