Members of the 1969 “Amazon” Mets and the family of the late defensive player joined city officials at the opening of IS 419. On August 26, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams, Department of Education (DOE), and School Building Authority (SCA) celebrated the opening of the Tommie L. Agee Education Campus, IS 419. Located at 111-12 Astoria Blvd in East Elmhurst, Queens, IS 419 will serve 646 students from grades 6-8 and helps ease congestion in the area for the 2022-23 school year.
The family of late Mets defensive player Tommy Agee attended the opening ceremony, as well as teammates Cleon Jones and Art Shamsky, the 1969 World Championship “Amazin” Mets champion. Agee played for the Mets from 1968 to 1972, and is still considered one of the team’s best players of all time. A star player throughout his five seasons with the club, Agee helped lead the Mets to their first World Championship win. The new teaching campus is adjacent to the former Shea Stadium, where the Agee and “Amazin” Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles in a surprise win by winning Game 5 of the 1969 World Championships.
Tommie Agee Middle School is located in a five storey building that is fully air conditioned and accessible. The opening of IS 419 will add 646 new seats for East Elmhurst students as part of the more than 2,800 seats created in Queens for the new academic year, which begins today, September 8.
The modern facility contains 18 standard classrooms and two special education classrooms in the area, as well as rooms for reading and speaking resources. In addition, the school will provide district 75 Program for people with special needs. District 75 has eight additional classrooms with student restrooms, occupational and physical therapy rooms, an orientation room, and a multipurpose room.
Building facilities at Tommie Agee Middle School include:
- Parents’ room
- Art class
- Scientific display lab and preparatory room
- Music suite with soundproofed training booths
- Gym, exercise room and outdoor playground
- Full kitchen, cafeteria and lunch room for staff
- Orientation, medicine and management suites
Maxcine and J’nelle Agee shared their enthusiasm about the new educational campus, saying: “Tommy was very proud to have his name recognized at this beautiful modern facility, making educational opportunities available to students east of El Mahrest. Tommy was a true gentleman, on and off the court, and gave beautiful In so many ways through his service and founding. We, along with the New York Mets, are proud to share his contributions with the community of Queens that he called his home.”
Local city councilman Francisco Moya added, “There is nothing more exciting than opening the doors to a new, state-of-the-art school in my area, but opening the doors to a school named after a beloved Mets player. Even sweeter.” Moya felt that Agee would be proud to see that His legacy lives on and forms part of the education of young people in East Elmhurst, a stone’s throw from where he played the sport he loved.”
Queensboro President Donovan Richards stated, “Tommie Agee’s talent on the field was a huge reason why the Miracle Mets won the 1969 World Championships, but his talent was matched only by his determination – an embodiment of the city he loved and called home. The students of the new Tommie Agee Middle School embody these characteristics Also. I couldn’t be more proud to help unveil the much-needed 646 new school seats in the district as we ensure Tommy’s legacy lives on.”
Mayor Adams stated, “Tommie Agee was not only part of the greatest football club in this country, but a star player in the greatest team ever: the Amazon Mets in 1969. His presence fueled the energy of New York City and we are pleased to celebrate Tommie’s contributions today at the Tommie L campus. The New Agee Education. By continuing to create and improve the school buildings that city children need and deserve, we are investing in the future of New York City.”
by: Cassidy Strong (Cassidy is a CityLaw intern and a New York Law School student, Class of 2024.)