William Cullen Bryant High School

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William Cullen Bryant High School
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4810 31st Avenue
Long Island City, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°45′28″N 73°54′38″W / 40.75778°N 73.91056°W / 40.75778; -73.91056Coordinates: 40°45′28″N 73°54′38″W / 40.75778°N 73.91056°W / 40.75778; -73.91056
Type Public
Established 1889
School district NYC Geographic District 30
Principal Namita Dwarka
Grades 912
Enrollment 2,652
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William Cullen Bryant High School

William Cullen Bryant High School, or William C. Bryant High School, and Bryant High School for short, is a secondary school located in Queens, New York City, United States serving grades 9 through 12.


It is named in honor of William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. He is most known for his work as one of the creators of Central Park in Manhattan, New York.


The school has 2,652 students enrolled; the ethnic make-up of the school is 48.3% Hispanic, 27.7% Asian, 2.5% White, and 19.7% African American. The school has a four-year graduation rate of 27% and an attendance rate of 89%[1] The school has a low progress report grade in comparison with its peer school, but it is also true that is serving a population of students with higher needs and a lot of freshman that entered the school are below proficient. In 2010, New York City Department of Education gave the school a letter grade of C.[2] On April 26, PEP voted to close this school down, and a lot of good experienced veteran teachers are being rated unsatisfactory and others are being chased out with the purpose of hiring out of college teachers who may not be proven effective. Mayor Bloomberg on his speech on January 2012 decided to close down this school together with other 23 schools under the turnaround model, although it was granted the transformation model at the beginning of 2011 without doing any negotiating. The turnaround model has not be proven effective in any district in the country, and research suggests that it may even be counterproductive. On June 29, 2012 William Cullen Bryant High School was selected not to be closed down, by an arbitrator who deemed it unfit to close down the school. The school will retain its name, as well as its teachers if they chose to come back.

In popular culture[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ollie Mack, Retired NBA player
  • Mike Maloy, Basketball player
  • Winifred Lenihan (1898–1964), stage actress and director who played Joan of Arc in George Bernard Shaw's play Saint Joan on its debut in 1923.
  • Ethel Merman (1908–1984), star of musical comedies on Broadway and in Hollywood, was born in Astoria and graduated from Bryant. The school's auditorium was named the Ethel Merman Theater in 1989 during its centennial celebration.
  • Moe Spahn (1912–1991), basketball player
  • Veronica Gedeon (1917–1937), Long Island City native, commercial model, 1937 New York City murder victim.
  • Sam Mele, (1922– ), Major League baseball player and manager.
  • Billy Loes, (1929–2010), former Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the World Series, winning for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, was born in the area and attended Bryant High School. He also played for the Baltimore Orioles and the San Francisco Giants.
  • Susan Anspach, (1942- ), noted American stage (Hair) and film actress (Five Easy Pieces, Play it Again Sam, Montenegro).
  • Suze Rotolo (1943–2011), an American artist, book artist, author, but best known as Bob Dylan's girlfriend between 1961 and 1964. She is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
  • Richard Kline (1944– ), played "Larry Dallas" on classic ABC-TV sitcom "Three's Company". He also performed on Broadway in "City of Angels" and is a member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company.
  • Joel Klein (1946– ), New York City Department of Education Chancellor from 2002–2011
  • John "Jack" Leavy (1948- ), The 1966 graduate and former Green Beret is one of the highest decorated veterans of the Vietnam war. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for Gallantry, the Silver Star, Bronze Star and 3 Purple Hearts.
  • Joao H. Rodrigues (1975- ), Communications expert, originally born in Brazil, attended the school from 1990 to 1993. While at Bryant, Joao interviewed actor Robert De Niro when he came to the school to film his movie "A Bronx Tale." Joao went on to become an assistant editor at Crain's New York Business and after a few years, was named the communications director for the agency in charge of representing the Brazilian Tourism Board in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Panayiota Bertzikis (Class of 1999), Executive Director and Founder of the Military Rape Crisis Center.


  1. ^ "Attendance". The New York City Department of Education. October 10, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://schools.nyc.gov/OA/SchoolReports/2009-10/Progress_Report_Overview_2010_HS_Q445.pdf

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