Hugo Newman Legacy

Dr. Hugo Newman, Educator

Dr. Hugo Newman, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and the last principal of the former New York Training School for Teachers, died on October 18, 1951. He was 84 years old.

Born in the city of New York, Dr. Newman received a B.S. degree from City College in 1885, and a Master of Pedagogy degree from New York University.  He entered the public school system as a teacher in 1887, and served at Public Schools 9, 19, 86 and 10 in Manhattan.

In 1901 Dr. Newman was named principal of Public School 33 in the Bronx and taught in Central Evening High School and Harlem Evening High School.  He was principal of Morris Evening High School from 1900 to 1914.

29 years at Training College

Dr. Newman served as principal of the New York Training School for Teachers.   This training school later became the New York Teachers Training College from 1914 until its discontinuance in 1933.  He helped the architects as a pedagogical counsel in the design of the new building, formerly, the High School of Music and Art, on Convent Avenue and West 135thStreet.

In 1933 he was named a district superintendent, a title later changed to assistant superintendent.  He was in charge of School Districts 18, 19 and 20 in the Bronx.  He retired in 1937.

Dr. Newman lectured widely on education topics and he taught a course on the methods of teaching at the Bronx Teachers Association.  He was the author of “Laboratory Experiments in Physics,” in four volumes and he was a contributor to many educational periodicals.

Inventor and Musician

Dr. Newman invented many pedagogical devices, among these a convertible laboratory table for science rooms, a mechanical device for teaching numbers and phonics, devices for presenting statistical schools facts, a schoolroom transom adjuster and an automatic slide changer for optical lanterns.

A teacher of music for many years, he was an organist in various city churches and a director of choruses and orchestras.  He also composed music for the piano.

Dr. Newman was a member of Emile, the National Education Association, City Teachers Association, Principals Association, State Science Teachers Association, Bronx Society of Arts and Sciences and New York Academy of Public Education.

PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman Legacy of Success

Dr. Hugo Newman’s legacy of success blossomed in a new form at PS/IS 180 under there leadership of principal Dr. Peter McFarlane for over 15 years. Based on the Joseph Renzulli School Wide Enrichment Model of Education, Hugo Newman Prep became a beacon for, of, and by the Harlem community it served with a philosophy education that identifies and strengthens students’ interests and talents, thereby creating a gifted and talented program for the entire school.