10. Boys High School has famous alumni

Boys High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Boys High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant is often considered one of Brooklyn’s finest buildings. The Romanesque Revival building was built using terracotta and features a notable round corner tower and soaring campanile. The architect behind the 1891 building was James W. Naughton, at the time the Superintendent of Buildings for the Board of Education of the City of Brooklyn.

The gorgeous building was also the alma mater of some of the country’s most famous figures. These included Isaac Asimov, a science fiction writer behind the Foundation series; Aaron Copland, the composer of Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring; Abraham Maslow, a psychologist who formulated the hierarchy of needs; Max Roach, a jazz percussionist; Man Ray, a Dada and Surrealist artist; and William Levitt, the developer of Levittown. Boys High School is currently undergoing renovations to restore the building to its former glory.

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