The Bronx High School of Science was recently featured as the setting for Netflix’s “See you Yesterday.” This Movie was produced by Spike Lee and took place entirely in the city of the Bronx, New York. Bronx Science is a very prestigious specialized high school. Although a NYCDOE High School, Bronx Science requires perspective students to take an admission exam, that normally has a 5% passing, meaning only 5% of the perspective students pass the exam, although everyone has an equal opportunity at passing this exam.

The Movie is about two African American students from the Bronx, who also attends the Bronx High School of Science. The plot, without spoilers, is about the two students trying to create a time machine to travel to the past.

The Bronx High School of Science is one of the most successful, and prestigious High School of Science in the state of New York.

How was Bronx High School of Science founded?

The Bronx High School of Science was founded in 1938 by resolution of the Department of Education of the City of New York with Dr. Morris Meister as the first principal of the school.  The school was housed in a Gothic building located at Creston Avenue and 184th Street. The building, built in 1918 for Evander Childs High School, was previously occupied by Walton High School (1930) and by an annex of DeWitt Clinton High School (1935). Bronx Science started with 150 ninth grade students and 250 tenth grade students, and the remaining facilities were used by DeWitt Clinton. As Bronx Science became larger, the Clinton contingent was gradually returned to its main building. During their joint occupation, which lasted for two years, the two schools had separate teaching staff and classes, but the same supervision and administration.


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This is a great way to recognize the great things the city of the Bronx has to offer. The Bronx High School of Science has a repertoire of successful, and famous alumni.

Bronx Science Alumni

  • Lisa Su ’86 CEO of AMD
  • Jon Cryer ’83 
  • Judith Weintraub Younger ’50
  • Jon Favreau ’84
  • Richard Danzig ’61
  • Raymond King ’82
  • Melvin Schwartz ’49
  • Harold Bloom ’47
  • Stokley Carmichael ’60



We will wrap up this article here to avoid spoilers. Nevertheless, although not the first time, it is significant how Netflix and Spike Lee are highlighting the greatness of the Bronx. The Bronx is much more than Yankee Stadium, and the Bronx Zoo. Here we develop scientist, CEOs, and leaders. The NYCDOE is one of the largest and most diverse educational systems in the world.

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