Fort Hamilton High School

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Fort Hamilton High School
Forst hamilton HS.JPG
8301 Shore Road
Brooklyn, New York
Coordinates Coordinates: 40°37′38″N 74°02′22″W / 40.62722°N 74.03944°W / 40.62722; -74.03944
Type Public high school
Motto Excellence in Education
Established 1941
School district NYC Geog District #20 - Ric #7
Principal Ms. Kaye Houlihan
Faculty 250 (2012–2013)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 4,372
Campus Urban
Color(s) Navy Blue & White
Mascot Tiger
Newspaper The Pilot
Fort entrance
From the Bay

Fort Hamilton High School (HS 490) is a public high school in Brooklyn, New York, USA, under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Education. Students in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and Dyker Heights are zoned to Fort Hamilton HS. It has stood overlooking the Narrows and Lower New York Bay since 1941.

Fort Hamilton can be reached by public transportation. The B16 is the closest public transportation. Other transportation includes the B63 which runs along 5th Avenue, the R train which stops at 4th Avenue and 86th Street and the B1, B16, S53, S79 and S93, buses to Staten Island and other parts of Brooklyn that stop at 86th Street and 4th Avenue as well.

In the past, Fort Hamilton has consistently ranked as one of the most populous high schools and the population is still gradually increasing. In December 2010 Fort Hamilton Basketball junior Tre Smith set the school record for most 3 pointers in school season with 112 made, he also had second team most assists with 53. In a Shaky game versus Curtis High School Tre Smith hit a Buzzer Beater to win the game 79-78,leaving him with a box score of 35 points, 4 assist and 3 rebounds . Marquell Jones Basketball Senior had team high rebounds in a season which mark d the milestone in a 68-64 win vs Port Richmand.had 4,539 students, but in February 2010 that number declined to 4,198 (cite). For the 2014–2015 school year the population has risen to 4,372. Now in order to be admitted if not zoned to Fort Hamilton HS, one must apply and be accepted to either the Honors Academy or The Performing Arts program (Instrumental and Vocal) and the newly introduced Joffrey Ballet Academy for dance.

The building is largely over capacity, thus the need for the school's shrinking student body. In 2005 "the modules" were completed to accommodate for the excessive student body which now serves as the much needed extra space.

The school hosts many clubs and activities after school, including an arts program and many sports teams. The school offers 18 different Advanced Placement courses and other college courses that are offered for credit through several colleges and universities.


The graduation rate of the 2014–2015 school year was 68%. Fort Hamilton was once a private school. This remains lower than most high schools. In addition, a selective program is currently offered known as the Honors Academy, which is for students who are exceeding school standards in middle school. Most students in this program are challenged by honor and AP classes, allowing them to be more prepared for colleges and look attractive when applying.

The school also contains very talented students in the Zoned Program, as many of these teenagers end up becoming lawmakers, teachers, pharmacists, doctors, journalists, and athletes. Top students have attended Ivy League schools including Princeton, Cornell, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia, as well as NYU and other selective programs such as the Macaulay Honors College of the CUNY schools.


Honors Academy[edit]

This program is for students with high 80's and 90's. Students are put in honors classes and are eligible for the Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors. You are also eligible to take Public Speaking in Freshman year.

Joffrey Ballet Dance Academy[edit]

This program requires an audition for entrance. Students in this program will be taught different dance techniques from different forms of dance such as Classical Ballet and Contemporary. Students eligible for honors classes will be put in accordingly.

Dramatic Arts[edit]

Added in 2017, this program focuses on acting and performance. Entry is determined through audition.



Entry is determined through audition. Students are required to take certain music classes. In addition, students are taught techniques in solo performances and are taught music theory, along with other topics.


Students will develop their vocal techniques, study music theory, and enhance solo and ensemble techniques. Audition is required for entry.


As of the 2014–2015 school year, the student body was made up of 5% Black, 29% Hispanic, 30% Asian, and 34% White students. The student body includes 19% English language learners and 15% special education students. Boys account for 56% of the students enrolled and girls account for 44%. The average attendance daily rate for the school year 2014–2015 was 92%.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Extracurricular activities at Fort Hamilton H.S. include the Honors Academy, Academy Arts of Finance, Virtual Enterprise, JROTC, Junior Math League, Leadership, Mock Trial, The National Honor Society, Performing Arts, Model UN, Swimming, Lifeguard, Photography, Histology, Ceramics, Public Speaking, the Anchor, Math Team, and Shakespeare Contests.

The boys varsity swim team won the title of New York City Champions in 1999 for the first time in the school's history. The swim team also won Brooklyn champions in 1998 and during the 2007–2010 seasons. The NYC Championship was lost to Stuyvesant High School in 1998 and 2010 as well to Brooklyn Technical High School in 2008.[citation needed] The boys varsity football team won the 2005, 2006, and 2010 Football PSAL Championship. The girls varsity swim team has won three city championship titles. Bon Voyage Travel from Fort Hamilton High School won first place internationally in the Virtual Enterprise program.

Notable alumni[edit]

Albert King, pictured as a member of the boys' varsity basketball team, would go on to be an NCAA All-American and nine-season NBA veteran.

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