Christopher Columbus High School (Bronx)

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Christopher Columbus High School
925 Astor Avenue

NY 10469

United States
PrincipalLisa Maffei-Fuentes
Grades9 - 12
Color(s)silver and blue
phone(718) 944-3400

Christopher Columbus High School is a public secondary school located in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx, New York City. It is within walking distance from the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

It currently enrolls over 2000 students in grades 9 through 12. The student body is diverse, with students whose families come from 66 countries.

Partnerships and Special Programs[edit]

Columbus High School has been a member of the Foundation for Excellent Schools since 1997.[1] It has a partnership with the University of Vermont, which offers special courses at Columbus. JetBlue Airlines provides free transportation to faculty and students traveling between Vermont and the Bronx.[2]

As of June 2004, Columbus High School was broken down into the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus and shared its premises with four, smaller, specialized schools:

  • Pelham Preparatory Academy
  • Global Enterprise Academy
  • Astor Collegiate High School
  • Collegiate Institute for Math and Science (Principal Estelle Hans)(CIMS)[3]

As of 2016, Columbus High School is composed of five, smaller, specialized schools:

  • Collegiate Institute For Math and Science (CIMS)
  • High School for Language and Innovation
  • Bronxdale High School
  • Astor Collegiate Academy
  • Pelham Preparatory Academy

The Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, originally the first small school to move into the campus, moved out at the end of the 2004 school year. It currently resides in the old Mercy College Bronx campus which it shares with one other small school.

Notable alumni[edit]


The Columbus Blue Steel won the Bronx Championships on November 3, 2006. In 2006, Blue Steel had two All-City Players, a Linebacker and a Defensive End. The Columbus Explorers Varsity Tennis Team has acclaimed more importance in the last few years reaching the playoff 3 out of 4 years while The Girls' A-Division Varsity team reached the finals in the School year of 05'-06'. Also the track team won second place in 2007 in cross country, and that same year they won the Bronx indoor championship beating Clinton.

The boys' lacrosse team in 2010 won the PSAL championship, the first PSAL title Columbus had won. The boy's lacrosse team has also gone to back to back championship games in 2018+2019.

Most recently, the 2019 Columbus Sharks Softball team finished the season a perfect 19-0 and won the PSAL City Championship. The championship game was won 18-0 over Taft Educational Campus and included a no-hitter thrown by Mia Colamarino. Coached by Johan Lang, it was the first PSAL softball championship in Columbus' 81 year history and the second PSAL title the school has ever won. They are the only team in school history to have a perfect season (including playoffs). The team broke school records for most runs scored in a season, least runs given up, and biggest run differential in a season. The team also set a PSAL playoff record for biggest run differential in tournament history. From 2017-2019 Columbus Softball won 32 straight regular season games spanning 3 different seasons, including back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 2018+2019.

In men's Bowling, Columbus won the division championship 3 years in a row 95-97 and again in 2018 breaking a 22 year drought.

The girls' volleyball team was dominant in their division in the late 80s, early 90s under the coaching of Annette Leder.

Other Columbus teams include:

  • Girls' Teams: Soccer, Soft Ball, Basketball, Tennis, Track, Cheerleading, Step, Bowling, Gymnastics, Golf, Flag Football, Volleyball
  • Boys' Teams: Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Track, Bowling, Golf, J.V. Football, Varsity Football, Lacrosse, Volleyball

The soccer team also has been successful in winning divisions in 2008 and 2009 and is in the process of producing young players such as Martin Dadaj, Armand Dadaj, Alhousein Bah, Mamoudou Diallo, Malal Diallo, Mamadou Barry, Endri Berisha, Frank Osei and Michael Asante.

Threatened closure[edit]

In December 2009, the New York City Department of Education announced plans to close Christopher Columbus High School, citing poor performance and low graduation rates.[5] The department's plan called for phasing out the school and not enrolling new students in the ninth grade starting in the fall of 2010. Students, parents, and community activists criticized the Department and fought to keep the school open.[6] The Supreme Court in New York county later rejected the Department of Education's proposal on the grounds that there were procedural errors made.[7]


  1. ^ "FES at Christopher Columbus". Archived from the original on 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2006-10-14.
  2. ^ "University of Vermont Connection". Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2006-10-14.
  3. ^ "Collegiate Institute for Math and Science". Archived from the original on 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2006-10-31.
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  5. ^ Bronx Times-Reporter at "School Closing Opposed" December 24, 2009
  6. ^ Bronx Times-Reporter at "Columbus High school community outraged" December 14, 2009
  7. ^ Velte, Marcy L. (12 April 2010). "Court ruling leads to a re-shuffling in NYC schools". Legislative Gazette. Retrieved 2 May 2010.

7. NYC Department Of Education School Search [1]

  1. ^ "NYC Department of Education Maps". Retrieved 2016-10-23.