History of Our School

 Public School 69 officially opened its doors in September of 1976. Also known as the Daniel D. Tompkins School, P.S. 69 was one of the first barrier free schools on Staten Island.  Under the leadership of principal Francis X. Kelly, a retired naval officer, and administrative assistant Robert Corso, who was instrumental in writing and composing the school song, the school chose the dolphin as its mascot because of its reliability and devotion to mankind.

Who was Daniel D. Tompkins?

Did you ever wonder who Daniel D. Tompkins was and his significance to P.S. 69?  Daniel D. Tompkins   
was one of the highest elected public officials to live on Staten Island. Born in 1774 in Scarsdale,
N.Y., he was elected to the state legislature in 1803. The following year he was elected to 
Congress, but resigned to serve on the  New York State Supreme Court. He ran for governor of 
New York in 1807, and served for 10 years.
    After the War of 1812, Tompkins purchased a large tract of land. This land, on
Staten Island, is now known as Tompkinsville. A few years later, Tompkins became vice president of the 
United States under President James Monroe from 1817 to 1825. He lived on Staten Island from 1815
until he died in 1825. 

    Staten Island schools have been named after significant people, places, and things related to the borough. We are proud to be named after such an important Staten Islander.

Our School Song