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The Norman Thomas High School for Business and Commercial Education was a public high school (closed on June 2014) 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.

Norman Thomas High School
111 East 33rd Street

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United States
Coordinates40°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 typeGovernment funding, High school
NCES District ID3600077[1]
NCES School ID360007702039[2]
PrincipalPhilip Martin, Jr.[3]
Faculty114.19 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Grades9 to 12 [2]
Enrollment2,147 [2] (2009-2010 school year)
 • Grade 9871 [2]
 • Grade 10619 [2]
 • Grade 11302 [2]
 • Grade 12131 [2]
 • Ungraded224 [2]
Student to teacher ratio18.80 [2]
Campus typeUrban
School color(s)Maroon and Black         

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]

Front entrance

Notable alumniEdit


  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 - Norman Thomas High School (360007702039)". 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. ^ Clemente, John (2013-06-24). Girl Groups: Fabulous Females Who Rocked the World. Author House. p. 137. ISBN 9781477281284.
  8. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (2018-03-06). "Barbara Alston, Who Sang With the Crystals, Dies at 74". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  9. ^ Loza, Steven Joseph. Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1999; p. 1.

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