Flushing High School

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Flushing High School
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'Widening the Spectrum of Teaching and Learning'
35-01 Union Street
Flushing, New York, Queens, 11354
United States
Coordinates 40.764958, -73.827009
Founded 1875
School board New York City Department of Education
School number Q460
Grades 9-12
Number of students over 3000
Campus Urban
School colour(s) Red, White
Nickname Flushing, FHS
Team name Flushing Red Devils/Lady Red Devils
Flushing High School
Flushing High School is located in New York City
Flushing High School
Location 35-01 Union St., Queens, New York
Coordinates 40°45′54″N 73°49′39″W / 40.76500°N 73.82750°W / 40.76500; -73.82750Coordinates: 40°45′54″N 73°49′39″W / 40.76500°N 73.82750°W / 40.76500; -73.82750
Area 4.7 acres (1.9 ha)
Built 1912
Architect Snyder,C.B.J.
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Collegiate Gothic
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 91002036[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 10, 1992
Designated NYCL January 18, 1991

Flushing High School is a four-year public high school in Flushing, in the New York City borough of Queens. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education.


Flushing High School, founded in 1875, is the oldest public high school in New York City.[2]

The school, currently located on Northern Boulevard, is housed in a distinctive Neo-Gothic style building featuring turrets and gargoyles. It was built in 1912-1915, with another wing added in 1954. The WPA’s Federal Art Project funded four murals which were installed in 1938.[3]

The building was designated as a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1991.[2][4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

On April 26, 2012, the Board of Education originally decided that Flushing High School would be closing, despite many disagreements. Originally, it was slated to be closed and in September 2012, Flushing High School was going be renamed into Rupert B. Thomas Academy at Flushing Campus. However, due to lawsuit by the United Federation of Teachers Union resolved on June 29, 2012, it will stay open.[5][6] In August 2012, the principal of Flushing High School, Carl Hudson, was arrested on a drug charge.[7] The arrest was within the vicinity of the school. Over time, the school's academic performance declined. The DOE then hired a discredited administrator from Long Island named James Brown to lead the school from academic disaster. However, Dr. Brown only lasted one year before being removed for low performance. The future of the school is uncertain, since the DOE seems incapable of selecting an experienced principal to lead the school out of decline. The schools' network is still looking for a qualified candidate to run this school. The drama continues as few students graduate.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Media references[edit]

Archie Bunker, the fictional character from the 1970s American television sitcom All in the Family, attended Flushing High School.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Freedom Mile - Site 7, The Queens Historical Society. Accessed June 26, 2006.
  3. ^ http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu/projects/flushing-high-school-murals-flushing-ny/
  4. ^ John A. Bonafide (September 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Flushing High School". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-01-16.  See also: "Accompanying 13 photos". 
  5. ^ NYC DOE Chancellor Walcott Announces New Names for 24 Schools Opening in Fall 2012
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b [2]
  8. ^ YMCA of Greater New York, Flushing Branch
  9. ^ Grimes, William. Godfrey Cambridge, /2007/01/05/nyregion/05sardi.html "Vincent Sardi Jr., Restaurateur and Unofficial ‘Mayor of Broadway,’ Dies at 91", The New York Times, January 5, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2007. "In 1926, the Sardis moved to Flushing, Queens, where Vincent graduated from Flushing High School. He entered Columbia University intending to become a doctor, but failed the chemistry examination, in part because, short of pocket money, he had sold his textbook at Barnes & Noble so he could attend a dance. He transferred to Columbia Business School and earned a degree in 1937."
  10. ^ "Backyard Style Accounts for New High Jump Record". Eugene Register-Guard. February 9, 1931. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 

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