Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School

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Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School
Bishop Ford CHS tower base jeh.jpg
500 19th Street
New York City (Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn),
New York
United States
Coordinates 40°39′23″N 73°58′57″W / 40.65639°N 73.98250°W / 40.65639; -73.98250Coordinates: 40°39′23″N 73°58′57″W / 40.65639°N 73.98250°W / 40.65639; -73.98250
Type Private, coeducational
Motto Erudio pro Excellentia
(Educating for Excellence)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Francis of Assisi
Established 1962
Status closed
Closed 2014[1]
Area trustee Myles Davis '67
Principal Thomas P. Arria
Faculty 40
Grades 912
Enrollment 520 (2013)
Color(s) Black, red and gold               
Slogan Your Children, Our Students, the Nation's Future
Mascot Falcon
Team name Falcons
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper Highpoint
Yearbook The Pagoda
Tuition $8,950 per year
Dean of Girls Josephine Herman
Dean of Boys Manuel Fernandez
Admissions Director Deanna Philippe
Athletic Director Peter Goyco '84

Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School was a private, Roman Catholic high school in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn, New York, located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.[3] Due to a loss of enrollment by 75% since 2006, Bishop Ford closed at the end of the 2013–2014 school year.[1][4] The building is now being used by New York City's Board of Education to house K-280, a pre-kindergarten school.[5]


Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School was established in 1962. It is named after Bishop Francis Xavier Ford, a Brooklyn native who was martyred in China in 1952.[6]

Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School was a Division I high school. Bishop Ford had one of the varsity programs in the city.

The school had an active PTA and many clubs, activities, and sports. Some of the clubs included the International Society; Martial Arts Club; Science Club; Art Club; Student Activities Committee; Student Council; Newspaper and Yearbook. Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School's sports included basketball, baseball, football, soccer, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, and track as junior varsity and varsity teams.

Rock band R.E.M.'s music video "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" was shot at Bishop Ford in 2001, directed by Michael Moore.[7]

Rapper Drake's debut music video "Best I Ever Had" was shot at Bishop Ford in June 2009.[8]

Record producer Mike WiLL Made It's debut music video "#23" was shot at Bishop Ford in August 2013. The music video features Mike WiLL Made It, singer Miley Cyrus, and rappers Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J.

The school building appears in several early shots in the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, which was filmed nearby. Several television commercials were also shot at the school.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Home Page". Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School. Retrieved February 27, 2015. After 52 years of tending to the spiritual, educational, physical and social development of the youth of Brooklyn, Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School has ceased operation as a school as of August 31, 2014. The period from 1962 to 2014 was one marked by a tradition of academic and athletic excellence here in Park Slope. For several generations the vision and charism of the Franciscan Brothers, the many dedicated religious and lay men and women, together with the inspiration of Bishop Francis X. Ford have provided thousands of young men and women with not only an excellent education, but also a firm moral and spiritual foundation. So despite the fact that Bishop Ford has ceased to operate as a school, its’ [sic] influence, through the Alumnae/Alumni will continue to impact Brooklyn and the world. In closing, on behalf of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, the many communities of Sisters such as the Sisters of Mercy and the Dominican Sisters, the Board of Trustees, the Faculty, Administrators, Secretaries, Coaches, Moderators, Custodians and Kitchen Staff, we congratulate our recent graduates and thank our Alumnae/Alumni for their support over these many years. We also thank the parents and families of Brooklyn for entrusting their children to our educational care and nurturing. We wish you much health and peace. Finally, to all members of the Bishop Ford Community, remember the words of St. Francis of Assisi who said "Go – Preach the Gospel at all times – and when necessary use words". 
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on February 12, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ O'Keeffe, Michael (April 24, 2010). "Bishop Ford HS coach Ray Nash dragged into ugly legal battle involving loan to son, Peter J. Nash". Daily News. New York. 
  4. ^ "Brooklyn's Bishop Ford H.S. Closing in June". WNBC. April 14, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Pre-Kindergarten Directory Update - Brooklyn" (PDF). New York City Department of Education. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  6. ^ BFCCHS. "Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School History". Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School website. Retrieved August 1, 2007. 
  7. ^ Black, Johnny (2004). Revival: The Story of R.E.M. Winona, Minnesota. p. 258. ISBN 0879307765. 
  8. ^ Anitai, Tamar (July 2, 2009). "New Video: Drake, 'Best I Ever Had'". MTV. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hoop dreams in hands of new coach Braica". SFC Today. October 17, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Alumni notes" (PDF). Falcon Flash. Spring 2006. p. 11. 
  11. ^ "John Halama". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Armond Hill". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Charles Jones". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Charles Jones". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Alumni notes" (PDF), Falcon Flash, Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, p. 14, Spring 2010 
  16. ^ "Brian Nash and Rich Glesmann Named to the Men's Basketball Coaching Staff". Duquesne Dukes. April 12, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  17. ^ "The odd couple: Former downtown rivals Ferry and Nash reunited at Duquesne". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 8, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.