Midtown High School
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAmazing Fantasy #15
(Aug. 1962)
Created byStan Lee (writer)
Steve Ditko (artist)

Midtown High School (also known as Midtown Science High School or the Midtown School of Science and Technology) is a fictional school appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The school is depicted as being located in Queens, NYC. It is commonly depicted as the high school of Peter Parker, Flash Thompson, and Liz Allan in comic books and other media.

In live-action films, the Midtown School of Science and Technology appears in the Sony Pictures films Spider-Man (2002), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).

History

The fictional school is located in Forest Hills in New York City, New York.[1] The school first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.[2][3] According to comic book historian Peter Sanderson, Lee based the fictional school on Forest Hills High School in New York City.[1] In the Tom Holland Spider-Man films, the Midtown High School closely resembles an actual elite NYC public high school: the Bronx High School of Science.[4] Director Jon Favreau is an alumnus of Bronx Science.[5]

Notable characters

Faculty

Character First Appearance Status Description
Raymond Warren Amazing Fantasy #15
(Aug. 1962)
Retired The science teacher of the class. Parker was commonly depicted as his top student.[3] He was also revealed as Miles Warren's brother.
Andrew Davis The Amazing Spider-Man #4
(Sept. 1963)
Retired The principal of Midtown High School at the time when Peter was a student.
Mrs. Winterhalter Untold Tales of Spider-Man #11 (July 1996) Unknown An English teacher who Peter describes as making English "almost as fun as science".
Coach Murch Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual (July 1997) Unknown A gym teacher when Peter Parker attended high school and who disliked him.
Mr. Del Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #7 (July 1999) Employed Peter's science teacher who sympathizes with Peter's situation.
Daphne "Boomer" Smith Peter Parker: Spider-Man vol. 2 #27 (March 2001) Employed Peter's fun science teacher from the 10th grade.
Coach Kyle Jacoby The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #30 (June 2001) Employed Gym coach when Peter Parker worked at MHS.
Roger Harrington The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #32
(August 2001)
Deceased The principal of Midtown High School who hired Peter Parker to be the science teacher. He was later killed by Chameleon of Earth-9500.[6]
Kelly Cox Spider-Man and Wolverine #1 (Aug. 2003) Unknown Newly hired assistant principal.
Lynn Nelson Spider-Man Unlimited vol. 3 #11 (Nov. 2005) Employed Head of the science department and Peter Parker's boss.
Miss Arrow Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11 (Oct. 2006) Deceased The school nurse. She is later revealed to be a spider monster called 'Ero'[7] and later 'The Other.'
Mr. Pettit She-Hulks #2 (Feb. 2011) Employed The school's stern and gruff principal.
Mr. Flannigan The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #1.1
(July 2014)
Unknown The school guidance councilor.[8]

Students

Character First Appearance Status Description
Peter Parker Amazing Fantasy #15
(Aug. 1962)
Graduated Parker was the high school nerd and the wallflower of the high school. Despite not being popular with the students, he was an honor student there. After attending Empire State University, he was depicted as a teacher for the high school for a while.[1][2][3][9]
Eugene "Flash" Thompson Graduated Football star and meanest bully of the class.[3][9] He was Peter Parker's nemesis and would bully him the most among the other social underlings. Flash's bullying would cease and eventually the two would become good friends. He returned to serve as the high school coach.
Liz Allan Graduated Flash's girlfriend all throughout high school. She was also harsh on Peter, but soon developed a crush on him as well. She never dated Peter, but still admired him.
Sally Avril Deceased[10] A high school gymnast obsessed with superheros and became one called Bluebird. She gave up the identity when she realized that super heroics were dangerous. She was killed in a car crash while chasing a fight involving Spider-Man.
Seymour O'Reilly Deceased[11] Friend of Flash's who bullied Peter. He never grew out of his bullying ways to the point that he was jealous of Peter's marriage to Mary Jane Watson. He was killed by the second Venom.
Charles "Charlie" Murphy The Amazing Spider-Man #17
(Oct. 1964)
Graduated Peter's ex-friend. Became part of Flash's group.
C.J. Vogel The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #17
(Nov. 1983)
Graduated A student who loved to tell jokes and looked after Peter. Years later, he was in deep trouble and Spider-Man helped him out.
Barry Hapgood Graduated A shop class expert who became an electronics engineer.
Louie Minelli Graduated A talkative insurance salesman who was voted "Most Likely to Succeed."
Stanley Stackmeyer Graduated Considered himself lower than Peter due to his poor hygiene, but went through a radical change and became a handsome, successful married man.
Steven Petty Web of Spider-Man #35
(Feb. 1988)
Unknown Son of the creator of the Living Brain. Becomes the super villain Phreak.[12]
Jake Dorman Unknown Jock who would bully Steven Petty
Ronda Kramer Unknown Jake Dorman's girlfriend who sympathized with Steven Petty
Jenny Carson Marvel Super Heroes: The Revenge of Kang (January 1990) Unknown Briefly dated Flash.
Jason Ionello Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1
(Sept. 1995)
Graduated Popular student who was close with Sally. He was always pulling pranks on Peter. When Sally died, he became depressed and took his anger out on his friends and blamed Spider-Man for the incident.
Brian "Tiny" McKeever Graduated Used to bully Peter due to his frustrations at home, but became friends with him afterwards. He moved on and became a security guard.
Blake Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #7 (July 1999) Graduated Peter's rival for the Empire State University scholarship.
Carl King Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1
(June 2001)
Deceased[13] Bully to Peter who became a hive of spiders called The Thousand. He is stomped and crushed by a pedestrian.
Joey Gastone The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #30 (June 2001) Expelled Student bullied by other students. Starts a fire to get back at his tormentors.
Jennifer Hardesty The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #32 (Aug. 2001) Enrolled A homeless student who looks after her drug addicted brother.
Jessica Jones Alias #1 (Nov. 2001) Graduated Real name was Jessica Campbell. She was involved in a car accident that killed her family, but gave her powers. She had a crush on Peter, but never told him. Years later they would be teammates and she would marry Luke Cage.
Paul Patterson Marvel Team-Up vol. 3 #1 (Jan. 2005) Enrolled A troubled, yet powerful mutant nicknamed Golden Child. He received help from Spider-Man whom he deduced was Peter Parker.
Charles "Charlie" Weiderman The Amazing Spider-Man #515
(Feb. 2005)
Graduated A friend of Peter who was also bullied. He gets coated in liquid vibranium and becomes a villain.
Laurie Lynton Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #13
(June 2005)
Graduated An overweight girl who had a crush on Peter. Years later, she lost weight and worked at the Daily Bugle with Peter.
Vanna Smith Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #5 (April 2006) Graduated Girl who thought Spider-Man was stalking her and puts a restraining order on him. She eventually grows up into a lonely, feeble woman with no friends or family.
Amelia Hopkins She-Hulks #1 (Jan. 2011) Unknown A goth who initially disliked Lyra, but befriended her after learning she was She-Hulk. She somberly lied about knowing Lyra's identity to the school.
Jake Constantine Unknown A young boy that Lyra befriends and potentially falls in love with. During the school dance he was blasted by the Wizard. It was left ambiguous whether he survived or not.
Andrew "Andy" Maguire The Amazing Spider-Man #692
(Oct. 2012)
Enrolled An average student who gains energy powers and names himself Alpha. Becomes Spider-Man's sidekick briefly.
Christine "Chrissy" Chen Enrolled Former girlfriend to Andy Maguire.
A.J. Patton Venom vol. 2 #27.1 (Nov. 2012) Graduated A student who Flash bullied and break his arm. Years later, he is married to Dan.
Cindy Moon The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #1 (June 2014) Unfinished A former hockey player for the school, she attended the field trip along with Peter. After the spider bit him, it bit Cindy's ankle giving her similar powers. Years later she meets Peter and becomes the superhero Silk.[14]
Clayton Cole The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #1.1
(June 2014)
Unknown An average student who admired Spider-Man and became a super villain named Clash. Had a crush on Polly McKenna.
Polly McKenna The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #1.2
(Aug. 2014)
Unknown A friendly student who befriends Peter and head of the A.V. Club. She turns on Peter when he steals equipment.[15]
Lawson Unknown A.V. Club student who befriends and then later turns on Peter.[16]
Martin Unknown A.V. Club student who befriends and then later turns on Peter.[16]
Hector Cervantez Silk #1 (April 2015) Graduated Former boyfriend to Cindy Moon. Years later he gets engaged and becomes the superhero Spectro.
Ripley Ryan Captain Marvel vol. 10 #1 (January 2019) Graduated A reporter who is a test subject of Minn-Erva's experiments and later becomes the anti-hero Star.
Lacey Fisher Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol. 4 #2 (June 2021) Graduated A student who bullied Ripley Ryan. Years later, Ripley confronted her when she was going home but Spider-Man interrupted Ripley and allowing Lacey to run home.

Other versions

Ultimate Spider-Man

Midtown High School appears in Ultimate Spider-Man. Just like the mainstream comics, it depicts Peter, Flash and Liz Allan as students. Unlike the mainstream comic book, characters such as Gwen Stacy, Eddie Brock, Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn also debut in the high school instead of the Empire State University. X-Men member Kitty Pryde is also depicted as attending the high school. The comic also depicts a new character called Kenny "King Kong" McFarlane, who is depicted as best friend of Flash in high school. Mark Raxton is also depicted as a student who attends Midtown High school.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane

Midtown High School appears in Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. Student faculty includes Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, Liz Allan, Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy. Felicia Hardy appears as a tough transfer student. Jessica Jones was a former friend of Mary Jane's who, surprisingly became a goth girl. Luke Cage has a surprising and brief cameo where he flirts with Mary Jane. Ned Leeds and Betty Brant are older students with the former being Mary Jane's ex-boyfriend. A new character named Lindsay Leighton is the school's drama queen who envies Mary Jane's acting ability.

In other media

Television

Film

Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man film series

Marvel Cinematic Universe

References

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