Newtown High School (Queens)

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Newtown High School
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Side view of school
48-01 90th Street
Elmhurst, Queens, New York 11373
United States
Coordinates 40°44′27″N 73°52′27″W / 40.740829°N 73.874168°W / 40.740829; -73.874168Coordinates: 40°44′27″N 73°52′27″W / 40.740829°N 73.874168°W / 40.740829; -73.874168
Type Public secondary
Motto We tower above the rest.
Established 1897
School board New York City Department of Education
School district NYC School District 24
School number Q455
CEEB code 331815
Principal John Ficalora
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,162
Mascot Pioneers
Average SAT scores 400 Verbal
451 Math
398 Writing (2012)

Newtown High School is a high school in Elmhurst, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. Its multinational student body consists of approximately 2,879 students, with a large percentage of Hispanic and Asian students. Newtown High School celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2017. In 2010, Newtown High School held its graduation at York College, for the first time in over 30 years, rather than other locations such as St. John's University and Forest Park.[1][2][3][4][5]

The school offers college courses, advanced placement classes in English Language and Literature, Biology, Spanish Language and Literature, Chinese Language, Calculus BC, and Human Geography, among others; a business/technology program; a pre-engineering/technology preparation; as well as an art program.

Newtown High School has teams in a variety of sports, both co-ed and broken down by gender. The sports offered include wrestling, soccer, baseball, cross-country, outdoor track, softball, bowling, handball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, among others. Gymnastics once played a part, but has been discontinued.

Front of school

Newtown has a newspaper, a Key Club, the student organization, a language club, a poetry club, debate team, mediation, robotics club, photography club, several culture clubs, among others. Newtown also has a notable guitar class, which has performed for QPTV (Queens Public Television) .


Newtown has seen some success with athletics, winning numerous city championships in a variety of athletic competitions. It currently competes in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), and fields a wide number of teams in many different sports. They include:

Boys Teams

  • Varsity and JV Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Varsity Soccer
  • Varsity and JV Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Varsity and JV Baseball
  • Handball
  • Wrestling

Girls Teams

  • Varsity and JV Softball
  • Basketball
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Bowling
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastic

Extracurricular activities

  • Robotics Club
  • Hiking
  • Photography

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Newtown High School". Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Newtown High School". Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Newtown High School". Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Newtown High School". Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Newtown High School". Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame," Newtown High School website. Accessed: February 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Biography". Shaan Shahid. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 

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