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Tottenville High School
Type Public secondary
Students 3,834
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12, SE
Location Staten Island, New York, USA
Colors Purple and white
Mascot Pirate
Newspaper The Pirateer

Tottenville High School is located at 100 Luten Avenue, in Huguenot, Staten Island, New York. It is within walking distance of the Huguenot train station of the Staten Island Railway system. Tottenville H.S. is in administrative district 31. The school’s current principal is John P. Tuminaro.


Brief history

Tottenville High School was established in 1898. The school’s first principal was Nathan J. Lowe. Tottenville High School was originally located in the building now home to Totten Intermediate Junior High School (I.S. 34). In 1972, the school moved to its current location in Huguenot. In November 1987, Tottenville was selected as a “school of excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education [1].

Tottenville High School offers Regents level classes in Algebra, Algebra II & Trigonometry, American History, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Geometry, Global History, Italian, Latin, Living Environment, Physics & Spanish.

Advanced Placement Classes offered at Tottenville include: American History, Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Physics B, Psychology and U.S. Government & Politics.

College Credit Classes (from St. John’s University) includes: College Pre-Calculus and Foreign Language courses.

Novelist and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Zindel taught science from 1959-1969.

When the high school moved to its Huguenot location, the nearby train tressel was adorned with big purple and white grafitti letters spelling "PIRATES." Each fall, a group of seniors (usually the football team) would add their graduating year -"PIRATES 77" - a tricky and dangerous feat considering the tressel's location (right over Amboy road). This illegal tradition was eventually abandoned.


The Institute: The Institute program allows for academically gifted students to take an accelerated course load. All institute students are required to maintain an overall average of 88% and higher. Students are accepted to either the “Science Institute” or “Humanities Institute,” depending on their academic interests.

College Now: Students at Tottenville are eligible to take College Now classes from either The College of Staten Island or Kingsborough Community College on site[2]. Successful completion of these courses allows students to obtain college credit. Students can also travel to the College of Staten Island for other College Now courses.

Academy of Finance: The Academy of Finance is a partner of the National Academy Foundation, which provides a business oriented education for interested students.

Tottenville H.S. has several science-orientated programs including a Medical Technology Program, Dental Program, Robotics & Independent Research, where high school students gain experience working in a research laboratory.

The Tottenville Fine Arts department is home to numerous bands, orchestras and choruses which students can audition and join during the academic year.

The Automotive Program allows students to explore a career in automotives. The building contains a working automotive shop, where students obtain hands on experience.

Tottenville also has a United States Marine Corps JROTC Unit.

Student activities

Tottenville has an extensive extracurricular program that students can join covering a wide range of interest. Council for Unity and Student Government are available for students interested in taking a leadership role in the school. The Tottenville Key Club’s focus is on community and school service. Academic Clubs include the National Honor Society and award winning teams including the Lincoln–Douglas debate, Math Team[3] and Mock Trial team[4].

There are many special interest clubs, including the Advertising Club, Architecture Design, Broadway Club, Irish Culture Club, Italian American Cultural Club, Jewish Culture Club, Korean Students Association, Latin-American Student Organization, Newman Club, Poetry Club, Habitat for Humanity,Tottenville's famous Marching Band (state champions) Envirothon and Global Outreach.

A spring musical is produced annually. In addition, each year, the soph/fresh, junior and senior classes write and stage their own musicals in a competition called SING! Typically, the senior class wins, though there have been quite a few exceptions.

Tottenville’s Athletics Teams (PSAL Sport) include: Baseball (Boys), Softball (Girls)), Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football (Boys), Golf, Gymnastics (Boys and Girls), Handball, Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling (Boys) [5]

In 2009, the Girls Varsity Softball team has won it’s 6th consecutive PSAL Championship [6].

Notable alumni


External links

Coordinates: 40°31′40″N 74°11′33″W / 40.52778°N 74.1925°W / 40.52778; -74.1925



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