Richmond Hill High School (Queens)

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Coordinates: 40°41′42″N 73°50′01″W / 40.69500°N 73.83361°W / 40.69500; -73.83361

Richmond Hill High School
89-30 114th Street
Richmond Hill, Queens, New York City, NY 11418
Principal N. Ganesh
Color(s) Maroon
Mascot Lions
Newspaper Domino, Dome
Yearbook Archway

Richmond Hill High School is a four-year public high school in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York City, part of the New York City Department of Education. Richmond Hill High School was among over two dozen schools due to be closed from June 2012 due to persistently low academic performance.[1] According to the schools last progress report, only 58% of all students were able to graduate on time, leaving many students to drop out.[2] Responding to low academic performance, the NYCDOE hired a company called "High Schools that Work" at a cost of US$700,000 to help "turn around" the schools performance with little or no results. In addition to hiring a company to manage "turnaround", the NYCDOE planned to develop a new school at the site called the 21st Century School of Richmond Hill to improve the school. The new school would have a literacy and technology focus designed to interest students in internet based academic work.


Richmond Hill High School was founded in 1899, one year after municipal consolidation of the five boroughs, in the then-bucolic setting of Richmond Hill. As such, it is the oldest high school south of Jamaica Avenue in Queens, New York City. The high school shared its facility with a local elementary school on the then Johnson Avenue. In 1899 the first students were admitted to the Johnson Avenue site, and in 1919 the current site was opened on 114th street. It has been voted the 100 U.S. Best High School in 2005. Today, the school is identified by the New York State Department of Education as one of the most persistently low achieving schools within the NYCDOE.

The school, built to accommodate 1,800 students, had reached an enrollment of 3,600 for the 2007-08 school year, severely straining the school's ability to serve its students. The school’s population has declined to 2,300 students.[3]


  • Rudolph Giuliani, Mayor of New York, proclaimed September 24, 1997, as "Richmond Hill High School Day".

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Anna M. Philips, "With Panel Vote, Once-Venerable City Schools Will Close," The New York Times, April 26, 2012
  2. ^ NYCDOE, Progress Reports for Richmond Hill
  3. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. "A Queens High School With 3,600 Students, and Room for Just 1,800", The New York Times, January 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Seymour Halpern, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 14, 2007.
  5. ^ Lauper, Cyndi (18 September 2012). A Memoir. Atria Books. p. 21(Kindle). 

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