East High School (Buffalo, New York)

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East High School
EastHighBuffalo.JPG
East High in Spring 2012
Address
820 Northampton Street
Buffalo, NY
Humboldt Park
Buffalo, New York, Erie County 14211
United States
Information
Type Public, Coeducational
Status Priority School
School district Buffalo Public Schools
School number 307
Principal Rose Schneider
Vice Principal Moustafa Khalil
Grades 11-12
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Black and Gold          
Team name Panthers
Website

East High School is a comprehensive high school located in the East Side of Buffalo, New York. It serves 476 students from Grades 11-12.[1] The current principal is Ms. Rose Schneider, and the current assistant principal is Mr. Moustafa Khalil.

History[edit]

East High School (originally known as "East Side High School") was constructed in 1926 and opened in 1927. The building was a neighborhood school that served the Lower East Side families. The building became a symbol of rising demographic changes in the East Side when increasing numbers of African-Americans joined the student enrollment. In 1954, as part of a large redistricting initiative by the Buffalo Board of Education, East High's boundaries were redrawn so that it became "Buffalo's Negro high school".[2]

In 1977, the school was closed due to a federal desegregation order[3] and became Buffalo Vocational Technical Center, where students took vocational and career-oriented classes in addition to the core academics at their regular high school. This also allowed the school to become an annex to Kensington, Riverside, and Emerson High Schools.[3] The school was close to being closed and transformed into an elementary/middle school campus in 1999, but that decision was revoked by the Buffalo Board of Education due to mounting public pressure.[4] In 2002, the Vocational center was ultimately closed,[5] and the building re-opened in 2005 once again as East High School.[6]

In the spring of 2011, it was proposed that the current principal be replaced and the school would become an all-male school. Although the principal was placed on assignment within the district offices, no student demographic changes occurred. Beginning in 2015, the East High School program began to phase out due to low test scores and graduation rates. The program was replaced by a student credit recovery alternative education program known as Pathways Academy, and a new high school known as East Community High School.

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mr. Charles J. Costello–1927-1948 (Vice Principal - Hutchinson Central Technical High School, retired)
  • Mr. Victor J. Kless–1948-1952 (Vice Principal - East High School, died)
  • Mr. William H. Davenport–1952-1961 (Vice Principal - Kensington High School, retired)
  • Dr. Robert J. Rentz–1961-1969 (Vice Principal - East High School, retired[7])
  • Mr. Alonzo W. Thompson–1969-1975 (Principal - Clinton Junior High School, named Director of Buffalo Public Schools' Office of Affirmative Action[8])
  • Mr. William D. Bennett–1975-1977 (Director of Student Activities - East High School, named Principal of Buffalo Vocational Technical Center[9])
  • Ms. Geraldine Horton–2005-2011 (Principal - Buffalo Traditional School, named Supervising Principal of Buffalo Public Schools)
  • Dr. Casey M. Young-Welch–2011-2016 (Principal - Academy School @ 44, placed on leave)
  • Ms. Janice M. Bowden [interim]–2016 (Assistant Principal - East High School, named Assistant Principal of Academy School @ 4)

Selected former assistant principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mr. Charles A. Kennedy–1927-1931 (Principal - School 63, named Principal of Grover Cleveland High School)
  • Mr. Victor Kless–1931-1948 (Classics teacher - East High School, named Principal of East High School)
  • Mr. Carl S. Walz–1948-1952 (Vice Principal - Lafayette High School, named Vice Principal of Bennett High School)
  • Mr. Lloyd A. Miller–1952-1956 (Vice Principal - Riverside High School, named Vice Principal of Bennett High School)
  • Dr. Louis T. Gitlin–1953-1954 (Assistant Principal - Hutchinson Central Technical High School, named Assistant Principal of Grover Cleveland High School)
  • Mr. Edwin F. Rundell–1955-1956 (Guidance Counselor - South Park High School, died)
  • Mr. Robert Rentz–1956-1961 (Guidance Counselor - Lafayette High School, named Principal of East High School[7])
  • Mr. Robert C. McGowan–1956-1959 (Vice Principal - Riverside High School, named Principal of Lafayette High School)
  • Dr. John A. Demerly–1960-1964 (Assistant Principal - School 82, named Assistant Principal of South Park High School)
  • Mr. William F. Blomberg–1961-1963 (Social Studies teacher - Riverside High School, named Assistant Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Mr. Gerald S. Hare–1963-1968 (Guidance Counselor - Lafayette High School, named Interim Principal of Lafayette High School)
  • Mr. James F. Harmon–1963-1968 (Social Studies teacher - McKinley Vocational High School, named Principal of Woodlawn Junior High School)
  • Mr. Joseph M. Tomasulo–1966-1969 (Art teacher - Lafayette High School, named Principal of Wellsville Central High School)
  • Mr. John J. Mattimore–1968-1971 (Assistant Principal - School 35, named Assistant Principal of South Park High School[10])
  • Mr. Alfred H. Rasp–1968-1971 (Assistant Principal - Kensington High School, returned to Kensington)
  • Mr. Thomas A. Giordano
  • Mr. J. Nelson Scott–?-1971 (Industrial Arts teacher - Clinton Junior High School, named Assistant Principal of Grover Cleveland High School)
  • Mr. Frederick D. Ganter–1969-1972 (Social Studies teacher - Woodlawn Junior High School, named Principal of Lafayette High School)
  • Mr. Michael J. Anelli–1970-1971 (Assistant Principal - Riverside High School, named Principal of Riverside High School)
  • Dr. Wayne K. Broman–?-1977 (Administrative Intern - Cheektowaga Central School District, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Vocational Technical Center)
  • Mr. Thomas A. Cosgrove–?-1977 (Math teacher - Burgard Vocational High School, named Assistant Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Mr. Larry J. Hunley–2005 (Assistant Principal - Buffalo Traditional School, retired)
  • Mr. Gary M. Tydus–2005-2006 (Assistant Principal - McKinley Vocational High School, returned to McKinley)
  • Ms. Ilene J. Gelber–2005-2014 (Assistant Principal - Buffalo Traditional School, retired)
  • Mrs. Naomi R. Cerre–2006-2010 (Assistant Principal - Grover Cleveland High School, named Assistant Principal of McKinley Vocational High School)
  • Mr. Alvion Johnson–2007-2009 (Principal On Assignment - Harvey Austin School, assigned to Office of School Performance)
  • Mr. Benjamin F. Willis–2010-2013 (Dean of Students - Westminster Community Charter School, named Assistant Principal of Tapestry Charter High School)
  • Ms. Maria M. Conrad–2014-2015 (Special Education teacher - East High School, named Assistant Principal of Pathways Academy)
  • Ms. Janice Bowden–2015-2016 (Business teacher- East High School, named Acting Principal of East High School)

Selected former administrators[edit]

Year Superintendent Principal Asst. Principal
1927-1928 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Charlie Kennedy
1928-1929 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Charlie Kennedy
1929-1930 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Charlie Kennedy
1930-1931 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Charlie Kennedy
1931-1932 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1932-1933 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1933-1934 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1934-1935 Ernest Hartwell Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1935-1936 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1936-1937 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1937-1938 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1938-1939 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1939-1940 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1940-1941 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1941-1942 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1942-1943 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1943-1944 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1944-1945 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1945-1946 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1946-1947 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1947-1948 Robert Pabst Charlie Costello Victor Kless
1948-1949 Robert Pabst Victor Kless Carl Walz
1949-1950 Robert Pabst Victor Kless Carl Walz
1950-1951 Ben Willis Victor Kless Carl Walz
1951-1952 Ben Willis Victor Kless Carl Walz
1952-1953 Ben Willis Bill Davenport Lloyd Miller
1953-1954 Parmer Ewing Bill Davenport Lloyd Miller Lou Gitlin
1954-1955 Parmer Ewing Bill Davenport Lloyd Miller
1955-1956 Parmer Ewing Bill Davenport Lloyd Miller Edwin Rundell
1956-1957 Parmer Ewing Bill Davenport Bob Rentz Rundell/McGowan
1957-1958 Joe Manch Bill Davenport Bob Rentz Bob McGowan
1958-1959 Joe Manch Bill Davenport Bob Rentz Bob McGowan
1959-1960 Joe Manch Bill Davenport Bob Rentz
1960-1961 Joe Manch Bill Davenport John Demerly
1961-1962 Joe Manch Bob Rentz John Demerly Bill Blomberg
1962-1963 Joe Manch Bob Rentz John Demerly Bill Blomberg
1963-1964 Joe Manch Bob Rentz Gerald Hare Jim Harmon
1964-1965 Joe Manch Bob Rentz Gerald Hare Jim Harmon
1965-1966 Joe Manch Bob Rentz Gerald Hare Jim Harmon
1966-1967 Joe Manch Bob Rentz Gerald Hare Jim Harmon Joe Tomasulo
1967-1968 Joe Manch Bob Rentz Gerald Hare Jim Harmon Joe Tomasulo
1968-1969 Joe Manch Bob Rentz John Mattimore Alfred Rasp Joe Tomasulo
1969-1970 Joe Manch Alonzo Thompson John Mattimore Alfred Rasp Rick Ganter
1970-1971 Joe Manch Alonzo Thompson John Mattimore Alfred Rasp Rick Ganter
1971-1972 Joe Manch Alonzo Thompson Nelson Scott Alfred Rasp Rick Ganter
1972-1973 Joe Manch Alonzo Thompson
1973-1974 Joe Manch Alonzo Thompson
1974-1975 Joe Manch Alonzo Thompson
1975-1976 Gene Reville Bill Bennett Wayne Broman Tom Cosgrove
1976-1977 Gene Reville Bill Bennett Wayne Broman Tom Cosgrove
1977-1978 Gene Reville Bill Bennett
1978-1979 Gene Reville Bill Bennett
2004-2005 Yvonne Hargrave* Geraldine Horton Larry Hunley
2005-2006 James Williams Geraldine Horton Gary Tydus Ilene Gelber
2006-2007 James Williams Geraldine Horton Naomi Cerre Ilene Gelber
2007-2008 James Williams Geraldine Horton Naomi Cerre Ilene Gelber
2008-2009 James Williams Geraldine Horton Naomi Cerre Ilene Gelber Alvion Johnson
2009-2010 James Williams Geraldine Horton Naomi Cerre Ilene Gelber Alvion Johnson
2010-2011 James Williams Geraldine Horton Ben Willis Ilene Gelber
2011-2012 Amber Dixon* Casey Young Ben Willis Ilene Gelber
2012-2013 Pamela Brown Casey Young Ben Willis Ilene Gelber
2013-2014 Pamela Brown Casey Young Ben Willis Ilene Gelber
2014-2015 Don Ogilvie* Casey Young Maria Conrad
2015-2016 Kriner Cash Casey Young Janice Bowden
2016-2017 Kriner Cash Rose Schneider Moustafa Khalil

*Denotes interim appointment

Famous alumni[edit]

Academics[edit]

Bell Schedule[edit]

Period Number Beginning Bell End Bell
Homeroom 8:00 8:08
Period 1 8:11 8:51
Period 2 8:54 9:34
Period 3 9:37 10:17
A-Lunch 10:20 10:50
Period 4E 10:20 11:00
Period 4L 10:53 11:33
B-Lunch 11:03 11:33
Period 5E 11:03 11:43
Period 5L 11:36 12:16
C-Lunch 11:46 12:16
Period 6 12:19 12:59
Period 7 1:02 1:42
Period 8 1:45 2:25

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/School_Improvement/Reports/EastHSFinal.pdf
  2. ^ Goldman, M. (2007). City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York [Kindle iPad version].
  3. ^ a b Weed, G. M. (2001). School days of yesterday: Buffalo public schools history. (p. 29). Buffalo: Buffalo Standard Printing.
  4. ^ Campagna, D. (2000, January 25). Rare allies may save vocational center. The Buffalo News, p. B5.
  5. ^ Cardinale, A. (2002, April 16). Few parents at hearing on school closings. The Buffalo News, p. B3.
  6. ^ Simon, P. (2005, January 18). East High, Emerson Middle transform in contrasting ways. The Buffalo News, p. B1.
  7. ^ a b Robert J. Rentz, retired educator, lecturer. (1994, May 25). The Buffalo News, p. B6.
  8. ^ Alonzo W. Thompson Sr. dies. (2003, March 19). The Buffalo News, p. D7.
  9. ^ Brady, K. (1999, April 13). Bill Bennett, educator, coach, athlete, mentor to young - people, dies at 61. The Buffalo News, p. E10.
  10. ^ John J. Mattimore, principal in Buffalo schools. (2001, May 2). The Buffalo News, p. B4.

External links[edit]

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