New Utrecht High School

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New Utrecht High School
1601 80th Street

New York, 11214
Coordinates40°36′48″N 74°00′11″W / 40.6132°N 74.003°W / 40.6132; -74.003Coordinates: 40°36′48″N 74°00′11″W / 40.6132°N 74.003°W / 40.6132; -74.003
School district20
School codeK445
PrincipalMaureen Goldfarb
Number of students3,488 (June 2018) [1]
Color(s)White and Green
NewspaperThe New Comet
InformationPhone: 718-232-2500 Fax: 718-259-5526

New Utrecht High School (formerly known as New Utrecht Training School, but the initials spelled N.U.T.S. leading to the name change sometime in the mid-1900s) is a coeducational public high school in Brooklyn, New York City, serving 3,000+ pupils. It is a part of School District 20 in New York City.


19 Dutch settlers founded the town of New Utrecht on January 16, 1657, named after the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands, from which their leader came.

It was from this early colony that New Utrecht High School received its name. The school was established in 1915 as an offshoot of Bay Ridge High School, which up to that time had been coeducational. With the creation of New Utrecht High School, Bay Ridge became a school for girls only, while New Utrecht was an all-boys school.

The first home of the school, which had a population of 350 boys, was a wooden building on 86th Street near 18th Avenue. Irving Hazen was its first principal, and the school colors, green and white, were selected as a compliment to Hazen's alma mater, Dartmouth College.

Although the first graduating class had only sixteen boys, the growth in student population was rapid. In November 1924, the present building on 80th Street and 16th Avenue was opened, with a student body of about 2,300 and in February of the next year girls were admitted for the first time. Since then, three girls have been elected to the presidency of the G.O.[clarification needed] In the next few years, the school continued to grow, until it consisted of a main building and four annexes, comprising a total of nearly 11,000 boys and girls. This was the largest student body in the world.[citation needed]


Student Government[edit]

New Utrecht has an active student government, which is elected every October. For close to a century the student government positions were Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Secretary, Treasurer, and student representatives from each grade. The mayoral theme was a longstanding tradition that stemmed from the fact that New Utrecht (the neighborhood) was named by Dutch settlers after the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. In 2015, the student government decided to change the name of the two major positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor to Student Body President and Student Body Vice President. The New Utrecht High School Student Government is responsible for allocating funds to clubs, as well as organizing a School Spirit Week, a Thanksgiving Dinner, a Toy Drive, and other annual school-wide events.

There is also a Senior Council composed of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Senior Council is responsible for organizing Senior events, such as the Senior Class Brunch and Senior Trip, creating the Senior Class sweatshirts, voicing concerns of the Senior Class to the administration, and keeping the Senior Class informed.

School Leadership Team[edit]

The School Leadership Team (SLT) consists of representatives from the school administration, parents, teachers and students. The students are usually two active students, one junior and one senior, who voice the concerns of the student body. The SLT meets monthly to discuss and work on issues related to implementation of the school’s mission and vision. A P.T.A. meeting follows immediately after.

Productions at New Utrecht High School[edit]

There are four productions held annually at New Utrecht: the Talent Show, the Chinese New Year Show, the Fashion Show, and the International Show.

The Talent Show is open to anyone who has talent, whether it be singing, dancing, magic, comedy or any other form of entertainment. The sound crew, lighting crew, stage crew, construction crew and booklet crew are composed entirely of students. The show is usually held in December.

The Chinese New Year Show is put on near the Chinese New Year. It has singing, dancing, acting and other forms of entertainment, revolving around Chinese culture. The Chinese Club at New Utrecht has a partnership with an outside group called the Chinese-American Planning Council.

The Fashion Show production at New Utrecht High School is student run and consists of students in the New Utrecht Fashion Society creating their own clothes and having their friends model them. The show is usually held in March or April.

The International Show is held in April or May and, like the others, is completely student run. It is similar to the Talent Show but focuses on other countries around the world.


New Utrecht offers clubs for students, including:

  • Student Organization
  • Arista Society
  • Art Club
  • Asian Club
  • Chinese Chess/Gaming Club
  • Chinese Debate Club
  • Chess & Game Club
  • Creative Problem Solving Club
  • Dance Club
  • Disc Jockey (DJ) Club
  • Glee Club
  • History Club
  • LGBTQ+ Student Association
  • Photography Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Sound Club (Audio/Visual)
  • Stock/Investigating Club

Advanced Placement[edit]

New Utrecht offers Advanced Placement courses, including:

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP World History/Human Geography
  • AP United States History
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP Micro-Economics
  • AP Macro-Economics
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Computer Science A


There are several academies (programs that offer employment-oriented training in specialized fields) at New Utrecht, which include:

  • Academy of Business of Technology
  • Academy of Medical Professions and Health Careers
  • Academy of Legal Studies
  • Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Academy of Art and Design
  • Honors Academy

Some academies are associated with NAF, a non-profit organization originally known as the National Academy Foundation.


Notable alumni include:

In popular culture[edit]

New Utrecht High School is the venue for key scenes in the 1947 movie It Happened in Brooklyn, starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante, and Peter Lawford.

The front and rear views of the school building were employed in opening and closing scenes of the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, which starred New Utrecht alumnus Gabe Kaplan.



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  2. ^ "New Utrecht (Brooklyn, NY) Baseball". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved February 13, 2011.

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