Aviation Career & Technical Education High School

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Aviation High School
"Where Dreams Take Flight!"
45-30 36th Street
Queens, New York 11101
Type Public high school
Established 1936
Principal Deno Charalambous
Faculty 112 FTE
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,244
Color(s) Green and Yellow
Mascot Eagle
Newspaper "The Log"
Yearbook "Solo"

Aviation High School, official name Aviation Career & Technical Education High School,[1] is public high school #Q610 owned and operated by the New York City Department of Education. Formerly known as the School of Aviation Trades (SAT), Aviation High School has operated since 1936. It is ranked by US News and World Report as a 2013 Best High School in the Bronze Category.

It is located in Long Island City, which is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens undergoing widespread redevelopment. The school accepts students selectively. Eileen B. Taylor, principal of Aviation High School since 1991, retired in 2009. The new principal, Deno Charalambous, was formerly the assistant principal of administration and an assistant principal of aircraft maintenance. Mr. Charalambous is also a graduate of the high school, graduating as the class of 1976.

As of the 2013–14 school year, the school has an enrollment of 2,244 students. It also received an "A" rating for the seventh time in a row in the 2012-13 school year.

Educational Emphasis[edit]

Aviation High School is certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the training of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs). Students who successfully complete the school's rigorous technical programs are allowed to take their FAA certification examinations without further qualification.

In order to achieve this, students at the school spend about three to four periods every day in "shop," technology related classes that concentrate on every aspect of an aircraft's structure, systems, and components, as well as more general aviation subjects such as aerodynamics and Federal Aviation Regulations. These specialized classes are taught by FAA-certificated AMTs, many of whom are themselves alumni of the school.

After School Activities[edit]

1.Science Leadership and Robotics 2.National Honor Society 3.Student Government & Leadership 4.Pegasus Society 5.Skills USA 6.Muslim Student Association 7.Christian Club 8.Mural Club 9.Journalism Club 10.Photography and Arts club 11.Aviation Bhangra team 12.Health Corps 13.Computer Science club 14.Key Club 15.Anime and Comic Book Club

Facilities and Physical Plant[edit]

The school's present, main campus, which was completed in 1958, occupies an entire city block at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 36th Street. The six-story school building houses academic classrooms, specialized shop classrooms, and a hangar where seniors apply the skills they have obtained to the maintenance of retired aircraft, many of which were donated by the U.S. military. In October 2000, the school also opened an extension campus at John F. Kennedy International Airport referred to as the Annex.

A 727 donated by FedEx at the school's Annex at JFK Airport
AHS JROTC marchers

Prior to the completion of the Queens Boulevard campus, the school had been located in Manhattan and had been known as the Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades.

Almost 55% of Aviation High School's teachers are alumni.

School Property[edit]

Aviation High School is one of the largest high schools in the city of New York. The school occupies a whole block right next to the 7 train and Queens Blvd. It is composed of six floors, as well as a basement, a hangar with multiple general aviation and World War II planes, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a dedicated ROTC area. The school is divided into two parts, the main part where most administration offices and academic classrooms are located, while a separate wing is dedicated to shop classes that runs from the first floor up to the sixth. An elevator and escalator also runs throughout the six floors of the building.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Michael Bentt, former WBO World Heavyweight Champion and actor went to Aviation H.S. for three years prior to dropping out when selected for the U.S National Boxing Team.
  • Greg Boyer, former United States men's national water polo team member, 1988 Summer Olympics silver medalist, and 1998 inductee to USA Water Polo Hall of Fame.
  • Whitey Ford attended and graduated from Aviation High School when it was located in Manhattan. The School was officially Named Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades. There were two buildings, one on East 63rd Street in Manhattan and the other one block away on East 64th Street.[2]


  1. ^ "Aviation Career & Technical Education High School". New York City Department of Education. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "They Came from Queens". Queens Tribune. 2005. Retrieved February 20, 2012. He once lived in Little Neck and attended Aviation High School. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′35″N 73°55′47″W / 40.74306°N 73.92972°W / 40.74306; -73.92972