Norman Thomas High School
|Norman Thomas High School|
|111 East 33rd Street
New York, NY, (New York County) 10016
|School type||Government funding, High school|
|NCES District ID||3600077|
|NCES School ID||360007702039|
|Principal||Philip Martin, Jr.|
|Faculty||114.19 (on an FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12 |
|Enrollment||2,147  (2009-2010 school year)|
|• Grade 9||871 |
|• Grade 10||619 |
|• Grade 11||302 |
|• Grade 12||131 |
|• Ungraded||224 |
|Student to teacher ratio||18.80 |
|School color(s)||Maroon and Black|
The Norman Thomas High School for Business and Commercial Education is a public high school in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City under the New York City Department of Education. Formerly known as Central Commercial High School (CCHS), and before that, the Central School of Business and Arts, its former location was on 42nd Street in a structure constructed with a 20-story office building in the air rights above it. It was renamed after Presbyterian minister and Socialist activist Norman Thomas and moved to occupy the first nine floors of 3 Park Avenue, a 42-story skyscraper on East 33rd Street at Park Avenue in 1975.
The high school was originally designed to train students for secretarial and commercial occupations such as accounting, bookkeeping, merchandising and salesmanship, clerical skills, stenography and typing. As of 1940, every senior at Central Commercial High School was required to complete four weeks of work in an office during the last semester. In later years, this has expanded to include such topics as data processing and physical distribution
- Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, and Myrna Girard, three of the original members of The Crystals; recorded their first single, "There's No Other" while wearing their prom dresses, as they had come to the recording studio straight from the CCHS prom
- Luis Flores, professional basketball player
- Aurelia Greene, Assemblywoman and deputy Bronx borough president
- John Kerwin, talk show host
- Kool Moe Dee, rapper
- Special K, rapper
- Armelia McQueen, actress
- Louise Meriwether, writer
- Tito Puente, Latin jazz and salsa musician and composer
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