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July 1, 2020: PTA Virtual Year-End Gathering
Join fellow PTA parents during this informal virtual celebration as we mark the end of another academic year at Townsend Harris. Because the continuing COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on our annual tradition of having a year-end party at a local restaurant, it won't stop us from meeting online where we can connect with and support one another, allow senior parents to say good-byes, and leave supportive messages to our children's teachers and the school's staff. And if you are interested in getting more involved with the PTA in the 2020-21 school year, please come by and let us know!
July 1, 2020: Update on Yankees game fundraiser
Everyone who bought tickets to the already-cancelled April Yankees game has two options:
  • The money paid for the tickets will be kept on account as a credit, and can be used for tickets later this season or during the 2021 season. No action is required for those who want to keep the credit, as it will be applied automatically.
  • For those who want a refund, please email
June 25, 2020: Townsend Harris High School profiled in today's issue of The New York Times
The New York Times profiled how the students at two New York City high schools rose up to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them was our very own Townsend Harris! The article focused on how the editors and staff writers of our school's newspaper, The Classic, reported not only on the effects of the corornavirus on the Townsend Harris community, but also how the student body recreated some of the annual rituals of the graduating class who was unable to meet in person to celebrate the close of their high school experience. To read the article, click here or on the image below.

NYT article
June 22, 2020: First-ever virtual Townsend Harris graduation ceremony
For the first time in its history, Townsend Harris High School today held a virtual ceremony for a graduating class of students. Due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the members of the Class of 2020 gathered online at 3:00 pm where they celebrated four years of hard work and accomplishments during a two-hour ceremony filled with music performances, photos, speeches, and videos. To watch the entire commencement on YouTube, please click here. To see some screenshots, click here.
THHS graduation

May 13, 2020: Virtual PTA meeting
Virtual PTA meeting on May 13, 2020: Meeting runs from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Please see the agenda below.
  • PTA opening remarks
  • Mr. Condon, Principal
  • Ms. York, Assistant Principal of Guidance
  • Ms. Fee, Assistant Principal of Organization (tentative)
  • Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator
  • Q&A with parents
Please visit the "News & Updates" section for more details to join us virtually.


April 21, 2020: Townsend Harris: The top-ranked high school in New York in 2020
Breaking story . . . Townsend Harris is the #1 public high school in New York City, the #1 public high school in the New York metro area, and the #1 public high school in the state, according to the 2020 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. And of the over 24,000 public high schools in America, Townsend Harris is ranked #5 (up from #11 last year). Click on the image below or this link to see the full rankings.
THHS 2020 rankings

April 16, 2020: On providing reassurance after COVID-19
More than ever before, the Townsend Harris community needs your support in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic which, unfortunately, has made Queens the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States. We have all been seriously affected (some more than others) by the devastating path of this still-ongoing crisis, including the loss of loved ones, employment, and that sense of confidence which sets our nation apart from all others.
But even in the midst of this uncertainty, the one thing we can give to our children is the GUARANTEE that, once they return to Townsend Harris, we will keep providing them with the resources to continue not only their first-class education, but also the extracurricular activities that make Townsend Harris the highest-ranked high school in the entire state. We will show them that, rather than weakening us, Townsend Harris will emerge even stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in spirit but also financially.
As many of us are now shopping online even for basic necessities, you can donate to the PTA simply by shopping on without any extra cost to you. Here's how to do so:
  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases.
  • Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation."
  • Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible to generate donations.
  • After you place a qualifying order, it may take several days for the amount you have generated to update.
  • Do NOT log into your regular account or the mobile app.
    Instead, you MUST log into Townsend Harris High School's special link to AmazonSmile. Or click on the banner below.
  • The name of our AmazonSmile organization is "Parent Teacher Association of Townsend Harris High School."
And to learn how to make more donations directly to the Townsend Harris PTA, please CLICK HERE. Every donation (no matter how small) is important because they will all add up to a bright future for our children at Townsend Harris.

April 15, 2020: Update on Yankees Game & Spring Raffle Fundraising Events
Just to give you a quick update, Friday's Yankees game fundraiser (April 17, 2020) is still postponed. What should you do if you purchased tickets for Friday's game? We have been assured by the Yankees organization that all purchased tickets will be honored by the Yankees organization in one form or another, and could include rescheduling, rain-checks, or reimbursement.
On the official Yankees homepage, the answer remains the same as before: "When updated official information becomes available, with respect to the postponed regular season games, the Yankees will communicate it to their fans promptly and through a variety of channels, including Twitter (@yankees) and on the website. We ask that everyone keep their tickets for all home games as Major League Baseball and the Yankees continue to evaluate events leading up to the start of the season."
The PTA is also working on a new date for the Spring Raffle Fundraiser. One option is to hold this fundraiser in the fall.
We would like to thank everyone for their continuing participation in and support for these two events. Once we get the new dates, we will have more reason than ever before to get together and get re-acquainted again.
April 2020: PTA Spring Raffle Fundraising Event Postponed
The PTA has postponed its Spring Raffle Fundraising Event to a later date.
Once the PTA sets a new date, we will raffle off gift baskets made from donations by families and friends of Townsend Harris High School. Themes include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, bath and body, culinary, sports, food, games, gift cards, and more.
All proceeds raised will benefit our children and programs at Townsend Harris! Each raffle ticket costs $5.00 or five tickets for $20.00.
See the photos below for a preview, or click on this link to see photos of all the gift baskets.
For a PDF list of both the gift baskets and descriptions in one document, click here. For the list of our very, very generous sponsors, click here.
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April 17, 2020: Yankees Game Fundraiser
UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all MLB games for the coming season have been postponed, including the game for the Townsend Harris outing on Friday, April 17, 2020. Here is an excerpt from the official Yankees homepage:
"When updated official information becomes available, with respect to the postponed regular season games, the Yankees will communicate it to their fans promptly and through a variety of channels, including Twitter (@yankees) and on the website. We ask that everyone keep their tickets for all home games as Major League Baseball and the Yankees continue to evaluate events leading up to the start of the season."
We have been in touch with the Yankees representative who is helping us with the logistics of our April 17th outing. If the game on April 17th is cancelled, the representative said that all purchased tickets for that game can be exchanged or reimbursed. We will have more details at a later date.
Join your Townsend Harris High School community for an outing to Yankee Stadium on Friday, April 17, 2020, and cheer on the New York Yankees as they take on the Cincinnati Reds! First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM. A portion of each ticket purchased will go back to benefit Townsend Harris High School!

Fans who purchase tickets through this offer will receive an exclusive New York Yankees Hat co-branded with the Townsend Harris High School logo! This hat CANNOT be purchased separately from the ticket sales.

THHS Yankees Hat THHS Yankees Hat logo
Ticket Options:
  • Main Level (Section 234) - $38.00/ticket
  • Field Level (Section 134) - $53.00/ticket
  • Field Level (Section 132) - $58.00/ticket

Hat Pickup: You will receive an email 48 hours prior to the event with the location of the Townsend Harris High School hat table. Hats will be available to be picked up prior to the 4th inning. Hats CANNOT be purchased separately from the ticket sales.

Ticket Delivery: You will receive an email one (1) day before the event with instructions on how to download your mobile ticket, along with Will Call pick up information, based on preference. All ticket verification QR codes will appear 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the game.

For questions please contact Greg Petorak at or (646) 977-8062.
Please check what our sponsor KWELLER PREP is offering for our students to prepare for the SAT and ACT.
NAVI CONSULTING (formerly Merica Consulting) works with the Townsend Harris PTA to prepare our students for a bright future. To register for their June 2020 educational seminar, click here. Or contact them at or 888-978-1588.
DONATE TO THE PTA WHILE SHOPPING ON AMAZON. For more details, click here.