Flushing High School
|Flushing High School|
'Widening the Spectrum of Teaching and Learning'
|35-01 Union Street
Flushing, New York, Queens, 11354
|School board||New York City Department of Education|
|Number of students||over 3000|
|School colour(s)||Red, White|
|Team name||Flushing Red Devils/Lady Red Devils|
Flushing High School
|Location||35-01 Union St., Queens, New York|
|Area||4.7 acres (1.9 ha)|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Collegiate Gothic|
|NRHP Reference #||91002036|
|Added to NRHP||February 10, 1992|
|Designated NYCL||January 18, 1991|
Flushing High School, founded in 1875, is the oldest public high school in New York City.
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.
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. In August 2012, the principal of Flushing High School, Carl Hudson, was arrested on a drug charge. 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.
- Dave Barbour, musician who played with Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman
- Jerry Bock, co-author of the Broadway musical Fiddler On The Roof'
- Lynn Burke, Olympic gold medalist in swimming
- Calvin O. Butts, Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and President of FHS Senior Class of 1967
- Godfrey Cambridge, African-American actor and comedian
- Robert Christgau, music critic, The Village Voice
- Eddie Fogler, NY all city guard, University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball star and college basketball coach
- Harry Kondoleon, Obie award winning playwright.
- Lenny Lipton, songwriter, co-author of Peter, Paul & Mary's classic hit Puff, the Magic Dragon'
- George Maharis, Actor best known for his role on the TV show Route 66
- Paul Meltsner, WPA era artist
- Joshua Prager, Internationally recognized physician and first Flushing High School graduate to attend Harvard University
- Vincent Sardi, Sr., restaurateur
- George Spitz, Olympic high jumper
- Webster Griffin Tarpley, historian and political commentator, graduated 1962
- Dave Von Ohlen, former Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Athletics
- Peter Zaremba (musician), member of the band The Fleshtones.
- Najibullah Zazi, Afghan-American terrorist.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Freedom Mile - Site 7, The Queens Historical Society. Accessed June 26, 2006.
- 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".
- NYC DOE Chancellor Walcott Announces New Names for 24 Schools Opening in Fall 2012
- YMCA of Greater New York, Flushing Branch
- 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."
- "Backyard Style Accounts for New High Jump Record". Eugene Register-Guard. February 9, 1931. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
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