A Legacy of Success

The Beginning

Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School is a vocational high school in the Melrose section of South Bronx, Bronx, New York. It was originally built in the early 20th Century as the "Bronx Continuation School" for students who left the school system. The school eventually became a vocational high school in the 1920s providing internships and job opportunities for thousands of students through the years. The school was named after the former New York governor and Democratic nominee for president, Alfred E. Smith in 1965.

Present Day

The New York City Department of Education planned in 2010 to close the school but the plan was cancelled after strong protests from the community, and professional establishments across the city. 
The school is now rebounding, earning a B on its progress report for the 2011–2012 year. And with a new administration on board, teachers and administrators are working together to implement new ways to schedule classes, follow up on student absenteeism and adjust the school’s offerings to better support students. Alfred E. Smith High School is continuing its tradition of success providing post-secondary opportunities through its various college and career readiness programs which begin in the 10th grade. Currently there are 23 students involved in internships across the city including sophomores who are attending Parsons pre-college program.

The school offers a full academic course of study as well as Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, and Computer Graphics Technology. All technology programs offer "live" learning centers that create real work experience for students by providing services to the people and businesses in the community.

      Who was Alfred E. Smith?

Alfred Emanuel Smith (December 30, 1873 – October 4, 1944) was an American statesman who was elected Governor of New York four times and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928. 
The affability of the “Happy Warrior” contributed to his success in working with Republican majorities in the assembly to win passage of laws regulating child labor, improving factory conditions, creating state parks and providing for the mentally ill. Smith also made his mark as an administrator by reducing the number of state departments and agencies, but increasing efficiency. 
Smith was born and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 
He grew up in the Gilded Age as New York itself matured. The Brooklyn Bridge was being constructed nearby. "The Brooklyn Bridge and I grew up together," Smith would later recall.