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High School of Art and Design

High School of Art and Design
View of the school
245 East 56th Street
New York City (Manhattan), New York, 10022
Established 8 November 1936 (1936-11-08)
Oversight New York City Department of Education
Principal Eric Strauss
Grades 912
Campus type Urban
Slogan "Where Art and Academics Thrive"
Athletics conference Public Schools Athletic League

The High School of Art and Design is a New York City Career and Technical Education high school. Founded in 1936 as the School of Industrial Art, the school moved to its 56th Street Sutton Place location in September 2012. High School of Art and Design is operated by the New York City Department of Education.


On November 8, 1936,[1][2] four art teachers began what was to become the High School of Art and Design, the School of Industrial Art,[3] in a former Manhattan elementary school at 257 West 40th Street,[2] which for a time had housed a WPA Federal Theatre Project locale.[4][5] Initially, they used orange crates and plywood to make storage and desks.[5] One of the co-founders, John B. Kenny, became principal in 1941.[6] The school soon moved to a building on East 79th Street, the former annex to the Benjamin Franklin High School.[7] In September 1960, the school changed its name to the High School of Art and Design and moved to 1075 Second Avenue in Sutton Place.[5]

The 1936 school was first envisioned as a continuation school, that is, a school where children who had left school and gotten jobs attended for half days to continue their education, normally including vocational classes relevant to their current or possible future jobs. However it opened as a vocational high school, which students would attend full-time.[4] The initial class consisted of 121 students and eight teachers.[4]

On November 8, 2004, a rally was scheduled on the occasion of the school's 68th anniversary. This was to include a press conference at which increased support of the school would be urged.[1] On November 8, 2006 the school celebrated its 70th anniversary. The office of the Mayor of New York issued a proclamation making November 8 "High School of Art and Design Day".[8]

Academics and events

Applicants must take an entrance exam and present a portfolio to be accepted. Freshmen sample all art and design subjects before selecting a major for their sophomore, junior and senior years. Students at Art and Design receive two periods of art instruction per day, choosing from among eight art majors: cartooning, animation, architecture, graphic design, illustration, fashion, photography, and film/video.

Art and Design's Kenny Gallery, named for the school's founding principal John B. Kenny, hosts monthly art exhibits of student work. The gallery is open to the public. The theater was donated by the Friends of Art and Design (FAD).[9]

Notable faculty

Some members of the school's faculty have become notable for their creative work outside teaching. These include:

Notable alumni


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External links

  • High School of Art and Design
  • NYC Department of Education: Art and Design High School
  • High School of Art and Design Alumni Association
  • Friends of Art and Design High School
  • Art and Design, Class of 1973
  • Art and Design Class of 1985 The Schools Silver Anniversary
  • High School of Art & Design Class of 1989 Reunion Site
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