Information Technology High School

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Information Technology High School
Information Technology High School Header.gif
Address
21-16 44th Road
Long Island City, New York
Long Island City, New York, 11101
United States
Coordinates40°44′54″N 73°56′48″W / 40.74831°N 73.94660°W / 40.74831; -73.94660Coordinates: 40°44′54″N 73°56′48″W / 40.74831°N 73.94660°W / 40.74831; -73.94660
Information
TypePublic
Opened2003[1]
School districtNew York City Department of Education
Community School District 30[2]
SuperintendentChris Groll [3]
PrincipalNone [3]
Faculty42.0 (on FTE basis)[4]
Grades9-12
Enrollment953[2]  (Oct 31. 2006)
Average class size28
Student to teacher ratio17.2[4]
Hours in school day7
School color(s)Black, Red, White
SportsFootball, Fencing, Wrestling, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country
NicknameInfo Tech, ITHS
Team nameBlack Hawks
NewspaperThe Blackhawk Online
Communities servedQueens, New York[2]
Website
[5]
 
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Information Technology High School
Information Technology High School Header.gif
Address
21-16 44th Road
Long Island City, New York
Long Island City, New York, 11101
United States
Coordinates40°44′54″N 73°56′48″W / 40.74831°N 73.94660°W / 40.74831; -73.94660Coordinates: 40°44′54″N 73°56′48″W / 40.74831°N 73.94660°W / 40.74831; -73.94660
Information
TypePublic
Opened2003[1]
School districtNew York City Department of Education
Community School District 30[2]
SuperintendentChris Groll [3]
PrincipalNone [3]
Faculty42.0 (on FTE basis)[4]
Grades9-12
Enrollment953[2]  (Oct 31. 2006)
Average class size28
Student to teacher ratio17.2[4]
Hours in school day7
School color(s)Black, Red, White
SportsFootball, Fencing, Wrestling, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country
NicknameInfo Tech, ITHS
Team nameBlack Hawks
NewspaperThe Blackhawk Online
Communities servedQueens, New York[2]
Website
[5]

Information Technology High School is a public secondary school located in Queens, New York. The school is part of the New York City Department of Education school system.

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School

Information Technology High School is dedicated towards using computers as tools in all subjects taught at the school. This was implemented in 2004 when the administration offered to distribute Macintosh G4 iBooks to the student body as a means of encouraging laptop usage for classes. Unfortunately, the laptops were later confiscated after many students were found to have misused them during class for entertainment purposes rather than school work.

From 2004 to 2006 the school's website also granted the students personal webpages where they could implement HTML source code commands, to customize the display and view of their work online. However, the webpages were soon eliminated as the administration could not support the large amount of bandwidth to load certain webpages containing large amounts of streaming music, high resolution images and web apps that students linked onto their sites. The issue of copyright infringement was also addressed.

School Building and Campus

The school building located on 44th Road (in Long Island City) was built on the former site of a metal plating factory and is leased by the New York City Department of Education. In 2007, public officials and parents expressed concern that the school building sits above an underground plume of toxic waste.[1][6][7]

History

Information Technology High School opened in 2003 and graduated its first class in 2007. The school has had many principals. The first principal, Jeffrey Levin, was let go after the first year of operation. Nora Lee Montemerano was then brought in as principal. After one year at the helm, Ms. Montemerano took almost an entire year off because of a medical situation. During that time, (the third year of the school), Assistant Principal Joseph Reed took over and acted as principal. Ms. Montemerano returned towards the end of that third year.

Ms. Montemerano served as principal during the schools fourth year, but did not make it through the fifth year. She resigned in April and did not complete the fifth year. Dr. Nancy Casella was brought in as Interim Acting principal to finish the schools fifth year and replace Ms. Montemerano. Dr. Casella was awarded the job as principal for the school's sixth and seventh year. Dr. Casella was relieved of her position about 3 months into the schools eighth year (article). Ms. Patricia Martin was named the Interim Acting principal upon Dr. Casella's departure. her term lasted less than two years. Joseph Reed, who has been an Assistant Principal at the school since its second year (2004-05) was named principal for the start of the school year in September 2012.

Laptops

Laptops were promised to students as of 2004. They were given to selected students based on faculty preference. The laptops were taken back due to lack of responsibility, theft and loss.

Sports

The school has established many sports over the years. Such as Baseball, basketball, football, fencing, cross country, in & outdoor track, wrestling, volleyball, and a newly added soccer to the school's program. However, none were as popular as football and basketball in the earlier years of the school.

Basketball

The basketball team having the most success in their playoff runs even though there were multiple coaching changes. Head Coach Jose Ferrer currently holds the longest tenure with the team leading the boys varsity team to the playoffs where they had much success, but would never see the finals. Notable players who came out the program are point guard, Nicholas Dunbar, currently playing for New Delhi University and Alonzo Clark.

Football

Football also had its share of growth in success. The team being established in 2006, was found as a predominant contender in the PSAL Cup Division every year. However, the team did not reach the playoffs until the 2009-2010 season led by quarterback Christopher Bohan and running back Shaniyat Chowdhury, who also switched out as a receiver at times. The duo combined for the most touchdowns in school's history, even individually. The Blackhawks successful run came to a halt in the semi final game against Automotive High School (20-0). Despite the loss, the team's defense has been ranked number one every year since the birth of the program led by players such as Gideon Taylor, Romance Barber, Christopher Change, Alonso Joyner, Odain Brown-Ferguson, and Cody Wathall. David Kent, who has been the Assistant Head Coach since the start of the program is currently the head coach as of the 2011 season.

Senior Pranks

Class of 2009

With the promotion of Dr. Casella to Principal, many of the schools students were angered by the changes that were occurring throughout the school. Many seniors, who were outraged that many of their senior activities were changed, struck back against the school during their senior prank on the last day of school.

In the middle of the school day, a group of seniors released boxes full of butterflies, and for the next several minutes students began to run out of their classrooms to see what was going on. As many of the deans and security were distracted, another group of students began to cover staircase railing and walls of the staircases with ketchup. The deans began to send students back to their classes in an attempt to retain order. In the last act to create chaos in the school, a small group of students released several homemade stink bombs throughout the entire school. When this happened, the deans began to round up students in the hallway to find out who was responsible. The students in charge of the chaos were never found. The bottle which held the main stink bomb was found in a classroom garbage bin, leaving no evidence as to who released it. On top of this, there were condoms found on door knobs throughout the school and the toilets were flooded with tennis balls. The seniors were dismissed early from school to avoid any further pranks. However underclassmen had their own plans in mind to follow up on the senior's prank.

The whole school was let out 2 to 3 hours before actual dismissal time.

Teachers and faculty have denied what happened, calling it "lame and unorthodox" or "an exaggeration"

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