Fort Hamilton High School
|Fort Hamilton High School|
Excellence in Education
|8301 Shore Rd
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||NYC Geog District #20 - Ric #7|
|Principal||Ms. Kaye Houlihan|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue & White|
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, these buses wait for students at the end of the day, the buses are crowded with excited students and safety becomes a huge concern. However, the safety of the students is not always provided for, and it is difficult to account for these situations since they often occur out of the school's bounds. 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 NYU, Cornell, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia, as well as 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 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, Lifegaurd, Photography, Histology, Ceramics, Public Speaking, the Anchor, Math Team, and Shakespeare Contests. The boys varsity swim team won the title of Brooklyn champions during the 2007–2010 seasons. For the two seasons, the team came in second place in New York City losing to Stuyvesant High School in 2010 and to Brooklyn Technical High School in 2008. 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.
||This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (June 2011)|
- Janet Yellen, Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve System
- Christopher Mega, former New York Assemblyman, State Senator, and Supreme Court Justice
- Vincent J. Gentile, former New York State Senator and current New York City Councilman
- Albert King, retired NBA Player
- Bernard King, retired NBA All-star
- Julio Lugo, Major League baseball player
- Jaiquawn Jarrett, Free agent in the NFL
- Bob Ayd, President of ShopNBC
- Johanna Sambucini, model, actress, and Miss New York USA 2012
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