Bronx High School for the Visual Arts

About the High School

The Bronx High School for the Visual Arts was launched in 2002 in Morris Park, several blocks east of the Bronx Zoo. The school has more than 450 students and teaches a full range of subjects with an emphasis on visual arts and graphics design.

Their Story

Watch Principal Iris Witherspoon and several of her teachers and students talk about why the school matters to them and how it’s an integral part of the Bronx.

Listen to Rachel Magriz, an alumna of the school, talk about how her education there set her on the path to becoming a New York City police officer.


Hip hop was born in the ’70s in the South Bronx and Joe Conzo was there to document it with his camera. See some of his historic photos and his talk to students at the school.