Julia Richman High School

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Dorothy E. Darby was the first African-American woman to attend Julia Richman High School

Coordinates: 40°45′55″N 73°57′35″W / 40.76531°N 73.9597°W / 40.76531; -73.9597

67th St facade
Artist Benjamin Knott painting a mural at the school as part of the Federal Art Project in 1936. From the collection of the Archives of American Art

Julia Richman High School is a defunct comprehensive high school in New York City, New York. Built in 1923 and located at East 67th Street and Second Avenue, the building was the only public high school in the Upper East Side of New York. The school is named after Julia Richman, the first woman district superintendent of schools in New York City.[1][2] For much of the school's history it was a girl's high school; it changed to co-educational in 1967.

In 1995, after years of academic decline, the city reorganized the school into six separately functioning small schools within a building renamed as the Julia Richman Education Complex.[3]

Hunter College (City University of New York) is anticipated to acquire the school site. Schools chancellor Joel Klein has joined this effort.[4] Community members and local elected officials, including city council member Jessica Lappin and State Senator Liz Krueger, have formally voiced their opposition to the plan,[5] saying that "a preference by one CUNY school for expansion convenient to its existing campus is simply not a sufficient rationale" to "uproot six outstanding public schools."[6] Hunter College seeks to build a science tower on the site of the school. In 2007, Hunter College offered the Julia Richman Education Complex one of its properties at East 25th Street. Under the plan, the JREC schools would temporarily relocate to a site near the East River Drive while Hunter builds a new site for JREC.[7]

The New York City schools now operating at the Julia Richman campus are:

  • Manhattan International High School
  • Talent Unlimited High School
  • Vanguard High School
  • Urban Academy Laboratory
  • The Ella Baker School (M225)
  • School for Autistic Children (226)

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  1. ^ "School Folk Honor Miss Julia Richman; Education Commissioners Pay a Tribute to the Dead District Superintendent". The New York Times. June 27, 1912. 
  2. ^ Seymour "Sy" Brody, "Julia Richman (1855–1912)," Jewish Virtual Library, undated, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/richman.html
  3. ^ ”Julia Richman Education Complex, “Architects of Achievement,” undated http://www.archachieve.net/realworldexamples/JREC/index.html
  4. ^ Natalie Bell, “Julia Richman: The award-winning school that Klein would destroy“ UFT's “New York Teacher” April 24, 2008 http://www.uft.org/news/teacher/top/julia_richman/
  5. ^ Save JREC website
  6. ^ See Sen. Krueger and Assemblyman Kellner's letter to Chancellor Klein and Chancellor Goldstein at the Save JREC website
  7. ^ Natalie Bell, "JREC battle moves to Tweed," "New York Teacher," April 23, 2009, p. 7.

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