South High School opened approximately two months after North High School–on December 19, 1955. Since the building was not completed for a September opening, its 850 students and approximately 45 teachers remained at Central High School through December, on a split session basis. First principal of South was J. James Bergen (1955-77), who had worked at Central since 1933 as a language teacher and then assistant principal, also enjoying his role as a part-time scout for the N.Y. Yankees and Boston Red Sox baseball teams. Subsequent principals have been Dr. Steven R. Goldberg (1977-84), who later served as Business Administrator of the high school district (1984-95) and Assistant to the Superintendent for Administrative Services & Personnel (1995-97); Ms. Christine J. Cutting (1984-98), who started at South in 1966 as a science teacher; Dr. Stephen C. Lando and Maureen Henry.
South High School