I.S. 77 was nominated in 1982 for the National Register of Historic Places
because of its distinctive example of the turn-of-the-century architecture and Tudor-Gothic style. It was designed by Charles B.J. Snyder, who was a respected architect known for his designs of public schools throughout the city. In 1909, plans for a school building were approved in response to the boom in population. Originally, the land where the school building stands was part of Ridgewood Park, a once popular picnic and entertainment spot for the many immigrant families in the neighborhood. The school housed 1,458 students in 1911, and the first graduation took place in 1912. There were 2,400 pupils, 400 of whom were part time in 1914, and by 1917, P.S. 93 was built to relieve school overcrowding. In 2003, I.S. 77 expanded its facilities to include a new gym, library, 20 classrooms, and a 500-seat cafeteria.
Today I.S. 77, with approximately 1200 students, reflects the areas ethnically-diverse students. Our school is a dynamic learning environment that combines the best methods of research-proven educational techniques with caring faculty and staff to serve the specific needs of our students. We are proud of our past accomplishments and look forward to a continued future of academic excellence.