Tottenville High School

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Tottenville High School
100 Luten Avenue
New York City (Staten Island),
New York
United States
Type Public, coeducational
Established 1936
Status Open
School district 31
School code 31R455
Principal Joseph Scarmato
Grades 912
Enrollment 3,875[1]
Average class size 34
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple and White         
Slogan "School Of Excellence"
Sports Public School Athletic League (PSAL)
Mascot Tottenville Pirate
Team name The Pirates
Newspaper The Pirateer

Tottenville High School is located at 100 Luten Avenue, in Huguenot, Staten Island, New York. Tottenville H.S. is in Administrative District 31. The school's current principal is Joseph Scarmato. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education.

Tottenville HS is within walking distance of the Huguenot station of the Staten Island Railway system.


Tottenville High School was established in 1936. The school's first principal was Nathan J. Lowe. Tottenville High School was originally located in the building now home to Totten Intermediate School (I.S. 34). In 1972, the school moved to its current location in Huguenot. Dr. Mary E. Meade was the first woman principal of a NYC co-educational school (1938–1944). In November 1987, Tottenville was selected as a "School of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Education.[2]

John P. Tuminaro was principal beginning in 1999, until his retirement in June 2013. The student population is approximately 3,875.

Tottenville High School offers Regents level classes in Algebra, Algebra II & Trigonometry, American History, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Geometry, Global History, Italian, Living Environment, Physics & Spanish.

Tottenville also offers CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses in Dental Tech, Medical Technology, and CISCO networking academy.

Over 1000 students are enrolled in eight federally fund, Career and Technical Education programs since 1991 that combine college and career preparation for the 21st Century. Programs are endorsed and approved by the New York State Education Department and involve a collaboration with business, colleges and universities with highly trained professionals with licenses in teaching and trained in their professions. The eight programs that exists are: Medical Laboratory and Assisting Program in Biotechnology and Microbiology, Dental Laboratory and Assisting Program, CISCO Academy, Culinary Arts, Automotive Technologies, Finance Academy,E-commerce/ Marketing OVEA, and Law Academy. Students have opportunies for paid internships with professional mentors, advanced post-secondary certifications, and college credit. The flexible curriculum is designed by the teacher according to academic and professional 21st-Century, workplace standards. Students learn in professional environments, like the state-of-the-art, biotechnology and dental laboratories, automotive shops, business centers, and computer network laboratories. Equipment for students is purchased through Perkins'VETA grants or donated by industry. Collaborators include:the College of Staten Island, CUNY, Cobleskill, SUNY, Brookdale Community College, City Technical College, CUNY, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, National Science Resources Center of the Smithsonian and many more.

Advanced Placement Classes offered at Tottenville include: U.S. History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Literature & Composition, Physics 1, Psychology, U.S. Government & Politics, and World History, also known as the WHAP classes.

Upon entry to Tottenville High School, it is required that every student swipe their ID Card through the CAAS scanning system.

College Credit Classes (from St. John’s University) include: College Pre-Calculus and foreign language courses.

Paul Zindel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist Paul Zindel taught science from 1959–1969.

In the mid-1990s, Tottenville High School received twin murals titled Ancient and Modern Commerce (1918 A.J. Bogdanove) which were removed from Paul Robeson HS and restored. The murals can be seen in the Concert Hall.

In 2006, scenes for Little Children; starring Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Wilson were filmed at the school and on the football field.

Tottenville is one of the few high schools in New York City to have a football team, managed by PSAL (Public School Athletic League).


The Institute Programs: The Institute program allows for academically gifted students to take an accelerated course load. All institute students are required to maintain an overall average of 88% and higher. Students are accepted to either the Science Institute or Classics Institute, depending on their academic interests.

College Now: Students at Tottenville are eligible to take College Now classes from either The College of Staten Island or Kingsborough Community College on site.[3] Successful completion of these courses allows students to obtain college credit. Students can also travel to the College of Staten Island for other College Now courses.

Academy of Finance: The Academy of Finance is a partner of the National Academy Foundation, which provides a business oriented education for interested students.

Science-orientated programs, including a Medical Technology Program, Dental Program, Robotics & Independent Research, offer Tottenville students opportunities gain to work in a research laboratory.

The Music Department is recognized for its outstanding and rigorous performance and academic programs. Tottenville boasts a large musical offering: Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Choir (SATB), Concert Band, Intermediate Band, Intermediate Orchestra, Beginning Band, Beginning Strings, Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Women's Chorus, and Vocal Training Chorus. The Tottenville Marching Band is a highly respected ensemble, performing at USBands competitions and in parades and civic events throughout the New York City Metropolitan area. The Marching Band annually tours to Florida for performances in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as performances at Universal's CityWalk, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and more. In 2014 the band performed in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the Sino-American Culture and Arts Foundation. Members of the Tottenville HS Concert Choir were featured back-up singers for the Neon Tree's single, "Your Surrender", aired on Late Night with David Letterman (May 5, 2011).

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Adjudication Festival has been hosted at Tottenville High School since 1990. This festival attracts performing groups and soloists from area public and private schools wishing to be evaluated by NYS-recognized educational entity. In the 2011 festival, the award of "Gold with Distinction" for the highest level of difficulty (Level VI) was awarded to Tottenville's Symphonic Band, Tottenville's Jazz Band, and Tottenville's Symphonic Orchestra.

The three-year Architecture Program is an intensive and thorough sequence offering Technical Drawing, Interior Design, Architecture, pre-Engineering and AutoCAD. Students gain hands-on experience creating designs using t-squares, trianges, and the latest AutoCAD technology. Many students participate in intership programs with highly respected NYC architects.

The Culinary Program offers students opportunities to pursue a three-year (Career & Technical Education certified) sequence in a fully operational kitchen and dining room. The "Pirates Cafe" offers a full menu (prepared and served by students) to faculty and staff twice monthly. Many graduates have received culinary scholarships to major culinary arts colleges and work in the industry.

Students in the Automotive Program receive state-of-the art instruction using the latest technology in a fully equipped automotive shop. Tottenville students in the Architecture Program created a solar-powered automobile using AutoCAD software and raced in the Summer of 2011 in Texas.

The United States Marine Corps JROTC Unit is an integral and highly visible component of Tottenville life. The cadets actively train in the fundamentals of leadership, citizenship, physical fitness, and military skills. They are visible in community and school events. A Memorial Day commemoration in the school's courtyard, featuring a solemn flag-folding and wreath-laying ceremony, was attended by veterans, active military personnel, faculty, staff and students.

Student activities[edit]

Tottenville has extensive extracurricular programs covering a wide range of interest. The Council for Unity and Student Government are available for students interested in taking a leadership role in the school. The Tottenville Key Club’s focus is on community and school service. Academic Clubs include the National Honor Society and award-winning teams include the Lincoln–Douglas debate, Math Team,[4] Mock Trial team[5] and National Junior Classical League.

There are many special interest clubs, including the Comic Book Club, Advertising Club, Architecture Design, Broadway Club, Irish Culture Club, Italian American Cultural Club, Jewish Culture Club, Korean Students Association, Latin-American Student Organization, Newman Club, Poetry Club, Habitat for Humanity, Marching Band, Envirothon Global Outreach and Russian Heritage.

In addition, Tottenville High School has a FIRST Robotics Team, FRC Team #1396, the "Pyrobots." The robotics team appeals to students who are interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (also known as STEM) field. Students are given six weeks to build a fully functional robot to meet that year's challenge. At the conclusion of the six weeks, known as build season, the robotics team competes in the NYC Regional at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, NY for three consecutive days. Anyone is welcome to join and no experience is required prior.

A spring musical is produced annually.

In addition, each year, the soph/fresh, junior and senior classes write and stage their own musicals in a competition called SING! Typically, the senior class wins, though there have been quite a few exceptions.

Tottenville’s Athletics Teams (PSAL Sport) include: Baseball (Boys), Softball (Girls), Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football (Boys), Golf, Gymnastics (Boys and Girls), Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling (Boys) [6]

In 2009, the Girls Varsity Softball team has won its 6th consecutive PSAL Championship.[7]

In 2011, the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team completed an undefeated season and won the PSAL championship title. .[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Matthew Bloch- Hell's Kitchen Season 4

Stephen Normand (Rycowitch ~ Grad 1966) Archivist of The Mabel Normand Family Estate.Mabel Normand actress comedienne born on Staten Island pioneer woman film director/producer. Found Chaplin only woman to direct him.cite Films in Review September Issue 1974 "Mabel Normand a Grand Nephews Memoir" by Stephen Normand


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  2. ^ "History of Tottenville High School – Tottenville High School – R455 – New York City Department of Education". August 9, 2007. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "NYCDOE High Schools : College Now". September 20, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "CSI Discovery Institute – J.H.S. & H.S. Students and Parents – Academic Olympics". Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ Photo/Tottenville HS Mock Trial Assn. "Mock trial team argues its way to the top". Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "School Profile". Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "News". Five Boro Sports. June 14, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Midwood boys, Tottenville girls complete unbeaten seasons with PSAL lacrosse championships". The Daily News. May 23, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Tottenville High School, R455, Borough of Staten Island, Zip Code 10312". October 31, 2007. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ Michael J. Fressola (July 4, 2010). "From Tottenville to the Tonys". Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
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