Norman Thomas High School

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Norman Thomas High School
111 East 33rd Street
New York, NY, (New York County) 10016
United States
Coordinates 40°44′47.39″N 73°58′50.62″W / 40.7464972°N 73.9807278°W / 40.7464972; -73.9807278Coordinates: 40°44′47.39″N 73°58′50.62″W / 40.7464972°N 73.9807278°W / 40.7464972; -73.9807278
School type Government funding, High school
Status Open
NCES District ID 3600077[1]
NCES School ID 360007702039[2]
Principal Philip Martin, Jr.[3]
Faculty 114.19 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 to 12 [2]
Enrollment 2,147 [2] (2009-2010 school year)
 • Grade 9 871 [2]
 • Grade 10 619 [2]
 • Grade 11 302 [2]
 • Grade 12 131 [2]
 • Ungraded 224 [2]
Student to teacher ratio 18.80 [2]
Campus type Urban
School color(s) Maroon and Black         
Mascot Tigers

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.[4] In later years, this has expanded to include such topics as data processing[5] and physical distribution[6]

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  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for New York City Geographic District # 2". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Norman Thomas High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Welcome - Norman Thomas High School - M620 - New York City Department of Education". The New York City Department Of Education. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ School and college placement. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Association of School and College Placement, 1940; Vol. 1, p. 64.
  5. ^ Johnson, Bob. "Data Processing Finding Place in NYC Schools", Computerworld, July 6, 1981; p. 18.
  6. ^ Handling & Shipping Management Cleveland: Penton/IPC, 1983. Volume 24, pp. 35, 89.
  7. ^ Warner, Jay. American Singing Groups: A History from 1940 to Today Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006; p. 351.
  8. ^ Loza, Steven Joseph. Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1999; p. 1.

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