Bayside High School (New York City)
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Bayside High School New York City
Bayside High School
32-24 Corporal Kennedy Street, Bayside, NY 11361-1061

New York City
New York

United States
TypePublic high school
MottoAnchored in Excellence
EstablishedMarch 16, 1936[1]
School boardNew York City Public Schools
School number26Q495
PrincipalMichael Athy
Faculty145.8 FTEs[2]
Enrollment3,362 (as of 2014-15)[2]
Student to teacher ratio23.1:1[2]
Color(s)Blue      and Orange     
NewspaperThe Baysider

Bayside High School is a public high school located in Bayside, in the New York City Borough of Queens, it is administered by the New York City Department of Education.


Bayside High School is one of the highest performing schools in the New York City Department of Education. Bayside students are admitted into six newly updated programs:[3] Digital Art & Design, Music Performance & Production, Environmental Engineering & Technology, Humanities & Non-Profit Management, Computer Programming & Web Design, and Sports Medicine & Management.[4] These programs offer students the opportunity to earn college credits,[3] participate in industry internships and learn more about careers in the field.[4]

The school has a 98.6% four-year graduation rate; the highest of any large open-admissions high school in the NYC DOE. The school has pioneered Whole Child Guidance practices and is further improving curriculum through the additions of internships and of numerous college-accredited courses. Bayside High School has received positive recognition for "closing the achievement gap" for minority students, English Language Learners (ELL) and students with Special Needs.[5]

As of the 2018-19 school year, the school has an enrollment of 3,017 students and 164 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 18:1. There were 1,909 students (63% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 365 (12% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]


Bayside High School, Samuel J. Tilden High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, John Adams High School, Walton High School, Andrew Jackson High School, and Grover Cleveland High School were all built during the Great Depression from one set of blueprints, in order to save money. Bayside and Andrew Jackson HS were the final two schools to be completed.[1][6][7][8] The design was based on Kirby Hall in Gretton, Northamptonshire, England.[9] The schools were designed as small campuses to provide a "somewhat collegiate atmosphere".[8] The design of Bayside High School and the other schools, created by architect Walter C. Martin, was considered to be "a modern adaptation of the Adams, Lincoln, and Tilden High Schools", which had all been completed by 1929.[8] Bayside High School was also the first school building in the city to be constructed using Federal funds, built by the Public Works Administration from 1934 to 1936 at the cost of $2.5 million.[9][10]

Bayside opened its doors on March 16, 1936, taking in 2,300 students from Flushing High School.[10] In 1978 the Bayside High School music program, then under department chairman Sidney Lovett and teacher John Benza, was among the first secondary schools in the nation to purchase and teach Music Synthesis on a synthesizer, the Roland System 100.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b Selby, Alexandra; Umpierrez, Amanda (February 2011). "Baysides' 75th" (PDF). The Baysider. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d School data for Bayside High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Bayside High School, Q495, Borough of Queens , Zip Code 11361". 2011-11-03. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "Bayside-Douglaston, NY Patch | Local News, Community, Sports, Shopping, Restaurants, Things To Do". Retrieved .
  5. ^ Walcott, Dennis, M. Progress Report 2010-11. NYC Department of Education
  6. ^ "FEDERAL AID ASKED FOR 2 CITY WORKS; $2,500,000 Loan Sought for Construction of Bayside High School in Queens" (PDF). The New York Times. October 4, 1933. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "PLANS FOR 4 SCHOOLS APPROVED BY BOARD; New Buildings Will Provide Seats for 8,250 Children and Cost $2,500,000" (PDF). The New York Times. September 26, 1935. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "New High Schools to Have Campuses; Architectural Plan of Jackson Building and Three Others to Be Collegiate in Style; Design is Modernistic; Besides Queens School, Two In the Bronx and One in Brooklyn Are to Be of This Type" (PDF). The New York Times. December 27, 1931. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ a b Tompkins, Richard (October 13, 1935). "PROGRAM SPEEDED FOR NEW SCHOOLS; $25,000,000 of Construction With PWA Funds Will Be Under Way by Christmas" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ a b "BAYSIDE SCHOOL OPENED; 2,300 Students at the $2,500,000 Institution Built by PWA" (PDF). The New York Times. March 17, 1936. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Brooklyn's Borough President.
  12. ^ Hartocollis, Anemona. "COPING; From the Subway to the Stars", The New York Times, February 9, 2003. Accessed February 14, 2008. "There are exceptions, like the daughter of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, Ellen Baker, a physician-astronaut who was on the Bayside High School swim team and rode the shuttle Columbia in 1992."
  13. ^ Harrigan, Susan (March 25, 2001) Castles Made of Sand. Brokers who rode fraud to riches now federal witnesses.
  14. ^ "CHY DAVIDSON". Archived from the original on July 23, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Harvin, Al. "FOOTBALL; Harmon Likes Seeing New York And Loves Playing in San Diego", The New York Times, November 23, 1991. Accessed May 19, 2008. "'I have to stay with my teammates out in New Jersey, but the first thing I'm going to do when I arrive is to head for Manhattan,' said Harmon, a consensus all-city football player at Bayside High School in Queens when the Commodores were a powerhouse in the late 1970s and early 1980s."
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