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In Loving Memory

The Campaign for Stuyvesant/ Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.

P.O. 2626
Peter Stuyvesant Station
New York, NY 10009

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Timeline & Notable Graduates

Many of us have fond and special memories of Stuyvesant High School: our exceptional classmates and fine teachers, landmark formative experiences, and the beginnings of lives away from home on the road of adult life.

Stuyvesant then and now stands out, not only in New York City, but in the nation. Since first opening its doors in 1904, Stuyvesant has operated on the belief that New York City’s most gifted students deserve the best in public secondary education.

The Stuyvesant timeline is split up into decades from 1886 to 2004. Simply click on a time frame in the menu on the left to learn more about Stuyvesant's rich history.

1886

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

The Statue of Liberty, Dedicated in 1886
  • Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed sunset-gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin-cities frame.

    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she,
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore;
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    - Emma Lazarus

The Wider World

  • October 28th, 1886,
    Statue of Liberty dedicated.

1891

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Architect BJ Snyder
    Architect Charles B.J. Snyder is appointed Superintendent of School Buildings, Manhattan and annexed district of the Bronx; he designs dozens of new NYC schools, including Stuyvesant HS, and serves until 1923.

1893

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Manual Training High School is organized in Brooklyn (later to be Brooklyn Technical High School).

1897/1898

Steeple ChaseThe Coney Island Steeplechase Park

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Oct. 21, 1897, The Board of Superintendents plans to establish a manual training school in Manhattan and resolve to name it Stuyvesant High School.
  • Jan. 1, 1898, Incorporation of the City of New York.

The Wider World

  • Steeple Chase opens
  • Marconi successfully transmits wireless code across the English Channel

1899

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • William H. Maxwell
    William H. Maxwell, first Superintendent of Schools, on the creation of a manual training high school in Manhattan:
  • "It is now realized that the manual training high school in the teaching the use of tools, without aiming at making craftsmen, and teaching the practical application of science and art to industry, forms the best preparation for life in the case of those who have a mechanical turn of mind and who intend to devote themselves to any kind of manufacturing industry. Experience has also demonstrated that the keenness of observation, deftness of hand, and mental ingenuity developed by work of the manual training high school constitute the best possible preparation for entrance to a medical school or one of the great scientific schools."

1900

The Wider World

  • The Kodak Brownie
    1900, Kodak introduces and successfully mass markets $1 Brownie cameras and film processing services.
  • New York City is the world's second-largest (after London); the Lower East Side is the most densely inhabited place in the world.

1901/1902

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Centralized management by the NYC Board of Education under a single Superintendent of Schools is established.

The Wider World

The IBM Keypunch
  • Sep. 6, 1901, President McKinley is mortally wounded.
  • Sep. 14, 1901, McKinley dies, Vice-president Theodore Roosevelt becomes president.
  • The keypunch appears and changes little for over 50 years.

1902/1903

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Jan. 1, 1903, The NY Times reports that a manual training high school in Manhattan will be one of the next school construction projects.

The Wider World

  • The Ford Model A, AKA “Fordmobile”
    July 23, 1903, First Ford Model A (aka Fordmobile) sold

1903/1904

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • April 1904, Board of Education's Committee on Building approves plans for a school, to be named Stuyvesant High School, for a location between Livingston Place and First Avenue.
  • Dewitt Clinton High School will be transferred out of the former Public School 47 building (1865), at 225 East 23rd Street, and the building remodeled for temporary use as Stuyvesant HS.

The Wider World

The Wright Brothers' Flyer
  • Dec. 17, 1903, Wright Brothers first flight.
  • June 15, 1904 1,000 people die on an annual outing of an Evangelical German Lutheran Church when fire erupts aboard the steamboat General Slocum in the East River, the worst catastrophe in NYC until Sep. 11, 2004.
  • June 16, 1904, James Joyce's Ulysses takes place on this day.
  • 1904, John A. Fleming patents the diode vacuum tube.
  • John Fleming's diode vacuum tube
    1904 Number One Song: "Come Take a Trip on My Airship"

1904/1905

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • On Sep.12 1904, Stuyvesant High School opens its doors to 155 male students and 12 male faculty at its temporary site, 225 E 23rd St.
  • Dr. Frank Rollins, Stuy's first principal
    Dr. Frank Rollins is the first principal. The school opens as a manual training school, offering students the opportunity to combine technical training with academic coursework. Soon, a literary society is founded.
  • Football, Basketball, Rifle and Tennis Teams are instituted under the aegis of the Athletic Association.
  • During the year the school almost doubles in enrollment and 9 teachers are added.
  • The SHS Mathematical Society is founded.
  • The first exhibition of shop work is held.
  • The Glee Club and Dramatic Society are established.
  • The first Indicator, the annual yearbook, is published, for "both instruction and entertainment."

The Wider World

  • Oct. 27, 1904, New York City IRT subway opens, to a slogan, "From City Hall to Harlem in 15 Minutes!"
  • The construction of the Panama Canal
    Theodore Roosevelt's Panama Canal Commission restructures the canal effort to solve political, engineering and human problems; work resumes.
  • Jan. 2, 1905, Russia surrenders to Japan, ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  • June 30, 1905, Einstein publishes his Special Theory of Relativity, including E=MC2.
  • Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905) is published, this follows his publication of The Interpretation of Dreams (1900).

1905/1906

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • On September 21, 1905, the cornerstone of the new Stuyvesant High School at 345 East 15th Street is laid by Commissioner Richard Adams, Chairman of the Building Committee of the Board of Education.
  • The cornerstone holds copies of NYC daily newspapers, Board of Education documents, a Bible, a list of the teachers and students at SHS, and a copy of the Indicator. When the East 23rd Street school becomes too crowded, an annex is added for Stuyvesant freshmen at the former DeWitt Clinton annex near Broadway between 108th and 109th Streets, the Robert Simon School, PS 165.
  • The Lowell Literary Society is founded
  • The Orchestra is formed
  • There are 21 faculty members
  • The first issue of Caliper arrives January 2, 1906. Mr. Scholz writes the school song, “Stuyvesant, Dear Stuyvesant.”
  • Colonel Bruce gives a speech on sub-target guns and presents one to the student body.
  • The Rifle club is founded
  • SHS Technical Society is founded
  • The Crew Team started
  • French Society founded.

The Wider World

  • Apr. 18, 1906, San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires devastate a large part of the city. Official death count around 700.

1906/1907

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • On Jan.16, 1907, a fire seriously damages the 23rd Street building, and classes are moved to the annex for one week while repairs are made. Only one day of school is lost. On East 15th Street, at a cost of $1.25 million, city builders construct a permanent home for SHS. The building comprises 4 acres of floor space, numerous shops and other necessities for a technical high school education.
  • Seniors have the option of enrolling in advanced physics. The annex, with 10 classrooms and two shops, continues to serve students, and in keeping with SHS spirit, maintains its own Annex Literary Society. SHS has 34 teachers, and student registration had doubled. A 25 page Student Guide is created. SHS crew participates in the Decoration Day Regatta on the Harlem River.

'07 Notable Graduates

  • Albert A. Alexander, DDS '07 Professor, Columbia College of Dental and Oral Surgery (now Columbia Dental School); SHS and U. of Penn, baseball and track star.

The Wider World

  • Christmas Eve 1906, the first commercial radio broadcast, Silent Night, is unexpectedly heard by wireless telegraph operators listening for Morse code.
  • July 28, 1907 The first SteepleChase Park burns to the ground.
  • Bakelite, first structural plastic, invented

1907/1908

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Ernest Von Nardoff
    Sept. 9, 1907, the new Stuyvesant building opens. Dr. Rollins leaves Stuyvesant to become the Assistant State Commissioner of Education in Albany.
  • Dr. Ernest Von Nardroff, the eminent physicist, becomes principal. He will remain principal for 26 years.
  • June 12, 1908, the new building is formally dedicated.
  • A Camera Club is founded.
  • The Crew Team wins third place in the Harlem Regatta.
  • The Basketball Team takes second place in the PSAL Championship.
  • The Stuyvesant Evening Trade School is started and soon has a waiting list.
  • Dec. 23, the first alumni reunion is held and sets a precedent for holding reunions the week before Christmas.
  • SHS holds its first public speaking contest.
Stuyvesant High School, 1907

'08 Notable Graduates

  • Angelo Lipari, PhD '08 Chairman/Professor, Italian, Yale; authority on Dante; author, The Dolce Stil Novo According to Lorenzo De Medici

The Wider World

  • The City College campus, designed by George B. Post in Collegiate Gothic, is completed.
  • May 17, 1908 SteepleChase, rebuilt, reopens
The Re-opening of Steeplechase park

1908/1909

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Basketball Team defeats Central High School, Philadelphia and becomes the Champions of the Eastern Region. The team goes on to beat freshmen teams from Columbia, Yale, and CCNY.
  • ARISTA is created as an honor society; ARISTA requires students to have an average of 75 % or better for admission and candidates must to be approved by the Senate, (a body comprised of the faculty and other ARISTA members).
  • A SHS Indoor Track Meet occurrs at the 71st Regiment Armory.
  • The Irving Dramatic Society is founded. Dramatic groups present “She Stoops to Conquer” and “Dr. Bilby’s Aeroplane.”
  • Basketball wins third in PSAL Champs, so does the Rifle Team.
  • The Swimming Team is formed.
  • The Drum Corps organize.

'09 Notable Graduates

  • Leo Roon Feb '09 Chief, chemical division, Squibb & Sons; Chemist, founder, Roxalin Flexible Finishes/Nuodex Products; Chairman, Industrial Section, NY Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Ass'n; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Columbia College of Pharmacy
  • Manuel Komroff '09 Novelist, Coronet and 44 others; biographer, The One Story, Big City Little Boy, and for children, Beethoven, Jefferson, Caesar, Whitman; editor, The Travels of Marco Polo, War and Peace, Brothers Karamazov; Editor-in-chief, The Russian Daily News, Petrograd; Socialist, husband to Elinor Barnard (noted portraitist), good friend of Eugene O'Neill

The Wider World

  • Sep. 9, 1908, Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, VA.

1909/1910

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Stuyvesant Basketball Team is named “Champions of the East.”
  • Hockey and Boxing Teams form.
  • The Indicator enhances its athletic highlights with action pictures.
  • Golf Club, Aeronautical Society, Chemistry Club, Sketch Club, Senior Debating Society, Societas Latina Stuyvesantensis, Civics Club, are all organized.
  • The Radio Club starts and builds its first crystal set.

'10 Notable Graduates

  • Ralph Colp, MD '10 Professor, Surgery, Mt. Sinai Medical School; Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Henry Masson, PhD '10 Engineer & educator; Ass't Dean, Graduate Division Director, Dept. Chairman, Professor, NYU; petroleum technology specialist; inventor holding basic patent for the manufacture of carbon black, key ingredient in automobile tires.

1910/1911

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Baseball Team takes second in Greater New York, and first in Manhattan.
  • Stuyvesant's tennis team participates in its first match.
  • In November, the Gymnastics Team organizes.
  • The Fencing Club forms.
  • The Bunsen Chemical Society and the Short Story Club are organized.

'11 Notable Graduates

  • David Klein '11 Founder/President, U.S. Bronze Sign Co.
  • Jacob Lieberman, returned to SHS to teach chemistry in 1916 for over 50 years.

The Wider World

  • Pennsylvania Station is built.

1911/1912

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Track wins a PSAL Championship and takes first in Greater New York.
  • The Chess Team is second in the city.
  • The Architectural, Engineering, and Philatelic Societies form.
  • In April, the Freshman Class presents a play, “The Lost Purse.”

'12 Notable Graduates

  • William McKerer '12 VP, Chris-Craft Company
  • Lewis Mumford '12 Urban planner, architectural and social critic; Author, Sidewalk Critic; lifelong opponent of large-scale public works; co-founder, Regional Planning Association of American; awarded National Medal for Literature, National Medal of Arts, U.S. Medal of Freedom and Knight of the Order of the British Empire
  • Guy B. Panero '12 Principal, Guy B. Panero Engineers & Panero-Weidlinger Salvadori, Paris, Rome and Lausanne; project work for Rockefeller Center, Jefferson Memorial, and Royal Medical Center of Baghdad
  • Felix E. Wormser '12 Mining engineer; US Ass't Secretary of the Interior; Director, Lead Industries Association; VP, St. Joseph Lead Company

The Wider World

  • The Titanic, 1912
    April 15, 1912 The British luxury liner Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than three hours after striking an iceberg; 1,500 die.

1912/1913

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • SHS Riflemen are City Champions. Students form The Forge Club to advance the arts of forging, tool-making, hammered-metal and art and metal work.
  • The Rifle Team wins the championships for 75-foot ranges.
  • A Washington Irving issue of Caliper, is published, combining photos of their high school with its chief features and history.

'13 Notable Graduates

  • William I. Hohauser '13 Architect, NYC theaters, luxury apartments; received "quite decent" appraisal from harsh critic and fellow Stuyvesant alum Lewis Mumford '12 for Manhattan low-rises
  • Charles W. Taussig '13 Industrialist, American Molasses Company; Member, FDR's New Deal "Brain Trust"; Caribbean authority; Economic Advisor to UN Charter Commission; Author, Rum, Romance, and Rebellion; Chairman, National Advisory Committee, National Youth Adminstration
  • Philip Sporn '13 President, American Power Co.; electrical engineer; author, Technology, Engineering, and Economics; National Academy of Sciences; National Commission on Technology, Automation, and Economic Progress; John Fritz Medal (1956), joining former winners Bell, Edison, Goethals, Wright, and Marconi

The Wider World

  • Grand Central Terminal is built.
  • Cellophane invented

1913/1914

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • A two-session system is introduced due to large increases in enrollment.
  • Caliper, containing 56 double column pages of cartoons, stories, jokes, and school news, is named best high school monthly in the country.
  • The Track Team wins the coveted Princeton Meet.
  • The swimming team becomes PSAL Champs.

'14 Notable Graduates

  • Leffert Holz, Esq '14 NYS Insurance Superintendent; real estate tax law authority
  • Herman Jessor '14 Architect, designed over 40,000 units of publicly subsidized co-operative housing; employed in the United Housing Federation
  • Saul Streit '14 NYS Supreme Court Justice; heard case of Alice De Rivera vs. NYC Board of Education re her right to take test for Stuyvesant HS, and ordered the City to show cause in Jan. 1969, paving the way for Alice to take the exam; ruled in 1951 college basketball betting scandal case
  • Herbert E. Vollmer '14 Olympic Bronze Medalist (1924), water polo; Set numerous swimming records at Stuyvesant HS and Columbia

The Wider World

  • The Ford assembly line
    Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company builds the first moving assembly line, and introduces a minimum wage scale of $5 per day.
  • By 1914, unemployment and economic problems in Greece lead to migrations (almost entirely to US) of 350,000, one-fifth the total population
  • June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is shot, leading to outbreak of World War I.
  • Aug. 15, 1914, Panama Canal, major engineering feat of the twentieth century, opens.

1914/1915

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • In February, the first issue of The Spectator appears; the newspaper calls itself the ‘pulse of the student body’.
  • Rifle Team members organize the Stuyvesant Training Corps, the nation’s first volunteer unit, in response to conditions abroad. 300 men train, and a battalion is formed. The Corps engages in “drill-down” competition against Clinton and participates in Decoration Day Parades. Rifles are supplied by the War Dept while uniforms are purchased with funds raised at a Review and Formal Ball at the 71st Regiment Armory. Hikes and "battles" are staged in Van Cortlandt Park, Spring Valley and Dunwoodie, NY, with weekly drills at the Armory.
  • A symphony orchestra is formed.
  • Track wins the PSAL Championship.

'15 Notable Graduates

  • Joseph V. McMullan '15 Engineer; VP, Naylor Pipe Company; designed hydraulic dredges, portable pipelines, shortening WWII North African campaign; world-famous Islamic rug collector; author, Don't Forget to Stop and Smell the Flowers Along the Way
  • Nathaniel Rose '15 Transportation executive
  • Fred Schoenberg '15 Principal, Stuyvesant HS, 1943-1952; deputy, high school division, NYC Superintendent of Schools

The Wider World

  • Jan. 25, 1915, The inventor Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates U.S. transcontinental telephone service. Schedules commercial service to begin Mar. 1, 1915.
  • Apr. 24, 1915, Armenian Genocide by Young Turk Party begins, as 300 leaders, writers, thinkers and professionals in Constantinople (now Istanbul) are deported and killed; 1.5 of 2.5 million Armenians are murdered by 1922.

1915/1916

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Footballers beat Clinton at the Polo Grounds 43-0, with a record attendance of 6,000.
  • Faculty baseball team defeats the seniors.
  • “Bibliophiles” discussed literature.
  • Cross-Country track wins Manhattan Championship.
  • The Stuyvesant Training Corps is organized; Captain Henry F. Davidson, father of Garrison H. Davidson '23 (who was the mascot of the STC), is the Drill Instructor.

'16 Notable Graduates

  • Ralph DeJur '16 President, DeJur-Amsco, manufacturer, electrical precision instruments, components, cameras, photographic apparatus, and photoelectric cells.
  • Jack Kriendler '16 Restaurateur; founder/owner, NYC's famed '21' Club
  • Samuel Spewack ’16 Prolific playwright, Kiss Me Kate; screenwriter, Boy Meets Girl; Novelist, Murder in a Gilded Cage; Non-fiction, Red Russia Revealed: The Truth About the Soviet Government and Its Methods; WWII information officer in London, producing The World at War & later in Moscow, assigned to Averill Harriman

The Wider World

  • April 24, 1916, Irish Easter Revolt.

1916/1917

'17 Notable Graduates

  • Ray Arcel '17 International Boxing Hall of Fame, Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; Trained 20 world boxing champions, the first in 1924 (Abe Goldstein), and the last in 1982 (Larry Holmes); five of his fighters won world titles in 1934!
  • James Cagney '17 Actor/dancer; our "Most famous Stuyvesantian"; Oscar-winning Best Actor, Yankee Doodle Dandy; American Film Institute Life Achievement Award; president/founding member, Screen Actors Guild; 33¢ USA commemorative stamp, legends of Hollywood; Black Belt in Judo;14th Greatest Movie Star of all time, Entertainment Weekly
  • Andrew A. Farago '17 Chemist; VP, D'orsay Perfumes
  • Edward Kilinski '17 Geologist, explorer, writer; specialist in foreign oil discovery---in Venezuela, the Guianas, Mexico, Canada
  • Eugene R. Kulka '17 Founder/President, Kulka Electric Co.
  • Brig. Gen. Alfred Reuthershan '17 CO, 71st Regiment, NY National Guard

The Wider World

  • Kingsland Explosion at Kingsland, NJ (now Lyndhurst, NJ) Due to German sabotage, leads to the U.S. involvement in World War I.
  • February 5 - The constitution of Mexico is adopted.

1917/1918

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • More than 400 faculty and students enter into service during WWI; 19 die: Walter Antosch, Otto Brandt, John Brotherton, Frederick M. Fischer, Jacob O. Gilcher, Nathan Golob, William D. Gray, Calvin W. Greene, Richard Morgan, Frank K. Neumark, David H. Rogers, Harold E. Russell, George Schnitzler, Irving Slicklen, Frank B. Stadler, Nicholas Stark, Charles F. Volk, Stephen S. Warner, and Churchill P. Webster.
  • Dr. Frederick Houk Law organizes the first high school journalism class in the US.
  • The Track Team is PSAL Indoor Track Champs.
  • The Basketball Team wins as “Champions of the East.”
  • The PSAL holds a freshman swimming meet and SHS places first.
  • The Drawing Team wins the Municipal Art Trophy.
  • Chess wins Manhattan and Bronx Championship.
  • The New Journal and Stuyvesant Daily Bulletin appear.
  • The Radio Club is awarded its own call signal, from a modern, 50-watt transmitting station, which is heard in Germany and England, as well as by other amateurs in the US.
  • Football is discontinued due to war.
  • Students solicit more than $1 million for the 3 Liberty Campaigns.
  • The Junior Red Cross has 100% membership within two days and SHS has a Red Cross drive, an Armenian Relief Fund, and a Fund for the Relief of Disabled French Soldiers.
  • Faculty contribute more to the Ambulance Fund than the faculty of any other City high school. The proceeds of two semi-annual concerts go to the Red Cross Fund, which purchases materials for students to build--in school shops--furniture that are needed in hospitals.
  • When the military training law goes into effect, members of the Stuyvesant Training Corps teach military tactics to civilian students. Our Corps is the best trained military organization of all the NYC high schools, and is formally recognized by the government.

'18 Notable Graduates:

  • Abram J. Abeloff, MD '18 Director, Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital; Columbia trustee; Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps consulting surgeon, WW II Persian Gulf Command, Legion of Merit
  • Gustave Rosenberg '18 Chancellor, NYC Board of Higher Education
  • Chester H. Roth '18 President, Kayser-Roth, brands including Calvin Klein and TImberland; Founder, Chester H. Roth Company
  • Abraham Taub '18 Professor, Pharmacology, Columbia University; $1 million donor to Columbia in 1962; fellow, American Institute of Chemists and American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Robert J. Trainor '18 NYS Supreme Court Justice

The Wider World

  • Barnes & Noble opens the largest bookstore in the world at 122 Fifth Avenue.

1918/1919

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Corps becomes inactive.
  • Stuyvesant has 50 organizations.
  • A Club Council is formed, with 2 representatives from each club, to ensure cooperation among clubs.
  • SHS contributes $436.96 to French orphans, and $4,219.15 to the “Victory Boy” Movement.

'19 Notable Graduates

  • Harry A. Charipper, PhD '19 Chairman/professor, Biology, NYU
  • Ted Husing '19 Sportscaster, largely responsible for the advent of play-by-lay broadcasting; most popular sportscaster in national poll; author, My Eyes are in my Heart

The Wider World

  • Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice ending World War I is signed.
  • Jan. 6, 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president when SHS opened in Sept. 1904, dies in Oyster Bay, N.Y. at age 60.

1919/1920

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Admission to Stuyvesant HS is restricted, based on elementary school academic achievement.
  • Mathematics, advanced chemistry and physics courses strengthen the curriculum as Stuyvesant transforms to a "science high school", the first in the City.
  • Shop classes in carpentry, pattern-making, blacksmithing, and ship design are offered.
  • Students practice surveying in Stuyvesant Park.
  • Increased enrollment leads to two sessions, each consisting of six periods: morning classes run from 8:00am to 12:35pm, while the afternoon session is from 12:40pm to 5:20pm.
  • The Journalism Club is founded.
  • "A Pageant of Democracy" is staged.
  • The freshman swimmers win in the PSAL (Public School Athletic League).

'20 Notable Graduates

  • Capt. Joseph R. Horn '20 U.S. Navy Dental Corps
  • August Henry Nordhausen '20 Artist, portraits and nudes

The Wider World

  • Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing American women who are citizens the right to vote.
  • CUNY opens the largest business college in the US, it will be named for Bernard Baruch in 1953.

1920/1921

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Students stage the pageant spectacle “America’s Making.”
  • Soccer claims the title of Eastern State Champs.
  • Cross-Country becomes second in the city

'21 Notable Graduates

  • Capt. Charles Gartenlaub '21 Chief, Radiology, US Naval Hospital, St. Albans, Queens, NY
  • Marcus D. Kogel, MD '21 NYC Hospital Commissioner; founding Dean and advisory council, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Chairman, Epidemiology and Social Medicine
  • Peter Sammartino, PhD '21 Co-founder/Chancellor, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Member, President's Commission on Higher Education

The Wider World

  • New York City is unique in world history: the majority of the population lives in apartments and are renters.

1921/1922

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Track Team wins PSAL and a National Championship!
  • Football Team almost wins first City Championship.
  • Principal von Nardroff and Dr. Tennent prepare the Student Guide.
  • Radio Club has up-to-date equipment made in Stuy’s shop.
  • Seniors’ graduation and dance is at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
  • Broadway play, “It Pays to Advertise,” is first 3-act play attempted by Dramatic Society.
  • ARISTA institutes The Stuyvesant Club, to develop a high standard of character in the student body and promote a greater spirit of sociability among students.
  • Bicycle Club tries to establish HS Bicycle League and gain PSAL status. They organize Sunday trips to Coney Island, Sing Sing, Pelham, Rockaway and Rye beaches, some trips include camping.
  • Bibliophiles meet.
  • Biology Club practices "the gentle art of vivisection, and it is done with the gust of true biologists.”
  • Camera Club organizes the HS Camera Club League.

'22 Notable Graduates

  • George Bragalini '22 NYS Tax Commissioner; VP, Manufacturers Trust
  • Harry B. Frank '22 NYS Supreme Court Justice
  • William M. Hitzig, MD '22 Surgeon, Mt. Sinai Hospital; Professor, Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; "Hiroshima Maidens" physician and friend of Albert Schweitzer; president, Mt. Sinai Alumni Administration
  • Victor Keppler '22 Photographer; lecturer; author, Victor Keppler Man+Camera, photo-autobiography; Trustee, Photographic Hall of Fame; one of the most successful commercial photographers in the U.S.; First color photo cover of Saturday Evening Post
  • Harold T. McLaughlin '22 NYS Supreme Court Justice
  • Philip Neufeld '22 Wall St. financial consultant; founding Member, SHS Alumni & Scholarship Association (1954)
  • Ernest W. Rovere '22 Bridge Life Master; Member, American Contract Bridge League; Author, Point Count Contract Bridge Complete
  • Irving Saypol, Esq. '22 Prosecutor, Ethel & Julius Rosenberg and Morton Sobell '34 espionage case; then NYS Supreme Court Justice
  • Sidney Sugarman '22 US District Court Judge, Southern District of New York
  • John J. Theobald '22 Chancellor, NYC Board of Education; NYC Deputy Mayor
  • Herbert Zelenko, Esq. '22 US Congressman, Manhattan, west side; Assistant U.S. Attorney, NY southern district

1922/1923

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Students flock to Stuy from all boroughs and school goes to triple-sessions for this year only.
  • Francis ("Frank") Hussey ties the world record in the hundred-meter.
  • Baseball wins City Title.
  • Track Team wins Princeton Meet and is named "Best team in City".
  • Football Team wins City Championship; beats Clinton, 14-0.

'23 Notable Graduates

  • Norman C. Armitage (Cohn), Esq. PhD '23 Six Olympic fencing teams, twice US flag bearer, saber bronze medal winner (1948); Chemical engineer and patent attorney; VP, Deering-Milliken Textiles
  • Harry Berlfein '23 Reporter, entire career, Women's Wear Daily
  • Leroy Brown '23 Olympic silver medal high jumper (1924); US National high jump champion
  • William Canton, Esq. '23 Founding Secretary-Treasurer, SHS Alumni & Scholarship Ass'n (1954); instructor, aviation branch, US Navy in WWII
  • Lt. Gen. Garrison H. Davidson '23 SHS Championship football teams 1921/1922; West Point football team, then Head Coach, 1933-37; Gen. Patton’s Engineer in WWII, 1941-45; Korean War Division Commander, 1951-52; Superintendent, US Military Academy, West Point, 1956-60; Commanding General, US Seventh Army (Germany) 1960-62 and First Army (New York); US Military Representative to the United Nations, 1963. (Gen. Davidson's son, Thomas Marshall Davidson, Sr., Davidson Capital, McLean, VA, is National Spokesperson for The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc. since 1999)
  • Adolph Gottlieb '23 Artist; founder, NY school of Abstract Expressionism; started with class of '19, finished after hiatus with '23; winner U.S. Treasury sponsored nationwide mural competition; developer of "Pictographs"; 1st prize winner, Brooklyn Society of Artists Annual Exhibition
  • William Lebowitz '23 Executive Director, Alconox
  • Sam Levene '23 Actor, Broadway and Hollywood, Three Men on a Horse, Guys & Dolls, The Babe Ruth Story, and Sweet Smell of Success
  • John Shaw '23 Captain, SHS basketball and swimming teams; Captain and stroke, championship crew team; President, G.O.; member, football and track team; Coach, SHS and Clinton; Chairman, Physical Education, Franklin K. Lane HS, William C. Bryant HS
  • Herbert Tenzer, Esq. '23 Founder, Tenzer, Greenblatt, Fallon & Kaplan; US Congressman, 1964-68; Founder, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Founder, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, endowed school's Florence and Herbert Tenzer Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics; Awarded honorary degrees by Yeshiva University, L.H.D. 1972, and LL.D. 1984
  • Frederick Zimmerman '23 Double bassist, NY Philharmonic; author, Contemporary Concept of Bowing Technique for the Double Bass

The Wider World

  • Feb. 16, 1923 Bessie Smith makes her first recording, "Down Hearted Blues."

1923/1924

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Francis Hussey, the track captain, is a member of the record-breaking Olympic Gold Medal Relay Team.
  • SHS wins The World’s Biggest News Contest.

'24 Notable Graduates

  • Thomas Chimera '24 NYS Supreme Court Justice
  • Frank Hussey '24 Olympic Gold Medal relay sprinter (1924)
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz '24 Four-time Oscar-winning producer, writer, director; brother of Herman Mankiewicz who won Oscar for writing "Citizen Kane"; son of Stuyvesant teacher Frank Mankiewicz.
  • Robert M. Weitman '24 Producer, Paramount, ABC, CBS, MGM, Columbia, and independent productions; started career as a doorman at the Times Square Paramount

The Wider World

  • Calvin Coolidge
    Dec. 6, 1923, a presidential address is broadcast on radio for the first time as President Calvin Coolidge speaks to a joint session of Congress.

1924/1925

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Swimming team takes 1st place.
  • Francis (Frank) Hussey leaves Stuy; he was Track Captain, 100 yd PSAL Champion, and a member of the USA Olympic record-breaking relay team.
  • Footballers beat Clinton 25-0, Morris and Erasmus, and are City Champs.
  • Principal Ernest R. von Nardroff, EE, Columbia and DSci, St Lawrence leads a faculty with degrees from these schools, colleges and universities:
    Columbia; Williams; Bowdoin; Amherst; Wellesley; Hunter; CCNY; Teachers College; NYU; Smith; Brown; Bristol (England); Barnard; Yale; Temple; Harvard; Purdue; Hamilton; Cornell; Middleburg; Dartmouth; Laval University; the Universities of Paris, Heidelberg, Berlin and Madrid; Haverford; Escuela Normal (Vera Cruz, Mexico); Ohio Wesleyan; University of Pennsylvania; Swarthmore; Rochester; Rutgers; Alfred; Springfield, Syracuse; the Pratt and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institutes; the Universities of Indiana, Michigan and Vermont; Mt. Holyoke; Cooper Union; Boston; Tufts Medical College;...and the librarian graduated Vassar.

'25 Notable Graduates

  • Charles Belous, Esq. '25 "Mr. Stuyvesant"; Student leader; NYC Councilman and elected political leader in NYS and NYC
  • Philip Birnbaum '25 Architect, Parker Meridien and Trump Plaza
  • Samuel DiFalco '25 NYC Councilman; NYS Supreme Court Justice and Surrogate; NY Italian-American community and Democratic Party leader
  • Sheldon Leonard (Bershad) '25 Emmy-winning director, actor (Dick Van Dyke Show, I love Lucy, It's a Wonderful Life), and producer; author, And The Show Goes On

The Wider World

  • The Scopes Monkey Trial ruled the teaching of evolution illegal.
    Mar. 23 1925, Tennessee passes a law against the teaching of evolution in public schools, setting the stage for the Scopes Monkey Trial (July 10-25).

1925/1926

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Symphony orchestra wins first place in Inter-Scholastic Orchestra Meet, and goes on to win for the next six years.
  • Dr. Law returns from a trip to Africa, and tells students that the new Africa “will undoubtedly be the result of the well-managed villages of the continent.”
  • Dr. Von Nardroff presents one of his famous lectures, “Acoustics of the Flute.”

'26 Notable Graduates

  • Milton Gabler '26 Recording industry mogul; Jazz & Rock ‘n Roll pioneer; independent music producer & distributor; member, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame; founder, Commodore Music Shop, Commodore record label, & first mail-order record label, United Hot Clubs of America (UCHA); originated business of reissuing surplus records; produced Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong duets, & the seminal Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock; vice president, Decca Records; Uncle to actor/entertainer Billie Crystal; National Academy of Recording Artists’ Trustees Award for lifetime achievement; career began at SHS after-school job at Commodore Radio Store.
  • Abraham M. Lindenbaum, Esq. '26 Brooklyn lawyer, lobbyist, fundraiser; represented developers Zeckendorff and Trump; President, Brooklyn Law School; NYC Planning Commissioner; Trustee, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies
  • Irving A. Sarot, MD '26 Professor, Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, NY Medical College; WWII Army Major, field hospital head; Normandy invasion; liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp

The Wider World

  • Dec. 15, 1925, 1st hockey game is played at Madison Square Garden, Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1

1926/1927

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Debate Team claims the title of NYC Debating Champs.
  • Baseball wins championship, beating Clinton 1-0.

'27 Notable Graduates

  • Irving C. Fischer, MD '27 Ob/Gyn, Mt. Sinai; 1954 Founder/President of the SHS Alumni & Scholarship Association (until his untimely death at 50 in 1962); son David Fischer, MD '60, psychiatrist, Washington, D.C., was Pegleg QB
  • John R. Raggazini '27 Dean, Engineering and Science, NYU; Professor, applied science, NYU; Chairman, electrical engineering, Columbia University; WWII Manhattan Project

The Wider World

  • Charles Lindbergh and his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis
    May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane, "The Spirit of St. Louis."

1927/1928

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Baseball Team wins its first PSAL championship, shutting out Clinton 1-0 (See last year.)
  • Jawetz, Muslin, and Weekes, Track Team members during ’28 and ’29, set 4 high jump records.
  • A record number of students, over 5,000, are registered at SHS.
  • SHS comes in second in NYC Debating.

'28 Notable Graduates

  • Col. Adam J. Rapalski '28 Army Surgeon General's Staff
  • John Ashley Wells, Esq. '28 Rogers and Wells; NY Republican advisor to Thomas Dewey, Nelson Rockefeller, and Jacob Javits

The Wider World

  • May 11, 1928, The first regular schedule of TV programming is begun by General Electric in Schenectady.
  • First Academy Award for Best Picture: WINGS

1928/1929

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Debate Team wins NYC Debating Championship.
  • The Soccer Team ties for the championship with the Monroe team.
  • The library grows through many book donations.
  • SHS students win 15 state scholarships.
  • Swimming wins the relay championship.
  • In order to join the Bunsen Chemical Society, one needs to pass a test with at least 75%; the club is the only high school club allowed to visit the Loft Candy Company’s plant.

'29 Notable Graduates

  • Ciro James Digangi '29 Motion picture/TV producer, production manager, art director; Movie production supervisor, Man in a Glass Booth
  • Buddy Walker '29 Band/Orchestra leader; Harlem Socialite; discovered/promoted tennis great Althea Gibson

1929/1930

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • With the roster continuing to swell, a system of entrance exams are inaugurated.
  • Indicator resumes publishing after 5-year hiatus.
  • SHS is named City Champs in Swimming (breaking the school relay record) and Debating.
  • The Radio Club holds its own class, which replaces a requirement. Students in this class are exempted from a Regents examination, provided that they take a licensing exam, the contents of which are taught as the class’ curriculum.
  • The Philharmonic Society awards 20 prizes to orchestra members.
  • An Astronomical Society forms.
  • The “Silver Jubilee” is organized to celebrate the Track Team’s 25 years and holds the largest Stuyvesant track meet to date.

'30 Notable Graduates

  • Robert Alda '30 Actor/entertainer, Broadway (Guys and Dolls), Hollywood (George Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue), TV (M*A*S*H), vaudeville, burlesque, and radio; born Alfonso Giuseppe Giovanni Toberto D'Abruzzo; father, actor Alan Alda
  • Gustave Dammin, MD '30 Professor, pathology, Harvard Medical School; President, Armed Forces Epidemiological Board; Binford-Dammin Society of Infectious Disease Pathology, International Academy of Pathology; Legion of Merit award; field & lab research on dysentery in India and Burma; Organ transplant pioneer; lyme disease researcher; namesake, lyme tick: Ixodes Dammini

The Wider World

  • The stock market crash of 1929
    Population of NYC is almost 7 million. New York is the largest city in the world.
  • Oct. 29, 1929, the stock market crashes.

1930/1931

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Soccer Team is named City Champs.
  • The Debate Team wins the City Championship.
  • The Symphony Orchestra is the only financially independent high school orchestra in the nation.
  • Basketball wins the Tri-Boro championship.
  • The Spectator and Caliper win second place in the Columbia Press Competition.
  • A Physics Club is organized.

'31 Notable Graduates

  • Bernard "Red" Sarachek '31 Basketball Coach & Athletic Director, Yeshiva University; Coach, American Basketball League (Scranton, League Championship, 1949-51); NYC Basketball Hall of Fame; Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Sol Schoenbach '31 Principal bassoonist, Philadelphia Orchestra; composer/arranger; Director, Settlement Music School; National Service Award, Chamber Music America
  • Philip H. Sechzer, MD '31 Director, Pain Medical Center, Maimonides, Brooklyn, NY and Fordham, Bronx, NY; Inventor/co-developer, Pain-Controlled Analgesia system for patient self-medication; professor, anesthesiology, U. of Penn, Baylor School of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center

1931/1932

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Caliper is named the best magazine in a nationwide competition.
  • The Basketball Team sets a PSAL scoring record.
  • Fencing Team takes 5 titles and six trophies in 13 years in PSAL.
  • From 1932-45, it wins 5 city championships and 6 trophies, 2 second place awards.

'32 Notable Graduates

  • Irving V. Glick, MD ‘32 Sports medicine & orthopedic surgeon; Women's Tennis Association & US Tennis Open physician; worked with NJ Nets and St. John's University teams; Co-founder, North Shore Community Hospital; member, International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • John T. McLoughlin '32 President, Vick Chemical Company
  • John F. McManus '32 Assistant Dean, Engineering, Cornell University
  • David Randolph '32 Music Director, St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra; Founder, conductor, Masterwork Chorus, NJ; Music Specialist, US Office of War Information; four time Ohio State award winner for best radio programs of music and commentary in the nation
  • Vito L. Salerno '32 Dean, Engineering, Fairleigh Dickinson University

The Wider World

  • 1931, Reynold B. Johnson, a high school teacher in Michigan, devises a way to score multiple-choice tests by sensing conductive pencil marks on answer sheets.

1922/1933

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Soccer Team earns the title of Manhattan Borough Champs

'33 Notable Graduates

  • James B. Herbert '33 Track and Field Hall of Fame; won more races than any other runner at Madison Square Garden; twice National AAU indoor champion; Recreation Director, NYC Dept. of Parks; Senior court officer, NYS Supreme Court; Delegate, Democratic National Convention
  • Edward V. Kolman '33 NFL player (Chicago Bears), coach (NY Giants); came to play violin in the orchestra at SHS but converted to football; honor roll for NFL players who served in WWII

The Wider World

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected President
  • Saran and Polyethylene invented

1933/1934

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • School is on two sessions, with graduating Classes in January and June.
  • The highest average in the graduating class is 91.13 (2nd is 89.9).
  • The Senior Prom is held at the New Yorker hotel.
  • Extracurricular activities now include: ARISTA; German Club; Rifle Club and Team; Basketball; Cheering Squad; French Club; Bunsen Chemical Society; Glee Club; Architectural Society; Astronomical Society; Historical Society; Trigonometry Scholarship Class; Debating; First Aid; Chemistry Service Squad; Aero Club; Health & Hygiene; Latin; Library Squad; Radio Club; Chess Club; Caliper; Indicator; Literary Society; The Spectator; Business Board; Short Story Club; Orchestra; State Scholarship Class; Soccer Team (Manhattan Champions); Football; Cross Country; Track; Swimming; Math Society & Team; G.O. Council; Camera Club; Stuyvesant Club; Fencing; Electrical Society; Forge Club; Biology; Medical Society; Mineralogy Club; Physics; Spanish; Engineering; and the Stamp Club.
  • Principal Ernest von Nardroff retires after 26 years.

'34 Notable Graduates

  • Matthew M. Cammen '34 Engineer, Air Compressor Division, Ingersoll-Rand
  • David J. Cavell '34 Actuary, pension plans for labor unions, businesses, and the IRS; violinist, Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland OH
  • Jerome Gross, MD '34 Biologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Medicine and Dermatology, emeritus, Harvard Medical School.
  • H. Sherwood Lawrence, MD '34 Professor, immunology, NYU Medical School; pioneer, lymphocyte biology; co-director of medical services, Bellevue and NYU Hospitals; Medical officer, Navy, WWII; Normandy invasion, Omaha Beach; founding editor, Journal Cellular Immunology
  • "Dr." Bernard Meltzer '34 Call-in radio show host, What's Your Problem (advised on mortgages, leaky basements, Medicaid, feuding neighbors, retirement plans, recalcitrant children and philandering husbands); Chairman, Philadephia Planning Commission; Professor, U. of Penn.
  • Morton Sobell '34 Co-defendant, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg "A-Bomb Spy Case"; sentenced to thirty years; served 16 years including 5 in Alcatraz; maintains innocence; Author, Serving Time

The Wider World

  • Nov. 16, 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations. President Roosevelt sends a telegram to Soviet leader Maxim Litvinov, expressing hope that United States-Soviet relations will "forever remain normal and friendly."
  • Dec. 5 1933, national Prohibition comes to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.

1934/1935

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Sinclair J. Wilson
    Sinclair J. Wilson is Principal.
  • New courses in mathematics, science, and the humanities are offered and admission is based on the standardized entrance exam.
  • ARISTA has joint session ARISTA of Julia Richman, to provide social activities for students who have proven themselves to be of "ARISTA quality".
  • The “S” Club of athletes cooperates with ARISTA for its few social events, and ensures that no one unauthorized wears the “S.”
  • The Philharmonic Society awards 20 prizes to orchestra members.
  • An Astronomical Society forms.
  • The “Silver Jubilee” is organized to celebrate the Track Team’s 25 years and holds the largest Stuyvesant track meet to date.

'34 Notable Graduates

  • Daniel Bell, PhD '35 Professor, sociology, Harvard, Columbia; Editor, Common Sense, The New Leader, Fortune; Author, The End of Ideology
  • Jules Lipcon '35 VP, Engineering, Maidenform; US Army Major, Ordnance; WWII 1st Army, from Normandy to Germany, repairing tanks, trucks, artillery, small arms, instruments and "everything imaginable"
  • Thelonious Monk '35 Jazz musician/composer (a permanent display case dedicated to Monk is located in the lobby of Stuyvesant HS at 345 Chambers Street);
  • Thomas Macioce '35 CEO, Allied Stores; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Columbia University
  • Louis M. Zwiebach '35 Electrical engineer; Founder, South Florida Stuyvesant HS Alumni Association

The Wider World

  • Jan. 11, 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart begins a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific
  • Apr. 8, 1935, Works Progress Administration is established under FDR's the New Deal.
  • Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security Act is passed.

1935/1936

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Chess Team leads the Bronx-Manhattan Division.
  • Chemistry Chair Robert W. Fuller leaves Stuyvesant after 32 years.

'36 Notable Graduates

  • Leopold Oberst '36 Director of operations for New York City under Mayors Edward I. Koch and Abraham Beame; VP, New York Telephone Co.; Earned the nickname "Mr. Fixit" for his handling of a major New York telephone service outage.
  • Stanley L. Wallenstein '36 Psychologist; Sloan-Kettering, College on Problems of Drug Dependence; Lyceum Club of the New York Academy of Sciences; founding member, Eastern Pain Ass'n, American Pain Society and Int'l Ass'n for Study of Pain.
  • Nathaniel K. Zelazo ‘36 Founder/CEO, Astronautics Corp. of America; Chairman, Kearfott Guidance & Navigation Corp.; Chairman, Astronautics C. A. Ltd. (Israel); Director, AKE Joint venture, St. Petersburg, Russia;
  • Cornelius Zittere '36 Cooper Union, BME '50; University of Delaware, MME '53; Senior consultant, Dupont Co.

1936/1937

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Football Team is named Manhattan Champs.
  • Soccer attains The Manhattan Championship Crown.
  • Cross Country comes in 3rd in the city and is declared Manhattan Champs.
  • A new system of fire exits is installed.
  • SHS has a very active Jewish culture society.

'37 Notable Graduates

  • Bernie Silverman '37 President, NY Metropolitan Conference, North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods
  • Phil Stern '37 Photojournalist; Jazz and Hollywood celebrity photographer; author, Phil Stern: A Life's Work & Phil Stern's Hollywood
  • Col. Leonard R. Sugerman '37 USAF (Ret.) PhD Director, Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University (NMSU); numerous contributions to the arts and sciences of navigation; 33 years in the Air Force working on aircraft, missile, satellite and re-entry systems, including two wartime overseas tours; studied at MIT, University of Chicago and NMSU; fellow of the Institute of Navigation and honorary Doctor of Laws from NMSU

The Wider World

  • The Golden Gate Bridge
    Golden Gate Bridge opens in San Francisco; longest suspension bridge until 1964.
  • Dec. 10,1936, King Edward abdicates the British throne.
  • Jan. 19, 1937, Millionaire Howard Hughes sets a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 30 minutes.

1937/1938

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The second specialized science high school in the city, Bronx Science, is founded; Bronx Science draws one-quarter of its faculty from Stuyvesant.
  • Cross Country wins Manhattan.
  • Soccer is 3rd in the City Championships.
  • Fencing and Track are City Champs.

'38 Notable Graduates

  • Manny Albam '38 Jazz composer, saxophonist; Founder, BMI Jazz Composers Workshop
  • Albert ("Albie") Axelrod '38 Fencing great, foilist; Five US Olympic teams over 20-year span; Olympic bronze medal (1960); National Champion
  • Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden '38 Professor, Air Science, Howard University; USAF-retired; Graduate, Tuskegee Army Flying School in Alabama; Founder, Atlanta Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen; in a WWII P-40, nicknamed “A-Train,” led first combat mission by black American pilots of U.S. Army Air Corps; Professor, air science, Howard University; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hofstra; Author, A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman
  • Thomas P. Farkas, ’38 Aerospace engineer; founder, Dynamic Controls Corporation, S. Windsor, CT; Chief Design Engineer, Hamilton Sundstrand; Thomas P. Farkas ’38 Fund for Science & Technology, by Gail Farkas Munger, The Campaign for Stuyvesant Alumni and Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.
  • Eugene Garfield, PhD, attended SHS for one year Founder/Chairman, Thompson Scientific; President/Founding Editor, The Scientist; Collaborated with Joshua Lederberg '41, Genetics Citation Index; Pioneered indexing of articles published in scientific journals
  • Edward J. Greenfield '38 NYS Supreme Court Justice
  • Irving Lang ’38 President of Jewelry Manufacturing Corporation; Vice President, Florida Stuyvesant HS Alumni Association
  • John L. Tatta '38 Urban cable television pioneer; founding director, president/CEO, Cablevision
  • Felix Wroblewski, PhD '38 Enzymologist

The Wider World

  • June 25, 1938, Fair Labor Standards Act is passed. The first minimum wage in the US is set at 25 cents/hour.
  • Teflon Invented

1938/1939

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Swim Team has one of the most successful seasons in years.
  • The Tennis Team is reinstated.
  • Indoor Track Team wins first place in the Dickenson Meet and places third at the National Championships held in Madison Square Garden.
  • The Fencing Team remains undefeated in the city.
  • The Soccer Team misses the city championships by one game.

'39 Notable Graduates

  • Howard Greyber (Goldgraber), PhD '39 Astrophysicist; Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society; Member, International Astronomical Union
  • Richard Held, PhD '39 Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT; Author, Sensory Systems One:Vision and Visual Systems
  • Edward N. Marwell '39 Founder/Chairman, Curtis Instruments, Mt.Kisco, NY
  • Ernest Nukanen '39 Documentary filmmaker/cameraman; Co-founder, USC School of Cinema-Television documentary film program; crew, Killers Kill and The Very Eye of Night
  • Sheldon Preschel, MD '39 Medical Director, SBLI; Former President, Stuyvesant HS Alumni Association
  • Richard Skalak, PhD '39 Professor, civil and bio-engineering, Columbia University and UCAL San Diego; pioneer bioengineer; published. over two hundred scientific papers; author, Handbook of Bioengineering; first quantitative description of red blood cell flow in human tissue
  • Theodoros Stamos '39 Artist, abstract expressionist painter; original NYC abstractionist school
  • Morris Wasserstein '39 Co-Founder, Wasserstein Brothers Ribbons; Inventor, ribbon manufacturing processes and products; father, playwright Wendy and financier Bruce Wasserstein
  • Bernard A. Weisberger, PhD '39 Historian/U.S. History; Author, America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, The First Contested Election; Professor, Swarthmore, Antioch, Wayne State, University of Chicago, University of Rochester; Editor, American Heritage
  • Tobias Schneebaum Jan '39 Adventurer, painter; Author, Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, documented in film by siblings David Shapiro '81 and Laurie Gwen Shapiro '84

The Wider World

  • Fall 1938, The Bronx HS of Science opens as an "exam" school; girls are admitted in 1946.
  • Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre radio broadcast an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.” Many listeners panic, mistaking the play--which simulates a news report on Martians landing in New Jersey--for reality.

1939/1940

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Chess is undefeated in the City.
  • The favorite motion picture of the senior class is "Gone with the Wind.”
  • Track wins Indoor City Championships.
  • Fencing Team is undefeated and wins 19 consecutive matches, 1940-42. Chess is second in Division.

'40 Notable Graduates

  • Mortimer Bader, MD '40 Professor, clinical medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; with twin Richard, 1940 SHS Valedictorian and namesake of Mt. Sinai's "Drs. Richard and Mortimer Bader Professor of Medicine"
  • Richard Bader, MD '40 Professor, internal medicine, Mt. Sinai; Board, Life Sciences Foundation; with twin Mortimer, 1940 SHS Valedictorian and namesake of the Mt. Sinai "Drs. Richard and Mortimer Bader Professor of Medicine"
  • David Becker, MD '40 Professor, Radiology/Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College; Chair, Chernobyl Fallout Joint Study Group; President, American Thyroid Association
  • Col. Joseph File '40 Princeton Nuclear Engineer; Chairman, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; Marine in WWII and Korean War; original experiment leading to MRI; awarded highest medal and rank of Commandatori by his native Italy
  • Norman Kretchmer, PhD, MD '40 Pediatrician, Stanford University and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD; studied "gray baby" syndrome & responsible for present-day cautions about taking drugs during pregnancy
  • Nat Militzok, Esq. '40 NBA basketball player. NY Knicks; Honored, Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; first assist, first game in NBA history
  • Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal '40 US Congressman from NY for over 20 years; chairman, European subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs; introduced Oct. 1973 resolution calling for Nixon impeachment and special Watergate prosecutor
  • Arnold Roth ’40 Supervisory Physical Scientist, USAF, McClellan Air Force Base, CA; California Senior Legislature
  • William Solomon Jan.'40 Aeronautical Engineer for research, supersonic military aircraft design and development, surface-to-air missiles, and nuclear submarine equipment design. Engineered the aerodynamic configuration design for the Navy's supersonic attack airplane, RA-5 Vigilante
  • Harry Tishelman '40 NYC Finance Commissioner
  • Kai Winding '40 Composer, bebop jazz trombonist

The Wider World

  • Gone With the Wind poster, 1939
    Dec.15, 1939, "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta

1940/1941

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Stuyvesant HS Training Corps is reorganized; during WWII, more than 250 members participate in air raid drills and reviews.
  • More NY Philharmonic Scholarships are awarded to Stuy students than to any other school.
  • Cheering Squad has a great season.
  • Track Team is Cross-Country Champions in Manhattan.

'41 Notable Graduates

  • Judson (Judah) Baron, PhD '41 Professor, aeronautical engineering, MIT; Space flight expert; pioneered computational fluid dynamics; Bronze Star, WWII; associate editor, Journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal (1988)
  • Jean Cook, MD '41 Asoociate Dean/Professor, medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Saul Ferdman '41 Director, Space Vehicle Development, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation; Apollo/Lunar Excursion Module team
  • Rudolph Hunte '41 Chief Transportation Officer, NYC Transit Authority
  • Alfred H. Kleiman '41 NYS Supreme Court Justice; NYC Criminal Court Judge; Judicial Hearing Officer; Deputy President, World Zionist Court, Jerusalem
  • Arnold A. Lear, MD '41 Hematologist, Washington, DC; counseling, Medicare Modernization Act of 2003
  • Joshua Lederberg, PhD '41 Pioneer, bacterial genetics;
    Nobel Prize, 1958, for Medicine (with George Beadle and Edward Tatum) for discovering the mechanisms of genetic recombination in bacteria; Medal of Science, 1989; Member, National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, London; President/Professor, Rockefeller University; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2006.
  • Asriel Rackow '41 Philanthropist; EVP, Jack Resnick & Sons, NYC builder & property management firm
  • Marshall Rosenbluth, PhD '41 Nuclear scientist, with Edward Teller hydrogen bomb project, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory; senior scientist, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor; Albert Einstein Award, Enrico Fermi Award, and National Medal of Science
  • George Roth ‘41 Marketing Consultant, Jerusalem, Israel; Editor-in-chief, The Spectator
  • Albert J. Rothman, PhD '41 Chemical engineer; Sierra Club trip leader; award-winning poet
  • George Segal '41 Sculptor; subject of PBS documentary George Segal: American Still Life; art editor of Stuyvesant literary magazine Caliper; first prize, Art Institute of Chicago's "American Exhibition"; American Institute of Arts and Letters, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Federal Design Achievement Award
  • Robert M. Topol Jan ‘41 Philanthropist, Mamaroneck, NY; EVP, Shearson Lehman Bros.

The Wider World

  • Sep. 7, 1940, Germans begin the Blitz of London.
  • Dec.29/30, 1940, Incendiary devices cause massive fires in and around St. Paul's cathedral.
  • Jan. 20, 1941, Roosevelt’s third inauguration, he is the first and only president to be elected to a third term.
  • May 10, 1941, The last night and worst night of the Blitz - as many as 3,000 Londoners were killed. Germany fails to break the British spirit.

1941/1942

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • SHS is designated as an Air Raid Shelter.
  • ARISTA puts gummed tape over all windows facing the inside corridors of the School.
  • In cooperation with the Aeronautical Society, students collect model airplanes for use in the civil defense plane-identification program.
  • W2CLE, the “ham” radio station, the first in any high school, is ordered off the air by the FCC to better track down enemy broadcasts originating in the US.
  • Handball Team wins first place in PSAL.
  • Math ranked number one.
  • Chess Team wins Division.
  • The "most famous Stuyvesantian," James Cagney '18, wins Oscar for Best Actor in "Yankee Doodle Dandy".

'42 Notable Graduates

  • Howard P. Aronson, CPA '42 Contributor, CPA Journal; Wirthum, Smith & Brown, NJ
  • Edward M. Bruner, PhD '42 Professor, anthropology, University of Illinois; President, American Ethnological Society and Society for Humanistic Anthropology; expert on world tourism; Author, International Tourism
  • Tom Dowd '42 Pioneer recording engineer, Atlantic Records; Manhattan Project participant; recording collaborations with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, John Coltrane, and Eric Clapton; documentary film subject, Tom Dowd & the Language of Music; Grammy Award Winner (1992), album notes, Aretha Franklin's Queen of Soul
  • Jan Merlin (Wasylewski) '42 Movie/Television/Broadway actor. Roger Manning in Tom Corbett Space Cadet; Emmy Award (1975), scriptwriting, Another World; Member, Nina Fonaroff Dance Company; Novelist, Ainoko and Gunbearer; Navy destroyer torpedoman, WWII

The Wider World

  • Pearl Harbor, 1941
    Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese planes attack the American Military base at Pearl Harbor.
  • Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • The Science Talent Search competition for US high school students begins; Westinghouse is the sponsor until 1998.

1942/1943

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Principal Sinclair J. Wilson (1892-1943) dies after serving nine years.
  • ohn P. Clark is the Acting Principal this year.
  • Soccer Team wins Manhattan Championship.
  • Science clubs join to form the Science Association.
  • Chess and Math Teams win City Championship.

'43 Notable Graduates

  • Art Baer '43 TV writer, The Jefferson's, Happy Days, Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, Get Smart, Hogans Heroes, DIck Van Dyke Show and Andy Griffith Show; TV producer, Love Boat; Emmy winner for episode of The Carol Burnett Show
  • Rolf W. Landauer, PhD '43 Pioneer, computer theory; IBM Research Fellow; contributor to the physics of information processing
  • Peter D. Lax, PhD '43 Mathematician; Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU; Winner, National Medal of Science and Wolf Prize; President, American Math Society

The Wider World

  • Devastation after the battle of Stalingrad
    Nov.12, 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins. This will be a major American victory over the Japanese.
  • Aug. 19 to Feb. 2, 1943, Soviet Union engages in desperate fight with Nazis in the decisive Battle of Stalingrad.
  • May 31, 1943, construction begins on the ENIAC at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philadelphia.

1943/1944

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Fred Schoenberg
    Fred Schoenberg, '15 and former Mathematics Chairman, is Principal and serves for 10 years. He plans for the modernization of the building and a return to single session.
  • Cross-country wins Manhattan.

'44 Notable Graduates

  • Howard Caine (Cohen) '44 Actor, Hogan's Heroes, as Major Wolfgang Hochstetter; member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science; banjo and singing trophy winner at Southland
  • Robert Fogel, PhD '44 Professor, American Institutions, University of Chicago; Nobel Prize Laureate, Economics (1993); Author (Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, The Slavery Debates, and Time on the Cross); Program director, Development of the American Economy
  • William Greaves '44 Independent filmmaker, teacher, lecturer; Documentaries: Ralph Bunche, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Ali; Producer, Bustin' Loose; Director, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm; Emmy Award, Black Journal; Video & Filmmakers Life Achievement Award
  • Irwin Zahn (Zahnstecher) '44 Mechanical engineer; Chairman, Autosplice Inc., San Diego; President, Moxie Foundation, San Diego

The Wider World

  • The Battle of Normandy
    Nov. 28, 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin meet in Tehran during World War II.
  • June 4, 1944 Rome is liberated.
  • June 6, 1944 D-Day, Allied troops invade France

1944/1945

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Track Team takes Manhattan championship.
  • Students of Adam H. Brenzinger (part-time instructor of Ship and Airplane Design) start plans for "Stuyvesant Town," to be built east of First Avenue.

'45 Notable Graduates

  • Carlos Cuevas '45 NYC Clerk; Democratic Party leader
  • Howard Golden '45 NYC Councilman & 16th President, Borough of Brooklyn, 1977-1997; created the Brooklyn Unity Campaign
  • Arthur Hecht, MD '45 Internist/endocrinologist, Beth Israel and Cabrini; Professor, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
  • Edward M. Kosower '45 1996 Rothschild Prize in Chemistry (one of Israel's highest prizes in science); First Place in Westinghouse Science Talent Search, 1945
  • Mace (Morris) Neufeld '45 Film producer, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, & Clear and Present Danger; Television producer, Emmy award for East of Eden mini-series; Eastman Kodak First National Salon of Photography's grand prize and Picture of the Year by New York's World Telegram-Sun, for Sammy’s Home
  • Nicholas Panepinto '45 Director, Bureau of Funeral Directing Regulation, NY State Department of Health
  • Dominic Purpura MD '45 Dean, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY; Established first laboratory for basic neuroscience research, Columbia University
  • Andrew Streitwieser, PhD '45 Professor, Chemistry, Berkeley; member, National Academy of Sciences; Fellow, Sloan Foundation, Miller Institute, Guggenheim and National Science Foundation; California Section Award, American Chemical Society, Petroleum Chemistry
  • Frank Torres '45 NY Supreme Court Justice, Bronx, NY
  • Thomas A. Wood '45 Founder/President, TAW International Leasing; first African-American Director, Chase Manhattan Bank

The Wider World

  • Jan.17, 1945, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappears in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
  • Spring 1945, Soviet troops capture Poland, liberate Auschwitz, and descend on Berlin.
  • Apr. 12, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt dies in office, Harry Truman becomes President.
  • Apr. 30, 1945, Hitler commits suicide.
  • May 8, 1945, VE Day (Victory in Europe) - end of World War II in Europe.
  • Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki hit with first combat use of atomic weapons, speeding end of World War II in Japan.
  • Aug. 14, 1945, Japan calls for cease fire and surrenders.

1945/1946

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Atomic Age Council is formed “to educate the student body to the dangers of atomic warfare and to the uses of atomic energy in peacetime.”
  • Basketball team enters the City Championships.
  • The Spectator goes on a subscription sales basis.
  • The second stringers of the Swimming team beat Roosevelt’s first team, 58-9.
  • Track takes Manhattan PSAL meet.

'46 Notable Graduates

  • Philip P. Agusta '46 Architect; founding member, NY Professional Design Center; commissioner, NYC Board of Standards and Appeals; Ridgewood Historical Society; Kiwanis Club
  • Otto Eckstein, PhD '46 Economist; Member, Council of Economic Advisors; co-founder, Data Resources; economic consultant to Lyndon Baines Johnson; introduced concept of "core" inflation
  • Ben (Biaggio) Gazzara '46 Award winning actor; Emmy (Hysterical Blindness), National Board of Review (Happiness), Golden Eagle, and Theater World awards
  • Cyril L. Greig '46 Lt. Col., USAF and Eastern Airlines Pilot
  • Stanley Hart '46 Writer, MAD Magazine
  • Jack Nash '46 Founder, Odyssey Partners; The Honors MBA Program, Baruch College, named for Mr. Nash; Chairman, Avatar Holdings
  • Harvey Jacobs '46 Author, American Goliath
  • Albert Shanker '46 President, American Federation of Teachers; Presidential Medal of Freedom; member, National Board of Teaching Standards
  • Sanford Socolow '46 Executive Producer, Walter Cronkite Productions; Director, Internews Network
  • Frederick Schult, PhD '46 Professor, history, NYU; studied American Indian policy (19th century); frontier in America; Old South industrialization; early American Republic (Jackson Era)
  • Robert Werman, MD, PhD '46 Neurophysiology; Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Columbia University; Author on medical research, self-help, and the Gulf War; Diplomat, US Board of Neurology & Psychiatry; led team that identified glycine as a central nervous system transmitter
  • Hans Wolf '46 Vice Chairman, Syntex Corporation; Philanthropist; Awards: Palo Alto Tall Tree (1998), Lifetime Achievement (1998), Thomas W. Ford (2002)

The Wider World

  • Winston Churchill
    Sep. 2, 1945, Japan signs surrender instrument on the USS Missouri in Tokyo harbor.
  • Oct. 24, 1945, United Nations is established.
  • Nov. 20, 1945, 24 Nazi leaders go on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Feb.14, 1946, ENIAC, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • March 5, 1946 Winston Churchill delivers his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

1946/1947

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • May 20, 1947: Stuyvesant wins the Manhattan PSAL outdoor track and field competition for the third year in a row.

'47 Notable Graduates

  • Italo H. Ablondi, Esq. '47 Founder/senior partner, Ablondi, Foster, Sobin & Davidow; US International Trade Commissioner; Editor, U.S. Trade Policy; Board member, U.S. Selective Service System; President, Unalane Foundation, religious/educational purposes, Alexandria, VA; Stuyvesant HS basketball star & forward on three American Basketball League teams; Horseman/founder, Non Sequitur Stable
  • Anatole Beck, PhD '47 Professor, mathematics, University of Wisconsin; author, Excursions into Mathematics
  • Herbert Burkholz '47 Author, Brain Damage; Writer-in-Residence, William & Mary and Chadwick Colleges
  • Julius Richard Block, PhD '47 VP Planning and Professor, psychology, Hofstra University; author, Seeing Double, on visual perception
  • Alan J. Carlan '47 Author, Learning Pre-Algebra Step by Step, for home study of mathematics; Race Manager, US Sailing Association
  • Gary Felsenfeld, PhD '47 Molecular Biologist, National Institute of Health; National Academy of Sciences
  • Gary S. Franklin '47 News writer/TV personality, ABC, CBS
  • Larry Gralla '47 President, Gralla Publications; major sponsor, Stuyvesant HS robot team
  • Michael J. Harner, PhD '47 Author, The Way of the Shaman
  • Jeffrey Hart '47 Conservative scholar, social critic; editor, National Review; Professor, literature, Dartmouth; co-founder, Dartmouth Review; Reagan speech writer; Young America’s Foundation Engalitcheff prize winner ; Author, When the Way Was Good (American Life in the 1950’s) and Smiling through Cultural Catastrophe; newspaper columnist and letter writer
  • David Margolis '47 Chairman/CEO, Coltec Industries
  • Hans Mark, PhD '47 Chancellor, University of Texas; Deputy Administrator, NASA; Secretary, U.S. Air Force; Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Member, National Academy of Engineering; Director, Pentagon Defense Research and Engineering; National Advisory Board, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.
  • Jerry Mutchnick '47 CCNY basketball star
  • Aaron R. Rausen, MD '47 Pediatric Oncologist, NYU Medical Center; Foudning director, Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood
  • Herbert Sandler '47 Chairman, Golden West Financial, Oakland, CA
  • Joe Sirola '47 Actor; voice-over for advertisements; inventor
  • Richard Stenta ‘47 Movie producer, Wind Talkers, Mod Squad, Across 110th Street
  • Lester Tanzer '47 Managing Editor, U.S. News and World Report
  • Albert M. Wojnilower, PhD '47 VP & Chief Economist, First Boston; Sr. economic advisor, The Clipper Group

The Wider World

  • Apr. 9, 1947, Rescue workers dig their way through tons of accumulated newspapers and magazines to retrieve the bodies of the reclusive Collyer brothers.

1947/1948

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • First squad of all-girl cheerleaders, from Washington Irving High School.

'48 Notable Graduates

  • Bernie Brillstein '48 TV producer, film star manager; Brillstein-Grey talent agency, developing John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, GIlda Radner; CEO, Lorimar Film Entertainment; Dean's Council, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; daytime Emmy, Wayne Brady Show
  • Sidney I. Lirtzman, PhD '48 President, Baruch College; Dean/professor, Baruch's Zicklin School of Business
  • Paul C. Martin, PhD '48 Professor, physics, and Dean, Applied Sciences, Harvard University; member, National Academy of Science
  • Vladimir Pozner '48 Russian media figure and political talk show host; multiple Soviet, Russian, and American awards, including two Emmy certificates
  • Alfred P. Rubin ’48 Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; chairman, executive committee, American branch of the International Law Association
  • Sherwood M. Schwarz ’48 Insurance Magnate; owner, Toronto Argonauts; sports Interests started at Stuyvesant HS
  • Thomas Sowell '48 Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; editor, Twentieth Century Literature
  • Leonard Thun '48 Founder/Chairman, Imperial Kitchens (on projects for Trump, LeFrak, Milstein, Tishman and DeMatteis, provided over 1 million cabinets!)

The Wider World

  • The Independence of Israel declared in 1948
    Oct. 14, 1947, The sound barrier is broken by test pilot Charles Yaeger.
  • Dec. 23, 1947, Bell Labs scientists report they have developed the first transistor.
  • May 14, 1948 Israel declares independence.

1948/1949

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • With Julia Richman girls, there is a co-ed forum and Dancing Class.
  • The play, “Dead End,” is performed.
  • Carl Holub, oboe, wins the NY Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship.
  • Insurance for athletes is secured.
  • Debaters defeat Erasmus.
  • Edward Posner is #1 in Latin and wins the Classical Award.
  • Basketball team reaches finals in Madison Square Garden, but loses a heartbreaker to Lincoln by one-point, decided in the last seconds of the game; stars include Jack Molinas, Stan Maratos.
  • Martin Brilliant '49 is a Westinghouse Competition finalist and prize winner. Edward Posner '50 wins Latin prize.
  • Joseph Mankiewicz '24 wins 2 Academy Awards--Best Director and Best Screenplay--for "A Letter to Three Wives".

'49 Notable Graduates

  • Paul Biegel, JD, CPA Jan. '49 Chairman, The Ferrite Company
  • Malcolm Mark ("Sparky") Brauer, PE and CSP, '49 Safety andpetroleum engineer; inventor
  • Norman Dvoskin '49 On-air weathercaster, News 12, Long Island, NY; Meteorologist, Grumman Aerospace
  • Marshall Greene, MD Jan ‘49 Faculty member and Trustee/Treasurer, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society
  • Milton J. Horowitz ‘49 Book and journal editor; author, Educating Tomorrow's Doctors
  • Jacob L. Molinas, Esq. '49 Basketball star, Stuyvesant HS, Columbia, and NBA (Fort Wayne Pistons) ; Gambler/game fixer, jailed and disbarred; "executed by the mob"; see biography, Against All Odds
  • Maurice A. Mufson, MD '49 Professor/Chairman, Internal Medicine, Marshall University; Master of the American College of Physicians; Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America; Alpha Omega Alpha (medical academic honor society); President, Association of Professors of Medicine
  • Oscar White Muscarella, PhD '49 Archeologist/Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art; authority on Middle-Eastern antiquities; author, The Lie Became Great
  • Ernst Rosenberger '49 NYS Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division; named one of New York's best judges by New York Magazine and Village Voice
  • Nicholas P. Samios, PhD '49 Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory; physicist specializing in elementary particles; led construction, Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, at Brookhaven; Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award; Bruno Pontecorvo Prize by Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
  • Ivan R. Samuels Jan. '49 President, Abbott's of Boston, Inc.; Captain, US Naval Reserve; National VP, The Navy League of the U.S.
  • Elias Stein '49 Professor, mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study, distinguished teaching award, Princeton University; National Academy of Sciences; Wolf and Schock Prize laureate; expert in Fourier analysis
  • Paul M. Weichsel, PhD Jan'49 Associate Chairman, Mathematics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; co-chair, Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council; Chairman, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.; Cantor; Yiddishist
  • Martin Vogelfanger ’49 EVP/Market Research, Leiberman Research, NY, NY
  • Robert L. Weinberg, Esq. '49 Senior Partner, Williams & Connolly, Washington, DC
  • Nicholas Wolfson, Esq. '49 Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law; expert in corporate law, securities regulation and free speech; Member, American Law Institute; Assistant director, SEC

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1948, First Polaroid camera.
  • Nov. 1948, Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) becomes first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right.
  • Truman pulls historic upset over Dewey.
  • Silly Putty invented

1949/1950

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Co-ed clubs include automobile driving, and there is cheerleading with Washington Irving girls
  • A proposal for a co-ed lounge in the cafeteria emerges.
  • A Play Festival is held at Julia Richman.
  • Soccer is Manhattan Champs.
  • Fencing, led by Cy Steiner and Wally Rubenstein score "the greatest season in the history of the school."
  • Norman Amaker is first black student elected GO President.
  • Joseph Mankiewicz '24 wins 2 Academy Awards for second consecutive year, best director and best screenplay, for "All About Eve."

'50 Notable Graduates

  • Howard Aduss, DDS ’50 Professor, orthodontics, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Earle S. Altman Jan'50 Senior VP, Helmsley Spear; Executive VP, Murray Hill Properties; Advisor, Baruch College, Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute; chairman, Young Man/Woman Real Estate Association; Real Estate Ass'n Young/Senior Man of the year awards
  • Paul J. Cohen '50 Mathematician; Fields Medal Laureate (1966); National Medal of Science; Bocher Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society; renowned ham radio operator; featured in Mathematical People, Profiles and Interviews
  • Louis J. DiTrani '50 Justice, District Court of Maryland
  • Robert Levine, PhD '50 Professor, English, Boston Univeristy; researcher, Old, Middle English, and Medieval Latin; translator, France Before Charlemagne, A Thirteenth-Century Minstrel's Chronicle, author, Gower as Gerontion: Oneiric Autobiography
  • Robert Shapiro '50 Chairman, Mutual Benefit Asset Management Corp; Trustee, United HealthCare System; Director, Broad National Bank; President, Essex County Mental Health Ass'n.
  • Thomas Tse Kwai Zung '50 Architect, Buckminster Fuller, Sadao & Zung. Author, Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millennium

The Wider World

  • 1949, Nationalists flee to Taiwan and Mao Zedong proclaims the People's Republic of China.
  • Jan. 26, 1950, India officially proclaims itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad takes the oath of office as president.
  • Apr. 27, 1950, Students descend on City Hall in noisy protest in support of teacher salary demands.
  • June 25, 1950, North Korean communists invade South Korea.
  • June 27, 1950, President Truman, without the approval of Congress, commits American troops to battle.

1950/1951

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Styvesant defeats Clinton, 14-6
    SHS football team vanquishes Clinton, lead by Bosco and Cimino to a 14-6 triumph.
  • Peace essay contest awards go to SHS graduates Robert Brand, Robert Dobrow, and Paul Levine at a United Nations ceremony.
  • SHS graduates Arthur Schleifer, Henry G. Schaefer, and Stuart A. Hendrix build revolving chair for Presbyterian Hospital Cancer Unit.

'51 Notable Graduates

  • David A. Halperin, MD '51 Clinical professor, Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Medical School; editor, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Religion, Sect, and Cult; writer, Cultic Studies Journal; board member, American Family Foundation
  • Albert Kabot '51 Chairman, Economics Department, Hunter College
  • Lawrence S. Lerner, PhD '51 Professor, Physics and Astronomy, California State University; Author, Physics for Scientists and Engineers; science education consultant
  • Kenneth D. Levy '51 Chairman, PowerDsine; founder/chairman KLA-Tencor, producer of semiconductor manufacturing instrumentation
  • Serphin Maltese '51 NY State Senator, 15th District in Queens; Infantryman, Korean War; member, American Legion, Catholic War Veterans, Korean War Veteran's Ass'n., Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America; chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Elections; co-founder, NY State Conservative Party; President's Medals, St. John’s University and LaGuardia Community College; Man of the Year, Commission for Social Justice
  • Martin D. Rubenstein, Esq. '51 Broker and Consultant, MDR Business Brokerage
  • Harold I. Steinberg '51 Associate Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan Administration; Director, Office of Federal Financial Management, Bush (1) and Clinton Administrations; Partner, Peat Marwick
  • Peter Vlachos ’51 President, Austin Investment Management; VP, Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee

The Wider World

  • Dec.16, 1950, President Truman proclaims a national state of emergency in order to fight "Communist imperialism."
  • June 1951, First commercial computer, UNIVAC I, delivered to the Census Bureau.

1951/1952

'52 Notable Graduates

  • Norman Amaker, Esq. Jan '52 Civil rights lawyer
  • Stephen M. Aug, '52 Journalist. Business correspondent/anchor, ABC News; Business editor/assistant managing editor, Washington Star.
  • Sam E. Beller ’52 President, Diversified Programs Inc.; Executive Committee, American Friends of the Open University of Israel
  • Alfred N. Blumberg '52 President, Tetrahedron Associates
  • David A. Braver ‘52 Philanthrpoist;President, Braver Stern Securities
  • Gerald D. Cohen '52 Founder President and CEO, Information Builders, NY, NY; Chairman, NY Software Industry Association
  • Kenneth H. Keller, PhD ’52 President, University of Minnesota; Professor, Science, Technology, and Public Policy; member, Commission of Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, National Research Council; National Academy of Engineering
  • Roy Innes '52 National chairman, Congress for Racial equality; Board of Advisors, Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education; Korean War Veteran
  • Robert Moses '52 The Algebra Project (with Harvard) and Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964 for The Council on Federated Organizations; worked for Ministry of Education, Tanzania from 1969-1976
  • Alvin F. Poussaint, MD '52 Professor/Dean, Harvard Medical School; consultant, Bill Cosby programs; director, Media Center, Boston's Judge Baker Children's Center; New England Emmy for children's special, Willoughby's Wonders; co-author, Raising Black Children, Lay My Burden Down; race relations expert, prejudice, and diversity; fellow, Amer. Psychiatric Ass'n, Amer. Ass'n for the Advancement of Science
  • Peter Samton FAIA '52 His firm is co-architect of the new Stuyvesant HS building
  • Bernard Seabrooks '52 Producer, CBS News; Director of Programs, Pittsburgh, Pa. Sports Channel (HSE) Chief (Director) National Park Service Film & Audiovisual Division
  • Thomas F. Weiss, PhD '52 Professor, Electrical and Bioengineering, MIT; principal investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Micromechanics Group; member, Eaton-Peabody Laboratory, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

The Wider World

  • Sep. 4, 1951, President Truman speaks in first coast-to-coast live television broadcast
  • Dec. 20 1951, First peacetime atomic power generated in Idaho
  • Grace Murray Hopper develops A-0, the first compiler.
  • June 10, 1952, the Equal Pay Act establishes equal pay for men and women performing the same job duties

1952/1953

'53 Notable Graduates

  • Mark D. Alper, PhD '53 Senior Scientist and Division Deputy of the Material Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Anthony DiBiase '53 Welterweight Golden Gloves Champion
  • Henry Breitrose, PhD ’53 Professor, Stanford University graduate program, documentary film and television; NBC European Production Unit, BBC, Thames Television; Consultant, French National Television system, National Film Board of Canada, Asian Institute for Broadcast Development, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Founding editorial board member, Quarterly Review of Film Studies; founding general editor, Cambridge Studies in Film
  • Frank Conroy '53 Director, Iowa Writers Workshop; Author, Body and Soul, containing a Stuyvesant HS related chapter, and Stop Time; Accomplished jazz pianist
  • David Durk '53 NYPD Officer/Reformer, working with Frank Serpico and after
  • Stanley Friedman '53 Bronx Borough President
  • Paul Frommer '53 Insurance Sales, self-employed independent broker
  • John F. Gault '53 EVP, Time Warner Cable; OpVista advisory board
  • Emanuel Gold '53 Member, NYS Senate (23 years!)
  • Norman E. Goldstein, PhD '53 Sonoma grape grower, Carigger Creek Vineyards; Senior Scientist and Division Deputy of the Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Neil Grabois '53 VP/Director, Strategic Planning and Program Coordination, Carnegie Corp.; President, Colgate University
  • James Kushner, MD '53 Professor/Chief, Hematology, University of Utah Medical School
  • Nick Meglin (Megiola) '53 Co-editor, MAD Magazine; artist; author, Drawing from Within: Unleashing Your Creative Potential
  • Sol Stern '53, P'02 & '04 Editor/writer, Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice; contributing editor, City Journal
  • Peter Salzer '53 Actor TV/Film/Stage, Breaking Vegas; impersonator, George Burns; stand-up comic
  • Howard Silverman '53 Chairman/CEO, Gruntal Financial Investment; director, Valera Pharmaceuticals, Work Wear Corp., and Carteret Savings Bank; Trustee, Long Island University; charter member, Financial Analysts Federation.
  • Herbert S. Terrace '53 Professor, psychology, Columbia University; expert, primate communication
  • Bruno Wassertheil '53 CBS radio correspondent, Israel, Middle East reporting

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1952, On television, a Univac I predicts the outcome of the presidential election. It likes Ike!
  • June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed for passing secret information about U.S. atomic weaponry to the Soviets.
  • July 27, 1953, Korean armistice agreement is signed.

1953/1954

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Fred Schoenberg is promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the HS Division.
  • Jacob Wortman
    Jacob Wortman takes over as Acting Principal.
  • Interior work is done, remodeling classrooms and shops, and installing a new library and lunchrooms.
  • New Stuyvesant HS Alumni Association is established, led by Dr. Irving C. Fischer '27, a prominent NY OB-GYN.
  • All but a few graduates go on to higher education, a Stuyvesant norm now.
  • Football wins City Championship.
  • Undefeated Math team wins City. Fencing is PSAL Champion.
  • Chess Team is City Champion.
  • Baseball beats Franklin in the third playoff game to win the Manhattan Championship.
  • Fiftieth Anniversary of Stuyvesant HS in June '54.

'54 Notable Graduates

  • Charles Aronowitz, Esq. '54 Immigration attorney; musician--keyboard, timpani and other percussion in a variety of groups, including David Randolph's '32 Masterwork Chorus; chess club and certified senior level tournament director; amateur astronomer, variable star observer
  • Larry Bensky '54 Print & community radio journalist; Teacher, communication and media studies, Cal State, Hayward and Stanford; Pacifica Radio national affairs correspondent, Sunday Salon host; awards: George Polk (Iran-Contra coverage), five Gold Reels (National Ass'n of Community Broadcasters), lifetime achievement award (Society of Professional Journalists), and Golden Gadfly (Media Alliance) ; political writer/columnist, East Bay Express
  • Irv Brazinsky, PhD '54 Professor, chemical engineering, Cooper Union; Co-inventor, Cooper-Cool rapid beverage cooler
  • Joseph Dorinson ’54 & T'63 Professor, history, Long Island University; Author, Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports and the American Dream and Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life and Legacy
  • David Milton Goldenberg, PhD, MD '54 Founder/president, Garden State Cancer Center; cancer researcher; Chairman, Immunomedics
  • Edward N. Halperin, MD '54 Psychiatrist, Jewish Child Care Association, NY
  • Alan Heim '54 TV/Film editor, American History X; Academy Award (All That Jazz); Emmy Award (Holocaust, mini-series)
  • Edward Morrison, Esq. '54 NYC Deputy Mayor in Lindsay administration; Chairman, NYS Crime Victims Compensation Board
  • Aryeh Neier '54 President, Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation; national director, American Civil Liberties Union; founder/executive director, Human Rights Watch
  • Bernard W. Nussbaum, Esq. '54 Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York; Senior staff member, House Judiciary Committee, during "Watergate" impeachment inquiry; Counsel to the President of the United States, Clinton Administration; Lecturer, Columbia University Law School
  • Joe Paletta '54 Olympic, NCAA, U.S, National and Stuyvesant HS fencer; Men’s Individual NCAA Foil Champion (1959)
  • Herbert J. Stern '54 US District Court Judge, NJ; led Malcom X murder investigation; partner, Stern & Greenberg; Clarence Darrow Award for public speaking; special coun,Iran-Contra indictments against Lt. Colonel Oliver North

The Wider World

  • Feb 23, 1954, Dr. Jonas E. Salk reports the success of the polio vaccine.
  • May 17, 1954, The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, unanimously declares segregation illegal in Brown v. Board of Education (Topeka, Kansas).

1954/1955

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Principal Dr. Leonard J. Fliedner
    Dr. Leonard J. Fliedner is principal and serves for 17 years.
  • $2-million interior reconstruction is completed during his early tenure, and single session restored.
  • The Fencing Team wins the Castello Trophy, City Championship, and Championship of the Eastern Seaboard.
  • New Stuyvesant HS Alumni Association is established, led by Dr. Irving C. Fischer '27, a prominent NY OB-GYN.
  • All but a few graduates go on to higher education, a Stuyvesant norm now.
  • Football wins City Championship.
  • Undefeated Math team wins City. Fencing is PSAL Champion.
  • Chess Team is City Champion.
  • Baseball beats Franklin in the third playoff game to win the Manhattan Championship.
  • Fiftieth Anniversary of Stuyvesant HS in June '54.

'55 Notable Graduates

  • Stephen Berger '55 Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC. Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Melvyn E. Bergstein, '55 Co-founder/chairman, Diamond Cluster International; Widely known leader in the information technology consulting industry; partner, Arthur Andersen Consulting; director, Simon Property Group
  • Michael Alan Bleyman, PhD '55 Founder/executive director, Carnivore Preservation Trust, Pittsboro, NC; International Scientific Coordinator, Institute of Sustainable Tropical Resource Management; director, Carnivore Evolutionary Research Institute
  • Gus Constantin '55 CEO, Phoenix American Inc., San Rafael, CA
  • Arthur Damond '55 Editor and Publisher of Wine Discoveries; Journalist and news editor; Sports Editor, TV Guide; Selected by NY Times wine editor, as the country's foremost expert on inexpensive wine.
  • Claude Erbsen '55 Vice President and Director of World Services, Associated Press; director, World Press International; senior consultant, the INNOVATION International Media Consulting Group.
  • Arnold Goldschlager, MD '55 Cardiologist, SF Bay Area; Assoc. Professor, UCSF Medical School; Founder of Air Ambulance, Calif. & Hawaii; Internationally recognized big game hunter.
  • Irwin Goldstein, PhD ’55 Vice chancellor, academic affairs. University System of Maryland; Full professor, psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; fellow, American Psychological Ass'n, American Psychological Society, and Human Factors Society
  • Roald Hoffmann, PhD '55 Nobel Laureate (1981), Chemistry; Professor, Cornell; American Chemical Society; National Academy of Sciences; Author, Chemical Sciences in the 20th Century: Bridging Boundaries and Old Wine, New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition; Published poet, Soliton, Oxygen, and Memory Effects
  • Seymour Kaufman '55, Crosslink Capital, San Francisco, CA
  • Stephen P. Maran, PhD '55 Astrophysicist and expert on comets; Namesake of an asteroid he discovered; Assistant Director for Space Sciences at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; author of ten books, the latest, Astronomy for Dummies available in French, German, Chinese, and Russian; Klumpke-Roberts Award (Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
  • Edmar Mednis '55 Chess grandmaster, world class competitor; chess author, How to Beat Bobby Fischer
  • Richard Louis Miller, PhD '55 Clinical Psychologist, U. of Michigan Medical School; Founding director, California School for Professional Psychology; Founder, Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program; National VP, Parkside Medical Services; CEO, Wilbur Hot Springs Health Sanctuary; Columnist; radio host; motorcyclist; triathlete
  • Allen G. Rosenshine '55 Chairman, BBDO Worldwide; Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer; The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
  • Solomon S. Steiner, PhD ’55 Chairman/CEO, Global Positioning Group, Danbury, CT; pharmaceuticals and medical devices, for drug delivery, diabetes, central nervous system diseases; Founder, Pharmaceutical Discovery Corp; Professor: adjunct, NY Medical College; research, NYU; physiological psychology, CCNY; Chair, CCNY Graduate Program in Neuro-cognition; concert master as SHS student; Director/Chairman, Planned Giving, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/ Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.

The Wider World

  • Nov.1954, Dwight Eisenhower (Ike) is reelected.
  • Dec. 2, 1954, the Senate votes to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R Wis., for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
  • Apr. 4, 1955, 25 Japanese girls and women--the "Hiroshima Maidens"--arrive in NYC for reconstructive surgery by William Hitzig, MD '22 at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

1955/1956

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Cheering Squad includes girls from nearby high schools
  • Stuyvesant swimmers break an eight-year record in the medley race.

'56 Notable Graduates

  • John Banzhaf III ’56 Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Founder, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
  • Stanley E. Cahn '56 Financial Planner, Wachovia Securities, Hilton Head, SC
  • Jay Freeman '56 Author, From Brooklyn / I Saw Mountains
  • Steven E. Gross, Esq. '56 Co-chairman/Managing Partner, Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross; Vice-Chair, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey; Board Member/Legal Counsel, Prosperity New Jersey; Board Member, Papermill Playhouse
  • Leon J. Hoffman, PhD ‘56 Clinical Psychologist; fellow, American Group Psychiatry Association; diplomate, American Academy of Group Psychology; advisory council, Amateur Chamber Music Players
  • David Katz ’56 President, OmniMath Inc., NY, NY
  • Saul B. Katz '56 Co-Founder/President, Sterling Equities; President, New York Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball teams; General Partner, SP Capital Management; Honorary Chair of the Board, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
  • William T. Nicholas ’56 Criminal Administrative Judge, Montgomery County, PA

The Wider World

  • Aug.1955, Fourteen year old Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi for supposedly whistling at a white woman; the men tried for Emmett’s murder are acquitted, and the case remains unsolved. In the 1990s a documentary filmmaker, Keith Beauchamp, uncovers new information that leads to public pressure for the federal government to investigate the case.
  • GI Bill of Rights provides educational benefits for 7.8 million veterans, strengthening US economy after WWII.

1956/1957

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The first major renovations of the building are completed.
  • Foundries are removed to make room for the east and west cafeterias, and a new library is built.
  • The double session is finally eliminated, and all students began attending school from 8:40 to 3:00 for the first time in years.
  • A new curriculum includes a wider range of electives and more rigorous graduation requirements.

'57 Notable Graduates

  • Gerry L. Golub, CPA '57 Chairman and CEO, American Express Tax & Business Services
  • William Hecht ’57 VP/CEO, MIT Alumni Association
  • Leonard S. Hyman '57 Internationally recognized financial analyst and economist; president, Private Sector Advisors; VP, Merrill Lynch Utility Research; author, America's Electric Utilities: Past Present and Future
  • George Kalbouss, PhD '57 Associate Professor, Slavic Languages, Ohio State University; Author, Russian Culture
  • Jeffrey H. Loria ’57 Owner, major league baseball team, World Champion Florida Marlins (2003); All-City second baseman, Stuyvesant H.S.
  • Bernard Salick, MD '57 Salick Group Holdings Ltd., LLC; Nephrologist; Medical Entrepreneur; Founder of Cancer and Cardiovascular Comprehensive Diagnostic and Treatment Centers
  • Joseph Shenker '57 Provost, C.W. Post College; President, Bank Street College of Education

The Wider World

  • Sep. 9, 1956, Elvis Presley appears on national TV for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1957/1958

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Former President Harry S. Truman visits Stuyvesant and speaks with students about the importance of education, especially in the sciences.
  • A survey finds that Stuyvesant graduates earned more PhDs than the alumni of any other high school in the US. The Box Seat, a sports magazine, is founded.
  • Vector, a physics, chemistry and astronomy magazine, is revived after a lapse of 2 years.
  • Math Survey, a mathematics magazine, is started.
  • The Radio-club re-establishes its "ham" radio station.
  • The Photography club makes 35mm color slides of school activities.

'58 Notable Graduates

  • Stan Altman, PhD '58 Professor, CCNY, Princeton, Stony Brook, and Baruch; Dean and Deputy to the President, Stony Brook; Dean of Public Affairs, Baruch; Founder/President of People & Concepts, Mini Computer Analysis, and Institute of Public Services; numerous honors and fellowships
  • Peter Biskind '58 Author, Down and Dirty Pictures, Easy Riders, and Raging Bulls; contributor, Vanity Fair; executive editor, Premiere magazine Artheur
  • Martin Goldstein ’58 Clinical Professor, Obstetrics Gynecology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY
  • Sheldon L. Goodman '58 Investment Executive, North Star Investment Services; trustee, Interlochen Center for the Arts & Artsjournal.com
  • Jerald A. Halpern, PhD '58 Marine Biologist; Biology teacher, former professor and researcher; Nationally ranked college fencer; namesake of two asteroids - one a starfish (Tamaria Halperni), and the other orbiting the sun, in honor of his mentoring a Science Talent Search finalist
  • Andrew Kaplan '58 Author, Hour of the Assassins, Scorpion, Dragonfire, and War of the Raven; Founder/CEO, technology companies: Andrew Kaplan Associates and Learning Adventures; in Israel, helped start the University of the Negev (now Ben Gurion University) and the Israel Olympic Fencing Team
  • Theodore W. Makarewicz '58 Army colonel; Fulton Country Schools, GA, Director of Purchasing
  • Donald Mitzner '58 President, CBS Cable
  • Michael N. Rosen, Esq. '58 Board secretary/director, Barnes & Noble; partner/executive committee, Bryan Cave Robinson Silverman, NY, NY
  • David Sarnoff '58 Honorary Chairman, Radio Corporation of America at June 1958 Graduation, with diploma
  • Rick Traum '58, above General Sarnoff
  • Stuart Balaban '58, with hand on General Sarnoff's shoulder
  • Robert R. Timberg '58 Baltimore Sun deputy chief, Washington Bureau; author, The Nightingale's Song, John McCain: An American Odyssey, & State of Grace: A memoir of Twilight Time; Harvard Nieman Fellow; marine, Vietnam veteran

The Wider World

  • The Sputnik Satellite
    Oct. 4, 1957, The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I.
  • Velcro invented

1958/1959

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Ed Slisky Co-Captains "The Peglegs" football team, and earns All-City tackle honors.
  • Dr. John J. Theobald '22 is the new NYC Superintendent of Schools, until 1962.
  • Joshua Lederberg, PhD ’41 wins the Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1958.

'59 Notable Graduates

  • William Berkowitz ‘59 President, Dreyfus Liquid Assets; President, Reich & Tang Mutual Funds Group; VP/Board member, Gabelli Asset Growth, Equitable Life's money market mutual funds, and Speers, Benzak, Solomon and Farrell Funds; established William and Dale S. Berkowitz Family Foundation; Art collector/patron in Sarasota, Fl
  • Charles DeFanti, PhD '59 Professor, English, Kean College, NJ; author, The Wages of Expectation: A Biography of Edward Dahlberg
  • Morton Fleischner '59 ABC News producer/writer
  • Joel D. Kellman ’59 Managing director/founder, Granite Global Ventures; co-founder, Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West and KLM Capital; advisor, Singapore Inc.; director, Qpass, 2Wire, Xenoport, and Oculex Pharmaceuticals
  • George D. Marlow ’59 Supreme Court Justice, NY Appellate Division
  • Charles H. Silver '59 Honorary Industrialist, philanthropist, civic leader; president, NYC Board of Education; VP, American Woolen; President, Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Sheldon E. Steinbach, Esq. '59 VP/General Counsel, Government & Public Affairs, American Council on Education

The Wider World

  • 1958, Bell’s modem data phone enables telephone lines to transmit binary data.
  • Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel Castro leads Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista.
  • Jan. 3, 1959, President Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the 49th state.

1959/1960

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Stuyvesantians Albert Axelrod '38 and Joe Paletta '54 are on USA Olympic Fencing Team in Rome; Axelrod wins Bronze Medal in foil.
  • Graduation students heckle Principal Fliedner, which leads the principal to cancel graduation.
  • Mel Shaftel sets a new meet record in the shot put.
  • The Nucleus, a science magazine, is established.
  • Jeff Checkes '60 is Capt. of City Champ fencing team; Jeff competed in foil at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

'60 Notable Graduates

  • Richard Ben-Veniste, Esq '60 Watergate prosecutor; Democratic Counsel, Whitewater Committee; Member, US Commission on Terrorism
  • George M. Bergman, PhD '60 Professor, mathematics, University of CA, Berkeley; Author, Invitation to General Algebra and Universal Constructions
  • Arthur Blank '60 Philanthropist; Founder/CEO, Home Depot, Atlanta, GA; Owner, Atlanta Falcons; Arthur Blank '60 Fund for Football, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Endowment Fund, Inc.
  • Michael J. Droller, MD '60 Professor/chairman, urology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Editor-in-Chief, Urologic Oncology
  • David Fischer, MD '60 Psychiatrist, Washington, DC; son of Irving Fischer, MD '27; Founder/President, SHS Alumni & Scholarship Association (1954)
  • Marv Goldberg '60 Music historian in the field of Rhythm & Blues; author, More Than Words Can Say: The Ink Spots And Their Music
  • Melvin Hochster '60 Professor, mathematics, University of Michigan; Member, National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Cole Prize winner
  • Joseph V. Hollweg, PhD '60 Solar Astrophysicist, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire; fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • Randolph Jackson ’60 NYS Supreme Court Justice; Life member, NAACP; Bible teacher, empowerment consultant, motivational speaker and arts patron; author, How to Get a Fair Trial by Jury and Black People in the Bible
  • Allan Katz, MD '60 Chairman, radiology, St. Petersburg, FL General Hospital (SPGH) and Edward White Hospital; moderator, Board of Trustees, SPGH
  • Jack T. Litman, Esq. '60 Criminal defense lawyer; Sr. Partner, Litman, Ashe, and Gioiella
  • Robert J. Lopatin, MD '60 Oldest graduate, at 55, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Executive, Evelyn Pearson, ladies garment manufacturer
  • Matthew J. Mallow, Esq. ’60 Partner/Attorney, head of Corporate Finance Group, Skadden Arps; Treasurer, Board of Directors, Brown University
  • Stanley Rothschild, MD '60 Orthopedist, Washington, DC
  • Mel A. Shaftel '60 Investment banker, Lehman Brothers and Rosetta Partners
  • Elliot R. Siegel, PhD '60 Medical Informatics, National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health

The Wider World

  • Feb. 1, 1960, Four black college students sit-in at a lunch counter where they had been denied service in Greensboro, N.C.
  • May 1, 1960 The USSR shoots down a US U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captures the pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

1960/1961

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Miss Lorenzo starts teaching.
  • Caliper is modernized with poetry, photography, and art, and institutes a policy of competitive membership.
  • Bowling wins the Manhattan championship.
  • Nucleus publishes its first issue.
  • Math Team wins City Championship and garners high honors in several nationwide competitions.
  • Tennis is second in its division.
  • The Rifle Team becomes Manhattan Champs.

'61 Notable Graduates

  • Cary Aminoff '61 Founder, Harbor Capital LLC, Riverdale, NY; Financial Advisor, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Endowment Fund, Inc.
  • Marc D. Charney '61 Foreign Editor, New York Times Week in Review
  • Neil Flanzraich, Esq. '61 Vice Chairman/president, IVAX, Miami, FL; Chairman, Israel America Foundation
  • Robert Gottlieb '61 Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute/Henry R. Luce Professor, Occidental College, LA; Editor, Urban & Industrial Environments (MIT Press)
  • Kenneth L. Haehnel '61 Musician, composer; Pilot, Certified Flight and Instrument Instructor
  • Barry S. Lubetkin, PhD '61 Clinical Director/Founder, Institute for Behavior Therapy, NYC; Author, Bailing Out: The Sane Way to Get out of a Doomed Relationship; former President of The American Board of Behavioral Psychology; Regular guest expert on numerous television shows, including several appearances on OPRAH
  • Lawrence F. Marshall, MD ’61 Chairman/Professor, Neurosurgery, Univ. of California, San Diego
  • Alexander Byron Miller '61 Chairman/CEO, Georgeson Shareholder Communications
  • Elliott Naishtat '61 Representative, Texas House of Representatives
  • Harvey Pitt, Esq. '61 Chairman, SEC; managing partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, and Shriver
  • Joseph R. Rindler Jr., Esq. '61 Chairman, Gabelli Asset Management

The Wider World

  • John F. Kennedy
    Nov. 8, 1960, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.
  • Jan.17-18, 1961, Independence leader Patrice Lumumba is tortured and murdered in CIA-assisted plot in the Congo.
  • April 17, 1961, 500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launch the Bay of Pigs invasion in a failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
  • Aug. 1961, Germans build the Berlin Wall.

1962/1963

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • 531 seniors win Regents scholarships.
  • Fencing Team wins City Championship with Larry Miller and Tom Musliner, Jeff Kestler, Frank Lowy, Robert Chernick, Brant Fries.
  • SHS again holds the record the most alumni with doctorates, 435.
  • Debaters join the National Forensic League.
  • Caliper wins a Medalist rating in Columbia competition.
  • The Chess Team becomes City Champs.
  • Rifle, Golf, and Tennis Teams take Manhattan Crowns.
  • Bowlers and Riflemen are Manhattan Champs.
  • Math team wins City Championship, led by captain William Lepowsky (individual City high scorer) and co-captain Roger Lehecka (who also is editor of the Math Survey).
  • Stuyvesant places first in the country on "the M.A.A." (the Mathematics Association of America contest) and Bill Lepowsky has the highest individual score nationwide.

'63 Notable Graduates

  • Richard Axel '63 Nobel laureate, physiology or medicine (2004); professor, Columbia, University and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Pathology; National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Merrill (Eric) Gershwin '63 Professor, medicine, and Chief, rheumatology, allergy and clinical immunology, University of California School of Medicine, Davis
  • Jerry R. Green, PhD '63 Economist; Professor/Department Chairman/Provost, Harvard; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 1980 J.K. Galbraith Prize, excellence in teaching
  • Thomas Keller '63 Photographer; Founder, Tom Keller Associates; President, Magnum Photos
  • Roger Lehecka ’63 Director, national alumni programs and special adviser to the Dean, Columbia University
  • Eric Maisel, PhD '63 Author, self-help books, The Art of the Book Proposal and Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person's Path through Depression
  • Richard Rothenberg, PhD '63 SHS teacher, and Math Department Chairman; "Influenced thousands of students and scores of teachers with his scholarship, award-winning teaching ability, guidance, and warm-heartedness." NY Times, May 15, 1997 (9 Ivar 5757)
  • John P. Sangimino '63 Member, NY Stock Exchange; President, Floor Brokers Ass'n
  • Ron Silver '63 TV Actor, including roles in West Wing (Bruno Gianelli), Billionaire Boys Club, and Kissinger and Nixon
  • Henry Tenenbaum '63 Radio/television anchor, correspondent, critic, KRON4 News Weekend and Henry’s Garden; Host; Beyond 2000, Discovery Channel program on science and technology

The Wider World

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Oct./Nov.1962, Cuban Missile Crisis. President Kennedy denounces Soviet Union for secretly installing missile bases on Cuba and initiates a naval blockade of the island.
  • Stanford and Purdue Universities establish the first departments of computer science.
  • The first video game is invented and is soon played in computer labs all over the US.
  • Aug. 28, 1962, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech before a crowd of 200,000 during the civil rights march on Washington, DC.
  • Pennsylvania Station is torn down.

1963/1964

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Caliper wins First Place in Columbia Scholastic Press competition.
  • The Spectator’s editorial policy strongly backs the Civil Rights Movement.
  • A memorial assembly tribute to John F. Kennedy is held.
  • Nick Meglin ’53, MAD magazine's Associate Editor, speaks to Seniors.
  • Jazz band is formed.
  • Fencing wins City, with Jeff Kestler and Frank Lowy (Co-Captains), David Nichtern, Charles Schwartz, Michael Block and James Kuhn.
  • Kestler is the individual City Champion.
  • Track & Field finishes undefeated in division under Coach Moses Davis.
  • Golf is Manhattan Champs under Coach Walter Gaffney.
  • Handball Team, led by Coach Sheldon, places second.
  • Gymnastics Team begins to compete.
  • Math Team places first in City.
  • Varsity Club honors SHS’s 60th Anniversary.
  • History Society discusses Presidential and Senatorial elections.
  • SHS loses “It’s Academic” to Erasmus.
  • Cheering Team is undefeated.
  • Rifle wins in Manhattan.

'64 Notable Graduates

  • Len Berman '64 Emmy Award-winning NBC sportscaster
  • Gene Cooper, PhD '64 Professor, Anthropology, U. of Southern Califoria; expert on China; author, The Artisans and Entrepreneurs of Dongyang County
  • Paul W. DeBaylo ’64 CEO DeBaylo Associates, Princeton, NJ, a management consulting firm specializing in business process assessment, design and improvement
  • M. Felix Freshwater, MD '64 Hand surgeon, Miami Institute of Hand & Microsurgery; Board of Directors, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.; Chairman, Class of '64 Fund
  • Lawrence Goldstone '64 Author, rare book collector experiences, including Out of the Flames
  • Richard N. Gottfried '64 NYS Assemblyman, 64th District; first elected to the Assembly in 1970, at 23, while a student at Columbia Law School
  • Jonathan Hale '64 Architect/architectural critic; author, The Old Way of Seeing (And How to Get It Back)
  • Dennis V. Kent, PhD '64 Professor, geology, Rutgers University; Member, National Academy of Sciences; Expert in paleo-, geo-, and rock magnetism; Fellow, Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, and American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD '64 Assoc. Director, Center for Alternative Medicine Research, Harvard Medical School; Ass't Professor, medicine, Harvard; Author, The Web Has No Weaver; SDS leader before Mark Rudd at Columbia University; trained at Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine
  • Jeff Kestler, Esq. '64 Vice Chairman, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.; Corporate Counsel, Lucent Technologies; Author, Questioning Techniques and Tactics; 1968 NCAA Fencing Champion, Columbia; National Foil Team Champion, NYAC, 1971; USMC, 1974
  • Eric Van Lustbader '64 Author, The Bourne Legacy and Ninja
  • David B. Malment, PhD '64 Professor, logic & philosophy of science, University of California, Irvine; Editing board, Philosphy of Science and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics; Editor, Reading Natural Philosphy
  • Lenny Mandel '64 Actor, stage (The Flame Keeper) and film (Machiavelli Rises)
  • Bill Michaelis, PhD '64 Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University; Author, The Game and Play Leaders Handbook; Principal, BillandEzra.com
  • Dennis Mihale, MD, MBA '64 Medical Director, IBM Global Services; Founder/CEO & CMO, St. Augustine HealthCare; Founder/Senior VP & Medical Director, Ultramedix Healthcare Systems; biomedical researcher for IBM and NASA
  • Dick Morris '64 Political advisor to President Clinton and others
  • Tom Mulligan '64 TV/Movie Actor; appearance in NYPD Blue
  • Lance Olssen '64 Defensive tackle, Purdue Rose Bowl champions, 1966; San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints; Circulation Manager(retired), Evansville (Ind.) Courier and Press
  • Noah Perlis, Esq., MBA '64 Attorney/entrepreneur
  • Sam Rosen '64 TV voice, NY Rangers, hockey team
  • Robert Siegel '64 Host, National Public Radio's All Things Considered
  • Eugene F. Sofer, PhD '64 Partner, The Susquehanna Group; Deputy Director, Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US; Director, Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, Corporation for National Service; author, From Pale to Pampa: The Jewish Immigrant Experience in Buenos Aires
  • Harvey Sohnen, Esq. ’64 Law Offices, Oakland, CA; admitted to practice, US Supreme Court; SHS Class of '64 Fund leader, The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.
  • John J. Van Aalst, MD '64 Pediatrician, Advocate Health Care
  • Robert J. Zimmer '64 Provost, Brown University; Professor, mathematics, University of Chicago

The Wider World

  • Nov. 19, 1963, 100th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given when he dedicated a national cemetery at the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
  • Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy is assassinated. VP Lyndon Baines Johnson becomes President.
  • Jan. 8, 1964, LBJ Declares "War on Poverty" in his first State of the Union address, just weeks after succeeding Kennedy to the presidency; the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), food stamps, Medicare, and Head Start are part of this plan.
  • Jan. 20, 1964, Meet The Beatles! album released in the US.
  • June 1964, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner beaten, shot and buried alive by local MS police and Klansmen.
  • July 3, 1964, LBJ signs US Civil Rights Act barring race and sex discrimination by private employers, employment agencies, and unions.
  • Robert Moses '52 leads Freedom Summer in Mississippi.
  • Aug. 7, 1964, Congress approves the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
  • President Johnson orders the bombing of North Vietnam.

1964/1965

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • 29 seniors are finalists for the National Honor Society Scholarship and 348 are Regents Scholarship winners, with 131 alternates.
  • Indicator wins first place in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Competition.
  • The Executive Council, the student governing body of the G.O. (General Organization) is established.
  • Senior Prom is held for the first time in years.
  • Graduation held at Carnegie Hall.

'65 Notable Graduates

  • Stephen H. Glickman '65 Associate Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • James D. Kuhn '65 Chairman, NYU Real Estate Board; President, Newmark & Co. Real Estate, Inc., NY, NY; Co-Captain of the 1965 SHS Fencing Team
  • Richard Lary '65 Computer designer/inventor; Storage technology director, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq; member of team that built the DEC VAX computer; holder of 25 patents in processor and storage systems architecture and design
  • Jerrold Nadler '65 US Congressman, Manhattan-Brooklyn
  • Steve Rothman '65 One of the inventors of the VAX computer family, Digital Equipment
    Benjamin V. Tadelis ’65 SVP, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1964, Lyndon Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater for President. Hubert Humphrey is VP.
  • Jan. 4 1965, President Johnson outlines the goals of his "Great Society" in his State of the Union address.
  • March 21, 1965 More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.
  • Apr. 6-8, 1965, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) hold first major anti-war rally in D.C.

1965/1966

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Rifle team places second in the City Competition.
  • Bowling wins Manhattan Division Championships.
  • Graduation at The Manhattan Center...no air conditioning, no caps and gowns, just the homeroom teachers handing out diplomas.

'66 Notable Graduates

  • Bob Frankston '66 Co-creator of Visicalc, ACM Fellow, PC Magazine Life Time Achievement Award
  • Steven A. Gelb ‘66 Managing director, Yield Management Systems, hospitality industry financial optimization
  • Ken Grauer, MD '66 Cardiologist; Author, ECG "Pocket Brain"
  • Joseph Nacchio '66 President/CEO, Qwest Communications; EVP/Chief Engineer, AT&T
  • Charles Scott '66 NBA Basketball guard, North Carolina, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, and LA Lakers; Olympic Gold Medal Team (1968)

The Wider World

  • 1965, Lyndon Johnson's Executive Order 11246 takes the 1964 Civil Rights Act a step further, requiring federal agencies and federal contractors to take "affirmative action."
  • Nov. 9, 1965, the great Northeast blackout occurs; several states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.

1966/1967

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Stuyvesant has 36 Semifinalists in the National Merit Program.
  • A teachers’ strike in September lasts nearly three weeks. Some SHS teachers participate.
  • Larry Opoliner '69 and Richard Schiffman '70 run a radio program on WBAI-FM.
  • Two new English ‘major’ electives are added to the curriculum: Theatre and Humanities. The other English courses offered are: Speech Arts, Honors English, Creative Writing and Journalism.
  • Gasper R. Fabbricante becomes Chairman of the Foreign Language Department.

'67 Notable Graduates

  • Walter Becker '67 Guitarist/songwriter, Jay and the Americans; Co-founder, Steely Dan
  • Robert James McNamara, PhD '67 author, Second Messengers

The Wider World

  • Jan. 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeat the Kansas City Chiefs of the American League, 35-10, in the first Super Bowl.
  • Jan. 27, 1967, Astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee die in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, FL.

1967/1968

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Alice de Rivera
    Alice de Rivera and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee go to court because, after having passed the specialized high school entrance exam, she is denied the right to enter Stuyvesant. Later, the Board of Education votes to allow her to attend Stuyvesant, but she chooses not to attend.
  • June 7 is a day of mourning for Robert F. Kennedy.

'68 Notable Graduates

  • Paul Appelbaum, MD '68 Professor/Chairman, psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Director, Law & Psychiatry Program; President, American Psychiatric Ass'n. and Amer. Acad. of Psychiatry and the Law; Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • Steve Bellovin '68 AT&T Bell Labs internet security expert; author, Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker
  • Richard Cantor, MD '68 Associate Professor/Vice Chairman, Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics, University Hospital, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY; Medical Director, Central New York Poison Control Center
  • Edward G. Elgart '68 Director, US Army Communications & Electronics Command Acquisition Center, Ft. Monmouth NJ; Presidential Meritorious Executive (twice) in the Federal Senior Executive Service; Fellow, National Contract Management Association
  • Mark L. Paris, PhD '68 Deputy Director, Health Affairs, Performance Improvement, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Steven E. Koonin, PhD '68 Chief Scientist, BP (originally British Petroleum), UK; Provost/professor, theoretical physics, Caltech
  • David S. Lee, MD '68 Physician, Brockton (MA) Hospital
    Steven P. Rosenberg, MD ‘68 President, Palm Beach Dermatology, W. Palm Beach, FL
  • Robert Schnitzer '68 Founder/Chairman, Oasis Television Network (global cable-TV network, Body-Mind-Spirit programming)
  • Carl I. Schoenberger, MD '68 Medical Director, intensive care/respiratory therapy, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville Md; President, Medical and Affiliate Staff; Lecturer, Maryland Health Care Educational Institute.
  • Richard L. Weiner, MD '68 Director of Pediatrics, Montefiore Medical Group, Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The Wider World

  • Jan. 31, 1968, The Tet Offensive begins.
  • Apr. 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated.
  • June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy assassinated

1968/1969

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Arthur Linder, a biology teacher and guidance counselor, organizes the campaign to save specialized high schools.

'69 Notable Graduates

  • Chris Albrecht '69 Chairman/CEO, HBO; talent developer, Int'l Creative Management; co-owner, Improvisation Nightclub, NY, NY
  • Michael S. Altmann '69 EVP, Health Learning Systems; Member, American Gastro-enterological Ass'n, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates., and Alliance for Continuing Medical Education
  • Stuart Binder-Macleod, PhD '69 Professor/Chair, Physical Therapy, Univ. of Delaware; Fellow, American Physical Therapy Assoc.; Board of Scientific Counselors, NASA’s National Space Biomedical Research Institute
  • Martin Brest '69 Actor, director, producer, and writer; director, Scent of a Woman, Midnight Run, Beverly Hills Cops, Going in Style, and Hot Tomorrows
  • Harris L. Cohen, MD '69 Professor, Vice Chair (Research) Radiology, Stony Brook School of Medicine; Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins; Fellow, American College of Radiology, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, and American Academy of Pediatrics; Editor/Author, Ultrasonography of the Prenatal and Neonatal Brain; Fetal and Pediatric Ultrasound: A Casebook Approach; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Editor-in Chief, American College of Radiology's Professional Self-Education Syllabus series. New York magazine "Best Doctors in New York" (multiple years!).
  • Joseph A. Grundfest, Esq. '69 Professor, Stanford Law School; SEC Commissioner and presidential economic advisor. Lawyer, corporate governance issues, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions
  • Eric H. Holder Jr., Esq. '69 Litigation partner with Covington & Burling, D.C.; Former U.S. Attorney General (acting); Deputy U.S. Attorney General, Clinton administration; Associate Court Justice, Superior Court, D.C., Reagan administration; board member, Meyer Foundation, See Forever Foundation, Organization of Concerned Black Men, and director, MCI
  • Don Jackson '69 NFL, Columbia, football player
  • Peter I. Mason, Esq. '69 Executive, Toplander Corp., May & Speh; Founder of Freeborn & Peters; Director, Mutual Fund Life Insurance; Trustee, Goodman Theater and Illinois Institute of Technology

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1968, Richard Nixon elected President.
  • July 20, 1969, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. land on the Moon.
  • Aug. 1968, Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia.

1969/1970

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • n September, the first group of girls attend after the Board of Education fails to prove in court why girls can not attend Stuyvesant.
  • First girls included: Eve Berman, Valerie Blackman, Ruth Haber, Laren Herman, Evelyn Horn, Debbie Leong, Judy Levy, Paula Marcus, Kathryn Parks, Suzanne Rose, Risa Saperstein, and Abigail Scheck.
  • On May 5, students demonstrate against the Vietnam War, and fight to influence the completion of the American withdrawal from Southeast Asia.
  • Students refuse to attend school for 10 days, protesting each day on Fifteenth Street.
  • On May 15, an agreement is reached between the students and the administration, and students return to classes.
  • 223 girls are admitted.

'70 Notable Graduates

  • Reed Brody '70 Special Counsel, Human Rights Watch; Human rights advocate, for the UN and others, relating to Cambodia, Nicaragua, China, Haiti, El Salvador, Mongolia, East Timor, Congo, and Iraq
  • Ed Dunkelblau, PhD '70 Director, Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning; clinical psychologist, private practice; consultant, schools, social-emotional literacy programs; consultant, Fortune 500, workplace issues; contributing author, Handbook of Humor and Psychotherapy; featured subject, the Chicago Tribune, USA Weekend, & CNN
  • David Harbater, PhD '70 Professor, mathematics, U. Penn.; Cole Prize winner
  • Dennis Johnson '70 EVP, The Children's Health Fund
  • Ray L. Lent ' 70 Founder/registered investment advisor, Putney Financial Group, San Rafael, CA; Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU); Staff Commodore, SF Yacht Club

The Wider World

  • Dec. 1, 1969, The first draft lottery since 1942 begins.
  • May 4, 1970 Ohio National Guardsmen fire on anti-war student protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine.

1970/1971

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Principal Gaspar Fabbricante
    Gaspar Fabbricante, Chairman of the Foreign Language Department, is Principal.
  • On February 18, students protest the Vietnam War and the invasion of Laos. They boycotted school, and refuse to go to class.
  • In September, Dr. Fliedner retires after 17 years.
  • The SPARK (School Prevention of Addiction through Rehabilitation and Knowledge) is established at Stuyvesant.
  • Forum, a Social Studies/History magazine is founded.
  • The Out-to-Lunch program is instituted.
  • The Spectator establishes a new policy of distributing the newspaper to the entire student body (instead of using subscriptions).

'71 Notable Graduates

  • George Barany, PhD '71 Professor, chemistry, University of Minnesota; organic chemistry researcher noted for work on peptides; brother, Francis Baranay, PhD '74
  • Denny Chin '71 US District Judge, Southern District, NY; President, Asian American Bar Association of New York.
  • Bruce J. Einhorn '71 Professor, human rights law, Pepperdine University Law School; Deputy Director (litigation), Nazi War Crimes Prosecution Unit, US Department of Justice
  • Eric K. Goodman '71 Professor, English, Miami University, Oxford, OH; writer/author, In Days of Awe and Child of my Right Hand
  • Michael Oreskes '71 Ass't Managing Editor, The New York Times; As Washington Bureau chief, 3 Pulitzer Prizes won during his tenure
  • Jay John Rakow, Esq. '71 Sr. EVP/General Counsel, MGM
  • David Schiffer, '71 President, DLS Design, corporate web sites and graphics

The Wider World

  • Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
  • Apollo 14 makes the third successful moon landing

1971/1972

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The transition to a co-ed school is complete.
  • Fencing wins City Championships for the sixth consecutive time, totaling 58 consecutive PSAL wins.
  • A girls’ Fencing Team is established.
  • The yearbook is full of protest pictures that include SHS students and nature photos, as well.
  • The first girls admitted to SHS graduate in June, 1972.

'72 Notable Graduates

  • Scott A. Biller, PhD '72 VP/Global Head, Drug Discovery, Novartis Institutes; National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Douglas Murphy-Chutorian, MD ’72 Chairman, MD Data Direct, Menlo Park, CA; Chairman/CEO Eclipse Surgical Technologies; CEO, Acueity Inc.
  • Eugene Schlanger, Esq. '72 Deputy general counsel, Nomura Hold America; former branch chief, NY office of the Securities and Exchange Commission; known as the "wall street poet," published in Western Humanities Review, American Scholar and Sewanee Review; first poem written at SHS
  • Brian Tokar '72 Environmentalist; author, Green Alternative: Creating an Ecological Future and Redesigning Life?: The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering

The Wider World

  • Richard Nixon visits China
    Feb. 21-27, 1972, Nixon makes historic visit to Communist China.
  • March 22, 1972 Congress sends the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution to the states for ratification; it fails to secure the three-fourths approval needed.
  • May 26, 1972, U.S. and Soviet Union sign strategic arms control agreement known as SALT I.
  • June 17, 1972, Watergate - police arrest five men, all employees of Nixon's reelection campaign, are caught breaking into rival Democratic headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, DC.
  • June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments requires that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

1972/1973

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The GO (General Organization) is replaced by the SU (Student Union).
  • In April, the first production of SING! is staged, Paul Reiser prominent.
  • "Inside the Sty" is established in order to address issues the founders feel are not addressed in the school, and are censored by the school administration in other school papers.
  • The Student Sex Information/Peer Group starts as part of an experimental program in NYC high schools to set up places where students can get information on sex, health and family living from their fellow students and to serve as an informal, relaxed place (‘rap room’).

'73 Notable Graduates

  • Paul Achitoff, Esq. '73 Managing attorney, Earthjustice (Hawaiin nonprofit environmental law firm protecting endangered species, restoring streams, and challenging the secrecy of the genetic engineering industry)
  • Natalie Blagowidow, MD '73 Medical Director, Genetics Prenatal Diagnostic Center & Director, High Risk OB Center, Obstetrics, Greater Baltimore Medical Center/Harvey Institute for Human Genetics; One of the first female fencers at Stuyvesant HS
  • Karen Von Damm, PhD '73 Professor, geochemistry/chemical oceanography and deep sea explorer, University of New Hampshire Institute for Earth, Oceans and Space; fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • Raymond Fong, MD '73 Founder/owner, New York Eye Center; President, Chinese American Medical Society & the Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation
  • Stanley Greenberg '73 Photographer; photo book author, Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City and Waterworks; Guggenheim Fellowship, 2005
  • John Gordon Harold, MD '73 Chief of Staff, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Clinical Professor, medicine, UCLA; Fellow, American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association
  • Gerard Houarner '73 Mental health professional, writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror: Black Orchids from Aum, Going Postal, & Dead Cats Bouncing. Fiction Editor for Space and Time Magazine
  • Arthur M. Keller, PhD '73 Co-Founder, Mergent Systems (acquired by Commerce One); Advisor to startups, expert witness on patent cases; Author, First Course in Computer Programming with Pascal
  • Steven E. Krug, MD '73 Head, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's memorial Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Paul Levitz '73 President/Publisher DC Comics & MAD Magazine
  • Paul accepts a commendation for his work as Chairman of the Centennial Book, June 4, 2004
  • Howard Mandel, MD '73 Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Contributor/volunteer, Los Angeles Free Clinic
  • Drew Nieporent '73 Restaurateur; President, Myriad Restaurant Group (Montrachet,
    Tribeca Grill, Rubicon, Nobu, Nobu London, HeartBeat, Earth & Ocean, Icon, Lucca,
    Pulse, The Coach House, and more!)
  • Paul Reiser '73 Comedian/actor; author, Babyhood and Couplehood

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1972, Richard Nixon reelected President
  • Dec. 30 1972, The United States halts its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
  • Jan. 22 1973, In Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court legalizes abortions, using a trimester approach, effectively canceling the anti-abortion laws of 46 states.
  • Jan. 23, 1973, President Nixon announces the Paris Peace Accords and ends the American combat role in Vietnam.

1973/1974

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Stuyvesant Voice is founded, becoming one of the most successful --and longest-lasting -- "underground" publications in the school's history. The publication is loosely modeled after "New York" magazine in its combination of serious journalism and service features. Operating independently from school departments and budgets, the publication makes a small profit from direct sales and paid advertisements.
  • Stuyvesant Voice Editors in Chief: Founder/Editor, 1973-1975: Michael Kaplan Editor, 1975-1976: Jenny-Anne Martz Editor, 1976-1978: Jeff Trachtman.
  • Dec. 5, NYC Mayor, Abraham D. Beame presents a Certificate of Appreciation to SHS students in recognition of the students collection of $1,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund.

'74 Notable Graduates

  • John C. Abell '74 Reporter/editor, Reuters; Editor, Multimedia Production, the Americas; designed/developed software to publish real-time news and multimedia for Internet customers and www.reuters.com; in first group of Department of Defense "Media Boot Camp" embed trainees
  • Elias K. Aivazis '74 Deputy Special Agent in Charge, US Secret Service, Inspection Division; Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, Vice Presidential Protective Division, 1996 - 2000
  • Francis Barany, PhD '74 Professor, Microbiology, Cornell/Sloan Kettering Institute; adjunct, Rockefeller University; director, Mutation Research, Strang Cancer Prevention Center; Named to 2004 "Scientific American 50", "Research Leader in Medical Diagnostics" for genomic chip disease detection — especially breast and colon cancer; brother, George Barany PhD '71
  • Ayesha Jalal, PhD '74 Professor, history, Tufts; Fellowships: MacArthur; Trinity College; Centre of South Asian Studies; Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars; Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; authority, on history and culture of Pakistan and India; author, Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy
  • Marlene Jupiter ’74 Managing Director, Bessent Capital, NY, NY; Author, Savvy Investing for Women
  • Jeffrey M. Krauss, Esq. '74 member, Psilos Group Managers; Chairman, Quovadx
  • Eric S. Lander, PhD '74 Professor, biology, MIT; principal leader, Human Genome Project, at Whitehead Center for Genome Research; developed most of the key tools of modern mammalian genomics; founding director, Broad Institute; Professor, managerial economics, Harvard Business School; MacArthur "Genius" Award winner; SHS Valedictorian; 1st prize winner, Westinghouse Science Talent Search
  • Betty Ming Liu '74 Assistant Professor of Journalism at New York University and The New School.
  • John H. Reiss '74 senior broadcast producer, NBC Nightly News
  • Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, MD '74 Professor, clinical radiology and pediatrics, Columbia; Director, Pediatric Radiology, Columbia-Presbyterian; 2002 Teacher of the Year; SHS Salutatorian
  • George Sands ‘74 Dimensional Funds Advisors, Coronado, CA
  • Eric M. Wassermann, MD '74 Capt. US Public Health Service; Chief, Brain Stimulation Unit National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH; Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services; Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Transcranial Stimulaton

The Wider World

  • Oct. 6, 1973, Yom Kippur war begins when Egypt and Syria attacks Israel.
  • Oct. 25, 1973, a cease fire is declared; Israeli troops are successful on the battlefield but the war is a diplomatic failure for the Middle East.
  • Oct. 17, 1973, Arab oil producers begin embargo against the United States.
  • Nov. 17, 1973, President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla., that "people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
  • July 1974, House Judiciary Committee approves three articles of impeachment.
  • Aug. 9, 1974, Nixon resigns the presidency. Gerald Ford becomes President of the U.S.

1974/1975

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Stuyvesant Soccer wins Divisional Championship
    Soccer team captures Divisional Championship; Marc O. Ellman '75 and Oleh Dekajlo, '75 are the Co-Captains.
  • The autobiography, Cagney by Cagney, Stuyvesant's "most famous" alumnus--Academy Award-winning actor James Cagney '18--is published in 1975.
  • Antares, a science fiction magazine, is founded.

'75 Notable Graduates

  • Cynthia Ambres, MD '75 Chief Medical Officer, Kaleida Health System; President, Ambres Health Care Consulting
  • Yvonne (Gomez) Carrion '75 Medical Director OB/GYN Community Practices, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Lauren Eisenberg Davis '75 author, Autumn Leaves
  • Alan Jay Gerson '75 Elected NY City Councilman, district including Stuyvesant HS
  • George E. Hellman, Esq. ’75 Director, planned giving, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Carl Hendricks '75 Author, Rootin’ for the Crusher
  • Richard P. Sedano '75 Energy consultant; commissioner, Vermont Department of Public Service; advocate for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and competition in regulated markets; Chair, National Association of State Energy Officials; Member, US Department of Energy Task Force on Electric Reliability
  • Nina Silber '75 Professor, history, Boston University
  • Paul Zeitz '75 Professor, mathematics, University of San Francisco; author, Art and Craft of Problem Solving

The Wider World

  • Sep. 16, 1974, President Gerald Ford offers clemency to draft evaders and military deserters.

1975/1976

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Mr. Fabbricante limits the number of publications, permitting only one publication per department. This policy was, according to Mr. Fabbricante, made because of the need to cut the school budget. This decision causes an uproar among the students.
  • Jeff Trachtman, a junior, brings suit against the Board of Education for disallowing publication of a sex survey he and the staff of the Stuyvesant Voice had done. Charging violation of the First Amendment, Trachtman wins the case at the district court level, then loses on a Board of Education Appeal taken to the Federal Court of Appeals of the second circuit. Trachtman's request for a hearing in the US Supreme Court is ultimately denied

'76 Notable Graduates

  • Marc S. Ganis '76 President, Sportscorp, Chicago consultancy; sports marketing, finance, and stadium expert; Crain's 1997 annual 40 under 40; City Club of Chicago
  • Arlene Pedovitch '76 Director, Center for Jewish Life, Princeton University; VP, Mellon Financial & Bank of America; Co-editor, The Spectator, at Stuyvesant
  • Tim Robbins '76 Actor, screenwriter, director, producer; academy award, Mystic River; other awards for Dead Man Walking, The Player, and Cradle Will Rock
  • Martin Saggese '76 Exec. Director, Society for Neuroscience; CFO, American International Health Alliance; VP, Long Island Rail Road; Co-editor, The Spectator & VP, Student Union, at Stuyvesant

The Wider World

  • Nov. 18, 1976, Spain's parliament approves a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.

1976/1977

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Mr. Fabbricante relaxes his original publications ruling. He allows each department to have more than one publication, provided it has the approval of the department chairperson and is not more costly than any of the other publications.

'77 Notable Graduates

  • Thomas Calabro '77 Director, actor, Melrose Place
  • Lisa R. Hirschhorn, MD, MPH '77 Director, HIV Medical Care & Research, Dimock Community Health Center, Roxbury, MA; Clinical Professor, medicine, Harvard; Consultant, World Health Organization, United Nations, and Clinton Foundation
  • Loretha C. Jones, Esq '77 Independent film/TV producer/director, Fighting Temptations and The Parent 'Hood
  • Stacey Nelkin '77 Actress, Up the Academy; dated Woody Allen while at Stuyvesant HS - thought to be the inspiration for the character of Tracy in his movie, Manhattan
  • Eva Salzman '77 Poet, The English Earthquake; Owner, out-of-print book service, London, England

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1976, Jimmy Carter elected President.

1977/1978

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Stuyvesant finishes first in the number of National Merit Scholars Awards.
  • The Math Team finishes first in the nation.

'78 Notable Graduates

  • George Gee '78 Big band leader
  • Sidney E. Goodfriend '78 Managing Director, Credit Suisse First Boston
  • Veronica Ho '78 Investment banker
  • Roland O. Laird ’78 Founder, Chairman, Posro Comics; author, Still I Rise

The Wider World

  • Sep. 7, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signs treaty to turn control of Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec.31 1999.

1978/1979

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • On Oct. 2, 1978, in protest of cuts made in sports programs throughout the city by the Board of Education, 80% of SHS students boycott class.
  • Several days later the dispute is settled and the athletic season begins.
  • 1978, Some students cut class to attend the Yankees Parade down Broadway.

'79 Notable Graduates

  • Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, PhD '79 Astrophysicist; curator, American Museum of Natural History; professor, astronomy, Columbia University

The Wider World

  • Sep.17, 1978, Sadat and Begin sign Camp David Accord, ending 30-year conflict between Israel and Egypt.
  • Jan. 1, 1979, U.S. establishes diplomatic ties with mainland China for the first time since Communist takeover in 1949.
  • Jan. 7, 1979 Vietnam captures the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge.
  • Mar. 28, 1979, Malfunction at Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania causes near meltdown.

1979/1980

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • In April, NYC subway and bus workers strike. The principal sleeps in school. Almost no one shows up.
  • Men’s tennis is PSAL Champs.
  • Pegleg athletes, led by the wrestling team, win several championships during the decade.

'80 Notable Graduates

  • Tom Allon '80 Publisher/CEO, Manhattan Media
  • Mark F. Alpert ‘80 Editor, Scientific American
    Daniel Bergstein '80 Secretary, Board of Directors, Port Authority of NY/NJ; died in 9/11 attacks at his WTC offices
  • Irene Chang, PhD '80 General Counsel, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; Board Secretary, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Advisory Committee, Daniel Bergstein/SHS80 Memorial Scholarship Fund; National Advisory Board, Campaign for Stuyvesant Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.
    Lee Alan Dugatkin, PhD '80 Professor, biology, University. of Louisville, KY; Animal behavior researcher; author, Principles of Animal Behavior, Cheating Monkeys, and Citizen Bees
  • Doug Grad '80 Editor, Penguin Group
  • Brian R. Greene, PhD '80 Professor, mathematics and physics, Columbia University; Author, The Elegant Universe; authority on superstring theory
  • Richard Herschlag '80 Author, Women Are from Manhattan, Men Are from Brooklyn; consulting engineer
  • Rosemary Knapp, PhD '80 Professor, zoology, University of Oklahoma at Norman; researcher, behavioral endocrinology.
  • Beth Knobel, PhD '80 Bureau Chief, Moscow, CBS
  • David H. Lippman '80 World War II historian; public information officer, Newark, NJ
  • Timothy McDarrah '80 Columnist, US Weekly
  • Lisa Randall, PhD '80 Professor, physics, Harvard; high energy physics theorist, super-symmetry, and extra dimensions
  • Helen Rochlitzer Reale '80 Professional beach volleyball player

The Wider World

  • Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian students storm U.S. embassy in Teheran and hold 66 people hostage until Nov 20.
  • Dec. 27, 1979, Soviet forces seize control of Afghanistan.
  • Apr. 25, 1980, U.S. mission to rescue hostages in Iran is aborted after a helicopter and cargo plane collide at the staging site in a remote part of Iran.

1980/1981

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

 

The Wider World

  • Ronald Reagan is elected President.
  • Jan. 20, 1981, Iran releases the 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency passes from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
  • Mar. 30, 1981, President Reagan is shot in the chest by John Hinckley, Jr.
  • New York City faces a water shortage.

1981/1982

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Mr. Fabbricante retires.
  • Acting Principal Kenneth J. Tewel assumes leadership.
  • Tony’s, a popular hangout, closes.
  • Roald Hoffmann, PhD '55 wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1981.

The Wider World

  • Sep. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as the first woman Supreme Court Justice.
  • Dec. 28, 1981, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, is born in Norfolk, VA.

1982/1983

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Principal Abraham Baumel
    Ronald Grabe, Astronaut on spaceshuttle Atlantis
    Abraham Baumel, Principal at New Dorp, and former Chairman of the Physics Department at Stuyvesant, returns as the new Principal.
  • Oct. 3, 1982, Ronald Grabe '62 is on STS-51J, maiden voyage of spaceshuttle Atlantis.
  • The Stuyvesant Pretzel Man haunts the 16th Street Lobby.

'83 Notable Graduates

  • Matt Ruff '83 Author
  • Kate Schellbach '83 drummer for the Beastie Boys and Lucious Jackson

The Wider World

  • The Vietnam Memorial, Washington DC
    Nov. 10, 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial opens in Washington, D.C.

1983/1984

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • SHS students have longer hair, and new lockers.
  • The Class of 1984 has had three principals.
  • Stuyvesant is featured in "Is Excellence Possible in Urban Public Schools?" in American Education (Nov. 1983).

The Wider World

  • Completion of the TCP/IP network switchover marks the creation of the global Internet.
  • Dec. 15, 1983 Wendy Wasserstein's D'39 "Isn't It Romantic," premieres in NYC.

1984/1985

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Nov. 18, 1984, 600 alumni(ae) come to celebrate the school's 80th anniversary.
  • Robert Pam '63 is elected President of a newly-formed Alumni Association. In 1986, Evelyn Krejci '76, the first woman President, is elected; she serves for 16 years, until 2002.

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1984, Ronald Reagan reelected President.
  • Dec. 3, 1984, an industrial accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India leads to about 4,000 deaths in several days.

1985/1986

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Stuyvesant Coalition is formed to insure input from the school community while planning for a new school.
  • Ideas for the new building are solicited, from alumni, students, parents and faculty.

'86 Notable Graduates

  • Lucy Liu '86 actress, Ally McBeal Show, Charlies Angels, Kill Bill

The Wider World

  • The explosion of the spaceshuttle Challenger
    Jan. 10, 1986, Spaceshuttle Challenger explodes on launch.

1986/1987

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Boys Cross Country wins Manhattan Championship.
  • The Debating Team dominates the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and is crowned National Forensic Champions.
  • Actress Lucy Deakins '88 is featured for her accomplishments as an actress. (Deakins is best known for her starring role in the movie The Boy Who Could Fly.)
  • In the 46th Westinghouse Science Talent Search, Elizabeth Lee Wilmer wins Second Prize, a $15,000 scholarship, for her work on the three-color problem in mathematics.

The Wider World

  • Dec. 23, 1986 the experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completes the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling.

1987/1988

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

(l-r) New York Governor Mario Cuomo, President of the Board of Education Robert F. Wagner Jr., and Mayor Ed Koch announce the new building
  • Construction of the new Stuyvesant building begins in May, with the move to Chambers Street scheduled for September, 1992.
  • Stuyvesant places a record 47 semifinalists--and the final first and second place winners!--in the 47th Annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search---Chetan Nayak wins 1st prize, a $20,000 scholarship, for his mathematical analysis of the interaction between electromagnetic and gravitational fields; and Janet Tseng wins 2nd for her study of cryptosporosis, an opportunistic infection that causes chronic diarrhea in AIDS patients.
  • The Spectator sends reporters undercover to take the SAT and Achievement Tests under assumed identities, exposing flaws and security weaknesses in the ETS system; the reporters are featured on the Today Show.
  • Senior Charlene Brown wins the 1988 All-American Girl Contest, co-sponsored by Teen Magazine; she gains early acceptance to MIT and is awarded the Future Biochemist's Award.
  • Student Daisy Tsui is featured in New York magazine on the 20 most important people in New York City.

'88 Notable Graduates

  • Lucy Deakins '88 Actress, The Boy who Could Fly

1988/1989

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Stuyvesant alumnus Ronald Grabe '62 rockets into space on May 4th aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, taking a 1932 Stuyvesant banner with him.
  • At least 90 seniors almost lose their chances in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition when their entries are received after the contest deadline, having been delayed by Federal Express. After much pressure from the Stuyvesant administration and parents, Westinghouse bends the rules and allows the late entries.
  • NYS Forensic League: Amanda Jacobs & Chris Bulger are Duo Interpretation Champions.

'89 Notable Graduates

  • Raymond Lau PhD '89 software author, Stuffit algorithm developed while at SHS, software researcher, and founder of iPhrase Technologies

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1988, George H. W. Bush is elected President.
  • Dec. 21, 1988, a Libya-sponsored bomb explodes aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

1989/1990

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The new building is “topped off” in June.
  • The theater balcony is still a combination lunchroom and hangout, with the dire prediction that the hang-our area will someday fall on to the first floor.

The Wider World

  • Aug. 2, 1990, Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, leading to the Persian Gulf War.

1990/1991

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • In June, the city approves the proposed pedestrian bridge which will span West Street and include glass elevators. Construction starts in September.
  • Yves Jeanty and Petal Haynes are among the top ten winners in the 50th annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search.
  • Won So, an 18-year-old who emigrated from South Korea in 1982, is elected president of the Student Union.

The Wider World

  • Jan. 16, 1991 President Bush announces the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraq's Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
  • Top languages spoken by public school students in NYC are: Spanish, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Russian, and Korean.

1991/1992

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Four SHS students win prizes in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition.
  • SHS is NYS Forensic League Speech Sweepstakes Champions.
  • Hundreds of Alumni return to the old building to "say good-bye to Old Stuy."
  • Joseph V. Hollweg '60 is awarded the 1992 James Arthur Prize for Solar Physics by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The Wider World

  • Feb. 1, 1992, Following the breakup of the Soviet Union in Dec. 1991, President Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin meet at Camp David and formally declare an end to the "Cold War".
  • April 29, 1992, Deadly rioting that claimed 54 lives and caused $1 billion in damage erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

1992/1993

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Plans for the construction of the new Stuyvesant High School
    Stuyvesant HS opens in September at 345 Chambers Street in new 10-story building in Battery Park City; there are 2,700 students and 103 faculty members.
  • The new building is designed by Alexander Cooper, Robertson & Partners, in association with Gruzen Samton Steinglass; Peter Samton is Class of '52.
  • The design of the school is the result of an unusual collaboration between the architects and the Stuyvesant Coalition, led by Renee Levine P'84 & '86 and Peggy Harvey P'86. The Coalition is a volunteer group that includes students, teachers, parents and administrators. HRH is the construction manager.
  • The SHS pool opens.
  • The first World Trade Center terrorist bombing occurrs.
  • Girls’ Swimming wins the NYC PSAL, City, and Opens.
  • In January, daily homeroom is cancelled, and homeroom is only held on Wednesdays.
  • Students are allowed to go out to lunch for the first time since Old SHS.
  • Governor Cuomo speaks at the cornerstone unveiling ceremony.
  • NYS Forensic League: Greg Epstein is Declamation Champion

'93 Notable Graduates

  • Bram Cohen '93 information systems architect, creator of "Bitorrent"

The Wider World

  • Nov. 1992, Clinton & Al Gore defeat George Bush & Dan Quayle for Pres/VP
  • Feb. 26, 1993, a bomb explodes in the garage of NYC's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000

1993/1994

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Tribeca Bridge across West Street is completed.
  • Stuyvesant leads the nation in number of semi-finalists in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search.
  • The theater (later named for Murray Kahn) has its first performance, the Winter Concert.
  • Hackers is filmed at SHS, with juniors and seniors waiting on line to be extras.
  • The school store opens.
  • Juniors win SING!
  • A new TV studio is opened.
  • Data from space satellites is downloaded from antennae on the roof to computers.
  • SU holds Homecoming Pep Rally, a Clubs and Pubs Fair, the Faculty-Student Volleyball game, and the first Thanksgiving Luncheon.
  • SU also holds a Faculty-Student Basketball game, Pep Week, Dress-Up Day, Favorite Stuffed Animal Day, Tie Day, and SHS Colors Day, AIDS Awareness Day, and school dances.
  • In the NYS Forensic League, Anita Konka is Declamation Champion.
  • Fencing wins City Championships.
  • Boys Gymnastics wins City.
  • Girls Swimming wins Team and Individuals.
  • Bowling wins Borough.
  • A bachelor/bachelorette auction is held for the winter dance.
  • Aleksandr L. Khazanov is a member of the U.S.'s perfect-scoring team in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong.
  • Principal Baumel and AP Hal Lehrman retire in June.
  • Denny Chin '71 is named for federal judgeship in NY's Southern District, and becomes the first Asian-American judge on the East Coast.
  • Robert Fogel, PhD '44 is Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1993.

1994/1995

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Principal Murray Kahn
    Murray Kahn is Principal.
  • LIFE magazine, October 1, 1994, runs a feature on Stuyvesant: "Is This the Best High School in America?" LIFE discusses Stuyvesant’s specialization in mathematics and science, the sophisticated curricula, test scores on entrance examinations as the sole criterion for admission, representation of every ethnicity and income level, grade point averages, the great success of the debate team, pressures faced by students, and presents selected student profiles.
  • SHS teams are named 1994-5 PSAL NYC Champs in Boys’ Gymnastics, Fencing and Boys’ Swimming.
  • Students protest against State and City cuts on educational spending.
  • In June, Junior Bash takes place.
  • In July, AP Murray Kahn retires.
  • A new bell schedule is instituted, along with a new classroom attendance policy.
  • The Intersession is saved after the principal sided with the students, breaking a tie in the school-based management vote.
  • Girls’ Swimming is City, Division and Open Champs.
  • Girls’ Gymnastics are Team Division Champs.
  • Fencing (the Untouchables) win City Champs, City Individuals, Iron Horse, and second place in the PSAL Novice Tournament.
  • Wrestling takes third place in the Team Championships.
  • Heckling is allowed during SING! for the last time. In the fall, bachelor auctions are held for the last time.
  • SHS is NYS Forensic League Speech Sweepstakes Champions.

The Wider World

  • Aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing
    April 19, 1995, A truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500; Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the bombing and executed.

1995/1996

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Jinx Cozzi-Perullo
    Jinx Cozzi-Perullo becomes Principal.
  • Murray Kahn dies on Mar. 31, 1996.
  • The SHS theater is named in his honor.
  • Two students, Ting Luo, & Bruce Mizhari Haggerty, win second, and fifth places, respectively, in the Westinghouse Contest.
  • Governor Mario Cuomo speaks at SHS on March 12, 1996.
  • Bowling is Borough Champs.
  • Boys’ Swimming, Boys’ Gymnastics, Fencing and Girls’ Swimming win City Champs.
  • Girls’ Volleyball is first in its division.
  • Football team goes 10-0, a perfect season, except for a loss in Division Champs.
  • Junior SING! members wear black and white polka dot ribbons to protest the censorship of one of their scenes.
  • Students receive new computerized ID cards.

1996/1997

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Dr. Richard Rothenberg, Mathematics Assistant Principal, dies on May 15, 1997. The Mathematics wing is named in his honor.
  • Boys’ Gymnastics are City Champs.
  • Men’s swimming is City Champs.
  • The mayor and governor visit to the school.
  • The North residential section of Battery Park City development begins.
  • Women’s Gymnastics are Division Champs.
  • NYS Forensic League: Jaime Palumbo & Lynn Kowalchuk are Duo Interpretation Champions.
  • April 1997, Frank McCourt, former English teacher, wins Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book, Angela's Ashes.

1997/1998

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Spectator is shut down by Ms. Perullo.
  • Varsity Football is promoted to the A-division.
  • Men’s Gymnastics are City Champs.
  • Men’s Swimming are City Champs.
  • A new NYC Ultimate League is created.
  • Women’s Volleyball is Division Champs.
  • Bowling is Division Champs.
  • Women’s Gymnastics is Division Champs.
  • Pile drivers send trembles; the library develops a crack.
  • P.S. 89 opens across the street.
  • SHS begins an E-schedule.
  • Women’s Swimming is City Champs.
  • Kenneth Starr, the lead prosecutor in President Clinton’s impeachment trial, speaks at Stuyvesant.
  • Stuyvesant has one finalist and 12 semi-finalists in this year's Westinghouse Science Talent Search.

The Wider World

  • Mar. 27, 1998, Intel Corporation assumes sponsorship of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search for high school students nationwide

1998/1999

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Penguins win City Champs.
  • Women’s Gymnastics are Division Champs.
  • Stuyvesant is the highest scoring team in New York State in the 1998 American High School Mathematics Exam.
  • Princeton University Mathematician Elias Stein '49 shares the 1999 Wolf Prize, one of the highest honors in the field.
  • First Campaign for Stuyvesant Reception May 14, 1999 at the new school is attended by over 125 alumni(ae). Founded by Principal Perullo with support from Jack Nash '46, Bernard Nussbaum, Esq. '54, Gerry Golub, CPA '57, Ian Bruce Eichner, Esq. '62, and Danny Glasser '81. Michael Brotchner and Andrea Zepler '89 are the first Executive Directors; Neal Hurwitz '62, is Campaign Advisor.
  • Perullo, Paul M. Weichsel, PhD '49 and Alexander Byron Miller '61 are the first three members of the Board of Directors for The Campaign for Stuyvesant.
  • Paul Weichsel '49 keynotes commencement ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

The Wider World

  • Dec. 18, 1998, The House of Representatives votes to impeach President Clinton on two articles, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.
  • Jan. 7, 1999, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who presides over the impeachment trial, is officially sworn in along with the 100 senators who act as jurors.
  • Feb. 12, 1999, Senate votes to acquit Clinton on Articles of Impeachment.

1999/2000

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Stanley Teitel
    Stanley Teitel, Assistant Principal for Physics & Chemistry, becomes Principal.
  • Sam Jacobson, of Boys’ Cross Country, breaks a 25-year old school record by 16 seconds.
  • Boys’ Swimming (Penguins) wins the PSAL Open Swimming Championships by over 100 points and also wins the team championships.
  • Boys’ Gymnastics earns the title of PSAL Champs.
  • Girls’ Swimming wins PSAL, Opens and Team Championship Finals.
  • Girls’ Cross Country wins the Borough Championship.
  • Girls’ Gymnastics wins Division Champs.
  • Girls’ Softball team is top in the division.
  • Boys’ Handball places 1st in division.
  • Juniors, the Class of '01, win SING!
  • NYS Forensic League: Jack Fan is Congress Champion. Yousaf Khalid is Declamation Champion.
  • Shared decision making at Stuyvesant HS is newly energized through development of the School Leadership Team. It is composed of equal numbers of parents and school staff, and includes student representatives as full voting members. The first fully collaborative Comprehensive Education Plan for the school is developed.
  • The Campaign for Stuyvesant/SHS Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund incorporates in New York State, December 31, 1999. Founder & Principal-Emeritus Jinx Cozzi Perullo, Paul M. Weichsel, PhD '49, and Alexander Byron Miller '61 are the first Directors.

2000/2001

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • SHS is NYS Forensic League Speech Sweepstakes Champions.
  • The Class of '01 as Seniors win SING! again.
  • Commencement Speaker is Eric Holder '69, US Deputy Attorney General.

The Wider World

  • Nov. 2000, The presidential election is too close to call. A electoral and legal battle for the presidency unfolds.
  • Dec. 12, 2000, a U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner.

2001/2002

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • Within hours of the World Trade Center attack, the Stuyvesant building is evacuated and designated as a Temporary Operations Center for Rescue and Recovery. Classes are held in afternoon sessions at Brooklyn Technical High School until October 9th.
  • The New York Times inserts The Spectator’s special 9/11 issue in its pages.
  • There is a senior grade trip to Cancun.
  • Freshmen have the option of taking physics.
  • Girls’ Gymnastics wins Division Champs.
  • Working with SHS Parents' Association, Richard Ben-Veniste, Esq. '60 helps the school gain a full-school $1 million "clean-up" by Board of Education after the 9/11 disaster, during the summer of '02; Ben-Veniste is later appointed by Congress to the US Commission on Terrorism.
  • In 2002, Karen Van Damm '73 and Joe Hollweg '60 are both elected Fellows of the American Geophysical Union - a rare occurrence for two people from the same institution.
  • Paul Weichsel
    April 2002: Paul M. Weichsel, PhD '49, Associate Chairman of the Dept of Mathematics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, elected as first Chairman of The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund, Inc.
  • Former Pres. Clinton (invited by the Senior Class) and NY Sen. Charles E. Schumer, parent of Jessica '02, speak at the graduation ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

The Wider World

  • Sep. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacked by Al Qaeda terrorists. Over 2600 die.
  • Oct. 7, 2001, U.S. and Britain launch air attacks against targets in Afghanistan after the Taliban government fails to hand over Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the Sep.11 attacks.
  • The Twin Towers before the bombing
    Dec. 9, 2001, Following air campaign and ground assault by Afghani opposition troops, the Taliban regime topples However, the hunt for bin Laden and other members of al-Qaeda terrorist organization continues.
  • Jan. 29, 2002 ,President Bush labels Iran, Iraq, and North Korea an “axis of evil” and declares that U.S. will wage war against states that develop weapons of mass destruction.

2002/2003

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The Chorus sings at Yankee Stadium and for the Congress’ special NY session.
  • A new bell schedule is implemented.
  • It is decided that students may opt out of CAD to take introduction to computer science or computer programming.
  • Elle Girl, a teen magazine, sponsors a fashion show at SHS, with MTV coverage.
  • The Soph-Frosh team beats the Juniors in SING!
  • NYS Forensic League: Sheridan Johnson is Varsity Oral Interpretation Champion (first time ever for SHS in this category).
  • Sari Halper-Dickson '86 elected President of the Stuyvesant HS Alumni Association; Tara Regist is Executive Director.
  • September 2002, Dr. Weichsel is named Co-Chairman of The Stuyvesant HS Centennial Committee by Principal Stanley Teitel.
  • Feb. 12, 2003, Darwin Day is celebrated at Stuyvesant - John Galbraith Simmons P'03 and noted Darwin authority is guest speaker.

The Wider World

  • Jan. 2003 - The New York City Department of Education is formed, replacing the independent Board of Education.
  • Feb. 1, 2003,Space shuttle Columbia explodes on re-entry.
  • Mar. 29, 2003, Second Iraq war begins with Saddam Husssein assassination attempts and "Shock and Awe" air strikes.
  • May 1, 2003, President declares victory in Iraq.
  • Aug. 14, 2003, Blackout in 8 states and Canada.

2003/2004

Stuyvesant and NYC Public Schools

  • The "Stuyvesant Strut"--from the 'old school' at 345 East 15th Street, to the 'new school' at 345 Chambers Street--launches celebration of SHS Centennial, 1904-2004.
  • Yin Li '04 wins the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology.
  • Nineteen students are Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search Semi-Finalists, the most in the country.
  • The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Endowment Fund, Inc. publishes Stuyvesant High School: The First 100 Years, 225-page history of the school, and new website: ourstrongband.org
  • Tim Robbins, '76, wins Academy Award for 'Best Supporting Actor' in Mystic River.
  • UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.

The Wider World

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger elected Governor of California.
  • Oct. 24, 2003, Last flight of the Concorde.
  • Dec. 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein captured alive in raid by US troops near Tikrit, Iraq.
  • Jan. 4, 2004, Robotic rover Spirit lands in Gusev Crater on Mars.
  • Jan. 24, 2004, Robotic rover Opportunity lands in the Meridiana Planum on Mars.