Beginnings: Manhattan/Hunter Science HS
being part of the first group ever in a newly created community.
This is the reality for the students at the Manhattan/Hunter
Science High School.
are excited to celebrate the opening of this innovative new
high school, a school that is academically demanding and that
focuses heavily on the study of science,” said Chancellor Joel
Klein. “We need these kinds of specialized schools to make
sure our students are prepared for the opportunities and demands
of the economy of the 21st Century. Our partnership with Hunter
College shows what we can accomplish when we work together
to do what’s right and necessary for our City.”
of now, the small school that is being currently housed in
Martin Luther King Jr. Intermediate School on Amsterdam Avenue
is home to only ninety-three students, the criteria for selection
were achievement in science and academic skills, the drive
to go to college and submitting-of an essay on why he/she should
be chosen. Alton McCarthy, a new entrant at the Manhattan/Hunter
Science High School, wrote an essay entitled “Accepting Alton” stating
his interest in studying medicine. “I want to find cures to
all kinds of cancers,” Alton stated to the general encouraging
consensus of attendees.
are proud to be a part of Chancellor Klein’s call to change,” said
President of Hunter College, Jennifer Raab. The new high school,
named after Irish immigrant Thomas Hunter, reflects his original
high-spirited plan for education back for a revamping of a
positive and encouraging learning environment. “Thomas Hunter
spear-headed the professionalism of teaching in this city and
this country,” Raab stated.
to Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz “Science is a foundation of global
economy and yet hasn’t received the emphasis on literacy and
numeracy in New York City. That’s what makes this school so
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