Flushing High School
|Flushing High School|
35-01 Union Street|
Flushing, Queens, New York 11354
|Motto||'Widening the Spectrum of Teaching and Learning'|
|School board||New York City Department of Education|
|Number of students||over 3000|
|School colour(s)||Black, Red, and White|
|Team name||Flushing Red Devils/Lady Red Devils|
Flushing High School
|Location||35-01 Union St., Queens, New York|
|Area||4.7 acres (1.9 ha)|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Collegiate Gothic|
|NRHP reference #||91002036|
|Added to NRHP||February 10, 1992|
|Designated NYCL||January 18, 1991|
Flushing High School was established by the Village of Flushing in 1875 prior to its consolidation with New York City and remains the oldest public high school in the present city. For decades, the school enjoyed a good reputation with local real estate sales brochures touting proximity to "famed Flushing High School" as late as the 1960s. By the 1980s, the student body ceased to be drawn from the local Jewish and Asian population. Matters deteriorated and Flushing High was closed in June 2012 as a "failing school." Attempts have been made to reorganize the school, but it remains troubled. The entire staff had to reapply for their positions in 2017.
Flushing High School was originally located on the northeast corner of Union Street and Sanford Avenue. It is currently located on Northern Boulevard, and housed in a distinctive Collegiate Gothic style building featuring turrets and gargoyles. It was built in 1912-1915, with another wing added in 1954. The WPA’s Federal Art Project funded four murals which were installed in 1938.
- Dave Barbour, musician who played with Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman
- Jay Bromley, football player.
- Jerry Bock, co-author of the Broadway musical Fiddler On The Roof'
- Lynn Burke, Olympic gold medalist in swimming
- Calvin O. Butts, Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and President of FHS Senior Class of 1967
- Godfrey Cambridge, African-American actor and comedian
- Robert Christgau, music critic, The Village Voice
- Eddie Fogler, NY all city guard, University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball star and college basketball coach
- Harry Kondoleon, Playwright, Obie award winner
- Lenny Lipton, songwriter, co-author of Peter, Paul & Mary's classic hit Puff, the Magic Dragon'
- George Maharis, Actor best known for his role on the TV show Route 66
- Paul Meltsner, WPA era artist
- Joshua Prager, Internationally recognized physician and first Flushing High School graduate to attend Harvard University
- Harold Rosenbaum, musician, conductor, founder of The New York Virtuoso Singers.
- Vincent Sardi, Sr., restaurateur
- George Spitz, Olympic high jumper
- Webster Griffin Tarpley, historian and political commentator, graduated 1962
- Dave Von Ohlen, former Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Athletics
- Lawrence Walsh, Deputy Attorney General in Eisenhower Administration and Iran-Contra special prosecutor, 1986-1993
- Peter Zaremba (musician), member of the band The Fleshtones.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Freedom Mile - Site 7 schArchived 2006-07-07 at the Wayback Machine., The Queens Historical Society. Accessed June 26, 2006.
- Linden Towers. Columbia University Library Real Estate Brochure Collection. 1958.
- "DOE to shake up Flushing High School". Queen Chronicle. October 26, 2017.
- Map of Flushing, Queens. Sanborn Map Co. 1903.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
- John A. Bonafide (September 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Flushing High School". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-01-16. See also: "Accompanying 13 photos".
- YMCA of Greater New York, Flushing Branch
- Grimes, William. Godfrey Cambridge, /2007/01/05/nyregion/05sardi.html "Vincent Sardi Jr., Restaurateur and Unofficial ‘Mayor of Broadway,’ Dies at 91", The New York Times, January 5, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2007. "In 1926, the Sardis moved to Flushing, Queens, where Vincent graduated from Flushing High School. He entered Columbia University intending to become a doctor, but failed the chemistry examination, in part because, short of pocket money, he had sold his textbook at Barnes & Noble so he could attend a dance. He transferred to Columbia Business School and earned a degree in 1937."
- "Backyard Style Accounts for New High Jump Record". Eugene Register-Guard. February 9, 1931. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
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