John Adams High School (Queens)

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John Adams High School
101-01 Rockaway Boulevard
Ozone Park, New York, United States
Type Public
Motto A Voyage of Excellence
Established 1927
School board New York City Public Schools
School district 27
School number Q480
Principal Daniel Scanlon, Interim Acting Principal
Grades 912
Number of students 3,173[1]
Color(s) Blue and white
Nickname Adams
Team name Spartans
Newspaper 'The Campus'
Yearbook 'The Clipper'

John Adams High School (H.S. 480; often referred to locally as John Adams) is a public high school in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, New York City. John Adams High School, Samuel J. Tilden High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Bayside High School, and Grover Cleveland High School were all built during the Great Depression from one set of blueprints, in order to save money.

Grace Zwillenberg had been serving as principal since 2003, until her resignation in August 2012.[2]

John Adams High School was scheduled be closed as of June 2012. A new school was to be opened at the same location. It was to be called Future Leaders High School at the John Adams Campus.[3]

Daniel Scanlon, who was going to be the Principal of Future Leaders High School at the John Adams Campus has been appointed Interim Acting Principal of John Adams High School.[4]

Jump-start Academy[edit]

Jump-start Academy Program which allows freshman to first attend the Annex Building (about 40 blocks away from Adams) before coming to the main building for grade 10. Programs include:

  • MSI Program (Math and Science Institute)
  • CTI Program (Computer Technology Institute)
  • Health Program (Health and related sciences)
  • Zoned Program (for students who live near the school)


John Adams has three floors and a basement. The basement contains the cafeteria, locker rooms, weight-training room, a swimming pool, and numerous classrooms. The campus of John Adams is roughly six by three city blocks, with baseball, tennis, track, and football fields behind the school. The school also has three gymnasiums. There is also a library, an auditorium, a Virtual Enterprise Room which is a simulated business class, and several computer and science labs throughout all three floors.



  • Grade levels: 9 to 12
  • Enrollment: 3386
  • Free lunch: 75.5%
  • Ethnicity:
  • Gender %: 52.8 Male, 47.2 Female
  • Attendance: 79.9%
  • Graduation rate: 53.6%.
  • 6-year graduation rate: 67.2% as of 2009-2010.
  • College enrollment: 42.8%
  • Current School Grade: Johns Adams recently received a [D] from the Board of Education. - 2009-2010.[6]

Special programs[edit]

  • The school offers specialized programs in vision care as well as medical and dental technology.
  • Taking single sessions of math and English also frees up more time for students to enjoy electives and Advanced Placement courses.
  • The school offers College Now, a program run by CUNY offering accredited college courses on site at the high school.
  • The school has "collaborative team teaching" (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special- and general education students. (Laura Zingmond, October 2005)
  • All incoming freshman may take classes the summer before and after the 9th grade, which means that they can start the 10th grade with as many as 19 of the 44 credits required for graduation.
  • For older students who are at risk of dropping out, there is the PM program—an afternoon session designed to deliver instruction of core subjects in a single classroom environment.
  • The school offers day and nighttime GED (General Equivalency Diploma) programs and vocational training. Vocational training is handled off-site.
  • The school offers special ed for those with learning challenges.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable former teachers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "High School Directory Entry: John Adams High School". New York City Department of Education. 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Five Principals Reject Deals to Return". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  3. ^ [1], New names selected for schools expected to close, reopen in the fall, NY Daily News. Accessed May 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "John Adams High School". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "School Progress Report"
  7. ^ Lloyd, Michael G. (2012). Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan. Hubbarston, MAS.: Asphodel Press. pp. 9–11. ISBN 978-1938197048. 
  8. ^ Steve Cangialosi, Sports Anchor/Reporter (profile) – NY1 News.

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Coordinates: 40°40′44″N 73°50′13″W / 40.67889°N 73.83694°W / 40.67889; -73.83694