Bennett High School (Buffalo, New York)

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Bennett High School
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The Best is Yet to Be
Address
2885 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214

North Buffalo
Coordinates 42°56′38″N 78°49′56″W / 42.94389°N 78.83222°W / 42.94389; -78.83222Coordinates: 42°56′38″N 78°49′56″W / 42.94389°N 78.83222°W / 42.94389; -78.83222
Information
School type Public, Coeducational Exam/Magnet High School
Opened 1925
Status Priority School
School board Buffalo Board of Education
School district Buffalo City School District
Oversight New York State Education Department
School number 200
Interim Principal Bert L. Stevenson
Assistant principals Martin E. Lyonga
Geraldine D. Velez-Lopez
Grades 10-12
Hours in school day 7
Color(s) Blue and Orange          
Athletics football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball, cross country, track
Mascot Tigers
Yearbook Beacon
Website

Bennett High School is located in the University Heights section of Buffalo, New York. The current principal is Dr. Bert Stevenson. It is named for Lewis J. Bennett, who donated the land for the school and for All High Stadium. Portions of the movie The Natural were filmed in All High Stadium, although it was filmed as Wrigley Field. Bennett High School is now fully a Exam/Magnet school with three College Prep programs, they are the Academy of International Law (Similar to Pre-law) Business and Computers (similar to Information Systems), and Education and the Arts.[1]

History[edit]

Bennett High School was built in the 1920s. It has four stories with 270,000 square feet (25,000 m2). It is named for Lewis J. Bennett, who donated the land for the school and for All High Stadium. Portions of the 1984 movie The Natural were filmed in All High Stadium, although it was filmed as Wrigley Field.

The school was renovated in the summer of 2005 and the summer of 2006. During this time, some students were housed at Bennett while others were housed at nearby School 63 on Minnesota Avenue.

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Dr. Charles E. Rhodes–1925-1933 (Vice Principal - Lafayette High School, retired[2])
  • Mr. Emmons B. Farrar–1933-1942 (Vice Principal - Bennett High School, entered military service[2])
  • Mr. Raymond W. Spear [interim]–1942-1944 (Vice Principal - Riverside High School, named Principal of Riverside High School)
  • Mr. Emmons Farrar–1944-1958 (Administrator on Leave - Bennett High School, retired)
  • Mr. Lloyd A. Miller[2]–1958-1969 (Vice Principal - Bennett High School, retired)
  • Mr. Leonard S. Sikora –1969-1975 (Assistant Principal - Bennett High School, named Principal of Seneca Vocational High School)
  • Mr. Ronald J. Meer–1975-1980 (Principal - Grover Cleveland High School, assigned to Central Office)
  • Mr. Henry J. Klee–1980-1984 (unknown, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Ms. Marilyn C. Wittman–1984[2]-2004 (Director of Business Education - Buffalo Public Schools,[3] retired[4])
  • Mrs. Ramona Y. Thomas-Reynolds–2004[5]-2009 (Principal - West Hertel Academy,[6] named Principal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Institute[7])
  • Dr. David Mauricio–2009-2012 (Principal - Lorraine Elementary, named Community Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools)
  • Mr. Carlos R. Alvarez, Jr.–2012-2013 [interim) (Assistant Principal - Bennett High School, named Assistant Principal of West Hertel Academy)
  • Ms. Teena M. Jackson–2013 [interim] (Assistant Principal - Bennett High School, named Principal of S.T.A.R. Academy)
  • Dr. Terry Ross–2013-2014 (Consultant - New 21 Frontiers, resigned)

Selected former assistant principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mr. Emmons Farrar–1925-1933 (Teacher - Bennett High School, named Principal of Bennett High School)
  • Mr. Herbert S. Lein
  • Mr. Abraham Axelrod–?-1952 (Science teacher - Bennett High School, named Assistant Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Mr. Carl S. Walz–1952-1956 (Vice Principal - East High School, named Principal of Buffalo Evening Schools)
  • Mr. Lloyd Miller–1956-1958 (Vice Principal - East High School, named Principal of Bennett High School)
  • Mr. Morris Raiken–1958-1962 (Assistant Principal - School 87, named Principal of Fillmore Middle School)
  • Mr. Leonard Sikora–1962-1969 (unknown, named Interim Principal of Bennett High School)
  • Mr. James J. Foley–1964-1966 (Guidance Counselor - Burgard Vocational High School, name Federal Program Coordinator of Buffalo Public Schools)
  • Mr. Anthony R. Vetrano–1966-1968 (unknown, named Principal of Fillmore Middle School)
  • Mr. Franklin R. Weitz–1967-1971 (Assistant Principal - Riverside High School, unknown)
  • Mr. Adam D. Dzimian–1968-1984 (Vice Principal - Clinton Junior High School, retired)
  • Mr. Paul J. Ludwig–1969-1970 (Guidance Counselor - Hutchinson Central Technical High School, named Vice Principal of Eden High School)
  • Mr. John H. Davis–1970-1983 (Earth science teacher - Bennett High School, named Principal of Grover Cleveland High School)
  • Dr. Daniel M. Kublitz–1971-1973 (Assistant Principal - Grover Cleveland High School, named Assistant Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Mr. John F. Robinson–1975-1977 (Assistant Principal - Riverside High School, named Principal of Fosdick-Masten Park High School)
  • Mrs. Deborah L. Lowe–1983-1984 (Physical Education teacher - Waterfront Elementary School, named Principal of Buffalo Traditional School)
  • Ms. Crystal A. Boling–1984-1985 (Counselor - Buffalo Urban League Structured Support Center, named Assistant Principal of South Park High School[8])
  • Mr. James G. Christmann–1984-1986 (Art teacher - Bennett High School, named Assistant Principal of City Honors School)
  • Mr. John J. Vella–1985-1987 (Chemistry teacher - Bennett High School, named Principal of Riverside High School)
  • Mr. Calvin Baxter–1986-1987 (Social Studies teacher - South Park High School, named Assistant Principal of South Park High School)
  • Ms. Constance Pace–1987-? (Assistant Principal - McKinley Vocational High School, named Curriculum Coordinator of Niagara Falls City School District)
  • Mr. David M. Greco–1987-1988 (unknown, named Principal of Buffalo Traditional School)
  • Mr. Timothy M. Shannon–1988-? (unknown, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Traditional School)
  • Mr. Robert M. Barton–1988-1990 (Assistant Principal - Emerson Vocational High School,, named Principal of Buffalo Alternative High School)
  • Ms. Louise A. Klier–1990-1995 (Math teacher - Buffalo Public Schools, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Traditional School)
  • Mr. Andre C. Smith–1990-1994 (Special Education teacher - McKinley Vocational High School, unknown)
  • Ms. Geraldine Horton–1994-1998 (Administrative Aide - Buffalo Traditional School, named Principal of Seneca Vocational High School)
  • Mr. Daniel J. Manley–1995-1997 (unknown, retired)
  • Mr. James G. Graczyk (Physical Education teacher - Grover Cleveland High School, named Director of Athletics of Pioneer Central School District)
  • Mrs. Lula L. Herring–1998-2003 (unknown, named Assistant Principal of Waterfront Elementary School[9])
  • Ms. Julie L. Horn–1999-2009 (unknown, named Assistant Principal of Lafayette High School[7])
  • Mr. Randy G. Muldrow–2002-2008 (Guidance Counselor - Riverside Institute of Technology, placed on medical leave)
  • Ms. Robin Monham–?-2005 (Assistant Principal - Leonardo da Vinci High School, retired)
  • Mr. Craig M. Brodnicki–2004-2005 (Mathematics teacher - Lafayette High School,[10] named Assistant Principal of Opportunity Center at 331[11])
  • Mrs. Denise L. Grochowski-Luka–2007[12]-2009 (unknown, named Principal of Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet[7])
  • Mr. William A. Boatwright (interim)–2008 (Visiting Lecturer - Medaille College,[13] named Principal of Harriet Ross Tubman School[14])
  • Dr. Bert Stevenson–2008-2014 (Vice Principal - Burgard High School, named Interim Principal of Burgard High School)
  • Mr. Carlos Alvarez–2009-2012 (Business Teacher - Bennett High School, named Acting Principal of Bennett High School)
  • Ms. Teena Jackson–2009-2013 (Assistant Director - South Buffalo Charter School, named Acting Principal of Bennett High School)
  • Mr. Richard W. Rittling [interim]–2013 (Special Education teacher - Bennett High School, returned to position)
  • Ms. Lizzy C. Crispin–2013 (Assistant Principal - Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, named Assistant Principal of Burgard High School)
  • Mr. Daniel J. Bass–2012-2014 (Math teacher - Bennett High School, named Assistant Principal of McKinley Vocational High School)
  • Ms. Jamie L. St. John [interim]–2013-2014 (Special Education teacher - Bennett High School, returned to teaching)

Selected former administrators[edit]

Year Superintendent Principal Asst. Principal Asst. Principal Asst. Principal
1925-1926 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1926-1927 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1927-1928 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1928-1929 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1929-1930 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1930-1931 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1931-1932 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1932-1933 Ernst Hartwell Charles Rhodes Emmons Farrar
1933-1934 Ernst Hartwell Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1934-1935 Ernst Hartwell Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1935-1936 Robert Pabst Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1936-1937 Robert Pabst Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1938-1939 Robert Pabst Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1938-1939 Robert Pabst Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1939-1940 Robert Pabst Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1940-1941 Robert Pabst Emmons Farrar Herb Lein
1941-1942 Robert Pabst Ray Spear* Herb Lein
1948-1949 Robert Pabst Emmons Farrar Abe Axelrod
1953-1954 Parmer Ewing Emmons Farrar Carl Walz
1954-1955 Parmer Ewing Emmons Farrar Carl Walz
1955-1956 Parmer Ewing Emmons Farrar Carl Walz
1956-1957 Parmer Ewing Emmons Farrar Carl Walz
1957-1958 Joseph Mench Emmons Farrar Lloyd Miller
1958-1959 Joseph Mench Lloyd Miller Morris Raitka
1959-1960 Joseph Mench Lloyd Miller Morris Raitka
1960-1961 Joseph Mench Lloyd Miller Morris Raitka
1961-1962 Joseph Mench Lloyd Miller Morris Raitka
1962-1963 Joseph Manch Lloyd Miller Leonard Sikora
1963-1964 Joseph Manch Lloyd Miller Leonard Sikora James Foley
1964-1965 Joseph Manch Lloyd Miller Leonard Sikora James Foley
1965-1966 Joseph Manch Lloyd Miller Leonard Sikora James Foley
1966-1967 Joseph Manch Lloyd Miller Leonard Sikora Tony Vetrano
1967-1968 Joseph Manch Lloyd Miller Leonard Sikora Tony Vetrano Frank Weitz
1968-1969 Joseph Manch Lloyd Miller Leonard Sikora Adam Dzimian Frank Weitz
1969-1970 Joseph Manch Leonard Sikora Paul Ludwig Adam Dzimian Frank Weitz
1970-1971 Joseph Manch Leonard Sikora John Davis Adam Dzimian Frank Weitz
1971-1972 Joseph Manch Leonard Sikora John Davis Adam Dzimian Dan Kublitz
1972-1973 Joseph Manch Leonard Sikora John Davis Adam Dzimian Dan Kublitz
1973-1974 Joseph Manch Leonard Sikora John Davis Adam Dzimian
1974-1975 Joseph Manch Leonard Sikora John Davis Adam Dzimian
1975-1976 Eugene Reville Ron Meer John Davis Adam Dzimian John Robinson
1976-1977 Eugene Reville Ron Meer John Davis Adam Dzimian John Robinson
1977-1978 Eugene Reville Ron Meer John Davis Adam Dzimian John Robinson
1978-1979 Eugene Reville Ron Meer John Davis Adam Dzimian
1979-1980 Eugene Reville Ron Meer John Davis Adam Dzimian
1980-1981 Eugene Reville Henry Klee John Davis Adam Dzimian
1981-1982 Eugene Reville Henry Klee John Davis Adam Dzimian
1982-1983 Eugene Reville Henry Klee John Davis Adam Dzimian
1983-1984 Eugene Reville Henry Klee Deb Lowe Adam Dzimian
1984-1985 Eugene Reville Marilyn Wittman Jim Christmann Crystal Boling
1985-1986 Eugene Reville Marilyn Wittman Jim Christmann John Vella
1986-1987 Eugene Reville Marilyn Wittman Calvin Baxter John Vella
1987-1988 Eugene Reville Marilyn Wittman Constance Pace David Greco
1988-1989 Eugene Reville Marilyn Wittman Robert Barton Tim Shannon
1989-1990 Albert Thompson* Marilyn Wittman Robert Barton Tim Shannon
1990-1991 Albert Thompson Marilyn Wittman Louise Klier Andre Smith
1991-1992 Albert Thompson Marilyn Wittman Louise Klier Andre Smith
1992-1993 Albert Thompson Marilyn Wittman Louise Klier Andre Smith
1993-1994 Albert Thompson Marilyn Wittman Louise Klier Andre Smith
1994-1995 Albert Thompson Marilyn Wittman Louise Klier Gerri Horton
1995-1996 Albert Thompson Marilyn Wittman Dan Manley Gerri Horton
1996-1997 Jim Harris Marilyn Wittman Dan Manley Gerri Horton
1997-1998 Jim Harris Marilyn Wittman Jim Graczyk Gerri Horton
1998-1999 Jim Harris Marilyn Wittman Jim Graczyk Lula Herring
1999-2000 Jim Harris Marilyn Wittman Julie Horn Lula Herring
2000-2001 Marion Canedo Marilyn Wittman Julie Horn Lula Herring Robin Monahan
2001-2002 Marion Canedo Marilyn Wittman Julie Horn Lula Herring
2002-2003 Marion Canedo Marilyn Wittman Julie Horn Herring/Muldrow
2003-2004 Marion Canedo Marilyn Wittman Julie Horn Randy Muldrow
2004-2005 Yvonne Hargrave* Ramona Reynolds Julie Horn Randy Muldrow Craig Brodnicki
2005-2006 James Williams Ramona Reynolds Julie Horn Randy Muldrow
2006-2007 James Williams Ramona Reynolds Julie Horn Randy Muldrow
2007-2008 James Williams Ramona Reynolds Julie Horn Muldrow/Boatwright* Denise Luka
2008-2009 James Williams Ramona Reynolds Julie Horn Bert Stevenson Denise Luka
2009-2010 James Williams David Mauricio Carlos Alvarez Bert Stevenson Teena Jackson
2010-2011 James Williams David Mauricio Carlos Alvarez Bert Stevenson Teena Jackson
2011-2012 Amber Dixon* David Mauricio Carlos Alvarez Bert Stevenson Teena Jackson
2012-2013 Pam Brown Alvarez*/Jackson* Dan Bass Bert Stevenson Jackson/Rittling*
2013-2014 Pam Brown Terry Ross Dan Bass Bert Stevenson Crispin/St. John
2014-2015 Don Oglivie* Bert Stevenson* Marty Lyonga Geraldine Lopez

*Denotes interim appointment

Notable alumni[edit]

Academics[edit]

Schedule[edit]

School 63, where selected Bennett students were housed while Bennett was renovated.
Period Number/Activity Beginning Bell End Bell
Breakfast 8:00 8:15
Homeroom 8:20 8:29
Period 1 8:34 9:14
Period 2 9:17 9:57
Period 3 10:00 10:40
Period 4 10:43 11:23
Period 5 11:26 12:06
Period 6 12:09 12:49
Period 7 12:52 1:32
Period 8 1:35 2:14
Period 9 2:17 2:57

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bennett High School Programs". Buffalo Public Schools Website. Buffalo Public Schools. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bennett High School Alumni Association. (2000). About Us. Retrieved October 17, 2010, from Bennett High School Alumni Association: http://www.bennettalumni.com/index.php?id=13
  3. ^ Hammersley, M. (1993, January 10). Critics Call Bennett Principal Too Tough. The Buffalo News, p. A1.
  4. ^ ref name=2004Aug25>Buffalo Public Schools (2004, August 25). Meeting of the Board of Education: Administrative Appointments.
  5. ^ http://www.p12.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/overview-analysis/140600010099.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.au.org/media/church-and-state/archives/2004/04/prayer-services.html
  7. ^ a b c Buffalo Public Schools (2009, July 8). Meeting of the Board of Education: Administrative Appointments.
  8. ^ Fraternity sets annual banquet, dance for oct. 29. (1988, October 27). Buffalo Criterion. Retrieved from http://nyheritage.nnyln.net/utils/ajaxhelper?action=2&CISOROOT=/Criterion&CISOPTR=11971&DMSCALE=25&DMWIDTH=477&DMHEIGHT=537&DMX=492&DMY=737&DMTEXT=crystal boling&DMCLEAR=0,134,123,403
  9. ^ Buffalo Public Schools (2002, November 6). Meeting of the Board of Education: Administrative Appointments.
  10. ^ Buffalo Public Schools (2004, June 9). Meeting of the Board of Education: Elementary Principal Appointments.
  11. ^ Buffalo Public Schools (2006, February 22). Meeting of the Board of Education: Elementary Principal Appointments.
  12. ^ Buffalo Public Schools (2007, February 14). Meeting of the Board of Education: Administrative Appointments.
  13. ^ Boatwright, W. (2010). William Boatwright - LinkedIn. Retrieved October 17, 2010, from Linkedin.com: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/william-boatwright/1a/a16/b77
  14. ^ Buffalo Public Schools (2008, August 13). Meeting of the Board of Education: Administrative Appointments.

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