Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School
|Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School|
|500 19th Street
New York City (Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn),
New York 11215
|Motto||Erudio pro Excellentia
(Educating for Excellence)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Francis of Assisi|
|Area trustee||Myles Davis '67|
|Principal||Thomas P. Arria|
|Color(s)||Black, red and gold|
|Slogan||Your Children, Our Students, the Nation's Future|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|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. Due to a loss of enrollment by 75% since 2006, Bishop Ford closed at the end of the 2013–2014 school year. The building is now being used by New York City's Board of Education to house K-280, a pre-kindergarten school.
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.
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.
- Glenn Braica (1982): basketball coach, head coach of the St. Francis College basketball team since 2010
- John Gray (1976): screenwriter and television director, creator of TV series Ghost Whisperer
- John Halama (1990): Major League Baseball pitcher (1998–2006)
- Armond Hill (1971): professional basketball player in the NBA (1976–1984) and first-round pick in the 1976 NBA draft
- Charles Jones (1993): professional basketball player in the NBA and abroad (1998–2009)
- Jason Mattera (2001): conservative political commentator and author, editor of Human Events magazine
- Brian Nash (1988): basketball coach who was an assistant coach at Bishop Ford from 1992 to 1993
- Marco Oppedisano (1989): Guitarist and electroacoustic music composer
- Gennaro J. Maffia, PhD (1968): Renowned Chemical Engineering Professor
Notes and references
- "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".
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on February 12, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
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- "Brooklyn's Bishop Ford H.S. Closing in June". WNBC. April 14, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
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- Anitai, Tamar (July 2, 2009). "New Video: Drake, 'Best I Ever Had'". MTV. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
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- "Armond Hill". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "Charles Jones". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "Charles Jones". eurobasket.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "Alumni notes" (PDF), Falcon Flash, Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, p. 14, Spring 2010
- "Brian Nash and Rich Glesmann Named to the Men's Basketball Coaching Staff". Duquesne Dukes. April 12, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "The odd couple: Former downtown rivals Ferry and Nash reunited at Duquesne". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 8, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.