Martin Van Buren High School

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Martin Van Buren High School
230-17 Hillside Avenue
Queens Village, New York, 11427
Coordinates 40°44′00″N 73°44′21″W / 40.7332°N 73.73918°W / 40.7332; -73.73918Coordinates: 40°44′00″N 73°44′21″W / 40.7332°N 73.73918°W / 40.7332; -73.73918
Type Public
Established 1955
Principal Sam Sochet (interim)[1]
Faculty 180
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2,350
Color(s) Red and Blue
Mascot Bee
Newspaper The Beeline

Martin Van Buren High School (MVBHS) is a public high school in Queens Village, New York. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education.


The school was designed by Eliot B. Willauer of the notable architectural firm Eggers & Higgins, architects on the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, as part of the Board of Education's half-billion dollar post World War II expansion program.[2][3]

The school opened in 1955 as the East Queens High School but was later renamed after the 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren.


According to the NYC Department of Education, Martin Van Buren High School has recently been ranked number 2 in suspension rates out of all high schools in the City of New York. Also, another study showed that robberies, assaults, and gang activity have increased in the 2009-2010 school year. The 105th Precinct patrols the school regularly during afterschool hours.

Honors Program[edit]

The school has a National Honor Society chapter for the School. In addition to the National Honor Society, the school, also has a Scholars Program. Within the Scholars Program, students must also maintain an average of 90 in three of the four major subjects (Math, English, Science and History) and 80 in every other class. The school also has a Physics First program, where students take Physics in their first year. The School also has a Robotics Team that participates in the First Robotics Competition at the New York City Regional.

School Ratings[edit]

Martin Van Buren High School received a "Developing" on its last Quality Review (2012), and has received Report Card grades of "C", "C" and "D". Further, the School Environment sub-section of the report has received a grade of "F" for three consecutive years.


The racial makeup of the school in the school year 2012-2013 shows that Martin Van Buren High School is 56.4% Black or African American, 14.4% Hispanic or Latino, 24.5% Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (includes East and West Indians, Bengalis, Pakistanis and Chinese, etc.), and 2.95% White.

Notable alumni[edit]

This is a partial list of notable alumni of Martin Van Buren High School.


  1. ^ Chan, Melissa. "‘Failing’ Van Buren principal replaced". Queens Courier. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ American Architect Directory: 1956 First Edition.[1](R.R. Bowker LLC., 1955), p.606
  3. ^ Landmarks Preservation Commission LP-2131
  4. ^ a b "Martin Van Buren High School, Q435, Borough of Queens". New York City Department of Education. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Wilczek, Frank. "Autobiography". Nobel Media. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ US Patent #4542291

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