Category:Curtis High School alumni
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The following 31 pages are in this category, out of 31 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 31 pages are in this category, out of 31 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Curtis High School – Curtis High School, operated by the New York City Department of Education, is one of seven public high schools located in Staten Island, New York City, New York. It was founded on February 9,1904, the first high school on Staten Island, Curtis High School is named after nationally prominent writer and orator George W. Curtis, who lived nearby. The school was the first public building built following the consolidation of Greater New York and it was designed by the architect C. B. J. Snyder. The cornerstone was laid in 1902, it was completed and opened 1904, the original building of brick and limestone is dominated by a large square turreted tower inspired by English medieval models. The first principal was Columbia graduate Oliver Durfee Clark, who served 1904 to 1906, the second principal was Harry Freeman Towle, a graduate of Dartmouth. Additions were made to the building in 1922,1925 and 1937, john M Avent was principal from 1924 to the late 1940s. Curtis was designated a New York City Landmark on October 12,1982, the gym and cafeteria wings were added at a later date as additions to the original buildings neo-Gothic architecture. In addition, Curtis club teams include boys varsity and junior varsity, the Curtis High School Field was renamed Bobby Thomson Field in 2007. Curtis has an enrollment of about 2,830 and is open to residents of New York City entering either ninth or tenth grade. Enrollment requirements vary depending on which of the ten houses the student is going to be enrolled, there are zoned programs where enrollment is based mostly on geography, with Staten Island residents having priority over all other boroughs. Within Staten Island, geographical areas closer to the school have priority over all areas of Staten Island. Most other programs rely either on the students grades and city standardized tests or specialized enrollment tests. The schools population is 38% African American, 31% Hispanic,22. 9% White and 7. 5% Asian, all New York City students entering high school must apply to schools, as there are no zoning boundaries for high schools in New York City. Only special zoned programs have geographical restrictions whereby certain areas of Staten Island have priority over all of the rest of New York City, vincent Robert Capodanno, US Navy chaplain, received the Medal of Honor after dying under fire in Vietnam. Father Capodanno Boulevard is named for him, as is the USS Capodanno Joseph F. Merrell Jr. posthumously awarded United States Medal of Honor for combat in World War II, a ferry is named for him. Jeb Stuart Magruder, lawyer, advisor to President Nixon, Watergate conspirator Ralph J. Lamberti, a native of Staten Island Emily Genauer, art critic, won a Pulitzer Prize for newspaper reporting. Mario Buatta, famous interior designer Selita Ebanks, Victorias Secret Model The RZA, hip-hop recording artist, and producer, Barberi, football player and longtime Curtis High coach. Staten Island ferry MV Andrew J. Barberi is named for him, Hospital outreach, Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home Staten Island University Hospital St
2. Vincent R. Capodanno – Vincent R. Capodanno was born on Staten Island, New York, on February 13,1929. He graduated from Curtis High School, Staten Island, and attended Fordham University for a year before entering the Maryknoll Missionary Seminary in Ossining and he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 14,1958. Father Capodannos first assignment as a missionary was with aboriginal Taiwanese in the mountains of Taiwan where he served in a parish, after seven years, Father Capodanno returned to the United States for leave and then was assigned to a Maryknoll school in Hong Kong. In December 1965, Father Capodanno received his commission as a lieutenant in the Navy Chaplain Corps and he was assigned to the First Marine Division in Vietnam in April 1966. The outnumbered and disorganized Company D was in need of reinforcements, by 9,14 am,26 Marines were confirmed dead, and another company of Marines was committed to the battle. At 9,25 am, the commander of 1st Battalion 5th Marine requested further reinforcements, Father Capodanno went among the wounded and dying, giving last rites. Wounded in the face and hand, he went to help a wounded corpsman only yards from a machine gun and was killed. His body was recovered and interred in his familys plot in Saint Peters Cemetery, West New Brighton, Staten Island, the official ceremony was held January 7,1969. On May 19,2002, Capodannos Cause for Canonization was officially opened, on May 21,2006 a Public Decree of Servant of God was issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. The statement was made by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien in Washington D. C, Archbishop Broglio announced at this time that the newly established Father Vincent Capodanno Guild would serve as the Petitioner of the Cause and Dr. Ambrosi as Roman Postulator. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, when an exploding mortar round inflicted multiple painful wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire, by his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U. S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom, USS Capodanno was named in honor of Lieutenant Capodanno. The Capodanno was commissioned September 17,1973, and was decommissioned July 30,1993 and it became the first ship in the U. S fleet to receive a Papal Blessing when it was blessed by Pope John Paul II in Naples, Italy, September 4,1981. In March 1971, the Knights of Columbus, Madonna Council in Staten Island sought to have a permanent public memorial honoring Father Capodanno. In October 1974, a bill was proposed to change the name of Seaside Boulevard to Father Capodanno Boulevard, a year later, a monument was erected at the corner of Midland Avenue and Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island. It is made of light gray Barre granite, stands 8 high and 4 wide and has a bronze plaque, Saint Vincents Chapel was the Capodanno familys first choice as a memorial. Within four months after his death, almost $4,000 had been raised by such as The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus
3. Richie Castellano – Richie Castellano is an American musician and engineer, notable as a member of the band Blue Öyster Cult. A fifth generation musician, Richie Castellano was born in Brooklyn, the Castellano family moved to Staten Island in 1985. He began to study guitar at the age of seven, among his early musical influences were Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens. By the early 1990s, influenced by the Beatles, he began songwriting, later influences included Yes, Genesis, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He also cites the music of Queen as an important influence on the development of his musical style, at that time, Castellano met Ron Bumblefoot Thal, who became one of his most important mentors. In 1997, inspired in part by Thals 1995 debut solo album The Adventures of Bumblefoot and this album, entitled Alone in My Basement, was surprisingly successful, selling out of its initial pressing within one month of its release. He won two songwriting awards for one of the songs from Alone in My Basement, the album was also acclaimed in EQ magazine for the unusual methods employed in its recording and production. He won a competition to write a song for his school graduation. Castellano graduated from Curtis High School in 1998, Castellano enrolled in the Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York at Purchase in 1998. He majored in Studio Production, studying the practice of digital recording. From 1999–2001, he produced and engineered Regina Spektors debut album,11,11, during the summer of 2000, Castellano studied advanced digital recording techniques and audio engineering at Wave Studio in Staten Island, under the instruction of Ron Thal. Castellano assisted Thal with the production of his album, Uncool and that year, he also began his association with Blue Öyster Cult as a substitute Front of House engineer. Also around this time, he and one of his professors, Grammy Award-nominated producer Dr. Joe Ferry, were involved in a band, Richie & the Pocketrockets. This band released one album, entitled Touch of Blue, The Blues Tribute to the Grateful Dead, Castellano earned his Masters degree in Music from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in December 2002. In December 2003, Castellano accompanied Blue Öyster Cult on a tour to Germany as their sound engineer, Castellano first performed with Blue Öyster Cult as bass guitarist in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 18,2004, shortly after Danny Miranda left the band. He remained in position until early 2007, when original member Allen Lanier retired from the band. At that time, Castellano filled the position of guitar and keyboards. By April 2007, the guitar position was filled by Rudy Sarzo on a semi-permanent basis
4. Selita Ebanks – Selita Ebanks is a Cayman-born fashion model and actress. Born of African descent to a Jamaican father and a Caymanian mother in George Town, Grand Cayman and her family, her mother in particular, encouraged her development through extracurricular programs. She moved to the United States and settled on Staten Island and she was accepted by Columbia University and New York University, but instead chose to pursue modeling. In 2000, at the age of 17, while walking through the turnstiles at Six Flags Great Adventure, Ebanks made her debut in February 2001 at the fall show for Tuleh. After working for the likes of Catherine Malandrino, James Coviello, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ebanks first modeled for Victorias Secret for their Ipex Bra line, before being signed as an Angel. She and Izabel Goulart made their major débuts in the 2005 Victorias Secret Fashion Show, in 2005, Tyra Banks said she was proud of Ebanks to be representing black women at Victorias Secret. She also wore the fantasy bra set during the Victorias Secret fashion show on December 4,2007, Ebanks made a special guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother on 26 November 2007 with her fellow Victorias Secret supermodels. According to Forbes, Ebanks ranked the twelfth highest paid supermodel for 2008 and she appeared in Sports Illustrateds 2007 Swimsuit Issue. She is now a character in BETs Husbands of Hollywood where she plays the love interest of comedian Kevin Hart. Ebanks appeared on the season of Celebrity Apprentice, but was fired in week 5 on April 11,2010. Previously, she recorded music and appeared on the UPN-series South Beach and she is featured in The-Dreams music video for the single Make Up Bag, as well as Kanye Wests 2010 short film Runaway, playing a fallen phoenix with whom Wests character falls in love. Ebanks also appeared in a commercial for State Farm Insurance alongside actor/model Mehcad Brooks, Ebanks also has her own line of swimwear, accessories and shoes called Sass which stands for Selitas Accessories Shoes and Swimwear. The line was seen on the BET Rip The Runway 2012 which she hosted alongside Pooch Hall, Ebanks has run her own talent school Stardom Youth Foundation since 2004 in her hometown Cayman Islands, providing career guidance for teenagers. She also formed a charity organization, Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity, the organization helps to support women’s educational and professional programs in the civil war-torn African nation. She was engaged to comedian Nick Cannon for five months, official website Selita Ebanks at the Fashion Model Directory Selita Ebanks at the Internet Movie Database