Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

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Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
Bayside, New York
Coordinates 40°45′6.13″N 73°45′23.50″W / 40.7517028°N 73.7565278°W / 40.7517028; -73.7565278Coordinates: 40°45′6.13″N 73°45′23.50″W / 40.7517028°N 73.7565278°W / 40.7517028; -73.7565278
Type Public high school
Established 1966
Principal Gerald Martori
Faculty 189.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment 4,042 (as of 2005-06)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 21.4[1]
Color(s)      Blue
Mascot Judges
Nickname Dozo, Shpaloozo
Newspaper The Verdict

Benjamin N. Cardozo High School is a public high school in Bayside, Queens of New York City, USA, and is operated by the New York City Department of Education. Cardozo is one of the leading academic high schools in New York City, and in May 2008, Newsweek ranked Benjamin N. Cardozo High School among the top 5% of high schools in the United States.[2] The school is named for Benjamin N. Cardozo, who served as justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

True to its namesake, the school is known for its Mentor Law and Humanities program, offering classes in such subjects as contract law as well as a legal internship course. In addition, the school's DaVinci Science and Research Institute program provides students an emphasis on science and mathematics, and the Performing Dance program, for which students are selected through an audition process, provides instruction in many different forms of dance with an emphasis on learning how to be strong independent women.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 4,042 students and 189.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 21.4.[1]


Cardozo High School offers a wide variety of Honors and Advanced Placement Courses, including AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Microeconomics.

The school's Science Olympiad team consistently ranks in the top five at the New York City Regional Competition. The team won second place in 2008,[3] third place in 2009, and fourth place in 2010. On February 5, 2011, the school's Science Olympiad team ranked first for the first time since 1999 [4] at the New York City Regional Science Olympiad Competition, ranking above several private and specialized high schools[5] renowned for their academic rigor. In 2012, the team ranked second at the regional competition.[6]

The Debate team won the NYC championship in 2008.[7]

Cardozo's chapter of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) consistently places among the top students/schools on the city-level and on the state level of the competitions in various competitive events such as Marketing, Economics, Personal Finance, Business Math, Cyber Security, Parliamentary Procedures, Networking Concepts, Business Procedures, Hospitality Management, Accounting I, Sports Management, and more. Students place in the top of their competitive events, gaining higher rankings than students from schools such as Ward Melville HS, Brighton HS, Mamaroneck HS, Jericho HS, Shenendehowa HS, and many other schools. In 2011, Cardozo FBLA went on to the national level of the competitions in Orlando, Florida.


Cardozo also has a large number of sports teams, which are:

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 9, 2008.
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  3. ^ "Science Olympiad Team Takes Second in City", The Verdict, June 16, 2008. Accessed December 18, 2008.
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  5. ^ Lee,Ike. " NYC Regional Competition 2011 Official Results Chart", New York Science Olympiad, February 6, 2011. Accessed February 6, 2011.
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  8. ^ Bumiller, Elisabeth. "THREATS AND RESPONSES: GOVERNMENT; Under Fire for Sept. 11, C.I.A. Chief Gains From His Bond With Bush", The New York Times, December 17, 2002. Accessed November 20, 2007. "In a speech in 1999 at his alma mater, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens, Mr. Tenet called himself the short fat guy from Little Neck, and told the crowd that many of you will go on to college and you will run into people who went to fancy prep schools and who appear to have a higher quality education than you do. They don't."
  9. ^ Friend, Tom. "BASKETBALL; A Point Guard Leaves in Order to Go Back Home", The New York Times, November 25, 1994. Accessed November 20, 2007. "Letters from John Thompson were no antidote; his classmates at Cardozo High in Bayside, Queens, graduated last June without mailing him an invitation."
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  11. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE: COLLEGE BASKETBALL;", The New York Times, January 16, 1990. Accessed November 26, 2007.
  12. ^ Dicker, Ron. "HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS; Rice and Cardozo Advance to Class A Final", The New York Times, March 27, 1999. Accessed January 27, 2008.
  13. ^ a b Hart, John. "The Hedgehog Shoots For Legit", The Village Voice, Accessed December 6, 2007. "Long before Hollywood called, Jeremy was just another Bayside kid who enjoyed afternoons playing on his favorite tree outside his home on Bell Boulevard. He attended Benjamin Cardozo High School, where he appeared in theatrical productions like Oklahoma. One of his fellow cast members was Reginald Vel Johnson, who went on to fame in the Die Hard movie series and TV's Family Matters."
  14. ^ Czerwinski, Kevin T. "Notes: Vaughn uncertain of return", Major League Baseball, May 6, 2003. Accessed March 20, 2008. "Third baseman Ty Wigginton, Mets broadcaster Howie Rose and the Dodgers' Jason Romano participated in the unveiling of a new baseball field at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens on Tuesday. Rose is a graduate of Cardozo."

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