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Harry S Truman High School

Grades: 9-12
750 Baychester Avenue
Bronx NY 10475
Phone: 718-904-5400

Our Insights

What’s Special

Pre-engineering, culinary arts, media, and JROTC; eight gyms

The Downside

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)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Law and Legal Studies/Law Enforcement Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.

Computer Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Website design, Power Point, publishing, the Internet and word processing. Customized learning individually paced to achieve mastery.

Culinary Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Learn life skills with a military focus; discipline, respect, and service are the trademarks of our AFJROTC program.

Pre-Engineering and Applied Mathematics
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.

Arts Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee


Language Courses

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


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Co-op City (District 11)
Trains: 5 Line to Baychester Ave
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx38, BxM7, Q50


Keri Alfano

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Harry S. Truman Educational Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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