Thomas A. Edison High School (Queens)

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Thomas A. Edison High School
Thomas Edison HS LOGO.jpg
165-65 84th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
New York City, New York, United States
Type Public secondary
Motto "The Thomas Edison community helps its students to grow into better people by providing the building blocks of life."
Established 1950
School board New York City Public Schools
School number Q620
CEEB Code 332585
Principal Moses Ojeda
Grades 912
Number of students 2566
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Mascot Lightbulb
Nickname Edison(Ed)
Newspaper The Edison Light

Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (often referred to locally simply as Edison) is a public secondary school in Queens's Jamaica community in New York City. It is one of the few public high schools in New York City to offer vocational training programs as well as traditional college preparatory tracks and well known for its largely male population. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education.


The campus is located near the top of a fairly steep hill at the corner of 168th St. and 84th Ave., and sits on the south side the Grand Central Parkway; it is situated diagonally across the parkway, southwest from St. John's University. Hillside Avenue, at the foot of the hill, is several blocks to the south.

Jamaica High School is separated from Edison by 84th Avenue and the Jamaica High School Track and Football Field, these school do not share any afflictions with each other. Hillcrest High School, another nearby high school, is located at Highland Avenue and Parsons Blvd.

Academic Offerings[edit]

Students at Edison generally take required courses in health, music theory, and art appreciation during their freshman year, at the end of which they choose a track to pursue in grades 10-12. Edison offers college-preparatory technological programs such as mechanical, electronic and pre-medical pharmaceutical technologies as well as more trade-oriented programs such as automotive and computer repair (A+ Certification), mechanical engineering / AUTOCAD, C++ programming, computer graphics design, and the Cisco Networking Academy, in which one can earn a CCNA network certification upon completion of the program. In information technology, students take Electronics and Cabling for one term. After they pass both classes, they have a choice of major (i.e. A+ Repair, Cisco, MOS[clarification needed]) for junior and senior year.

Career and Technical Education Courses[edit]

Thomas Edison High School viewed from 84th ave.
Lab trainer for Electronics
  • Pre-Medical Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Technical Electronics Engineering/ Robotics
  • CAD / Mechanical Engineering
  • Cisco Networking
  • Computer Repair (A+ Certification Specialists)
  • Microsoft Certified Application Specialist
  • Commercial Art
  • Automotive Technologies
  • Electrical Installation Technologies
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Art Communications



The school has an enrollment of just over 2,800 students of diverse ethnic backgrounds, including African American, Latino, South Asian, East Asian, Guyanese. Edison's gender population is approx 60.0% male and 40.0% female.[citation needed]

In the Fall of 2006, Edison admitted 873 freshmen (9th graders). The total student population is approximately 250 larger than the 2005-2006 school year. The increase in student population has required the hiring of more than 20 new teachers. Crowding is an issue in a building designed for 1,600 Students.[citation needed]


  • Global Outreach At Service
  • Environmental Service Club
  • Book Club
  • Film Club
  • Muslim Student Organization
  • Christian Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Math Team
  • Marine Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Student Council Executive Board
  • Urban Poetry
  • Chorus
  • Chess Club
  • Asian Culture Club
  • Automotive/Occupational Readiness
  • Career Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket Club
  • Dance
  • Physics Club
  • Robotics
  • Self Defense
  • Soccer
  • Sports Fitness Club
  • Step Club
  • Stage Management & SOUND/TECH Crew
  • Karate Club
  • Hispanic Culture Club
  • Yoga Club
  • Cultural Experience Club
  • Weight Management Club
  • Dance Company Club
  • Plant Tulips

Other information[edit]

Edison participates in a wide variety of citywide sporting activities in the (PSAL) Public School Athletic League some of these sports are basketball, soccer, track and wrestling (excluding football). Its teams are known as the Inventors. Also, unknown to some, their mascot is a light bulb, but it is never used during a game.

The current principal is Anthony Barbetta. The New York City Department of Education's then-eldest employee, Hazel Barr, just retired from Edison.

As a Career and Technical Education High School, teams from Edison have performed highly in Annual Competitions dealing with Auto Repair. In the 2005-06 School year, Edison teams finished First and Second in NYC. For the Current (2006–07) School Year, Edison teams have taken the top three spots in the NYC Competition (1st, 2nd & 3rd).


  • The high school was created in 1950.
  • The school began its first technical course in Electronics.
  • Every boy was required to wear a tie and could rent one for 10 cents from the secretary a day.
  • Girls were admitted to Edison in the late 70's
  • Students were originally admitted into Edison by taking an exam.
  • There used to be 700 kids when the school first started.
  • Edison is currently listed as the 11th most popular high school in the city as the school 8th graders want to enter in fall with 1320 choices.[citation needed]
  • The school colors are blue and gold.
T-shirt of the Thomas Edison gym uniform.
  • Their honors society is the National Honors Society.
  • The school has an annual talent show called Le Show.
  • Spirit Week is the beginning of December.
  • The Physical Education classes the school offers are Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Fitness, Team Conditioning (for the athletes in school), Self-Defense, Jump-Rope, and Dance.
  • First period starts at 7:05AM and ends with tenth period at 3:25PM.
  • The school requires a gym uniform consisting of a yellow shirt and blue shorts with the Thomas Edison logo on it. Any students in a gym class that's indoors are not allowed to wear sweatpants unless they have religious reasons.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ C.T.E. Career Choices official list

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°42′57″N 73°47′57″W / 40.7159°N 73.7993°W / 40.7159; -73.7993