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Named after the first African American New York schools chancellor, Richard R. Green High School of Teaching is a friendly school that provides a safe space for students to express themselves freely.


Students say the school is special because everyone knows and encourages each other. Students call teachers by their first names and receive a lot of individual attention. "If you don't have support at home you have it here. They care, they know your name and you as a person," one student told us.

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Richard R. Green is housed in the iconic Standard Oil Building or Socony-Vacuum Building located at 26 Broadway. The building is adjacent to Bowling Green in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. The iconic Charging Bull is located right outside. The 31-story, 520-foot-tall structure was designed in the Renaissance Revival style by Thomas Hastings of Carrère and Hastings, in conjunction with Shreve, Lamb & Blake. It was built as the headquarters of Standard Oil, once one of the largest oil companies in the United States.


The original structure was built in 1884–1885 for Standard Oil on the former site of U.S. treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton's house. The Standard Oil Building was expanded in 1895 and again after World War I, when Walter C. Teagle bought four neighboring buildings to create a continuous lot. The building was greatly expanded to its current size in a multi-phase construction project that took place between 1921 and 1928. 26 Broadway was sold to another owner in 1956 but remained a prominent structure on Bowling Green. In 1995, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated 26 Broadway as an official city landmark. It is also a contributing property to the Wall Street Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places district created in 2007.