Flushing High School

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Flushing High School
FHS tower cloudy jeh.jpg
35-01 Union Street
Flushing, Queens, New York 11354
United States
Coordinates 40.764958, -73.827009
Motto 'Widening the Spectrum of Teaching and Learning'
Founded 1875
School board New York City Department of Education
School number Q460
Principal Ignazio Accardi
Grades 9-12
Number of students over 3000
Campus Urban
School colour(s) Black, Red, and White
Nickname Flushing, FHS
Team name Flushing Red Devils/Lady Red Devils
Flushing High School
Flushing High School is located in New York City
Flushing High School
Flushing High School is located in New York
Flushing High School
Flushing High School is located in the US
Flushing High School
Location 35-01 Union St., Queens, New York
Coordinates 40°45′54″N 73°49′39″W / 40.76500°N 73.82750°W / 40.76500; -73.82750Coordinates: 40°45′54″N 73°49′39″W / 40.76500°N 73.82750°W / 40.76500; -73.82750
Area 4.7 acres (1.9 ha)
Built 1912
Architect Snyder, C.B.J.
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Collegiate Gothic
NRHP reference # 91002036[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 10, 1992
Designated NYCL January 18, 1991

Flushing High School is a four-year public high school in Flushing, in the New York City borough of Queens. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education.



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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Flushing High School was originally located on the northeast corner of Union Street and Sanford Avenue.[5] 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.[6]

The building was designated as a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1991.[2][7] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Media references[edit]

Archie Bunker, the fictional character from the 1970s American television sitcom All in the Family, attended Flushing High School.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Freedom Mile - Site 7 schArchived 2006-07-07 at the Wayback Machine., The Queens Historical Society. Accessed June 26, 2006.
  3. ^ Linden Towers. Columbia University Library Real Estate Brochure Collection. 1958. 
  4. ^ "DOE to shake up Flushing High School". Queen Chronicle. October 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ Map of Flushing, Queens. Sanborn Map Co. 1903. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  7. ^ 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". 
  8. ^ YMCA of Greater New York, Flushing Branch
  9. ^ 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."
  10. ^ "Backyard Style Accounts for New High Jump Record". Eugene Register-Guard. February 9, 1931. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 

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