Bronx History – PS 25: New York City’s First Bilingual School

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PS 25 built in 1897, the 117 year old school still stands proud on East 149th Street and Tinton Avenue.

The school was the first bilingual school in New York City offering English and Spanish instruction, first serving largely the Puerto Rican community and more recently children from all over Latin America as the demographics of the neighborhood has changed.

In recent years, PS 25 has turned around from being one of the worst performing schools and has achieved major improvements under the guidance of principal of Carmen Toledo-Guerrero.

Did you attend the school? What are your memories of PS 25?

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.