James Madison High School (Brooklyn)

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James Madison High School
Location
3787 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Coordinates40°36′36″N 73°56′52″W / 40.61°N 73.9477°W / 40.61; -73.9477Coordinates: 40°36′36″N 73°56′52″W / 40.61°N 73.9477°W / 40.61; -73.9477
Information
TypePublic high school
Established1925
PrincipalJodie Cohen
Grades9 to 12
Number of students3,072
Color(s)Black & Gold
MascotKnight
NewspaperThe Moment
Website
 
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James Madison High School
Location
3787 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Coordinates40°36′36″N 73°56′52″W / 40.61°N 73.9477°W / 40.61; -73.9477Coordinates: 40°36′36″N 73°56′52″W / 40.61°N 73.9477°W / 40.61; -73.9477
Information
TypePublic high school
Established1925
PrincipalJodie Cohen
Grades9 to 12
Number of students3,072
Color(s)Black & Gold
MascotKnight
NewspaperThe Moment
Website

James Madison High School is a public high school located at 3787 Bedford Avenue, in the Madison section of Brooklyn, New York, and educates grades 9 through 12. It is part of Region 6 in the New York City Department of Education. The current principal is Jodie Cohen.

Established in 1925, James Madison has graduated four Nobel Prize winners, famous musicians, authors, sports players, and a United States Supreme Court Justice.

Following the 2008 election there are two sitting U.S. Senators, Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), who are graduates of James Madison. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is also a graduate, as is former Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN).

Academics[edit]

James Madison High School is organized in accordance with the House system. There are eight houses, each having a Teacher Coordinator, a Guidance Counselor, and an Assistant Principal assigned to supervise and assist students.

Special programs[edit]

Most students who apply to James Madison High School have the opportunity to apply into a specific "House". The most notable houses in Madison are:

Some of the other houses include:

Classes[edit]

Special classes
Microsoft Certification
AP classes

There are many AP classes offered at James Madison High School. These classes include:

Honor/elective classes

Along with these AP classes, Madison offers a wide number of honor/elective classes. Some of these include:

Business law
Pre-Calculus
European History Honors
American History Honors
Physics Honors
Biology Honors
Chemistry Honors
Algebra2/ Trignometry Honors
World History Honors

Madison also offers a wide number of music/art electives, which students are allowed and encouraged to take.

Visions[edit]

James Madison High School will be a learning community that embodies Madison’s philosophy that, “Education is the true foundation of civil liberty.” Through an instructional program that promotes high achievement and provides equal access through motivation, academic rigor, appreciation of the strength of diversity, inquiry, scholarship a celebration of originality and the development of nobility of character, we will nurture and support a community of lifelong learners.

Main campus[edit]

James Madison High School is a six floor red brick building with many rooms.

Clubs[edit]

James Madison High School has a number of clubs which are listed here in alphabetical order:

  • African Heritage Club
  • Attendance Committee
  • African Heritage Club
  • Art Journal
  • Art Squad
  • Attendance Committee
  • Asian Student Union
  • Baseball Club
  • Business Journal
  • Cheering Squads: Twirlers Cheerleaders Boosters
  • Chess Club
  • Christian Culture Club
  • Chinese Cultural Services
  • Club Hispanic
  • Consultative Council
  • Crochet club
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Executive Internship
  • Fidelitas
  • Flag Squad
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • KEY CLUB
  • Law Journal
  • Leadership
  • Library Pagemasters
  • Lighting Squad
  • Marching Band
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial
  • Moot Court
  • Peer Mediation
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Performing Arts Club
  • Photography Club
  • Project Gap
  • Project REACH
  • Recycling Club
  • FIRST Robotics
  • S.A.F.E.
  • S.E.L.F.
  • Senior Council
  • Softball Club
  • Stepping Club
  • The Moment (Newspaper)
  • Science Research Club
  • S.A.V.E. Leaders Corps
  • Sing
  • Spring Musical
  • Student Government
  • NYS Science Honor Society

The End Hate Project[edit]

The End Hate Project is a campaign made up of high school and college students encouraging the reduction of bullying and discrimination within schools. Inspired by the 2010 Gay Teen Suicide Epidemic, The End Hate Project's mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is accepted. Whether it be race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, dress, body type (etc.), this club dedicates itself to raise awareness and provide resources for students bullied and undergoing hate activity.

Mock Trial[edit]

In May 2010, The James Madison High School Mock Trial team, became the New York State Champions, while representing their region of New York City in Albany. The team beat out about 600 schools, also competing for first place. It was Madison's second time appearing in Albany after 5 years, and their first time, actually winning. It was also the first time any New York City school, had ever won for the State. The team accomplished their victory with the help of attorneys from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, who always had a long standing solid relationship with James Madison.

Sports[edit]

Madison also offers a wide range of Boys And Girls PSAL Varsity and Junior Varsity Sports Football, Soccer, Basketball, Track and field, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Cross Country, Handball, and Lacrosse.

The James Madison Baseball Team is the most successful team in the school ranked fourth in the New York City PSAL and sixth including Catholic High Schools. They have been in the final four three years in a row. In 2008, the team made it to the finals but fell short. The program has put a lot of their players into college baseball and three professional players Frank Torre, Cal Abrams, Harry Eisenstat.

James Madison High School is home to a very successful Swim Team. It has won countless competitions. It is currently coached by Mr.Davis who is retired but continues to train the swim team for each winter swimming season. He was retired in 2009. Mr.Tigre is the current swimming teacher at James Madison High School and has been for 2 years now. This is one of Madison's most prosperous teams.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

SING!, a musical competition between the grades, has been a Madison tradition for over 50 years. On November 15, 2008, the Senior/Sophomore team lost to the Junior/Freshman team for the first time in 6 years, on the 60th anniversary of SING!. The SING! theme that year was “It’s Never Too Late to Change.” It is one of Madison's Most popular clubs.

Notable alumni[edit]

Distinguished alumni of James Madison High School include:[1]

Allegations of inappropriate conduct by educators[edit]

In the beginning of December 2009, it was reported that two female teachers, Alini Brito and Cindy Mauro, had been found naked in a classroom by a janitor in November, while most students had been attending a talent show elsewhere in the building. Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg stated that the teachers were reassigned pending an investigation.[26]

The following day it was reported that another teacher, 31 year-old Allison Musacchio, was having an inappropriate relationship with a male student. The school learned of the relationship in March 2009, when a female student saw that Musacchio's cell phone contained the phone number of the male student, and several text messages to and from him. School officials found over 200 phone calls and text messages to the student in the teacher's cell phone. Musacchio adamantly denied these allegations. As with Brito and Mauro, spokeswoman Margie Feinberg stated that Musacchio was reassigned pending an investigation.[27]

On January 28, 2010, it was reported that Lisa Guttilla, a 37 year-old physical education instructor, was being investigated for allegations of sexual contact with a 14 year-old female student who attends Poly Prep Country Day School. The New York City Police arrested Guttilla on January 22, 2010, charging her with sexual abuse and child endangerment. Guttilla was a part-time volleyball coach at Poly Prep Country Day School, but a full-time teacher at James Madison High. She was reassigned pending an investigation as was the case with the other teachers.[28]

New York Magazine points out that teachers under investigation are still being paid while in the "rubber room" to which they have been assigned in the interim.[29] Several newspaper editorials have commented on the incidents, many having taken to dubbing the school "Horndog High".[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Wall of Distinction, James Madison High School Alumni Association. Accessed June 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Madison (Brooklyn, NY) Baseball". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Abruzzo, Shavana. "Judge Judy inducted with elite alums on Madison's wall of fame", New York Post, June 1, 2010. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Joining Judge Judy on the 2010 roster are late Brooklyn Dodger Cal Abrams (‘42), former US ambassador to the United Nations Herbert Okun (‘47), sportswriter Maury Allen (‘49), University of Maryland Dental School professor and pain research pioneer Dr. Ronald Dubner (‘51), historian and “dean” of presidential experts Dr. Robert Dallek (‘52), retired Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Deborah Tobias Poritz (‘54) and director Joel Zwick (‘58), whose screen and credits include “My Fat Greek Wedding,” “Laverne & Shirley” and Broadway’s “Oklahoma!”.... No small wonder when the school’s august alums include educator Stanley H. Kaplan (‘35), former American Federation of Teachers President Sandra Feldman (‘56), radio personality Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow (‘48), opera star Elaine Malbin (‘48), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ President Sidney Ganis (‘57) and Paul L. Krinsky (‘46), who served as the superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy from 1987 to 1993, attaining the rank of rear admiral."
  4. ^ a b Fuchs, Victor R. "Nobel Laureate - Gary S. Becker: Ideas About Facts", Journal of Economic Perspectives, Volume 8, number 2 - Spring 1994, pp. 183-192. Accessed June 11, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Behrens, David. "The Reunion / The Class of '35", Newsday, November 23, 1995. Accessed June 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald. "Keeping Offense in Protective Custody, Jets Lose to Oilers", The New York Times, August 4, 1996. Accessed June 11, 2013. "'I never left Brooklyn,' said Boatswain, who grew up there and starred at James Madison High School. Brooklyn still called to him when he joined the 49ers in 1991 and spent four seasons there, before moving on to the Eagles last year."
  7. ^ Daly, Sean. "The return of Andrew Dice ClayHow ‘Entourage’ brought him back from broke", New York Post, August 21, 2011. Accessed June 11, 2013. "The only performer to be banned for life from MTV, Andrew Clay Silverstein was raised in Brownsville and attended James Madison High School before moving to LA in 1980."
  8. ^ Gleick, James. "MAN IN THE NEWS; HOLDOUT ON BIG SCIENCE: STANLEY COHEN", The New York Times, October 14, 1986. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Stanley Cohen was born Nov. 17, 1922, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.... He attended James Madison High School and Brooklyn College, eventually getting his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Michigan in 1948."
  9. ^ a b O'Shea, Jennifer L. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Norm Coleman", U.S. News & World Report, January 7, 2009. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Coleman graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1966. Another future senator was there at the same time: New York's Chuck Schumer, who graduated one year later."
  10. ^ Dickson, Michael M. "Roy Albert DeMeo – Leader of the Gambino Family Murder for Hire", American Mafia History, October 18, 2012. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Roy Albert DeMeo was born on September 7, 1942 in Bath Beach Brooklyn to working class Italian immigrants. In 1959 DeMeo graduated from James Madison High School with an accomplished loan shark business bringing in hundreds of dollars each week."
  11. ^ Rock, Tom. "JETS, Ellis spreading Pride in NFL", Newsday, October 21, 2006. Accessed June 11, 2013. "He was a basketball player - small for that sport, too - when Jeffrey Ishmael, the football coach at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, saw [Devale Ellis] grab a defensive rebound, dribble the length of the court and make an acrobatic layup."
  12. ^ a b c d e Brantley, Robin. "Beverly Hills Brooklynites; A Brooklyn Evening in Beverly Hills", The New York Times, October 1, 1980. Accessed June 11, 2013.
  13. ^ Grimes, William. "David Frye, Perfectly Clear Nixon Parodist, Dies at 77", The New York Times, January 29, 2011. Accessed June 11, 2013. "David Shapiro was born in Brooklyn and attended James Madison High School there."
  14. ^ Tebbel, John Robert. " What, Me Gone?", Instant Classics, June 5, 1992. Accessed June 11, 2013. "I spoke earlier about the influence he had, and I just thought of one incident. Bill and I both, as I said, went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn."
  15. ^ a b c d e Campbell, Loriann. "Mad About Madsion 1,000 Alumni Of A Brooklyn High School, From 1927 Through 1970, Plan A South Florida Reunion.", Sun Sentinel, December 18, 1988. Accessed June 11, 2013.
  16. ^ Missanelli, M. G. "Temple Adds Two Top Scholastic Talents from alabama", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25, 1992. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Laster is a 6-5 swingman from Clayton High in suburban St. Louis, Mo., and Piskun is a 6-6 forward from James Madison High in New York City, the same school that produced former Penn star Ron Haigler."
  17. ^ "Carole King Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com". biography.com. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  18. ^ James E. Perone (2006). The Words and Music of Carole King. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 3. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Berkow, Ira. "Sports of The Times; He Made Music of His Own", The New York Times, March 4, 1999. Accessed June 11, 2013. "In 1939, as the star center of the undefeated city championship James Madison High School team, Fuzzy was named the outstanding schoolboy player in New York City."
  20. ^ Autobiography of Martin L. Perl, Nobel Prize. Accessed June 11, 2013. "I was sixteen when I graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1942. My sister, who is now a well known writer in the United States, moved through school even faster - she graduated at fifteen and one-half."
  21. ^ via New York Post. "Chris Rock Gets Show Based on Childhood", Fox News, June 18, 2005. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Finally, after years of bullying, Rock's parents pulled him out of James Madison HS at 17. 'If we didn't, he was going to get killed,' said his mother, Rose Rock."
  22. ^ Farrell, Bill. "A NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS The 73rd Daily News Golden Gloves", Daily News (New York), April 28, 2000. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Dmitry Salita, 17 Starrett City BC: A two-time Metro champion, this senior at Brooklyn's James Madison H.S. is boxing in his first Golden Gloves."
  23. ^ About Bernie, Bernie Sanders. Accessed June 11, 2013. "Education: James Madison High School, Brooklyn NY; University of Chicago, B.A. 1964"
  24. ^ Zahka, William J. The Nobel Prize Economics Lectures: A Cross Section of current Thinking, p. 47. Avebury, 1992. ISBN 1856280861. "At the suggestion of one of his teachers at James Madison High School, Solow began his studies at Harvard College in 1940 on a scholarship."
  25. ^ Verba, Sidney.A Life in Political Science Annual Review of Political Science.2011.14:i-xv.
  26. ^ Brosh, Brendan; Jackson, Joe; Boyle, Christina (December 9, 2009). "Language teachers Alini Brito, Cindy Mauro caught by janitor having naked romp in HS classroom". Daily News (Mortimer Zuckerman). Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  27. ^ Jackson, Joe; Brosh, Brendan; Boyle, Christina (December 10, 2009). "'Horndog High' scandal heats up: Allison Musacchio joins nude teachers Mauro, Brito in hot water". Daily News (Mortimer Zuckerman). Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  28. ^ Karoliszyn, Henrick; Boyle, Christina (January 28, 2009). "Another 'Horndog High' sex charge: Teacher Lisa Guttilla arrested for feeling up 14-year-old girl". Daily News (Mortimer Zuckerman). Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  29. ^ Rovzar, Chris (January 28, 2009). "Scary Cougar Teachers at James Madison Still on the Prowl". New York (New York Media Holdings). Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  30. ^ Weinstein, Steve (January 28, 2009). "Another Lesbian Scandal at ’Horndog High’". EDGE (EDGE Publications). Retrieved January 31, 2010. 

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