Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn, NY

 
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Thomas Jefferson High School

400 Pennsylvania Avenue at Blake Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11207








On May 11, 1922, ground was broken by Mayor Hylan for the construction of Thomas Jefferson High School, located in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Over the years, the large school was instrumental in the education of many notable people, but by the 1990s the neighborhood and school had fallen into decline. In the fall of 2002, Thomas Jefferson High School was named one of seven low-performing Brooklyn high schools scheduled for restructuring under the Brooklyn New Century High Schools initiative. In 2004 it was announced that Jefferson would no longer accept incoming 9th graders, although the existing students would be allowed to stay and graduate. Four new small schools opened in the building in September 2004:

1. The Performing Arts and Technical High School (PATH)
2. High School for Fire and Life Safety (FDNY)
3. High School for Civil Rights (CIVIL RIGHTS)
4. World Advocacy for Total Community Health High School (WATCH)

Famous alumni of Thomas Jefferson High School include actors Danny Kaye, Shelley Winters, and Jimmy Smits.
               
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 4487 (1926)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 38 stops, 31 ranks


In January 1925, the M.P. Möller company received a contract to build seven identical organs for high schools in the boroughs of New York City. High Schools receiving the new organs included Julia Richman (Op. 4485) and George Washington (Op. 4486) in Manhattan; and Thomas Jefferson (Op. 4487), Girls' Commercial (Op. 4488), New Utrecht (Op. 4489), and James Madison (Op. 4491) in Brooklyn; and Flushing High School (Op. 4492) in Queens.

The Möller organ in the auditorium of Thomas Jefferson High School was the third of the seven organs to be installed, and it had a three-manual stop-key console. Wind pressure for the organ was 5 inches, except for the 16' Tuba, which was on 10 inches. The status of this organ in 2007 is unknown.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed with Choir except as noted
8
  Major Diapason *
73
8
  Clarabella
73
8
  English Diapason *
73
4
  Harmonic Flute
73
8
  Gamba
73
4
  Octave
73
8
  Gross Flute
73
8
  Tuba
73
8
  Dulciana
CH
   
* unenclosed
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
73
2
  Flautino
73
8
  Open Diapason
73
    Dolce Cornet III ranks
8
  Stopped Flute
73
         [derived from 2' Flautino]  
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Vox Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Aeoline
73
8
  Vox Humana [sep. box & trem.]
61
4
  Rohr Flute
73
    Tremulant
4
  Gambette
73
       
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed with Great
16
  Contra Dulciana
85
2
  Piccolo [Harmonic]
61
8
  Geigen Principal
73
8
  Clarinet
73
8
  Concert Flute
73
8
  English Horn
73
8
  Dulciana [ext.]
    Tremulant  
8
  Viol Celeste
73
   
Concert Harp
49 bars
4
  Flute d'Amour
73
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
8
  'Cello
32
16
  Open Diapason
32
8
  Flute [GT Gross Flute]
GT
16
  Bourdon
32
16
  Tromba [ext. GT]
12
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'       Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'  
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'       Great 16', 4'  
    Choir to Pedal 8', 4'       Swell 16', 4'  
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'       Choir 16', 4'  
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'          
               
Piston Combinations (Adjustable at Organ Bench and Moving Registers)
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5 operating on Swell Organ
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 operating on Choir Organ
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 operating on Great Organ
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 operating on Pedal Organ
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-0 Three Pedal Pistons and Release adjustable to full organ combinations
               
    When operating Pedal Pistons all stop action must automatically be cancelled (without affecting the position of the stop registers) thereby allowing the performer to prepare in advance while playing any combination desired which may be brought into operation at the desired moment by pressing Release Pistons.
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Choir and Great Pedal   Crescendo-Sforzando Pedal
               
Accessories
1.
  Swell Tremulant  
2.
  Choir Tremulant  
3.
  Wind Indicator  
4.
  Crescendo Indicator  
5.
  Electric Action Generator  
6.
  Electric Motor & Rotary Blower  
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Indicator Lights for Pedal Pistons  
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10.
  Organ Bench with Music Shelf  
                 
Sources:
     Inside Schools web site: http://www.insideschools.org/fs/school_profile.php?id=1027
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications for M.P. Möller organ, Op. 4486, January 14, 1925.

Illustration:
     Class Reunions web site: http://classreport.org/usa/ny/brooklyn/tjhs/. Cxterior.