Aquinas High School (New York)
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|Aquinas High School|
685 East 182nd Street
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Sr. Mary Joseph, O.P.|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York|
|President||Ms. Anna E. Parra|
|Principal||Mr. Mark A. Shultz|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
|Team name||Lady Bears|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||The Aquinite (literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||Spirit of Aquinas|
In the late nineteenth century the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill purchased the Frederick Grote estate, which consisted of an entire city block from East 182 Street to East 183 Street. Frederick Grote was a partner in the firm "F. Grote & Co.", manufacturers of ivory goods. The business was located on 14th Street in Manhattan. Mr. Grote died October 22, 1886. In 1900, a day school was established in the three-story frame servants' house for children of the Parish of St. Martin of Tours. It was called St. Martin's Academy and only served Grades 1-6. As enrollment increased, the Academy was moved to the brick Victorian Grote mansion.
When the parish decided to establish a parochial school, in 1923, the sisters converted the Academy into "Aquinas Hall", a two-year business school for young women. A second building was added in 1929. In the mid-1930s, it was determined that the students would be better served by a four year high school curriculum. A 4-year high school was established in 1939.
Aquinas High School provides a Catholic college preparatory education. The school has over 800 students and 70 teachers and staff complemented by parents and alumnae. The school offers After school activities including athletics as well as its marching band and string orchestra. For the past couple of years the AHS Band has placed in the NYC annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The school's varsity basketball team was 2006 Class B New York State Federation Champions. Aquinas graduates 100 percent of its girls. In 2002, First Lady Laura Bush visited Aquinas High School.
Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Awards and recognition
- Exemplary School Award- United States Department of Education (1985)
- Blue Ribbon School Award- United States Department of Education (2000)
- Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award for Innovation in Technology - Today's Catholic Teacher.
- Named an: Outstanding American High School - U.S. News & World Report 
- April Lee Hernández, actress
- Mabel Pantadeleon, actress
- Julissa Reynoso, former United States Ambassador to Uruguay
- Judy Torres, freestyle music artist and dance-pop singer
- Debbi Morgan, actress
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
- The American Stationer, Vol. 23, Howard Lockwood, 1888, p. 252 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "Our School". www.aquinashs.org.