Richmond Hill High School (Queens)
|Richmond Hill High School|
|89-30 114th Street
Richmond Hill, Queens, New York City, NY 11418
|Principal||P. Ganesh (Interim Acting)|
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. According to the schools last progress report, only 58% of all students were able to graduate on time, leaving many students to drop out. 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, has reached an enrollment of 3,600 for the 2007-08 school year, severely straining the school's ability to serve its students. Lunch periods begin before 9:00 AM and most freshmen attend classes in trailers moved to the side.Since this article was written, the schools population has declined to 2,300 students.
- Rudolph Giuliani, Mayor of New York, proclaimed September 24, 1997, as "Richmond Hill High School Day".
- Anthony Joseph Cardinal Bevilacqua (1923–2012), the Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1983 to 1987 and Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1987 to 2003, and was raised to the cardinalate in 1991.
- Rodney Dangerfield (1921–2004), comedian, graduated in 1939.
- Seymour Halpern (1913–1997), represented New York in Congress from 1959 to 1973.
- Cyndi Lauper (born 1953), singer and composer
- Michael R. Long (born 1940), the chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State
- Phil Rizzuto (1917–2007), baseball player and commentator
- Marius Russo (1914-2005), baseball player
- Bob Turner (born 1941), the Congressman for New York's ninth congressional district.
- Anna M. Philips, "With Panel Vote, Once-Venerable City Schools Will Close," The New York Times, April 26, 2012 http://www.schoolbook.org/2012/04/26/with-panel-vote-once-venerable-city-schools-will-close
- NYCDOE, Progress Reports for Richmond Hill
- Freedman, Samuel G. "A Queens High School With 3,600 Students, and Room for Just 1,800", The New York Times, January 16, 2008.
- Seymour Halpern, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 14, 2007.