Staten Island Technical High School

Staten Island Technical High School, commonly called Staten Island Tech or SITHS, was founded in 1988. Located in Staten Island, New York City, the public magnet, specialized high school is operated by the New York City Department of Education. It consistently ranks among the best schools in New York City in graduation rate, Regents test scores, and attendance. According to, Staten Island Tech ranks #2 in New York State as well as #13 in the nation (approx. 1,200 schools in the state as well as 19,000 schools nationwide).[4] Admission to SITHS is determined through an applicant's score on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.

Staten Island Technical High School
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485 Clawson Street


United States
Coordinates40°34′4.54″N 74°6′55.18″W / 40.5679278°N 74.1153278°W / 40.5679278; -74.1153278Coordinates: 40°34′4.54″N 74°6′55.18″W / 40.5679278°N 74.1153278°W / 40.5679278; -74.1153278
TypeSelective school
School boardNew York City Department of Education
School district31
SuperintendentAimee Horowitz
School numberR605
CEEB code335401
DeanDiane Federico, Jessica Pagliaro
PrincipalMark Erlenwein
Staff62.52 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1332[1] (2018–2019[1])
Average class size30
Student to teacher ratio21.31 [1]
Hours in school day6.75
Color(s)  Vegas Gold   Black
NicknameTech, SITHS
Team nameMSIT Seagulls
AccreditationUniversity of the State of New York
NewspaperThe Tech Times


The school's website states that SITHS is “A highly competitive New York City public high school, established in 1988, providing a demanding and challenging college preparatory curriculum emphasizing mathematics, science, computers, engineering, humanities and athletics. Facilities include state-of-the-art science, engineering and computer laboratories.” SITHS is designated as having a specialized high school status. SITHS was one of the schools established under New York State Law 2590 Section-G to serve the needs of gifted New York City students.[5]

A depiction of New Dorp High School, which currently houses SITHS

Housed in the former New Dorp High School, SITHS was originally the engineering program from Ralph McKee Vocational and Technical High School. John DePalma was the Assistant Principal assigned to bring the engineering program to the New Dorp campus so that the building would not be abandoned or used for other purposes. Through DePalma's leadership, teachers Alan Bailey, Irv Berson, and others made unauthorized renovations to the building, creating laboratory space for the engineering classes.

In 1987, the program was nearly shuttered because of a lack of enrollment. Nicholas M. Bilotti was named the Program Director as DePalma retired. Bilotti began a program of increasing enrollment, changing the course away from a strict engineering program, and targeting female students. His renovation of DePalma's foundation is the base that Tech lives on today.


The curriculum at SITHS is purely college preparatory, focusing on science and engineering. Electronic devices, like iPads, tablets, and laptops are mostly integrated into classroom instruction to enhance lessons. The mandatory engineering classes taken by students include Intro to AV Engineering and TV Studio, Intro to STEM Engineering and Robotics, and AutoCAD.

Students can also choose from sixteen (15, not including Russian) Advanced Placement courses offered at the school.

AP Courses in SITHS
Category Available courses

Athletics and extracurricular activitiesEdit


SITHS's sports program operates in partnership with McKee High School, and their shared teams are known as the MSIT Seagulls. The MSIT teams play various sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, fencing, swimming, and track. The MSIT Football team won the 2010 and 2011 PSAL Cup Championship. MSIT's Boys' Track team made multiple cross-country state appearances from 1996 to 2000, and again from 2006 to 2010.[citation needed] The MSIT Boy's Volleyball team won 4 consecutive PSAL city championships in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.[6]

Tech offers several co-curricular options for physical education, including weight training, yoga and aerobics, dance, volleyball, basketball, and marching band.[7]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

SITHS maintains an active theater program, including productions such as SING! and a spring musical. The theater program is directed by drama teacher Heather Brown in coordination with the school's Tech Crew, a group of students tasked with maintaining the theater and operating sound and lighting for the school's auditorium.[8] In 2011, the school installed a new television studio that will work closely with the Tech Crew and provide a different aspect of technical operations.[9]

SITHS's robotics team is a fairly developed team. The team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition as Team 375, or "The Robotic Plague", and regularly manages to advance into the semi-finals. In the 2006 season, they were the Regional Winners. In addition, they won the Chairman's award for their robot, the "Rambo".[10][11] and won the Autodesk Inventor Animation Award at the New York City Regional.

Tech also hosts more than eighty clubs.[12] These include: Junior State of America, Key Club, Model United Nations, Do Something, Chess Club, newspaper, literary magazine, Strategic Fighting Game Club, HIV/AIDS Awareness Team, Anime Club, Celtic club, Asian American Club, Christian Seekers, Jewish Club, and Muslim Students' Association.[13] Tech also has a chapter of the National Honor Society and Tri-M, which both inducts members after a selective process in their junior year.[14] Tech also has a GSA, called the True Equality Alliance (TEA) Club.

The academic teams of SITHS are strong contenders in various regional and state-wide competitions. The Science Olympiad Team placed second in the NYC Regionals [15] Many students on the Math Team qualify for AIME, and the Freshmen Math Team earned 1st place out of all teams (most of which consisted solely of seniors) competing at the Staten Island Mathematics Tournament in June 2019.[16]

In popular cultureEdit

SITHS was used in the production of 1998 film Joe the King.

SITHS was mentioned during the introduction to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[17]

The school's 2012 SING! winner was announced by Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg, who recorded a short clip to reveal the winner.[18] The school's 2013 SING! winner was announced by singer/songwriter and tech alumna Ingrid Michaelson, who similarly recorded a short clip to reveal the winner. The school's 2014 SING! winner was supposed to be announced by the Impractical Jokers, with another short clip, but was never played due to technical difficulties.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "STATEN ISLAND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL". School Directory Information. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "2015 - 2016 SCHOOL PROFILE Staten Island Technical High School : School Profile 2012-13" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-06-09. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "School Budget". NYC DOE. April 23, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 Staten Island Technical High School Rankings". Niche. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "McKee Staten Island Tech Volleyball Boy's Varsity". PSAL.
  7. ^ "Staten Island Technical High School, R605, Borough of Staten Island , Zip Code 10306". Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  8. ^ "About Us - Tech Crew". Staten Island Technical High School Technical Crew. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  9. ^ Padnani, Amy (September 6, 2010). "As summer ends, changes come to Staten Island schools". Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "Team 375: The Robotic Plague - 2006 Season History". Retrieved November 27, 2007.
  11. ^ Richardson, Clem (January 25, 2008). "State Island 'Robotics' group goes for LEGO League Championship". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
  12. ^ "CLUBS 19-20 EMAILED". Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Example Domain". Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "Division C Regionals – New York State Science Olympiad". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  16. ^ "Mathematics". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  17. ^ "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Series | Comedy Central Official Site |". 2016-02-09. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  18. ^ "Staten Island Technical High School". Retrieved 2021-01-09.

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