EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): We are publishing here a recent post from the FB account of the beloved teacher Mr.Demosthenes Triantafyllou, regarding the very first effort in 1973 to establish the first Greek-American High School, named properly “Demosthenes Academy”, as part of the Henley College Prep where Mr.Triantafyllou was a teacher.  This was several years before he was invited by the St. Demetrios of Astoria community to establish the School there…  Helleniscope once again offers his congratulations to Mr. Triantafyllou whose unfair treatment has cost our community dearly.  How much did it cost? At the minimum, had Mr. Triantafyllou been supported – instead of being kicked out by Andriotis – we would have now a Greek University in NYC, in the same way the Catholics and the Jews have their own higher education institutions… Instead we are discussing whether we can save the St. Demetrios High School….
The miracle of creating the first Greek – American High School begins with this historic event revealed by these unique pictures of March 1973!
Το θαύμα της αρχής του πρώτου Ελληνο-Αμερικανικού Λυκείου αρχίζει με το ιστορικό γεγονός που φέρνουν στο φως οι ιστορικές αυτές φωτογραφίες του Μαρτίου, 1973, με τον κ. Τριανταφύλλου να εγκαινιάζει χώρο στο πρότυπο ιδιωτικό Αμερικάνικο Λύκειο The Henley College Prep, όπου δίδασκε για 4 χρόνια . Παρόντες πολλοί Δωδεκανήσιοι μεταξύ των οποίων και ο καθηγητής του Μιχαήλ Κατσιματίδης εκπρόσωπος της Ιεράς
Αρχιεπισκοπής και του Αρχιεπισκόπου Ιακώβου.
First Photo: The cutting of the ribbon for the founding of the first Greek- American High School within the American private High School, The Henley College Prep where Mr.Triantafillou had been teaching for four years. Mr. Demosthenes Triantafillou rented space within the school! Fr. John Scandalios is doing the blessing, to his right Mr. Triantafillou and his wife, Barbara M. Halkias, to his left Dr. K. Tsirpanlis, Mr. Mike Catsimatidis from the Archdiocese, Mr. D. Papakonstantinou, Pres. Of the Dodecanesian Federation, the Greek Consul General, and many other dignitaries! An amazing moment in the history of Greek-American Education! This event is the beginning of establishing the St. Demetrios High School. The St. Demetrios Community had failed three times to start a high school. Having witnessed this event, the Community began to think about how to bring Mr. Triantafillou to the St. Demetrios in Astoria to try to create the High School. Read the day after tomorrow the amazing sequence of events and see more documentary pictures about the founding of the first Greek-American High School! Second picture: The Dignitaries walking in the corridor of the Henley College Prep, heading to the auditorium for the ceremony. See pictures the day after tomorrow!
Δεύτερη φωτογραφία: ο Γ. Πρόξενος της Ελλάδας με τον κ. Κατσιματίδη, Δρ. Κ. Τσιρπανλή και τον καθηγητή κ. Δημοσθένη Τριανταφύλλου περπατούν με υπερηφάνεια στο διάδρομο του σχολείου, The Henley College Prep in Jamaica Estates, για την αίθουσα τελετής. Μεθαύριο φωτογραφίες της τελετής στην μεγάλη αίθουσα. Απίστευτο και όμως αληθινό. Όλα τα κάνουν οι άνθρωποι όταν έχουν γνώσεις , θέληση, ηγετικό χαρακτήρα και καλη διαίσθηση των ευκαιριών!


  1. Hellen Tassopoulos founded St Andrew Academy in Morningside heights in the 1950s and moved it to Beechurst (“On the Soumd”) in the early 1960s. By 1972 they had nursery school up to junior college, until the infamous rapist John Poulos, uncle of Tsunis, raped the school, impoverishing it under NEA and Jimmy Carter. At the same time Moral Majority arose to fight back NEA and Carter persecuting religious schools. The school died with the founder in 1991, but many of its graduates attained the highest academic achievements (including top professorships), unlike this charlatan Triantafilou, who makes up stories about Papanicolaou. Furthermore, the school had the only Byzantine youth choir in America, as the schoolmaster carried her portable organ with her students to cant the Akathist in various churches. This a lesson to the cryptomuslims who try to abolish our organs and choirs.


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