Hillcrest High School (Queens)

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Hillcrest High School
160-05 Highland Avenue
Queens, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°42′32″N 73°48′08″W / 40.709°N 73.8022°W / 40.709; -73.8022Coordinates: 40°42′32″N 73°48′08″W / 40.709°N 73.8022°W / 40.709; -73.8022
Type Public high school
Principal David T. Morrison
Faculty 149.2 FTEs[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,289 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 22.0:1[1]
Color(s) Violet and Gray
Mascot Hawk

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

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 3,289 students and 149.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 22.0:1. There were 2,380 students (72.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 311 (9.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The mascot is the hawk (changed from the Braves, the original mascot chosen when the school opened in 1971) and the school colors are violet and gray.

The school's boys and girls' soccer team became division champions in the 06/07 and also the 07/08 season guided by Coach Asqui and captain Joao Azevedo. The school is also notable for its rigorous baseball program led by Coach Malave.

The school was the recent recipient of the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award from the United States Department of Education.

Stephen M. Duch was the school principal from 1996 to the beginning of 2014. Prior to the arrival of Duch, the school was listed as the most violent school in the city. Duch is attributed to turning the school around and significantly decreasing the number of major violent incidents at the school.[2][citation needed] After his retirement, Mr. David T. Morrison, a graduate of Hillcrest and who served as the AP of English for several years, became the new principal.

Notable alumni[edit]

This is a partial list of notable alumni of Hillcrest High School. Names on this list should either have an accompanying existing article link which verifies they are an alumnus, or reliable sources as footnotes against the name showing they are a notable alumnus.



  1. ^ a b c d School data for Hillcrest High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Highlighter, Hillcrest. "Hillcrest Highlighter". http://www.hillcresthighlighter.webs.com/. Hillcrest High School. Retrieved 2014-05-07.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ Meisler, Andy. "TELEVISION; Mary Poppins She's Not", The New York Times, December 18, 1994. Accessed November 20, 2007. "After she graduated from Hillcrest High School in Queens, where she met Mr. Jacobson, the two of them moved to Los Angeles and were married."
  4. ^ "Yahoo Movies - Ray Romano". Archived from the original on January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2006-08-23. 

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