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Boys and Girls High School

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The oldest high school in the city

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Institution, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Education

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Administratively joined when it was founded in 1878, Boys and Girls High School existed as two separate schools for much of the 20th century. Both institutions, particularly Boys High School, were considered gems in the city's school system and were viewed with great pride in the community. The merged Boys and Girls High School continues to be a seen as a "symbol of excellence" in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Boys and Girls High School is considered the oldest high school in New York City that began as a public school. Originally opened in 1878 as a part of the Central Grammer School at Court and Livingston Streets, the girls division was moved just eight years later to a new building on Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. In 1891 the two schools were formally separated, and the next year Boys High moved into a new building on Marcy Avenue not far from Girls High. In...

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Garcia, Julian. "Boys and Girls High School Principal Bernard Gassaway Gets Tough on Academics and Sports, a Q and A." New York Daily News, August 24, 2011.

Jackson, Kenneth T. The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Nelson, Libby. "Frank Mickens, Who Turned Boys and Girls High School Around, Is Mourned." New York Times, July 10, 2009.

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Guide to New York City Landmarks. New York City: John Wiley & Sons, 2004.

Wasi, Idris A. Interviewed by Elena Martinez for Place Matters. December 12, 2001.

Willensky, Elliot. When Brooklyn Was The World, 1920-1957. New York: Harmony Books, 1986

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Anonymous Nominator

Boys High School, under principal Frank Mickens, has developed into a symbol of excellence here in Bed-Stuy.

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