Fort Hamilton High School

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Fort Hamilton High School
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Excellence in Education
8301 Shore Rd
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Coordinates Coordinates: 40°37′38″N 74°02′22″W / 40.62722°N 74.03944°W / 40.62722; -74.03944
Type Public high school
Established 1941
School district NYC Geog District #20 - Ric #7
Principal Ms. Kaye Houlihan
Faculty 250 (2012-2013)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 5,252
Campus Urban
Color(s) Navy Blue & White
Mascot Tiger
Newspaper The Pilot
Fort Entrance
From the Bay

Fort Hamilton High School (HS 490) is a public high school in Brooklyn, New York, USA, under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Education. Students in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and Dyker Heights are zoned to Fort Hamilton HS. It has stood overlooking the Narrows and Lower New York Bay since 1941.

Fort Hamilton can be reached by public transportation. The B16 is the closest public transportation. Other transportation includes the B63 which runs along 5th Avenue, the R train which stops at 4th Avenue and 86th Street and the B1, B16, S53, S79 and S93, buses to Staten Island and other parts of Brooklyn that stop at 86th Street and 4th Avenue as well.

In the past Fort Hamilton has consistently ranked as one of the most populous high schools, however there has been a decline in the student body: In December 2007 Fort Hamilton had 4539 students, but in February 2010 that number declined to 4198 (cite). This decline is due to reformation on the part of the school’s administration, one notable reformation is the elimination of what proved to be the unsuccessful Computer Science program, which allowed students not zoned to apply to Fort Hamilton HS. Now in order to be admitted if not zoned to Fort Hamilton HS, one must apply and be accepted to either the Honors Academy or The Performing Arts program (Instrumental and Vocal) and the newly introduced Joffrey Ballet Academy for dance.

The building is largely over capacity, thus the need for the school’s shrinking student body. In 2005 “the modules” were complete to accommodate for the excessive student body.

The school hosts many clubs and activities after school, including an arts program and many sports teams. The school offers 13 different Advanced Placement courses and other college courses that are offered for credit through several colleges and universities.


The graduation rate of the 2008-2009 school year was 69.3% attendance rate. This remains higher than most high schools. In addition, a selective program is currently offered known as the Honors Academy, which is for students who are exceeding school standards in middle school. Most students in this program are challenged by honor and AP classes, allowing them to be more prepared for colleges and look attractive when applying.

The school also contains very talented students in the Zoned Program, as many of these teenagers end up becoming lawmakers, teachers, pharmacists, doctors, journalists, and athletes. Top students have attended Ivy League schools including Cornell, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia, as well as NYU and other selective programs such as the Macaulay Honors College of the CUNY schools.


As of December 2007, the student body was made up of 5.5% Black, 24.7% Middle eastern, 35.1% Hispanic, 18.2% White,and 17.6% Asian students. The student body includes 19.7% English language learners and 7.5% special education students. Boys account for 56% of the students enrolled and girls account for 44%. The average attendance rate for the school year 2006-2007 was 42.6%. The poverty rate is 25%

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Extracurricular activities at Fort Hamilton H.S. include Honors Academy, Academy arts of Finance, Virtual Enterprise, JROTC, Junior Math League, Leadership, Mock Trial, The National Honor Society, Performing Arts, Model UN, Swimming, Lifeguard, Photography, Histology, Ceramics, Public Speaking, the Anchor, Math Team, and Shakespeare Contests. The boys varsity swim team won the title of New York City Champions in 1999 for the first time in the school's history. The swim team also won Brooklyn champions in 1998 and during the 2007–2010 seasons. The NYC Championship was lost to Stuyvesant High School in 1998 and 2010 as well to Brooklyn Technical High School in 2008.[citation needed] The boys varsity football team won the 2005, 2006, and 2010 Football PSAL Championship. Bon Voyage Travel from Fort Hamilton High School won first place internationally in the Virtual Enterprise program.

Notable alumni[edit]

Albert King, pictured as a member of the boys' varsity basketball team, would go onto to be an NCAA All-American and nine-season NBA veteran.


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