CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL, Staten Island

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I was sniffing around Park Hill in Staten Island a few years ago when I came upon this magnificent high school building, constructed in 1894, at Steuben Street and Rhine Avenue. It anchors the rather obscure Concord neighborhood, which since 1964 has been defined by the Staten Island Expressway, Richmond Road, West Fingerboard Road and the Staten Island Railway.

Glancing at the street signs will reveal the names of German rivers and other Germanic names: Steuben, Oder, Neckar, Rhine, Elbe and more; Concord had a predominantly German population after its 19th-Century founding. Emerson Hill is nearby: Judge William Emerson, brother of Transcendentalist author and philosopher Ralph Waldo, lived on it, and R.W. and mutual friend Henry David Thoreau were frequenters of the region.

This is just a taster for what I hope will be a more extensive feature of this pleasant yet obscure neighborhood later on.

5/27/13





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12 Responses to CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL, Staten Island

  1. Lisa says:

    Is it still in use as a school?

  2. John says:

    I think that this was originally a public grammar school. The old schools built around the time of the mistake of ’98 usually had a bell or clock tower.

  3. Renee Neumann says:

    Lovely windows! Imagine all the natural light they let into the classrooms in the days before electric lighting. Not to mention to look out of during a boring lesson. I wouldn’t have minded going to school there. (I attended nearby St. Joseph Hill Academy in Arrochar for 12 years–where I also had a great view from the playground on the hill, watching the Verrazzano Bridge being built.)

    • michael banks says:

      we had to use those poles with hooks to open the windows in the late 60s early 70s, clapped erasers every afternoon was a great school.

  4. Larry Gertner says:

    I carry mail on the other side of the Expressway from the school, but the street names carry over.
    Somehow in the midst of all this Germanicness, Britton Avenue managed to sneak in.

  5. Sure Concord High School (the name of the school) looks nice but it’s where students end up when they can’t make it in other schools. And Concord north of the expressway isn’t a very safe neighborhood. Sad, really.

    • michael banks says:

      it use to be a great grade school fine neighborhood then section 8 came in slid downhill fast after that.

  6. Anthony Varrecchia says:

    I was born and raised on Rhine avenue. Attended P.S. 12 from ’68 – ’74. Times have changed and so has the neighborhood… and not in a good way.

  7. michael banks says:

    i was in mrs fitzpatricks class 4th grade 1969 mr litz 5th grade 1970 henry murpheys class 1971 anyone else?

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