Eastern District High School
The Eastern District High School is a defunct high school in eastern Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York at 227 Marcy Avenue then at 850 Grand Street. It was a comprehensive high school. It opened in 1894 and it remained in service until the city closed the school in 1995.
Several schools opened in its place; those schools are performing considerably better despite facing similar challenges. The schools include The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology, Progress High School for Professional Careers and the High School for Legal Studies - together all three schools are referred to as the Grand Street Campus. One school, The High School for Enterprise, Business, and Technology has over a 90% graduation rate. The schools share the athletics program as a campus and have won multiple PSAL championships. The schools also share a large performing arts department including three concert bands, two jazz ensembles, a choir and a comprehensive dance program.
In Betty Smith's modern classic, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (novel)," one of the principal characters, Cornelius "Neeley" Nolan, attends Eastern District High.
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