High School of Fashion Industries

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High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street
New York City, New York, 10011
Coordinates 40°44′43″N 73°59′47″W / 40.745344°N 73.99629°W / 40.745344; -73.99629Coordinates: 40°44′43″N 73°59′47″W / 40.745344°N 73.99629°W / 40.745344; -73.99629
Founded 1941
School board New York City Department of Education
School number M600
Principal Daryl Blank
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,743 (2004–2005 school year)
Language English
Color(s) blue and yellow
Team name Falcons

High School of Fashion Industries (HSFI) is a secondary school located in Manhattan, New York City, New York. HSFI serves grades 9 through 12 and is a part of the New York City Department of Education. HSFI has magnet programs related to fashion design, fashion art, textile design, marketing and visual merchandising.

Mission statement[edit]

A Fashion Design classroom at HSFI

The mission of the High School of Fashion Industries is to provide challenging, creative, and effective occupational, technical and academic training for New York City students. The faculty and administration of our school, working with the cooperation of the parents and student body and with the support of the apparel industry, seek to provide a unique learning experience and a specially tailored program for all students who have an interest in a fashion related field. The school has devised programs which merge academic and occupational knowledge and skills, helping students to meet all graduation requirements and to see the unity within the diversity of learning.[1]


Admission to HSFI is highly selective. Students must complete an application to the Board of Education, take the school’s exam that includes an art aptitude test, and submit a portfolio. Students are not expected to have formal training in the arts, and many students apply who have little drawing abilities. For prospective students, the school offers pamphlets in most junior high schools and several open house events during the year that include a mock school day with 15-minute classes.

Student body[edit]

The school had a total of 1,743 students during the 2004–2005 school year.[2]


HSFI's mascot painted on their gymnasium floor.

The High School of Fashion Industries is the home of the Falcons:[3]

  • Basketball Girls Varsity
  • Basketball Boys Varsity
  • Bowling Boys Varsity
  • Bowling Girls Varsity
  • Indoor Track Girls Varsity
  • Outdoor Track Girls Varsity
  • Softball Girls Varsity
  • Volleyball Girls Varsity
  • Volleyball Boys Varsity[4]
  • Girls Wrestling


Founded in 1926. In March, 1926, Mr Mortimer C. Ritter, with Miss Jessie R. Dutton and Mr. Federick G. Bruck came to the third floor loft of the Greeley Arcade Building and with two classes, one in dressmaking and the other in garment cutting, organized what was to develop into the Central Needle Trades High School. [5]

The school building was completed in 1941 as the Central High School of Needle Trades.[6][7]

Auditorium murals[edit]

These murals were painted between 1939 and 1940 by Ernest Fiene.[8][9] and have landmark status.[10] Construction of the murals (and the school building) were part of the US federal government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) program.[6] The murals "[portray] in dramatic and moving fashion the long generation of hope and despair, and the high standard of social and industrial accomplishment in the needle trades."[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Mission Statement of HSFI
  2. ^ HSFI profile at greatschools.net
  3. ^ Official website of HSFI
  4. ^ Sports at HSFI
  5. ^ Central Needle Trades High School 1936 Yearbook. p. 10. 
  6. ^ a b About the school at its official website
  7. ^ Chronology of school
  8. ^ Ernest Fiene's work
  9. ^ Art: "Fiene's Whopper", Time. 1 July 1940.
  10. ^ a b Murals descriptions, adapted and condensed from a student handbook written in the late 1950s. Archived February 22, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Noteworthy Graduates: Antonio Fargas at uft.org
  12. ^ Frank Hewitt profile at cdbaby.com
  13. ^ Hank Whitney: Cyclone Trailblazer

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