George Washington Educational Campus

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Coordinates: 40°51′21″N 73°55′37″W / 40.855819°N 73.926952°W / 40.855819; -73.926952

George Washington High School
George Washington Educational Campus from north.jpg
549 Audubon Avenue
New York City, New York 10040
Principal Harris Marmor, Nicholas Politis, Peter Sloman, and Juan Villar
Grades 9-12
Language English
Color(s) Orange and black
Mascot Trojans
Team name Trojans, Lady Trojans

The George Washington Educational Campus is a facility of the New York City Department of Education located at 549 Audubon Avenue at West 193rd Street in the Fort George neighborhood of the Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City. Within the building are located four schools:

  • The first floor is the High School for Media and Communications (M463)
  • The second floor houses The College Academy, formerly the High School for International Business and Finance (M462)
  • The third floor houses the High School for Health Careers and Sciences (M468)
  • The fourth floor houses the High School for Law and Public Service (M467)

The building was opened on February 2, 1917, as an annex of Morris High School. George Washington High School was founded in 1919, and moved into the building in 1925. It was known by that name until 1999, when the building was divided into the four small schools.

George Washington Education Campus has a Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural, The Evolution of Music, painted by Lucienne Bloch in 1938. This mural was painted in a room originally used as a music room and later as a dance studio.

The campus also houses one of only two NJROTC units in New York City, within its basement, led by Commander Edward Gunning (Ret.) and Chief Petty Officer John Sikora (Ret.). The unit is much more known than the already famous sports teams thanks in part to the pride the cadets wear their uniforms in every Wednesday.

ID cards were first used in the school in February 1972 for students and staff. Currently,[when?] the building has scanning machines. In order to enter the building, one must go through scanning.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital maintains a clinic on the first floor.


In 1989, the Trojan American football team won the 1989 City "B" Division Championship. They defeated Lincoln H.S. in the championship game. On November 23, 2008, the squad defeated Far Rockaway High School (Queens), 20–14, in an overtime finish at the Midwood Athletic Complex in Brooklyn. The victory earned GW the 2008 PSAL Cup Championship, their first football title since 1988. Far Rock beat GW 38–8 in the season opener. It was their only loss of the season. The Trojans won their next nine games, holding their last four opponents to a total of 21 points. That included defeating previously unbeaten South Bronx HS, 24–8, to earn the trip to the championship game.

On June 6, 2008, the George Washington Trojans baseball team beat the James Madison Knights, with an 11th-inning finish of 4-0, to win the Division "A" City Championship at Shea Stadium.

On June 9, 2006, the George Washington Trojans (baseball team) went to the championship to play against James Monroe High School of the Bronx but lost the championship to Monroe. #1 James Monroe 4, #3 George Washington 0. In 2004, the team went to the championship to play against Monroe High School of the Bronx but lost the championship.

In 2000, the baseball/football/track field was fixed by the City of New York and some players with the New York Yankees were there to help.

  • 1983: cross country Division champions


  • 2008: Varsity baseball team win in Shea Stadium
  • 1988, 2008 and 2013: American football champions
  • American football team: 1928 – present (no team in the late 1950s and 1960s)
  • Baseball: 1928 – present
  • Basketball: 1950s - present
  • Softball: 1980s - present
  • Volleyball: 1920s - present
  • Cheerleading: 2006 – present

Baseball coach Steve Mandl won three championships in 27 years. He was suspended by the PSAL for 16 months for "recruiting violations" and was reinstated to his job thereafter; the case prompted questions about how the PSAL handles charges brought without witnesses or evidence. According to The New York Times, "The Mandl case offers another perspective: the possibility that petty, meritless charges can get traction and turn the disciplinary process itself into a form of punishment long before a verdict has been reached." [2]

As seen from the Bronx

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:



  1. ^ *1928, 1974: baseball PSAL champions
    • 1973: soccer PSAL champions
  2. ^ "Baseball coach Steve Mandl suspended before a hearing is held", New York Times, February 1, 2012
  3. ^ Arenson, Karen W. "Commencements; Belafonte Lauds Diversity Of Baruch College Class", The New York Times, June 2, 2000. Accessed April 16, 2008. "(He said that he had not gotten past the first year at George Washington High School, and that the only college degrees he had were honorary ones.)"
  4. ^ a b c d David Leonhardt. "Economist’s Life, Scored With Jazz Theme", The New York Times, September 18, 2007. Accessed April 16, 2008. "He attended George Washington High School a few years behind Henry Kissinger (and a few decades before the baseball stars Rod Carew and Manny Ramirez, a historical oddity that Mr. Greenspan, who still remembers Joe DiMaggio’s 1936 batting average, probably appreciates)."
  5. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Obituaries of 16 May 2008
  6. ^ Faison, Seth. " John Kemeny, 66, Computer Pioneer and Educator", The New York Times, December 27, 1992. Accessed April 16, 2008. ""When he arrived with his family in New York City in 1940, Dr. Kemeny attended George Washington High School. Three years later he graduated at the top of his class."
  7. ^ "GW star drafted by Manny's Tribe". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 


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