George Washington High School (New York City)
|George Washington High School|
|549 Audubon Avenue
New York City, New York 10040
|School type||High School|
|Principal||Harris Marmor, Nicholas Politis, Juan Alvarez|
|Color(s)||Black, orange, and white|
|Team name||Trojans, Lady Trojans|
The original school, which was operated by the New York City Department of Education, was built February 2, 1917.
The school's name derives from the Revolutionary War battle fought on the hill of the building site. The school was once an annex of Morris High School. George Washington High School was built and opened in 1919, and then moved into the current building at 549 Audubon Avenue in 1925.
In the school year of 1999–2000 the school was divided into four different academies:
- The first floor is the High School for Media and Communications (M463)
- The second floor houses the High School for International Business and Finance (M462)
- The third floor houses the High School for Health Careers and Sciences (M468)
- The fourth floor houses the High School for Law and Public Service (M467)
February 1972 was the first time ID cards where used in the school for students and staff. Currently, the building has scanning machines. In order to come in the building one must go through scanning.
New York Presbyterian Hospital has a clinic on the first floor for all four academies.
Murals were painted all over the school to brighten up the students while they were going to class with picture of famous people and school logos. GWHS is also home to a WPA mural, The Evolution of Music, painted by Lucienne Bloch in 1938. This mural was painted in a room originally used as a music room and later as a dance studio.
On November 23, 2008, the Trojan football squad defeated Far Rockaway High School (Queens), 20–14, in an overtime finish at the Midwood Athletic Complex in Brooklyn. The victory earned GW the 2008 PSAL Cup Championship, their first football title since 1988. Far Rock beat GW 38–8 in the season opener. It was their only loss of the season. The Trojans won their next nine games, holding their last four opponents to a total of 21 points. That included defeating previously unbeaten South Bronx HS, 24–8, to earn the trip to the championship game.
On June 6, 2008, the George Washington Trojans baseball team beat the Jameds Madison Knights, with an 11th-inning finish of 4-0, to win the Division "A" City Championship at Shea Stadium.
On June 9, 2006, the George Washington Trojans (baseball team) went to the championship to play against James Monroe High School of the Bronx but lost the championship to Monroe. #1 James Monroe 4, #3 George Washington 0.
In 2004 the George Washington Trojans (baseball team) went to the championship to play against Monroe High School of the Bronx but lost the championship to Monroe.
In 2000 the baseball/football/track field was fixed by the City of New York and some players with the New York Yankees were there to help.
- 1983 Cross Country Division Champions
1928,1974 Baseball PSAL Champions 1973 Soccer PSAL Champions 2008 Varsity baseball team win in Shea stadium 1988, 2008 Football Champions
- Football team 1928–present, no team in the late '50s and '60s
- Baseball 1928–present
- Softball team-1980s-present
- Cheerleading 2006–present
Notable alumni of George Washington High School school include:
- Jacob Javits (1904–1986), senator and state attorney general
- Irving Peress, (born 1917), dentist who became a primary target of Sen. Joseph McCarthy because of his alleged membership in the Communist Party. Graduated 1935.
- Edwin Newman (1919–2010), journalist NBC News, graduated in 1935
- Dr. Murray Jarvik, (1923–2008) UCLA pharmacologist who showed that nicotine was the addictive factor in tobacco and invented the nicotine patch for smokers trying to quit 
- Morris Halle (born 1923), Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Henry Kissinger (born 1923), former United States Secretary of State, 1973 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Hyman Minsky (1919-1996), economist, Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis.
- Guy Williams (1924–1989), Hollywood actor
- Gene Colan (1926-2011), Marvel and DC Comics artist, Comic Book Hall of Famer
- John George Kemeny (1926–1992), atomic scientist and computer-science pioneer.
- Alan Greenspan (born 1926), economist, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
- Harry Belafonte (born 1927), actor and singer.
- Marvin Kalb (born 1930), veteran American journalist
- Sue Mengers (born 1931), Hollywood talent agent
- Rod Carew (born 1945), Major League Baseball Hall of Famer.
- Ron Perlman (born 1950), actor, graduated in 1967
- Milly Quezada (born 1955), singer, actress, graduated about 1972
- Manny Ramírez (born 1972), Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics (did not graduate)
- Sydney Morning Herald Obituaries of 16 May 2008
- David Leonhardt. "Economist’s Life, Scored With Jazz Theme", The New York Times, September 18, 2007. Accessed April 16, 2008. "He attended George Washington High School a few years behind Henry Kissinger (and a few decades before the baseball stars Rod Carew and Manny Ramirez, a historical oddity that Mr. Greenspan, who still remembers Joe DiMaggio’s 1936 batting average, probably appreciates)."
- Faison, Seth. " John Kemeny, 66, Computer Pioneer and Educator", The New York Times, December 27, 1992. Accessed April 16, 2008. ""When he arrived with his family in New York City in 1940, Dr. Kemeny attended George Washington High School. Three years later he graduated at the top of his class."
- Arenson, Karen W. "Commencements; Belafonte Lauds Diversity Of Baruch College Class", The New York Times, June 2, 2000. Accessed April 16, 2008. "(He said that he had not gotten past the first year at George Washington High School, and that the only college degrees he had were honorary ones.)"
- NYC Dept of Education official websites for the four academies:
- George Washington High School profile provided by schooltree.org
- A site made by Media & Communication from the George Washington high school campus class of 2005