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“ Townsend Harris High School was opened at the turn of the 20th century as a free college preparatory school for the city’s brightest male students.
But the school was closed in 1942 due to budget constraints. However, it is widely believed that the institution was shuttered after a relative of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia didn’t get in.
In 1984, the school was reopened in Flushing at the urging of distinguished alumni as a co-ed institution for the academic elite. Alumni include politicians and Nobel, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winners.
Today, Townsend Harris is one of the city’s top schools, with about a 100% college … Full Story