Martin Van Buren High School

Martin Van Buren High School (MVBHS) is a public high school in Queens Village, New York. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education.

Martin Van Buren High School
230-17 Hillside Ave


United States
Coordinates40°44′00″N 73°44′21″W / 40.7332°N 73.73918°W / 40.7332; -73.73918
EstablishedSeptember 12, 1955; 68 years ago (1955-09-12)[1]
School districtNew York City Department of Education
NCES School ID360009902030[3]
PrincipalDeborah Nettleford[2]
Teaching staff83.42 (on an FTE basis)[3]
Enrollment1,068 (2022-2023)[3]
Student to teacher ratio12.80[3]
CampusCity: Large
Color(s)Red and Blue
NewspaperThe Beeline

Academics edit

The high school is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents.[4] Of the school's graduates, 90% enroll in college.[4]

Students may take a pre-med sequence of classes, a pre-engineering sequence of classes, or a law and forensics sequence of classes.[4]

The school offers Advanced Placement classes in biology, calculus, English language, English literature, environmental science, Spanish, U.S. history, and world history.[4] Students can take college-level courses on campus in government, economics, and algebra, and they can take classes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Queensborough Community College, and York College.[4]

The New York State Department of Education had given Priority School status to Van Buren High School because of low graduation rates and low scores on state testing.[5] On December 1, 2017, Van Buren High School was removed from Priority School status because its four-year graduation rates had increased.[5]

Demographics edit

There are 1,157 students enrolled at Martin Van Buren High School.[6] Of the students, 49% are black, 27% are Asian, 18% are Latino, 9% are white, 9% are American Indian, and 2% are Pacific Islander.[7] Students come from more than twenty countries.

History edit

In 1952, the New York City Board of Education approved the construction of a new high school at 229th Street and Hillside Avenue.[8] Queens Village's population had greatly increased, and the school was needed to reduce overcrowding at Jamaica High School, Bayside High School, and Andrew Jackson High School.[8][9] The Board of Education originally approved a budget of $3,000,000 for construction,[8] but a few months later it increased the budget to $5,500,000.[10] The budget was increased again to $6,000,000 (equivalent to $68,800,000 in 2023),[11] making it the costliest school in New York City at the time.[12]

The school was designed by Eliot B. Willauer of the notable architectural firm Eggers & Higgins, architects on the Jefferson Memorial, as part of the Board of Education's half-billion dollar post-World War II expansion program.[11][13][14] The school was designed as a three-story building with 40 classrooms and a 1,120-seat auditorium, with a total school capacity of 3,000 students.[11][15] The school would sit on 12 acres of land, 5.5 acres of which were for outdoor athletics.[11][16] The official groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 6, 1954.[9] Caristo Construction Corporation built the building.[12]

The working name for the school had been East Queens High School, but before it opened the school was officially named Martin Van Buren High School, after the Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States and the first U.S. president born in New York state.[1][17] It opened to students on September 12, 1955.[1] The school sports teams are called the "Vee Bees" (or the fighting Vee Bees), a reference to the initials VB, and have a bee as their logo.[18]

Notable alumni edit

This is a partial list of notable alumni of Martin Van Buren High School.

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "12 New Schools Ready for Pupils". The New York Times. September 11, 1955. p. 128. ProQuest 113187536.
  2. ^ Chan, Melissa. "'Failing' Van Buren principal replaced". Queens Courier. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - MARTIN VAN BUREN HIGH SCHOOL (360009902030)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 22, 2024.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Martin Van Buren High School: School Profile". New York Department of Education. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Matua, Angela (December 4, 2017). "Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village removed from list of struggling schools". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Martin Van Buren High School". New York City Department of Education. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Martin Van Buren High School: School Quality Guide". New York City Department of Education. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "$59,765,000 Schools Proposed for 1953". The New York Times. June 2, 1952. p. 18.
  9. ^ a b "Wagner to Speed School Program". The New York Times. January 7, 1954. p. 33.
  10. ^ "23 School Projects Authorized for '53". The New York Times. December 8, 1952. p. 43.
  11. ^ a b c d "New Queens School Approved by the Board". The New York Times. November 13, 1953. p. 29.
  12. ^ a b "Costliest School in City Authorized". The New York Times. December 24, 1953. p. 12.
  13. ^ "American Architect Directory: 1956". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012.
  14. ^ "Landmarks Preservation Commission LP-2131" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-01. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  15. ^ "Mayor Sees Hope for New Schools". The New York Times. October 28, 1955. p. 52.
  16. ^ "School Ground Breaking". The New York Times. January 3, 1954. p. 46.
  17. ^ a b c Morales, Tina (December 24, 1989). "School of the Week: Martin Van Buren High School". Newsday. p. 5.
  18. ^ Staszewski, Joseph (December 27, 2009). "McGilvery starts and finishes Van Buren comeback". New York Post. NYP Holdings, Inc.
  19. ^ "Silicon Valley entrepreneur returns to his Queens high school alma mater to inspire students". Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  20. ^ "The Wall Street Soothsayer Who Never Blinked". The New York Times. July 27, 1997.
  21. ^ Deutsch, Donnie; Knobler, Peter (October 4, 2005). Often Wrong, Never in Doubt. Harper Business. ISBN 978-0060567187.
  22. ^ a b "Martin Van Buren High School, Q435, Borough of Queens". New York City Department of Education. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  23. ^ "Lang, Tishman Head N.Y.U. Fencing Team." The New York Times, July 4, 1971. Accessed February 10, 2018. "Marty Lang of Glen Oaks, Queens, and Jeff Tishman of Glen Rock, N. J., have been named co‐captains of the 1971– 72 New York University fencing team, which shared the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship with Columbia last season.... Lang, a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, was a member of the 1969 and 1970 United States senior world championship fencing team."
  24. ^ Fleisher, Lisa (October 16, 2002). "Nobel's New York Moment". Wall Street Journal.
  25. ^ Wilczek, Frank. "Autobiography". Nobel Media. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  26. ^ Zimmerman, Thomas. "Optical Flex Sensor". US4542291. US Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved August 29, 2022.

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