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Kennedy hailed it as "a significant and pathfinding example of a special program devoted to the development of the student gifted in science and mathematics." The President had recently selected one of its graduates, Harold Brown, of the class of 1943, for the position of Director of Defense Research and Engineering; he would later serve as Secretary of Defense under President Jimmy Carter.When Alexander Taffel retired as principal in 1978, the chairman of the Biological Science Department, Milton Kopelman, became Principal. Upon Principal Kopelman's retirement in 1990, long-time faculty member and Biology Assistant Principal Vincent Galasso became principal.He was followed by Physical Science Department Assistant Principal Stanley Blumenstein, a 1963 graduate of Bronx Science.In 2000, William Stark, an assistant principal of the Social Studies Department, was appointed acting principal.During their joint occupation, which lasted for 2 years until 1940, the two schools had separate teaching staff and classes, but the same supervision and administration.In 1946, as a result of the efforts of Meister, the faculty, and the Parents Association, the school became co-ed, giving girls of New York equal opportunity to pursue a quality education in a specialized high school, previously denied to them.The new building would be on 205th Street near Bedford Park Boulevard, in a predominantly institutional area, between De Witt Clinton High School and its large football field on one side, and Harris Field and Hunter College (now Lehman College) on the other.On March 3, 1959, students and faculty occupied the new building for the first time, solving the problem of how to move the books from the old library to the new in typical Bronx Science manner: on Friday afternoon each student took home five library books from the old building, and on Monday returned them to the new one.
The main lobby entrance featured a 63-foot (19 m), Venetian glass mosaic mural overhead, depicting major figures from the history of science such as Marie Curie and Charles Darwin under the protective hands of a God-like figure representing knowledge, with this quote from John Dewey: "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination." The mural is an original work by Frank J.The building, built in 1918 for Evander Childs High School, had been successively occupied by Walton High School (1930) and by an annex of De Witt Clinton High School (1935).The initial faculty were composed in part by a contingent from Stuyvesant High School.Admission to Bronx Science involves passing the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.Each November, about 30,000 eighth and ninth graders take the 3-hour test for admittance to eight of the nine specialized high schools.