We are sorry to have learned of the recent passing of Steve Anderson, who taught at Seward Park High School from 1985 until the school’s closing in 2006. He then became one of the founders of LoMA on the Seward Park campus after Seward closed. Former LoMA principal John Wenk called Steve “one of the most beloved teachers” he has ever known, adding “he was a real teacher’s teacher.” Former colleague Maureen Lonergan contacted us to say that “he was a great teacher and a great friend. He had an amazing sense of humor!” Steve had been a music writer for the Village Voice when he decided to obtain his Master’s Degree and teach. In 2021 he authored As The Day May Determine, a book which drew on his background on the Lower East Side and East Village and received very favorable reviews. He was the type of teacher who really made Seward a special school. The mark he left on his students and co-workers will be long remembered.
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Seward’s Cheer Team will once again be competing in the National High School Cheerleading Championships next February 9-12, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the team get there. Your contribution, no matter how small, will help to make this happen. Thank you. Go Seward!
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Hello, many of my fondest memories are from Seward Park HS. I had many friends there but lost touch. Can’t believe it’s been 23 years already. Time flies. If you are a Seward Park alumni & may know me, please reach out to me @ email@example.com. I would love to connect. All the best!
The Seward Park Campus Cheerleaders have earned a spot to compete in the National High School Cheer Competition for the second year in a row! It will take place in Orlando, Florida in February 2023. Click on the link below to see the interview on ABC7 news…. https://abc7ny.com/cheerleading-seward-park-cheer-team-nationals-manhattan/12720019/
The team has an online fundraising page to help get them to Orlando. Please support Seward’s very own cheerleading team via the link below.
Great memories at Seward. I’m looking forward to connecting with old friends.
SPHS was the first school that I attended outside of my Harlem neighborhood. In addition, my prior JrHS was all boys and Seward was coed. The cultural and racial diversity was new, but was just as important to my education as the academic subjects taught. I was on the track team and remember having to travel, on the train, all the way to the Bronx – Van Courtland Park for cross country training. Submitted May 15, 2022
Mr. Jack Steinger was a Social Studies teacher with bilingual students. He taught at Seward in the 1970s. His niece is seeking any of his former students with memories of her uncle. She would also like to hear from anyone who received a Jack Steinger scholarship in his memory. Submitted May 3, 2022.
My truck satellite radio stays on the Studio 54 channel so I’m always transported to days of JHS and HS years! I Would love to catch up my fellow Bears from ‘81-‘84.
Hello! Seward Park was my high school and some of the great years of my life. I played on the bowling and handball teams for Coach Richard Katze. I had many friends in this high school. Contact me if you went to this school and if you may know me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope all my former classmates are doing great! Submitted Jan. 27, 2022
My name is Jerry Agrinzoni and I graduated from Seward in 1974. After completing my undergraduate degree at The City College and graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work I worked at various jobs. From substance abuse counseling at the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation's methadone maintenance program in Harlem (the Starting Point Clinic) to Services for the Underserved (community residential services for mentally ill chemical abusers) to my current employment with the New York City Housing Authority in the Social Services Department, I often look back on my years at Seward fondly. The environment there, the culture of the neighborhood and the students and teachers proved to be as guiding lights, urging me in the direction of wanting to help people. I received a lot of support and guidance from those individuals at Seward who were charged with bringing out each student's talents. So much were they invested in my future that the guidance counselor applied for me to go to The City College, at a time when I was unmotivated to go to any institution of higher learning. Thank goodness for that! And, thank you Seward Park! I'm sorry to see the old school go, and am heartened to see its incarnation ready to guide the youth of today and tomorrow into this new century. I pray that the same supportive environment I had still lives on! If anyone from the class of 1974, or any other year, would like to email me, please do at email@example.com.
- Jerry Agrinzoni '74
My name is Jacquelyn Anderson and I attended and graduated from Seward Park in 1974. Since that time, I've entered the media. I was a radio newscaster at NJN (WNJT), and have been an on-air radio personality for several years now at stations in New Jersey and Alabama. I currently host "Midday Jazz With Jackie Anderson" at WJAB 90.9 FM, in Huntsville, Alabama. Also, I manage Hammond B3 jazz organist Vince Seneri, who is in the NY/NJ area. His latest CD is "Street Talk", with Grammy-winner Dave Valentin, Houston, Person, and David "Fathead" Newman. We are in the process of planning a world tour. I did get a chance to go to New York back in August, 2005 for my vacation, and had the privilege to drive by Seward Park High with my brother Kenny. I'll be back in New York soon. It brought back many wonderful memories for me! If anyone would like to contact me, my email address is:firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jacquelyn Anderson '74
I have very fond and vivid memories of my years at SPHS, not the least of which the year when I brought prestige to the school by having a short story I had written for the school's creative writing publication (called the Folio) won the district prize for Manhattan in a contest sponsored by NYU. At that time, all high schools in each of the boroughs were invited to submit student stories and I had to be persuaded to do so by my then honors English teacher, Miss Lyons. It was a first for the school and it made the faculty and all the students very proud.
- Mollie Abzug Pier '37