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Hunter College High School is a secondary school for intellectually gifted students located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is administered by Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Hunter is publicly funded, and there is no tuition fee. According to the school, “students accepted to Hunter represent the top one-quarter of 1% of students in New York City, based on test scores.”
Hunter has been ranked as the top public high school in the United States by both The Wall Street Journal and Worth. The New York Times called Hunter “the prestigious Upper East Side school known for its Ivy League-bound students” and “the fast track to law, medicine and academia.” Publicly available data indicate that Hunter has the highest average SAT score, the highest average ACT score and the highest percentage of National Merit Finalists of any high school in the United States, public or private.
Hunter graduates excel in many fields, most notably academia, law, medicine, writing and performing arts. Hunter graduates are known for breaking down race, class and especially gender barriers in their professions.
Hunter’s alumni include Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, actresses Cynthia Nixon, Ruby Dee, Diane Lane, and (first African-American Emmy winner) Olivia Cole, authors Audre Lorde, Cynthia Ozick and Hortense Calisher, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, youngest ever EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner Robert Lopez, first female NIH director Bernadine Healy, the first female presidents of four major universities and colleges, the first female Solicitor General of the United States, the first female Supreme Court Justices of three states and first female Chief Justices of two, and three Pulitzer Prize, two National Medal of Sciences, a National Medal of Arts, a Kennedy Center Honors, a Wolf Prize, a Lasker Award, a National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal (its highest award), a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a King’s Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom (UK), a MacArthur Genius Award, and numerous Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winners.