- Brooklyn Technical High School
name = Brooklyn Technical High School
established = 1922
type = Public, Specialized High School
principal = Randy Asher
founder = Dr. Albert L. Colston
faculty = 227 [http://schools.nyc.gov/daa/SchoolReports/05asr/313430.pdf]
enrollment = 4,219 [ [http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/13/K430/AboutUs/Statistics/register.htm NYC DOE School Portal: Brooklyn Technical High School (K430): Register, Statistics, About Us ] ]
mascot = Engineer
colors = Blue and White
website = [http://www.bths.edu/ www.bths.edu]
grades = 9–12
newspaper = The Survey
yearbook = The Blueprint
schoolnumber = 430
schoolboard = New York City Public Schools
Average SAT = 1796 (2007)
Nobel laureates = 2
Brooklyn Technical High School, commonly called Brooklyn Tech or just Tech, and also administratively as High School 430, is a
New York City public high schoolthat specializes in engineering, mathand scienceand is the largest specialized high school for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States. [ [http://schools.nyc.gov/OA/SchoolReports/2006-07/QR_K430.pdf "New York City School Reports 2006-07"] ]
Stuyvesant High Schooland Bronx High School of Science, it is one of three original specialized science high schools, operated by the New York City Department of Education, all three of which were cited by " The Washington Post" in 2006 as among the best magnet schools in the United States. [cite web|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/24/AR2006012400671_pf.html|title=Help Find the Super High Schools|date= 2006-01-24|first=Jay|last=Matthews|publisher=" The Washington Post"] Admission is by competitive examination though, as a public school, there is no tuition feeand only residents of the City of New York are eligible to attend. [ Three new schools were added to that list in the mid-2000s: the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, and the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College. However, these were not afforded Specialized High Schools status under New York State Law.]
Brooklyn Tech is a founding member of the
National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. Brooklyn Tech is noted for its famous alumni [http://www.bthsalumni.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?&pid=278&srcid=196 Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame] ] (including two Nobel Laureates), its academics, and the large number of graduates attending prestigious universities. Routinely, more than 98% of its graduates are accepted to four-year colleges [ [http://schools.nyc.gov/daa/SchoolReports/05asr/313430.pdf New York City Public Schools: "2004-2005 Annual School Report: HS 430 - Brooklyn Technical High School] ] with the 2007 graduating class being offered more than $1,250,000 in scholarships and grants. [ [http://www.bths.edu/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=38124&id=0 Class of 2007 Is Awarded $1.25 Million in Scholarships] ]
Building and facilities
The school, built on its present site from 1930-33 at a cost of $6 million, is 12 stories high, and covers over half a city block. Brooklyn Technical High School is directly across the street from Fort Greene Park. Facilities at BTHS include:
Gymnasia on the first and eighth floors, with a mezzanine running track above the larger first floor gym. The eighth floor gym had a bowlingalley lane and an adjacent wire-mesh enclosed rooftop sometimes used for handball and for tennispractice.
*The school has a ping pong arena and team
*Wood, machine, sheet metal and other specialized shops. A program in the 1960s involved a shop where an actual house was built and framed by students. Most have been converted into normal classrooms or
computer labs, except for a roboticsshop.
Foundryon the seventh floor, with a floor of molding sandused for creating sand castingmolds and equipped with furnaces, kilns, ovens and ancillary equipment for metal smelting. Students made wooden patterns in pattern making which were used to make sand molds which were cast in the foundry and machined to specification in the machine shops. It was closed during the 1990s.Fact|date=December 2007 The foundry complemented a mandatory course titled "Industrial Processes" which emphasized metallurgy and "how industry functions".
*Materials testing lab, used during the basic
materials science(Strength of Materials) class. Included industrial capacity Universal Testing Machine and brinell hardness tester and polishing and microscopic examination rooms. During the 1960s, students attended "inspection training shop" and were taught to use X-rayanalysis to detect metal fatigue failures, use of vernier measuring instruments, micrometers, and go-no-go gauges.
*Aeronautical lab, featuring a large
wind tunnel, During the 1960s, a T-6 Texan U.S. Air Forcesurplus aircraft in the building was used for student aeronautical mechanic instruction.
studioand 18,000 watt transmitter licensed by the Federal Communications Commissionas WNYE (FM). The studio has not been used since the 1980s.
auditorium— Second-largest in New York City next to Radio City Music Hall, [cite web|url=http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/StudentEnroll/HSAdmissions/HSDirectory/Book/?sid=647|title=Brooklyn Technical High School|work=NYC High School Directory|publisher=NYC Dept. of Education] with two balconies
*Drafting, both pencil and ink
technical drawingand freehand drawing rooms
*Football field on Fulton and Clermont Streets. The Football Field, named in honor of Brooklyn Tech Alumnus
Charles Wang, was opened in 2001, with the home opener played October 6, 2001, against DeWitt Clinton High School. [ [http://www.freebths.com/articles/nyp-10-06-01.txt "New York Post" (Oct. 6, 2001) via FreeBTHS.com: "Tech Finally Has a Place to Call Home"] ]
Fort Greene Parkfor outdoor track, tennis, etc.
A convert|456|ft|m|sing=on-tall rooftop
broadcastingantenna, when added to the height of the building itself (145 ft), makes Brooklyn Tech the borough's tallest "structure", at convert|597|ft|m high. [ [http://brooklyn.about.com/od/walkingtour1/ss/fortgreene_3.htm About.com: "Fort Greene Brooklyn Walking Tour - Historic Sites"] ] It is convert|85|ft|m taller than Brooklyn's tallest "building", the convert|512|ft|m|sing=on Williamsburg Savings Bank.
In 1934, the
Public Works of Art Project(PWAP), which later became the Works Projects Administration(WPA), commissioned artist Maxwell B. Starrto paint a mural in the foyer depicting the evolutionof man and science throughout history.
Brooklyn Tech's founder and first principal, Dr. Albert L. Colston, had an apartment built for himself in the tower of the building, and was the only person to live at Brooklyn Tech.Fact|date=September 2007
In December 2006, developer and
New Jersey Netsowner Bruce Ratnerproposed a new building for Tech as part of the basketball arena he is constructing at the Atlantic Yards. The building will reportedly be able to fit about 6000 students. [ [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/482191p-405823c.html "Daily News" (Dec. 22, 2006): "Nets Go High Tech: Ratner throws in new home for elite Brooklyn HS in arena deal", by Tanyanika Samuels] ]
In 1918, Dr. Albert L. Colston, chair of the Math Department at Manual Training High School, recommended establishing a technical high school for Brooklyn boys. His plan envisioned a heavy concentration of
math, science, and drafting courses with parallel paths leading either to college or to a technical career in industry. By 1922, Dr. Colston's concept was approved by the Board of Education, and Brooklyn Technical High School opened in a converted warehouse at 49 Flatbush Avenue Extension, with 2,400 students. This location, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, is the reason the school seal bears that bridge's image, rather than the more obvious symbol for the borough, the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Tech would occupy one more location before settling into its current (as of 2008) site, for which the groundbreaking was held in 1930.
Atypically for American high schools, Brooklyn Tech uses a system of college-style majors. The curriculum consists of two years of general studies with a technical and engineering emphasis, followed by two years of a student-chosen major.
The curriculum remained largely unchanged until the end of Dr. Colston's 20-year term as principal in 1942. Upon his retirement, Tech was led briefly by acting principal Ralph Breiling, who was succeeded by Principal Harold Taylor in 1944. Tech's modernization would come under Principal William Pabst, who assumed stewardship in 1946 after serving as chair of the Electrical Department. Pabst created new majors and refined older ones, allowing students to select science and engineering preparatory majors including Aeronautical,
Architecture, Chemistry, Civil, Electrical (later including Electronics and Broadcast), Industrial Design, Mechanical, Structural, and Arts and Sciences. A general CollegePreparatory curriculum, would be added later.
Principal Pabst retired in 1964. A railroad club was established by the late Vincent Gorman, a social studies teacher, and students attended fan trips, tours of rail repair facilities and participated in the restoration of steam engine #103 and a historic rail passenger car at the former Empire State Railroad Museum. In August 1965, a ten-year-old boy named Carl Johnson drowned in the swimming pool at Brooklyn Tech while swimming with his day-camp group.Fact|date=December 2007 The next year, more than 30 graduating Seniors in the school (including many student leaders) complained that Tech's curriculum was old and outdated. Their primary complaint was that the curriculum was geared towards the small minority of students that were not planning on attending college.Fact|date=December 2007 In 1967 the schools of New York City got to view television in the classrooms for the first time, thanks to the station
WNYE-TV, then located in the transmitter center on top of Brooklyn Tech.
New York City specialized high schools
In 1972, Brooklyn Tech,
Bronx Science, Stuyvesant High School, and High School for Performing Arts become incorporated by the New York State Legislature as specialized high schools of New York City. The act called for a uniform exam to be administered for admission to Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and Stuyvesant. The exam would become known as the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test(SHSAT) and tested students in math and English. With its statewide recognition, the school had to become co-educational.
In 1973, Tech celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner-dance at the
Waldorf Astoria. To further commemorate the anniversary, a monumentwas erected, with a time capsulebeneath it, in the north courtyard. The monument has eight panels, each with a unique design representing each of Tech's eight majors at that point.
Technological advances again changed Tech's character in 1976, with the school adding the Graphic Communications major, now commonly known as the "Media" major.
In 1983, Matt Mandery's appointment as principal made him the first Tech alumnus to hold that position. The following year, Tech received the Excellence in Education award from the U.S. Department of Education. The Alumni Association was formally created during this time, and coalitions were formed with the New York City Department of Transportation. Mandery oversaw the addition of a Bio-Medical major to the curriculum.
John Tobin followed as principal in 1987 and abolished the
Materials Sciencedepartment and closing the seventh-floor foundry.
In March 1998, an alumni group led by
Leonard Riggio, class of 1958, announced plans for a fund-raising campaign to raise $10 million to support their alma mater financially through facilities upgrades, establishment of curriculum enhancements, faculty training, and a university-type endowment. [cite news|url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30F10FB3D5C0C738EDDAA0894D0494D81|title=Alumni to Give Brooklyn Tech Huge Donation|date= 1998-03-20|first=Jacques|last=Steinberg|publisher= The New York Times] The endowment fundraiser, the first of its kind for an American public school, received front-page attention at "The New York Times" and sparked a friendly competition amongst the specialized high schools, with both Bronx Science and Stuyvesant announcing their own $10 million campaigns within weeks of the Brooklyn Tech announcement. In November 2005, the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Association announced the completion of the fundraising phase of what they had termed the Campaign for Brooklyn Tech. [cite news|url=http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/press_releases/2005_Brooklyn_Tech.html|title=Brooklyn Tech Alumni Celebrate Completion of Association's $10 Million Capital Campaign|date= 2005-11-29] In April 2008, the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation launched a second endowment campaign. [ [http://www.bths.edu/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=59327&id=35&rn=1141427 "21/21: The Sustaining Excellence Campaign at Brooklyn Tech"] , by Jeanine Ramirez, NY1(n.d.), via Brooklyn Technical High School official site] ]
Lee McCaskill controversy
Dr. Lee D. McCaskill, appointed principal in 1992, served for 14 years, during which Tech saw the installation of more computer classrooms and the switch from traditional mechanical drawing by hand to teaching the use of
computer-aided designprograms. McCaskill also presided over the elimination of long-standing hallmark academic concentrations at Tech such as aerospace engineering.
In 2003, "
The New York Times" published an investigative article that noted "longstanding tensions" between the faculty and Principal McCaskill, "spilled into the open in October, with news reports that several teachers accused him of repeatedly sending sexually explicit computerto staff members". [cite news|url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0D10F938550C768DDDA80894DB404482&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fW%2fWinerip%2c%20Michael|title=On Education: Evaluating a Brooklyn Principal, Measure for Questionable Measure|date= 2003-01-15|first=Michael|last=Winerip|publisher= The New York Times] The article described the principal as autocratic, controlling the school "largely through fear and intimidation", and documented acts of personal vindictiveness toward teachers; severe censorship of the student newspaper and of assigned English texts, including the refusal to let the Pulitzer Prize-finalist novel"Continental Drift" by Russell Banksbe used for a class; and of bureaucraticmismanagement. The article also quoted praise from McCaskill's supervising superintendent, Reyes Irizarry, who cited the principal's expansion of musicand sportsprograms.
A follow-up column in 2004 [cite news|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/28/education/28educate.html?ex=1137301200&en=a0eea3e7e14a680f&ei=5070|title=On Education: Principal's War Leads to a Teacher Exodus|date=
2004-01-28|first=Michael|last=Winerip|publisher= The New York Times] found the situation had worsened due to increased teacher exodus, and documented Principal McCaskill's campaign against Alice Alcala, described as one of the city's leading Shakespeareteachers. Alcala had won Brooklyn Tech a $10,000 grant and brought in the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain for student workshops. "When [McCaskill] tried killing her Shakespeare program", the "Times" wrote, "she went over his head to the central administration and got it reinstated. The day after she was quoted in news articles criticizing McCaskill, she received an unsatisfactory classroomobservation rating for the first time in 28 years of teaching. She was repeatedly denied access to the auditoriumand in June, got an unsatisfactory for the year." Alcala left for Manhattan's Murry Bergtraum High School, where she shortly thereafter brought in $1,800 in grants for Shakespeare education, while at Brooklyn Tech, the article reported, there was no longer any course solely devoted to Shakespeare.
2005 articles in the New York "Daily News" [cite news|url=http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:MAczJnGfJ7EJ:www.nydailynews.com/news/story/358244p-305287c.html+%22brooklyn+technical+high+school%22+%22lou+ferrigno%22&hl=en&lr=&strip=1|title=B'klyn Tech's Crass Warfare: Principal at Center of Storm in B'klyn Tech|date=
2005-10-23|first=Kathleen|last=Lucadamo|publisher=Daily News] and "New York Teacher" [cite web|url=http://www.uft.org/news/teacher/in_news/brooklynwreck|title=Brooklyn ' Wreck'|first=Jim|last=Callaghan|publisher= United Federation of Teachers|work=New York Teacher|date= 2005-10-05] note that a $10,000 grant obtained by Dr. Sylvia Weinberger in 2001 to refurbish the obsolete radio room remained unused. New classroom computers were covered in plastic rather than installed because the classrooms had yet to be wired for them.
The Office of Special Investigations of the
New York City Department of Educationlaunched an investigation of McCaskill on February 2, 2006, concerning unpaid enrollment of New Jerseyresident McCaskill's daughter in New York City public school, which is illegal for non-residents of the city. On February 6, McCaskill announced his resignation from Brooklyn Tech and agreed to pay $19,441 in restitution.
On February 7, 2006, the Department of Education named Randy Asher, founding principal of the
High School for Math, Science and Engineering(HSMSE), as interim acting principal. [cite press release|url=http://schools.nyc.gov/Administration/mediarelations/PressReleases/2005-2006/02072006pressrelease.htm|title=Randy J. Asher Named Interim-Acting Principal of Brooklyn Technical High School|publisher=NYC Dept. of Education|date= 2006-02-07] Mr. Asher had previously served as Tech's assistant principal in mathematics from 2000-2002 before leaving to become founding principal of HSMSE.
Special commissioner Richard J. Condon rebuked the Department of Education a week later for allowing McCaskill to retire, still collecting $125,282 in accrued vacation time, just days before the OSI completed its investigation. Condon also recommended that Cathy Furman McCaskill, the principal's wife, be dismissed from her position as a teacher at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn for her part in submitting fake leases and other fraudulent documents to indicate the family lived in the
Cobble Hillsection of Brooklyn. [cite news|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/15/nyregion/15principal.html?_r=1&oref=slogin|title=Investigator Rebukes City Schools Over Retirement of a Principal|date= 2006-02-15|first=Elissa|last=Gootman|publisher= The New York Times] [cite web|url=http://www.uft.org/news/teacher/in_news/probed|title=Brooklyn Tech Principal Probed|first=Jim|last=Callaghan|publisher= United Federation of Teachers|work=New York Teacher|date= 2006-02-06] The next day, the Department of Education announced it would move to fire her. [cite news|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/391424p-332014c.html|title=A Lack of Principles: Ex-School Head Lied Under Oath|date= 2006-02-15|first=Kathleen|last=Lucadamo|publisher=Daily News]
Tech in the 21st century
Since 2001, Brooklyn Tech has undergone such refurbishing as the renovation of the school's
William L. MackLibrary entrance, located on the fifth-floor center section. As well, two computer labs were added. The school also reinstated a class devoted to the study of Shakespeare, which students can elect to take in their senior year.
Classes were held during the
2005 New York City transit strike, though attendance was sparse.
Tech uses a college-style system of majors, unusual for an American high school. As of June 2008, majors include: [ [http://www.bths.edu/majors.jsp Brooklyn Technical High School official site: List of majors] ]
Aerospace Engineering: Students take AP Physics B, PLTW Engineering Principlesjunior year. AP Physics C, PLTW Aerospace, and Astronomysenior year.
Applied Physics: Formerly Electrical/Mechanical Engineering. Students take AP Physics Band Project Lead the WayPrinciples of Engineering junior year. , Project Lead the Way Digital Electronics, and Roboticsduring senior year.
Architectural Engineering: Students take Project Lead the Way Civil Engineering & Architecture and ConstructionDocuments junior year. Structural design, Senior Design Studio, and Building Construction during senior year.
Biochemistry(Gateway to Medicine Program/PULSE)(Exclusive to students who apply before freshman year) Students take Biology and Chemistry with Humanities in freshman year. In Sophomore year, AP World, and AP Chemistry are taken. Advanced Health is also given. AP Biology is taken in junior year with Physics. Organic Chemistry, Genetics, and Forensics with Economics is taken in Senior Year.
*Biomedical Sciences (Bio-Med): Students take
AP Biologyjunior year. Genetics, Anatomy, and Organic chemistrysenior year.
Chemistry(Chem): Students take Advanced Placement Chemistryjunior year. Quantitative analysisand Organic chemistrysenior year. Students take Quantitative analysis the Fall term, then Organic chemistry during the Spring Term, or vice versa. Both classes are intensive triple periods.
Civil Engineering(Civil): Students take Project Lead the Way Civil Engineering & Architecture and Surveying junior year. Structural designand Senior Design Studio senior year. Civil Engineering Senior Design Studio is different from Architecture Senior Design Studio.
Environmental Science: Students take AP Environmental Sciencejunior year. Urban Planningand Environmental health"or" Energy and Engineering senior year. In addition students must choose another Advanced Placement Science class to take senior year. Their options are AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B and AP Physics C.
Industrial Design(ID): Students take two-dimensional and three-dimensional Design and Drawing and Product Designjunior year, and AP Art Historysenior year.
*Law and Society: Formerly Technology and Liberal Arts. Students take
AP United States History, AP United States Government and Politics, and Constitutional Lawjunior year. Criminal law, Forensic Criminology, Ethics, and AP Comparative Government and Politics.
*International Arts & Sciences: Students take
PLTW Principles of Engineeringand any AP elective of their choosing junior year. A PLTW Elective and any two AP electives of their choosing senior year. Students in IAS are required to earn an Advanced Placement International Diploma.
Mathematics: Students take Math Analysis and Math Research junior year. Math Analysis, AP Calculus BC, Discrete mathematics, and Linear algebrasenior year. Math Analysis is a class for participation in the school Math team. AP Calculus BC is a double period. It is formerly known as the Math Science Institute (MSI).
*Media Communications (Media): Students take Computer Graphics I and II, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography junior year. Web Design,
Adobe Flash, AP Studio Art 2D, and Animation senior year.
*Social Science Research (SSR): Students take Social Science Research junior year.
AP Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociologysenior year. Students also have a choice of continuing Social Science Research or mentoring junior students in junior year Social Science Research.
Students apply for majors in sophomore year, and take ten semesters of major classes throughout junior and senior year. Tech also has a Bio-Chemistry major as part of its "Gateway to Medicine" program, to which, unlike the other majors, students apply to as incoming freshmen. All Advanced Placement science courses are taught as double periods to accommodate the large lab requirement.
Brooklyn Techfields 30 junior-varsity and varsity teams in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL). The school's more than 100 clubs and organizations include hockey club, math, debate, forensics (speech), robotics, footballteam, fashion club, [http://tech.mrmoy.com chess] and mock trialteams, which compete in inter-school tournaments. The Model U.N. Club provides students with a venue for discussing foreign affairs. The Rowing Club provides students an experience on the Hudson River. [ [http://www.bthsrowing.tk Brooklyn Tech Rowing Club] ] Other clubs cater to a wide range of topics such as anime, " Dance Dance Revolution", ultimate Frisbee, politics, quilting, fashionand animal rights. The cheerleadingsquad is named the Enginettes.Fact|date=November 2007
S.I.N.G. is an annual tradition that pits seniors against juniors against freshmen and sophomores in a competition to create the best student-produced play. Additionally, Tech students put on a musical each spring.
There are two step teams, Lady Dragons and Organized C.H.A.O.S.Fact|date=March 2008
The school Coordinator of Student Activities (COSA), Mr Marc Williams works with students to help organize events and gain administration approval for student activities.
Beginning with the class of 2010,Fact|date=June 2007 each student must meet the following requirements by the end of their senior year to receive a Brooklyn Technical High School diploma:
I. A minimum of 50 hours of community service outside of the school or through specified club activities.
II. A minimum of 32 points earned through participation in Tech clubs, teams,and/or participation in designated school related events.
A. Points are earned as follows:1. 8 points per term to all students in BETA, NHS, Student Government, student productions, stageworks, cheerleading, and PSAL teams.2. 6 points per term to all students participating student leadership, who work on office squads, or compete in non-PSAL teams.3. 4 points per term to all students who participate in all other clubs not referred to above.4. 2 points per term for participation in specified school events
"Hall of Fame inductees listed separately at end, by year. Note: No inductions 2001-2002, 2004, and 2006-2007."
Gary Ackerman, 1960 - United States Representativefrom New York(1983- )
Warren Adler, c. 1945 - Author, " The War of the Roses"
John Catsimatidis, 1966 - Chairman & CEO, Red Apple Group, Inc.
Tom Chapin, 1962 - Entertainer, humanitarian
Kim Coles, 1980 - Actor
John Piña Craven, 1942 - Former chief scientist of the US Navy's Special Projects Office
Richard Fariña, 1945 - Writer, folksinger
Lou Ferrigno, 1969 - Bodybuilder, actor
Warren Foster, 1923 - Cartoon music composer
Geoff Fox, 1968 - WTNHmeteorologist
David Groh, 1958 - Actor, television's " Rhoda"
Herbert L. HenkelFact|date=March 2007, 1966 - Chairman, president & CEO, Ingersoll-Rand Company
Tommy Holmes, 1935 - Major League Baseballplayer
Troy Johnson, 1980 - Founder, AALBC.com
Richard LaMotta, 1960 - Founder of Chipwich, ice cream sandwichcompany
Ivan Lee, 1999 - Internationally ranked saberfencer
Harvey Lichtenstein, 1947 - Executive director, Brooklyn Academy of Music(1967-99)
Richard Matheson, 1943 - Author, screenwriter
Matthew F. McHugh, 1956 - U.S. Congressman (1975-1993)
Conrad McRae, 1989 - Professional basketball player
*Werner Roth, 1966 - Professional
Albert Ruddy, 1948 - Two-time Academy Awardwinning producer
Russ Salzberg, 1969 - WWOR-TV sportsanchor [ [http://www.my9tv.com/news/russ-salzberg.html My9TV.com: Russ Salzberg] ]
Raymond Scottc. 1916 - Composer and inventor of the music sequencer
Erinn Smart, 1996 - Women's fencing silver medalist, 2008 Olympics
Keeth Smart, 1996 - Men's fencing silver medalist, 2008 Summer Olympics
Anthony Weiner, 1981 - U.S. Congressman
Robert Anton Wilson, 1950 - Author, " Playboy" editor
1998 Hall of Fame inductees
Frank A. Cipriani, Ph.D. 1951 - President, SUNYat Farmingdale
Adam J. Cirillo, 1929 - Educator, championship high-school football coach
Albert L. Colston, Ph.D. – Creator and founding principal, Brooklyn Tech
James E. Dalton, 1949 - Four-star general, United States Air Force
Bernard Friedland, Ph.D., 1948 - Engineer, author
Meredith Gourdine, Ph.D., 1948 - Electrogasdynamics pioneer, 1952 Olympic silver medalist
Stuart Kessler, C.P.A. 1947 - Chairman, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Marvin Kitman, 1947 - Author, " Newsday" television critic
Sal Restivo, Ph.D. 1958 - Author, researcher
George Wald, Ph.D. 1923 - Biologist, 1967 Nobel Laureate
1999 Hall of Fame inductees
Karol J. Bobko, 1955 - NASAastronaut
Donald L. Klein, Ph.D., 1949 - Inventor, silicon gate transistor
Meyer S. Levin, 1934 - Decorated Air Force hero, World War II
Harvey Lichtenstein, 1946 - President, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Leonard Riggio, 1958 - Founder, Barnes & Noble
2000 Hall of Fame inductees
Harry Chapin, 1960 - Entertainer, humanitarian
Joseph J. Kohn, Ph.D. 1950 - Mathematician
Arno A. Penzias, Ph.D. 1951 - Physicist, 1978 Nobel Laureate
Charles B. Wang, 1962 - Co-founder, Computer Associates International; principal owner, New York Islandershockey team
Josh S. Weston, 1946 - Chairman, Automatic Data Processing, philanthropist
2003 Hall of Fame inductees
Joseph J. Jacobs, Ph.D., 1934 - Author, engineer, humanitarian
William L. Mack, 1957 - Chairman, Mack-Cali Realty; philanthropist
*Saverio "Sonny" Morea, 1950 - NASA engineer
Steven P. Shearing, M.D. 1952 - Ophthalmologic surgeon, inventor of shearing lens
2005 Hall of Fame inductees
Joseph M. Colucci, 1954 - Executive director, General Motors, Research & Design Center
Bernard Gifford, Ph.D., 1961 - Scientist, Apple Computervice president of education
Joseph "Tucker" Madawick, 1937 - President, Industrial Designers Society of America
George W. Sutton, 1945 - Author, editor, mechanical engineer who designed ablation head shield material for space re-entry
Paul C. Szasz, 1947 (posthumous) - International lawscholar
Education in New York City
* [http://schools.nyc.gov/OurSchools/Region8/K430/default.htm?searchType=school New York City Dept. of Education: Brooklyn Technical High School]
* [http://schools.nyc.gov/daa/SchoolReports/05asr/313430.pdf New York City Dept. of Education 2004-2005 Annual School Report: Brooklyn Technical High School]
*cite press release|url=http://www.uft.org/news/mckaskill_bklyntech|title=Brooklyn Tech Principal Retires|publisher=United Federation of Teachers|date=
* [http://www.bths.edu/ Brooklyn Technical High School] (official site)
* [http://www.freebths.com/ FreeBTHS] (virtual tour & news articles)
* [http://www.bthsalum.org/ Brooklyn Tech Alumni Association]
* [http://bthsreunion.com/ Brooklyn Tech Alumni reunion site]
* [http://www.bthsnews.org/ BTHSnews.org] (student-run online newspaper)
* [http://www.famous-alumni.com/brooklyn_technical_brooklyn_ny.html Famous-Alumni.com: Brooklyn Technical High School]
* [http://www.insideschools.org/fs/school_profile.php?id=1054 InsideSchools.org: H.S. 430 Brooklyn Technical High School]
* [http://www.theTirp.net/ The Tech Internet Radio Project]
* [http://BTHS.NetSiteServer.com/ The '81 - '84 Tech Parkies Reunion Site]
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