Pre-engineering, culinary arts, media, and JROTC; eight gyms
Far from subway lines; metal detectors
One of the last large high schools in the Bronx, Truman High School has an array of extras that small schools can’t match: a swimming pool, a planetarium, professional kitchens, a mock courtroom and eight gyms for basketball, volleyball, weightlifting, yoga, aerobics, and wrestling.
It has a television production studio, a graphic arts studio, a photography lab, a 1,200 seat auditorium and its own museum called The Museum of Migrating People. Students may make pizza in a cooking class or create their own television ads in a media studies class.
The school has specialized academies in media, law, business, computer science, pre-engineering, performing/visual arts and culinary arts.
Attendance is good. Principal Keri Alfano, who has led the school since 2013, is well-regarded by the staff and teachers are enthusiastic, according to school surveys. While most students enter with weak academic skills, about three-quarters graduate on time.
Initially designed in the 1970s for families from Co-op City, now most students commute from other parts of the Bronx. Truman school shares an interconnected campus with Bronx Health Sciences and two middle schools, MS 180 and 181; PS 153; and a separate elementary program for autistic children. The high school has metal detectors. The campus is far from subway lines.
Admissions: Zoned school. Admission to the special programs is according to Educational Option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. In recent years, all of the programs have had room for every student who applies. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, October 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Law and Legal Studies/Law Enforcement Academy
Experience law enforcement, mock trials, debates, and internships in our state-of-the-art law library and courtroom. Opportunities to network with law enforcement professionals. Affiliated with St. John's University; students may receive college credit.
Website design, Power Point, publishing, the Internet and word processing. Customized learning individually paced to achieve mastery.
Using professional equipment and trained by experts chefs, students receive intense instruction. Students have opportunities to intern at high-profile restaurants throughout the New York area. Affiliated with C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program), inter-high school competition at Monroe College.
Media Communication and Video Journalism
Media students learn about human communication in a digital world through hands-on experience with video, web, and radio production. Internships and partnerships are available with WABC-7 Eyewitness News, News 12, Fox 5, and BronxNET.
Air Force Junior ROTC
Learn life skills with a military focus; discipline, respect, and service are the trademarks of our AFJROTC program.
Pre-Engineering and Applied Mathematics
Focuses on mathematics and science to prepare students for careers in engineering and other technical fields. The curriculum is project-based and includes engineering design and production, energy applications, environmentally friendly technology, and electricity. We have partnerships with the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentor Program.
One of NYC's premier Arts academies. Our mission is to prepare students for excellence in music education, dance, drawing, painting, graphic design, digital photography, and theater; and to provide students with the academic skills and artistic talents necessary to develop into accomplished creative artists and performers. Our broader ethos is to foster creativity and inspire leadership.
Harry S. Truman High School ACES 15:1 Program
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
American Sign Language, French, Italian, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Seminar, AP European History, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Drawing, AP Biology, AP World History: Modern, AP United States History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
750 Baychester Avenue
Bronx NY 10475
Trains: to Baychester Ave
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx38, BxM7, Q50
Principal: Keri Alfano
This school shares the Harry S. Truman Educational Campus with one other school