John Philip Sousa Junior High School (Bronx)
|John Philip Sousa Junior High School|
|3750 Baychester Avenue
The Bronx, New York, 10466
|School district||New York City Geographical District 11|
|Head of school||LaJuan White|
John Philip Sousa Junior High School (also known as JHS 142, MS 142 and John Philip Sousa Middle School) was a middle school located on Baychester Avenue, across the street from Cardinal Spellman High School, in the Edenwald section of the borough of the Bronx in New York City, New York. The school was named after John Philip Sousa and opened its doors in 1958. The school celebrated its golden jubilee in December 2008.
In 1960, Gail Bartley, a student at the school received a letter from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev after she asked him to contribute something to the school's yearbook. Khrushchev was the only world leader to have replied to students (U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower never replied) after they started a letter-writing campaign asking for a written contribution to be included in the first yearbook at the school. The contribution, which was delivered in person by a Soviet diplomatic officer based in New York, was rejected by the New York City Department of Education due to unknown reasons.
In early 2005, a teacher at the school used a stand-in to pass his state certification test.
In October 2010, it was announced that the school was on the New York City Department of Education's shortlist of schools potentially targeted for closing. It was one of five schools in the Bronx to be on the list, and the only middle school in the borough scheduled to be closed due to poor academic performance. Should the school be closed, plans are to split the school into two smaller middle schools, Middle School 529 and Middle School 532. On 26 April 2012, the city's Board of Election voted to close the school after the last graduating class graduates in June 2012. On May 11, 2012, the city announced that school would be reopened in the Fall 2012 as the North Bronx Academy, bringing to an end Sousa's 54-year old history. However, on June 29, 2012, a ruling by a legal arbitrator announced that all 24 schools slated to close under the city's "Turn Around" program (which included Sousa) will remain open. The ruling halted a central element of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plans for closing and reopening the affected schools, saying its method for overhauling the staff at those institutions violated existing labor contracts. The school officially closed their doors on June 26, 2013.
- Jeannette Bayardelle, actress best known for playing Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple
- Adolfo Carrión, Jr., former Bronx borough president
- Sam Garnes, former professional football player (New York Giants)
- Durand Scott, defensive guard for the Miami Hurricanes
- NYC schools website
- Back in the Bronx: Bronx Reunions from www.backinthebronx.com
- Bronx Pupils Strive To Speak Korean from the New York Sun
- Kruschev has American Pen Pal from Google News Archive 22 March 1960
- Bronx Students Reject Note from Khrushchev from the New York Times 28 June 1960
- "Teacher Is Accused of Using a Stand-In to Pass a Test", ELISSA GOOTMAN, New York Times, March 23, 2005.
- Britney Spears Goes Back to School – for a Cause
- City Considering 47 Schools For Closing SHARON OTTERMAN, New York Times, October 28, 2010.
- The Proposed Co-location of Two New Schools, 11X529 and 11X532, with M.S. 142 John Philip Sousa (11X142) in Building X142 from schools.nyc.gov
- Panel votes to close 24 failing schools from ABC News 27 April 2012
- City Renames Schools Marked for Closure from www.dnainfo.com 11 May 2012
- Mediator Halts City’s Plan to Overhaul 24 Schools from The New York Times 29 June 2012
- John Philip Sousa MS 142: Notable Alumni, www.bronxsousa.com
- Official website
- New York City Board of Education: MS 142 John Philip Sousa
- School Improvement Scenario website
- Alumni Group on Facebook