Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School (New York City)

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School
5800 20th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11204
United States
Coordinates 40°37′17″N 73°58′57″W / 40.62135°N 73.98263°W / 40.62135; -73.98263Coordinates: 40°37′17″N 73°58′57″W / 40.62135°N 73.98263°W / 40.62135; -73.98263
Type Public
Established 1965
School district District 20
Superintendent Michael Prayor
Principal Melanie Katz
Staff 455
Faculty 505
Number of students 3,665
Color(s) Red and White
Mascot Cougars
Newspaper The New Dealer
Information Phone No: 718-621-8800, YABC Program Phone No: 718-236-1067

Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School is a coeducational public high school located at 5800 20th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. It is a zoned/public high school, with an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students, encompassing grades 9–12. In total the school includes 280,717 sq feet of class space, gyms, cafeteria, and auditorium.


The school can be reached by New York City Bus via the B6, B8, B9. It is also served by the New York City Subway Template:NYCS Sa Beach trains at 20th Avenue and the F train at Avenue I.[1]


The school offers Art, Business, Computers, Music, Social Sciences and Physical Education. Their foreign language programs include Chinese, Russian, French and Spanish. The school's special programs are AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP Microscopics, AP Physics, AP World Statistics, and the AP United States History. The school also provides Instructional Support Services for students such as Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes, SETSS classes, and Bilingual classrooms. FDR High School also has a rigorous honors program.

FDR is also home to an alternative program called the Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) that provides over-aged and under-credited high school students with alternative means to obtain their high school diploma. Classes are offered in the evenings Monday through Thursday and students in good academic standing are provided a paid internship during the day.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Roosevelt High School offers a number of athletic activities for its students. For boys, they offer baseball, varsity and junior varsity basketball, bowling, football, handball, outdoor track, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling, while girls have available basketball, bowling, handball, outdoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The Girls Tennis Team won the 2011 PSAL Championship. The Cricket Team won the 2010 and 2011 PSAL Championship. The school has recently launched a dance team. Roosevelt has weight training and cardio facilities with gym and exercise equipment. Roosevelt received a grant for a few million dollars and is currently building a field for sports and other events. The field is expected to be finished in October 2011. In the spring of 2014, coach Yellen founded the FDR Badminton team. Throughout the year, the badminton team won 10–0 in the city tournaments, and in addition, won 2–0 in the state finals. FDR High School's badminton team was the first-ever recipient of the PSAL Badminton cup. [needs update]

Leadership and support[edit]

The school's leadership and support activities include: Arista, Peer Mediation and Negotiation, Student Ambassador, Intergenerational Program, Newspaper, Yearbook, and the F.D.R. Theatre Guild.

Famous graduates[edit]

  • Denise Dunning Wilkinson (class of 1969), Dolores Dunning Milligan (class of 1970) & Benita Dunning Williams (class of 1972) vocalists with the world famous group and Gold Record recipients with the group SKYY and now known as The Ladies of Skyy
  • Dennis Raphael, Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University in Toronto
  • Brian Koonin, guitarist and member of New York Dolls
  • Vinnie Johnson, professional basketball player (1979–92)

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