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Spruce Street Principal Keeps Her School Growing With Purpose

(DNAINFO)  Irene Plagianos — The Spruce Street School launched in Lower Manhattan more than six years ago and the high-achieving public school hasn’t stopped growing since.

“It’s pretty amazing to see our progress,” said Nancy Harris, the school’s principal from the very beginning. “But at the same time, we keep changing and growing, and that means every year is a new challenge and new excitement. The novelty of launching a new school hasn’t worn off yet.”

The kindergarten through eight grade school, which sits at the base of Frank Gehry’s undulating 12 Spruce Street luxury tower, began with 50 kindergarteners and has been expanding grade by grade ever since.

This year, the school launched its sixth grade, bringing in an additional 30 students from neighborhoods across the city for the first class in its middle school.

“I think having this new influx of students has made us even stronger. They bring more diversity and new perspectives,” Harris, 35, said. “It’s really wonderful to know that we’ve become a school where students are happy to stay, but also grown into a school that parents and students are seeking out for middle school.”