Canarsie High School

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Canarsie High School
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1600 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn, New York


Coordinates40°38′26″N 73°53′53″W / 40.64056°N 73.89806°W / 40.64056; -73.89806Coordinates: 40°38′26″N 73°53′53″W / 40.64056°N 73.89806°W / 40.64056; -73.89806
Closed2011 (reopened as Canarsie Educational Campus)[1]
School districtNew York City Geographic District #18
PrincipalAngelo Marrah
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment2,885[2] (2007–08)
Team nameThe Chiefs

Canarsie High School is a defunct public high school in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie in New York City. Closed in 2011, the building currently operates as Canarsie Educational Campus, housing several smaller high schools.[3]


Under the Impact Schools initiative in 2004, Canarsie High School received increased police and security presence.[4] In 2007, it was announced Canarsie would close because it "was in such disarray that the only way to fix it would be to shut it down, replacing it with several smaller schools on the same campus. The school had received the lowest possible grades (F and U) under the Department of Education's first citywide progress reports.[5][6][7] This was part of a trend in the city beginning in the 1990s and embraced by the administration of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to convert failing large high schools into educational campuses.[5][8] For the 2007-2008 academic year, the school stopped admitting new students.[5] Canarise High School graduated 40 percent of its final class of 358 students in the Spring of 2011.[1]

Student demographics[edit]

84.51% Black or African American, 11.47% Hispanic or Latino, 2.07% White non-Hispanic, 1.66% Asian and 0.28% Native American. The student/teacher ratio is 22.0. The school is part of School District #18.

Current schools[edit]

Three schools, High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media, High School for Medical Professions, and Urban Action Academy, are currently operating in the Canarsie campus.[3][9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b Phillips, Anna M. (February 2, 2012). "SCHOOLBOOK; Report Assesses Final Year at Closing Schools". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Learning Environment Survey Report 2007-2008" (PDF). New York City Department of Education. "Enrollment: 2544"
  3. ^ a b "2016 New York City High School Directory" (PDF). New York City Department of Education. 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ "A Look At The Impact Schools: A Drum Major Institute for Public Policy Data Brief June 2005" (PDF). Drum Major Institute. June 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Medina, Jennifer (December 24, 2007). "At Canarsie High, Now Marked for Closing, Loyalty Prevails". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  6. ^ Monahan, Rachel (December 5, 2007). "Canarsie High School to offer new classes, tougher discipline code". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  7. ^ Friedman, Neil S. (December 13, 2007). "Canarsie High School Will Be "Phased Out" In 2008". Canarsie Courier. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  8. ^ Holloway, Lynette (May 16, 2001). "A Small Strategy for Troubled Giants". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  9. ^ Elliott, Stuart (June 17, 2012). "The First Graduates From Advertising High". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  10. ^ a b Diana Esposito. "Canarsie Once Home To Several Who Attained Fame & Fortune". Canarsie Courier. Retrieved October 27, 2008.
  11. ^ Paul Gutierrez (May 8, 1999). "World B. Free, Nba Gunner". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 27, 2008.
  12. ^ "Canarsie (Brooklyn,NY) Baseball". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  13. ^ He bosses a band of angels
  14. ^ Louis Hau; Scott Barancik; Marc Topkin (January 30, 2004). "Rays buyer: financial whiz who loves baseball". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 27, 2008.