Thomas Jefferson High School (Brooklyn)
Thomas Jefferson High School is a former high school in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York. The New York City Department of Education closed the school and broke it into several different schools in 2007, owing to low graduation rates.
Located at 400 Pennsylvania Avenue, the school, now known as the Jefferson Campus, is now the site of High School for Civil Rights, FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety, the Performing Arts and Technology High School, and the WATCH (World Academy for Total Community Health) School.
Many of the graduating classes stay in close touch with each other. Most notably is the Class of '55, which had a 50th Reunion in NY and 55th Reunion in Florida. They are now preparing for a 60th Reunion back in Brooklyn in 2015. The class maintains a website under the guidance of Alex Cinamon, the class administrator at www.tjhs55.info. Mr. Cinamon is also the site coordinator for all TJHS classes at www.classreport.org.
Sharon Jones–soul singer
- Harvey "Arvito" Averne – Won first two Grammys for Latin music
- Ralph Bakshi – animator
- Sandy Baron – comedian and stage, film, and television actor
- Roy C. Bennett – popular music composer
- Jason Berman – Special Counsel for Trade for President Clinton
- Lloyd Blankfein – CEO of Goldman Sachs
- Helen Rappel Bordman – First American Lecturer and Founder of the Volunteer Program at Museum Claude Monet Giverny since 1980 also starring in the film Monet's Palate  The New York Times April 19, 2008 with Meryl Streep 
- Riddick Bowe – boxer
- Stanley Brezenoff – former NYC Deputy Mayor under Mayor Koch
- John Brockington – Ohio State Buckeyes' 1968 undefeated national championship football team; running back for the NFL Green Bay Packers
- Bob Davidson – CEO of Daytona Hotel & Motel Association
- Shawon Dunston – major league baseball player
- Barry Elbaum – Chairman of the Dept. of Dentistry at Monmouth Medical Center
- Leroy Ellis – former NBA center, 1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers championship team
- Alex Fefer, M.D. – (1938–2010) Named one of 400 Best Cancer Doctors
- Sylvia Fine – lyricist
- William Fishbein, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, in the Graduate School of the City University of New York.
- Frukwan – hip hop musician
- Jack Garfinkel – former Boston Celtics player
- Hy Gotkin – basketball player
- Sidney Green – NBA player
- Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky) – actor
- Ezra Jack Keats (born Jacob Ezra Katz) – illustrator and author of children's books
- Steve Lawrence(born Sidney Leibowitz) – popular music singer
- Al Lewis – actor, political activist
- Lil' Fame – rapper and member of M.O.P.
- Willie Lozado – major league baseball player
- Irving Malin – literary critic
- Paul Mazursky – Hollywood director
- Jim McMillian – former NBA forward, 1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers championship team
- Linda November, singer
- Martin Pope – Physical chemist
- Stu Scherr – Acct mgr for M&M/Mars and invented Skittles
- Barry Schwartz–Chairman & CEO of The Doe–Spun Group: Multi brand children's wear manufacturer; Chairman of The Parks Commission of the Village of Lawrence for 30 years; founding member of K.I.D.S(Kids in Distressed Situations)
- Phil Sellers – former NBA player
- Jimmy Smits – Actor
- Youman Wilder – Mexican League Professional baseball player
- Shelley Winters – actress
- Jerry Wolkoff – Multi–million dollar Real Estate developer
- Sam Zarember – award winning photographer
- Max Zaslofsky, NBA guard/forward, 1–time FT% leader, 1–time points leader, All–Star, ABA coach
- Howard Zinn – historian, political activist
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- Chairman of the United Way of Volusia/Flagler Counties and has raised over $3.5 million for 46 local charities.
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- Recipient of Pinnacle Award which is highest honor to be bestowed on a member of the dental profession.
- His "Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Sleep" at CCNY produces research in the areas of the neurobiology of sleep and memory
- "Zaslofsky, Max : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum". Jewsinsports.org. December 7, 1925. Retrieved February 13, 2011.