Seward Park Campus

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Seward Park Campus
Seward Park High School.jpg
Seward Park Campus (2013)
350 Grand Street


United States
PrincipalESA - Wallace Simpson,

AGL - Alison Breedy, Andrea Brand LOMA - John Wenk, NDHS - Scott Conti,

HSDLAS - Li Yan a
Color(s)Blue, Grey, and White      
Team nameBears, Lady Bears

The Seward Park Campus is a "vertical campus" of the New York City Department of Education located at 350 Grand Street at the corner of Essex Street, in the Lower East Side/Cooperative Village neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York City. It was the location of the former Seward Park High School, a now-closed comprehensive high school.

The school began as P.S. 62 Intermediate, an intermediate school. In 1923 the school pursued an experimental path as a combined junior-senior high school. Two years later, it transformed to a strictly senior high school, with Robert Brodie serving as its first high school principal. Owing to construction of the New York City Subway's IND Sixth Avenue Line (F and <F>​ trains), the school was relocated to the site of a courthouse and the Ludlow Street Jail. The new building was completed in 1929.[1]

The school experienced a decline in performance and graduated its last class in June 2006. The building now houses five different small schools: the High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, New Design High School, the Essex Street Academy — formerly the High School for History and Communication, the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, and the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law. The small schools showed graduation rates which were much improved over that of the old comprehensive school. Seward Park High School's graduation rate in 2001 was 32%, while the graduation rates of the smaller schools in 2012 were:[2]

  • High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies – 92.5%
  • Lower Manhattan arts Academy – 80%
  • Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law – 79.3%
  • New Design High School – 79.1%
  • Essex Street Academy – 76.5%

The campus offers programs on Saturdays where students can come in and participate in activities such as SAT prep, cooking, and Open Gym. The school refers to this program as the "Super Saturday Program".[3]

The campuses' Varsity Sports teams are nicknamed the Seward Park Bears, They participate in the PSAL Division A Athletics. Boys' sports include Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Bowling, and Badminton. While girls sports include Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Bowling, Badminton. Each individual school in the campus has a junior varsity basketball team which are very competitive.

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  1. ^ "History". Seward Park High School Alumni Association. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  2. ^ "Citywide Council on High Schools Annual Report 2012-2013" p.16
  3. ^ "Seward Park High School". Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  4. ^ Alexandra Jacobs. "Vince Camuto, 78, Founder of Nine West". 24 January 2015, New York Times
  5. ^ "F.A.Q." Archived from the original on 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  6. ^ Croce, Arlene. "Making Work". The New Yorker (November 29, 1982)
  7. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announces class of 2011". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-04-16.


  • Fishman, Katherine Davis (March 2, 1987). "At Seward Park, the Melting Pot Still Bubbles". New York.

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