Sheepshead Bay High School Going to Close

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Sheepshead Bay High School, our High School, is going to close at the end of the year.

The DOE is citing graduation rates for special education and low-income students. More than likely the DOE is going to replace Sheepshead with smaller and/or charter schools.

3 other Brooklyn schools are going to close as well:

  • FDR High School at 5800 20th Avenue
  • John Dewey High School at 50 Avenue X
  • Grady High School at 25 Brighton Fourth Road

160 comments to Sheepshead Bay High School Going to Close

  • Think positive

    My guess is the schools aren't going anywhere, just a few name changes, otherwise where are all those wonderful, law abiding and wonderful students going to go ? Certainly not back on their buses to the hood

  • Arthur B

    I went to Sheepshead Bay HS and the place is and always was an utter shithole. There were fights at least once a week in the caf back in the day. I heard from current students that there's a fight at least 3 times a week in the halls or caf now.

    Good Riddance.

    • Noreen

      I went to SBHS 1966-1970 and graduated with good grades. SBHS was considered one of the top high schools in Brooklyn back then. We were unified, had fun, had friends – “cliques” – groups that always hung out together playing racquet ball at Bedford Park, and/or just hanging out at each other’s homes. No one was afraid of anyone or walking down the halls, or going to the bathroom alone, and the atmosphere was dedicated to learning, forming friendships, and peppered with strong direction toward successful futures for everyone. Kids cared about the school, their future, and each other. It was just before I graduated (like in my Senior year – which continued to escalate well after I graduated, obviously) that things began to change there. Fights became common; “rumbles” became common; full-time police presence became common, fear in and and around the school became common. It was NOT the “shithole” you talk about – not when I attended. It was a fun must-be home away from home. So many of us have fond memories of our yesteryears at SBHS. This is sad news if true and the reasons that have led up to this are even sadder. Those of you of my “generation” know exactly what I am talking about. It genuinely saddens me that what used to be one of the best schools and neighborhoods in Brooklyn are now considered one of the worst.

      • Anonymous

        I lived in sheepshead bay but went to Brooklyn Tech and graduated in 1969. I,ve been living in San Diego for the last 32 years and find this very said. has the neighborhood come down that much that one of the best schools in my day is going to close? I hope his is not true.

        Nolan Schiffer

      • Irish Kevin

        Hi Noreen, Have not seen you in years,hope you are well,went to SBHS when you did.Great Post and so True.

      • Anonymous

        I attended SBHS from 1976-79…great memories!
        The forced assimilation was one of the DOE liberal pet peeves!
        Around the fall of .1977 the busing of the “under-privileged” commenced.
        Just another failed attempt by the ultra-liberal DOE bullies to force their agenda.
        Anyway the repercussions of this short sided policy have degraded the prestige and quality of the school and surrounding neighborhoods.
        It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our alma mater!
        “The pursuit of excellence.”
        This is what happens when we allow this liberal agenda teacher’s union control of our futures
        SBHS- Rest in Peace.

      • Anonymous

        I attended SBHS from 1976-79…great memories!
        The forced assimilation was one of the DOE liberal pet peeves!
        Around the fall of .1977 the busing of the “under-privileged” commenced.
        Just another failed attempt by the ultra-liberal DOE bullies to force their agenda.
        Anyway the repercussions of this short sided policy have degraded the prestige and quality of the school and surrounding neighborhoods.
        It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our alma mater!
        “The pursuit of excellence.”
        This is what happens when we allow this liberal agenda teacher’s union control of our futures
        SBHS- Rest in Peace. By:David D. Ruggiero

    • jay

      Dont close fdr!! pleeeease this suxs theres other bader schools then fdr fdr is just starting to get there graduating rate up and now the goverment is closing it damn where r all the students and teachers r gonna go come on jus give it a chance

    • jay

      Dont close fdr!! pleeeease this suxs theres other bader schools then fdr fdr is just starting to get there graduating rate up and now the goverment is closing it damn where r all the students and teachers r gonna go come on jus give it a chance

      • Lydia

        Unfortunately, I can believe Sheepshead Bay HS is closing. I graduated in 1987 and we already had bomb threats and other security issues. I grew up in the projects. I now live in Massapequa, Long Island, the other end of the spectrum. I am sorry that they did not straighten up Sheepshead Bay HS.

        • Anonymous

          They let the inmates run the asylum, as do most public schools.

          There should be no need for metal detectors, prompt expulsion & arrests (if warranted) of troublemakers would solve most of the problems. The schools should have a zero tolerence for violence policy & not push kids who are failing up into the next grade. Flunk them out or make it up in summer school.

  • Teacher Lady

    I don't understand the reasons behind the Dept of Ed closing Sheepshead. They earned a B on last year's Progress Report and a C this year. We've always been told a school gets closed after 2 C's.

    Then again, since when does the Dept of Ed make sense.

    • Ron - Class of June 1964

      I am saddened to learn of the proposed closing of SBHS. Certainly it can be rehabilitated preserving the name instead of renaming it. Changing the name won’t produce results. The BOE needs an overhaul and responsibility for performance has to be shouldered by students and their parents as well as the the school staff and administration. In my mind creation of the local school boards in the 1960s and politicizing of the school system started it on its downfall. I was among about 803 graduates who attended SBHS and graduation ceremonies at Walt Whiman Hall at Brooklyn College , which I later attended. I have good memories of my tenure at SBH and was a member of the track and cross country teams. Our team pictures were displayed in the lobby showcases for many years and hopefully are sill there. Some of my eam maes and sck hool mates appear on the “Wal of fame”.We lost today’s football game to Lincoln 36-14. But in June 1964 we upset Lincoln at its field to win the Brooklyn Divsion Track Championship. We celebrated our victory at Jahns Ice Cream Parlor on Nostrand Avenue. I hope to visit SBHS soon nd hope the closing is just a rumor.

  • Not Fair

    I go to sheepshead bay and in truth the school really isn't that bad. The teachers mean well and there's plenty of students who actually want to learn and graduate. Its not fair to the students there that try to learn. I'm a senior and im graduating this year so although it doesn't affect me, this is still the school i went to i dnt want it closed. What are they gonna do? Just keep closing schools? What happens when all the schools are closed, I wanna know what there gonna do then. The problem is, is that there taking all the bad kids from other schools and putting them in the same schools that these kids have a problem with. Its like a chain reaction. I've been hearing this rumor since my junior year, and i really think the DOE or whoever needs to consider this before they close it, if they close it at all.

    • Who reelected him?

      Do you ever read something called a "newspaper"? When they 'close' a school, they dump a ton of money into it and 'reopen' it, usually having several smaller schools in the building. They don't, as you seem to think, 'just keep closing schools'. They will give the smaller schools catchy names like The Malcolm X School of the Study for Humanity and Law, so it will make the ignorant think it's a cool place to go. Then they get to pay 5 principals in one building instead of 1. Of course the administration grows exponentially because each principal needs a secretarial staff and assistant principals, counselors, etc. They also don't 'take bad kids from other schools and send them there.' Kids used to have to deal with the school they were zoned for, but of course the bad neighborhoods with bad parents who don't care had bad schools. Instead of working to make their schools better, (that would have meant 'work' and 'involvement'), they instead claimed their schools were bad because they lived in a bad neighborhood, or because they were poor, or minority. They complained that there were no good teachers at their school, but good teachers don't want to get out of work and find that their car has no tires on it. Or be threatened with a whoopin' if they fail a kid who does no work. They don't want to work in those schools. So they made it so kids could just go school to school and wreck those schools too. So now they all stink. But at least at Sheepshead they keep their clothes on and their hands to themselves, unlike Madison, where alot of the kids are smart and want to learn, but the teachers are degenerates.

      • jeffrey blustein

        last time i checked Sheepshead Bay is a desirable neighborhood.

        if NYC could get their schools fixed it would be wonderful

      • Chris

        This person obviously went to public school…all the city has done is destroy what few good public schools were left. I can't see any reasonable person wanting to start a family here. There's no where left to send kids who want to learn and come from middle class families. Who cares what they close.

  • It is what it is!

    Google "Race to the Top". This is an Obama Program!

    They are calling it "a Program" This is something totally new other than the school closings!

    However, They have already decided the fate of the 57 other schools on this list. You can see them on the DOE Website.

    It is a sad day for educators!

  • Anonymous

    I don't get it! Is it the teachers that are no good or the students? But yo keep busing all the kids in from all over! And mush all bad together and then wonder why its all bad! Humm some one has to teach these kids! To bad it don't start at HOME!

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  • r. yelansky

    Glad to see this school close. The neighborhood will be better off for sure. Let the misfits and truants stay where they belong.

    • mh

      where do they belong? across the street? sheepshead is a zoned school…kids are not bused in….any bad element there is coming from the surrounding neighborhood.

    • I'm on it

      mh, how do I put this politely, WRONG !!!!! Sheepshead maybe a zoned school for some who are within walking distance which does incluse GB however if you were conscious at all and ever been in the area of the school at dismissal there are city buses lined up to take the learning future and visitors back out of the area to where they actually live, which is down the other end of Nostrand Ave say Crown Heights, East New York, Bed Sty Going back a few years I drove a bus and would take overtime to drive the Sheepshead Bay school buses (which the MTA called extras on the B44) and the first stop wasn't until past the junction at Farraguat Rd and the last was all the way to Flushing Ave My point, down be fooled or dumb to believe that it is or ever was a neighborhood or community school

      Have you ever seen buses lined up anywhere near Madison, no, I guess that would be more of a community school but GB isn't within there zone which is a very small and limited area

      • This school is stupi

        i agree with him on it,..trust and believe this school is filled with idiots there so many nice people that live around they'll much happy knowing it not getting crowed with a bunch of idiots around 3:00 pm or at 8:00 am

        trust and believe this school is filled animls that are in human bodies.i HATE THEM!

        I have been in that school since 2008

    • Imani Person

      I really pray that God takes your tainted heart and make it new because you seem to have so much discontent towards this community… Instead of encouraging change and progression your the American who complains and slander what he doesn't really know …smh

      • Chris

        Wow, get out the violins…a lot of these kids are criminals, who would target you or your family in a second. Let them stay where they live. Some of them I'm sure have sad stories behind them, but if it was you or your kid being robbed, assaulted or god knows what else, I doubt you'd care very much.

        • 2011

          actually if you go 2 sheepshead now you'll find out that no the criminals are the kids who dont go 2 sheepshead n live in the surrounding neighborhood. Also you are an ignorant person 2 believe these kids will targets you and your family but you must have had a bad experience as a kid being beat up. Sheepsheads not that bad most of us want 2 graduate. if the board of ed keeps closing the schools soon we'll b walking around outside during the day so you might wanna help keep sheepshead open!

  • r. yelansky

    They should lock em up in the projects where they belong.

    • Imani Person

      That comment was uncalled for… I am someone who lived in Sheepshead Bay projects for 20 years and while in Sheepshead, I was president of the school,on the softball team, council for unity, band, social studies honor socitey,United by faith….believe me , my list can go on and on. And last but not least, I maintained being on Honor Role…. So I really feel you need reconsider the words spoken from your mouth. Igronace is a horrible thing to pass to someone, that's why there are the problems that are present in the world of today. God Bless you and you'res….

    • L

      'Lock em up in the projects'? That was the most ignorant thing I've seen in the comments so far, including the student who posted above who used highly improper English. I've never attended SBHS nor have I lived in the projects, but I do live extremely close and I do know people who attend SBHS. For you to stereotype and assume that shows me that either society has taken a major step backwards or you are a presumptuous idiot (I'm betting on the latter). If they all belong back in the projects, where do you belong?

      • Lucky74

        Good point to whoever "L" is. However that was off the topic to say what you said about the student leaving a comment about their improper english. Stick to the topic. You are forgetting what the purpose was for commenting on this website. Your no better then anyone who try to slander someone else.Do not condem but help.. that is the true purpose of this website .. to inform and to help.

      • Anonymous

        I went to SBHS and lived in the Projects! Both were great growing up.

  • the N.F.H.

    O.M.G. Sheepshead bay h.s. closing….it's the end of an era, I don't know how bad the projects are (moved away years ago) but i remember walking through them at night and not being afraid, can't say i would do that today though….

  • mr brooklyn

    how come every afternoon their are city busses in front of sheepshead ! because when the students come out to go home on the nostrand ave bus they create all kinds of problems for the store owners and the passengers that are on the nostrand ave bus so if they want to take the bus you must as a student use the one that comes to the school the police will not let them on the nostrand ave bus. o and by the way sheepshead bay high school is an open enrolment school as long as their is room any one can go their. maybe the families in the neighborhood will send their children to sheepshead or another near by school.

    • I'm on it

      To Imani person, something you should know encouraging the change and progression will get this community NO WHERE!.Its been like this since Ive been 2008 maybe even longer.

      I complain and slander about what i know,and what i don't know is why people still want this retardation filled crap of a school open.

  • Bruce

    I was the 2nd class into John Dewey HS, and it would certainly upset me to see the school closed at year-end. Especially since there is a school reunion in june.

  • m bigelo

    i dont know why ya hav problemss with sh. i am a graduated and have a hi pay job

  • GB RAT

    bet there not gonna close, theyve been saying this schools been closing as well as grady for a couple years. theres nutin wrong with the school the teachers are actualy great and help you there and there are many students who graduated and are graduating with high grades, the kids who dont go are the reasons there looking to close being the lack of attendence

  • MARIE

    yipeeeeeee it is closing down yipeeeeeeee

  • Anonymous

    If everyone from Gerritsen beach kept their kids in the public school system, instead of running off and putting them in Catholic school just to keep them sheltered from the element then Sheepshead Bay High School would HAVE only the area children. Meanwhile all these parents complain about the high cost of the tuition, well should of kept your kids in public school…… And by the way I know for a fact Sheepshead Bay always gets a bad reputation and has actually made much improvements in the last couple of years.

    • Who reelected him?

      I agree with you about people not sending their kids to the area public schools. And I'll say this for Sheepshead, the fields that they renovated look great and as a matter of fact, the whole campus always looks nice and clean. I only know from driving by, but I really thought it was improving.

  • Anonymous

    Theres more problems at Madison and Midwod, you just dont hear about it everything is hushed up (except for the scandal with the teachers which is another story), Sheepshead Bay H.S. is just another example of the DOE's failure, its not the schools fault . Hey why dont they close all the public schools that are doing bad. That would probably be almost every school in the city….

    • reply

      what are some problems going on in midwood and madison, would be nice to kno

      • Anonymous

        Read a newspaper. teachers banging students, teachers on teachers in classrooms, perv principals. I wish I went there. If those schools were movies they would be rated NC17. There should be shady men outside handing out flyers: "come on in and catch the action"

  • Wake Up

    I know we didn't choose to live in a community with all private homes to provide better for our families to send our children into the fires of a housing project. But then again just think if people didn't send their kids to the project high school what foreigners would be walking our Avenue and Courts late at night in hoodys, where would our boys learn how to wear their jeans below their ass or that baseball cap over the ears.

    And yes the fields at Sheepshead look great, a lot of money was sure spent there, has anyone tried to use those facilities

    • HarryW

      I wish the veiled racism here would be more direct – for the sake of a real dialogue. I worked for the Housing Authority for 30 years, and "projects: do have good kids as well.

  • SBHalum

    It will be sad to see this school closed. I was from the graduating class of 68 and along with the excellent faculty we had , we also had some of the brightest students who were heavily involved in all activities and for the most part we had no open fighting in the halls or cafeteria. Sad that alot of schools have become battle grounds and that racism is alive and rampant anymore. Seems we slide backwards instead of going forward. Just recently saw some pictures of SBHS and was dissapointed to see the gates and the metal detectors. So glad I grew up there in the 60's and not now. We have the same problems in alot of schools in the Michigan area and unfortunately alot of the problems stem from home and the fact that most parents no longer take an active role in their childrens upbringing. Hope it can be saved. If it were 40 some years ago, our students would be in the forefront trying to change the outcome. Good luck…

    • Anonymous

      Agree it is sad to see it close. I also graduated from their so many years ago. It was a good school. The problem today is no RESPECT! for teachers, or school property.

    • mathmom

      Having graduated in 1974, I have fond memories of the school which was a place of academic excellence. Students were involved in activities and academic were a priority. There were very few racial issues although there was a police presence even then.

  • I'm not leaving

    Ahhh the good ole days the 60s when the gym teachers and deans did all the ass kicking in the school to keep everything in a straight line

  • Anonymous

    I think they shouldn't close the school down. I'm a freshmen in that school and it's lik there a fight once a month not three times a week. If a student chooses not to learn, you can put them in the smartest school and they don't have to learn. If a student chooses to learn, put them in the dumbest school and they will learn. So don't close the school and replace it because it's a waste of money and the students who live around the school will attend the new school.

  • robie

    It saddens me to learn that one of my favorite childhood memories is being closed, and for reasons that I as an alumni of SHBH my memory of my school days always brings joy to my heart. I graduated in 1965 and believe me I have seen many changes in the world and I always feel blessed that I went to school when life was a little easier, but then again when your 14-17 years old you shouldn't have the worries that the teenagers in our society today have and experienced …When I attended SHBH aside from our academic worries we worried about Sing, Boosters, boys worried about girls and girls worried about boys and teachers were eager to teach and kids were eager to learn, not all of us but most. Of course our lives weren't always easy it hit us all very hard at the news of the assassination of JFK.

    Martins was our hang out where we had lime rickeys and unfortunately I can't remember the other favorites that we had, we hung out at each others homes or apartments and we had good clean fun. How sad to see it end but it doesn't simply end with the closing of SHBH it ends with the world's troubles and it's corrupt politians, it ends with having to fight because of your race, it ends with terrorists attacks, it ends with war, our youth of today are growing up too fast it saddens me. SHBH will always be part of me and I wish for everyone who have gradutated after 1965 that it holds for them the same memories….G-d Bless….

  • Steve

    That's what happens when you bus kids in, good schools go bad. Kids can't respect something such as a school that doesn't belong to them, it's not in their neighborhood so why should they care.

    • Lance

      I graduated from SBHS in 1985,and I was one of "those students" who were bussed in from a different neighborhood. We were not always welcomed in the neighborhood by the residents but those of us who stayed strived to do our best and make the school our home. That being said, it will be sad if this school closes. I am sure there are many public educational institutions that have the occasional fights, but should that subject them to closing? Or are "they" using the the fights to cover up the fact that children are not being taught? Restoring order and discipline are very easy things to do, improving test scores of minorities and children with special neds is another. Small schools in the same building may not achieve this as those children will also be bussed in to the school.

  • Imani Person

    This is so sad …

    I went to Sheepshead Bay HS from 2003-2007 and I always loved it. Yeah kids will be kids but Training starts at home. Everyone say "Sheepshead Bay has a lot of fights" well the school does not encourage this type of behavior. The majority of the teachers worked very hard with the students inside and outside of the school. I felt loved when I went to Sheepshead. Sheepshead Bay has a very large variety of programs and activites, that many other hs dont. This encourage the students to be the best, it is a diverse atmoshpere in which everyone could grow in. I kid you not, my heart dropped and nearly broke when I heard this and if there is anything I can do to help make it a better place I will. I am a history secondary education major, and my dream was to come back to the place where I first bloomed and make that happen for many students to come…

    There will never be another school like Sheepshead bay…This is a major mistake.

    • Anonymous

      Very well stated. You sound like those I taught and loved at SBHS from 1977 – 2003.

    • Your crazy

      Your insane if you actually like this its filled worthless trash bitches.

      they dont deserve a good school like sheepshead they deserve to be in a dirty school building with crappy teachers and even worse food.

    • shaneen sargeant

      i went to sheepsheadbay back in1996 in came out year 2000. it was a fun school i was on the gosple chouir, i also was in the nusering programe this school help me grow to be the young one im today.

  • This school is stupi

    I went to this school for 2 years and i swear is was terrible This stupid school has the most unreasonable spoiled bitches you could come cross in life,I hate this school and I'm so glad is closing down.I don't know if it's the worst school in Brooklyn but i know its terrible..5 million thumbs down for the worst school i ever been to.

    There are teachers in that school that don't know how to teach or even speak English,I had English teacher there and she has a strong Russian accent and shes a teacher.how stupid!

    And threatening them about calling there parents or suspending only makes these bitches worse.I say they need to take bigger steps to fix these spoiled brats because they think its okay to do what the fuck.If someone is sleeping in class they just let them!

  • 1974 Grad

    I attended this school from 9-12 grade ('71-'74). It was a good school. There were kids bused in from other neighborhoods. I went on to college and grad school. I was a cheerleader and the school colors were orange and white (not blue and orange). We never had a prom and there were fights back then but I believe that happened at all schools. I live in California and have raised 3 sons who didn't get into fights in public high schools because of a no tolerance rule. However, the schools in California are much smaller than those in Brooklyn. I drove by the school last September (2009) and it brought back many memories. Athough most of my friends from James J. Reynolds JHS 43 went to Lincoln HS on Ocean Pkwy, a few of us had to go to Sheepshead Bay because we lived on the other side of Ocean Avenue. I went to PS 209 for elementary school. Kids really need to understand that they need to get an education in order to be successful in life. At least a high school degree. I have always thought that the education that I received as a youngster was much better than those of my children in public school. What a shame! Where are all these students supposed to go? More will drop out with the school closure and more will end up on welfare. Shameful

  • 1974 Grad

    ..oops…I meant on the other side of Coney Island Avenue…where PS 209 was.

    Mrs. Seiden! 6th Grade

    Mrs. Anita Greenberg….uggh! she was mean and I even remember her first name.

  • j allen

    All i can say wow.thank the mayor for destroying the city.When i worked and went to the school it was a awsome place to learn and made lots of friends.The problem with ny schools is when you bus kids in from school to school after they get intruble this is what brings problems

    • Anonymous

      The mayor didn't destroy anything.

      This city, and this entire society, is being destroyed because people refuse to take personal responsibility anymore.

      When I was in school and a kid did something wrong, the parents would discipline the kid. Now one of the parents, usually the mothers, go to the school and confront the teachers with violence.

      There needs to be school uniforms as well. Ever see what these foolish kids look like these days.

      Build up schools in each neighborhood so that kids do not have to spend time on buses and trains every morning.

      They need to stop busing. It just doesn't work.

  • I.Person

    So many people that left comments on this website need to examine the way they think and question whether or not they have a healthy way of thinking. Someone stated that they should send "the worthless bitches to worst schools with crappier teachers and crappy lunch food". If you treat someone like animals, they will respond like animals. It is clear that there is a problem that is present, however no one is stating a solution on how to solve it. Peope are just bashing everything and everyone at Sheepshead Bay left and right. A school is a school. Sheepshead Bay just does the right thing and report their incidents, a lot other schools does not. It does not mean that the same issues occur. Another thing, These students need stablity and need not to be moved around … show them the right way. I bet all of those people who are leaving negative and nasty remarks are the same people who contribute nothing to the school. This situation revealed so much negativity and people's true emotions…. sad …

    • You dont mak emuch s

      if you haven't noticed they don't get treated like animals at sheepshead yet they still act stupid like animals..jumping not listening teachers, the list goes on and on…there animals and they don't even show respect to me as a community and most teachers.Nobody in that neighborhood even likes it be crowed each morning and afternoon of these animals that disrupt the community,and the buses.

      They shoudl go to places where there are black people in teh neighborhood that are liek them so it wont matter.not around peacful people.

      • I.Person

        When I made that comment about "If you treat people like animals, they will respond as if they are animals", it was in reference to what someone had stated in an earlier post. They said "Leave the animals in the jungle". That comment was directed towards that statement.

        Now to say that "they should go places where black people are like them" show that there is still a deep root of racism in many people's hearts, not just directed towards you, but also many other people who have written on this post. Or maybe your just igronant to what is really going on.

        How can one determine if whether the "students" show respect towards the teachers and their community, unless you are present on a daily basics and have done field work surrounding your theory. I have you know that I was born and raised in that community, and there are so many wonderful things that are involved in that area that the people put forth.

        I am not here to attack anyone on about their opinions, despite that there has been numerous attacks towards me,it is okay, I have tough skin. What we must focus on is the situation at hand. Some people are in strong belief that Sheepshead Bay no longer has anything to offer; but I beg to differ. Sheepshead Bay Hs has one of the most diverse student populations in Brooklyn New York. They also offer a variety of programs that many Hs or magnet schools does not. From law to drama, culture to sports, Sheesphead has it and more.

        Many people seem to attack the students, teachers and so on however, what about attacking the problem at the source. Could anyone remember the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT that was created to"help" students by pushing them forward? It hurt more then help, and now schools such as Sheepshead Bay has a large mass of those students. This is not the student fault as well, just like the teachers, the students deal with what they are given. We need to question our government, we need to question those who create the rules and how they allowed this injustice to go on for so long.

        I can bet my bottom dollar that the majority of those who are bashing this high school are doing nothing about this. So therefore, I believe your opinions are invaild.Change starts with you, change how you think and view others. No one deserves a second class education, or to be looked down upon.

        YOU CAN THANK SHEEPSHEAD BAY HS FOR PRODUCING STUDENT'S SUCH AS MYSELF THAT ARE DETERMINED, SUCCESSFUL AND AN UPCOMING LEADER…

        THANK SHEESPHEAD BAY PROJECTS ,WHERE I WAS BORN AND RAISED AS WELL.

        SINCERELY,

        IMANI PERSON

        • You dont make much s

          Alright first off "No child left behind program" was offered by the Department of education not the school , and i know because i received one from new york Department of education,and later on received one from sheepshead saying sheepshead bay is not edible for this program proving they don't really care who gets left behind.

          Sheepshead Bay is not a jungle because its better then some schools in new york ,they should be put into a school that's a jungle.

          Im not racist i said black because there the only ones that behave like this in the school since its filled with them mostly and probably 5-10 % other races.

          Its not like they accept anybody that comes there that's new or out of there circle they always have there own little groups of there own race and friends there never open to any new friends or not welcoming to any other student out of there circle of friends. if you haven't noticed.

          Your teh one who's ignorant if you support there animal like behavior.

          what i say and state is determined on what i see when i was going to that school i haven't just wrote whatever just to bash everybody that goes there,and i was present on daily bases when i was going to that school from 2007-2009.

          Okay the schools offers allot but doesn't mean teh students deserve that school.

          Your saying its not there fault yes it is,there the reason why this school has such a bad reputation and why its looked down upon by most people.its there behavior that ruined teh reputation.

          and why would NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND hurt anybody it sure didn't hurt me.The people that bash the schools cant do anything about it because its not there school.They have voices to express how tehy feel about this school.

          Question teh government for what its not there fault there so called retarded animals fight and fail so many classes, the people that created rules aren't to questioned but to be followed and respected.

          • I.Person

            Like I stated before we must stay on the issue, it is obvious that your personal emotions are taking over you. There is a problem to think that just because something did not affect you , doesnt mean it hasn't affected anyone else. Stop calling these people aniamls. I never stated that I agreed to the negative behavior that goes on at this school, and your statics for the precentage of blacks are way off as well. If you have any other issues with me you can reach me at my personal e-mail, i.person@yahoo.com. This site should not be used to "air out dirty laundry" or atleast what you believe could be dirty laundry.You missed so many points that I was trying to hit on. Have a nice night , and I am looking forward from hearing from you. Maybe together we can change what need to be corrected.

            Thank You.

          • You dont make much s

            how could something like no child left behind affect anybody in a bad way is what you fail to answer.And i never said just cause it didn't affect doesn't mean it wont affect anybody else.If these people weren't you act like animals i wouldn't call them animals.There parents aren't teaching their children to behave and thats why they come out all retarded stupid like animals.Its off because i don't sit there and count all blacks and then count the rest of the other races i just gave a estimated/guess of how many blacks go there.I know there's a HUGE amount.

            well you made it seem like government are the ones to blame, which so stupid

  • Brooke Carey

    This message is to Imani Person. I am very impressed with your passion for your school and so glad to hear that you are going into the education field. I taught at Sheepshead for two years (in fact I believe you were in one of my classes) and although there were certainly problems, I was always encouraged by the amazing students I encountered there. I was saddened when I heard SBHS was closing and I don't think the DOE has the right idea closing all large high schools, since there are so many benefits to large schools. Good luck in your future endeavors and thank you for sharing your ideas, without reservation, about this important issue.

  • I was probably your

    I have been teaching at this school for nearly two decades. Newsflash — the school has changed, but not necessarily for the worse. When I first came to SB, there were more kids outside of the building during the school day than there were inside of the building. There were more fights, both inside and outside of the building. The dean's office would spend HOURS dealing with fights that were brought back into the school from across the street & up on Nostrand Avenue, and rarely got a lunch break because they were too busy processing over 100 kids that were picked up each day by the truancy cops. PO Medina was in the building more than he was in the patrol car, and, if memory serves me correct – we had to call the riot police in to get a fight in the lobby under control. Lest we forget the artful graffiti artists from 52 Park and The End who made the neighborhood and school so much more colorful. Yes, all of you took full advantage of the free education for which we provided, and should only be described as fine and upstanding pillars of the community. Oh, how I long for those days of yore.

    Here's a reality check, people: When you put 2,500 kids in a building, you are bound to have some problems. When many of your students don't speak English as their first language, it is not unrealistic that they would have trouble passing regent exams and graduating in 4 years. When you have students that come to HS at the age of 17 because they are too old for JHS and have very low reading and math scores – yup, you guessed it – there is a pretty good chance they aren't going to ace the English and Algebra regents. No one seems to be complaining about the primary and junior high schools that they are coming from. Really — why is no one outraged that there is a 16 year old sitting in a 7th grade classroom who reads at a 2nd grade level?

    So, for all of you who insist on judging the book by it's cover, here's a little look inside:

    In the last 10 years we have produced not one, but TWO undefeated City Championship football teams; the Indoor and Outdoor National Champions in Track and Field, a Moot Court/Mock Trail team that consistently places in the top of competition, a nursing program in which students are certified and employable when they graduate, graduates who have earned full scholarships to some of the most prestigious colleges, including Harvard University (good for you, Steven), a student who placed in the top ten in the NATION for the Intel Science Research Competition (that's Westinghouse for you old folks) and each year our graduating class earns hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship and award money. Our kids raise 5,000 – 10,000 dollars each October for breast cancer research, and raised $1,800 for the American Red Cross & Doctors Without Borders after the earthquake in Haiti in 5 days. Our student government are members of the Brooklyn Student Council and adopted an Army platoon stationed in Afghanistan. We have kids who give up a week in the summer so they can learn to produce a high quality yearbook — you know, that thing everyone keeps calling the school looking for because they lost it? Pretty impressive for kids, most of which come from modest means. All of these are things that NEVER happened in this school 15 years ago. Oh, and by the way, many of out teachers are former students — if it was that bad, why in God's name would they come back?

    Go ahead, Imani — keep telling everyone how proud you are that you are a Sheepshead graduate!

    • You dont make much s

      whats your name? maybe i know you..

    • Deb

      "I WAS"………. thanks for the years you devoted to an uphill battle. Know that there are more than one person on this planet that were inspired and encouraged by you to push forward into a better future because you were in their lives, and thats a wonderful legacy. Times and people change. Unfortunately, SBHS

      is suffering through an era of negative change, on many levels, but it does not negate the fact that the staff poured their heart and soul into giving kids a running start in life. Walk away with your head up, and a heart full of memories that make you smile. The negatives come with the territory in an imperfect world. God bless you.

  • why close it

    i used to go to this school until i had to move and it sucks that its closing down..the teachers and staff used to help the students alot. Most of the teachers was always willing to help coperate witjh u in order to pass. There was a couple of fights but there are fights in every school what school doesnt have fights.Half the schools in brooklyn are gang invested, i dont understand why this school? Why any other school? instead of closing it make it better, theyd ont understand how doing this effects many people. I was upset knowing i had to leave this school to another. Hope things change.

  • A.R

    I will never know whether going to Sheepshead changed me for the better or for the worse. All I know is I came here from another country with minimal knowledge of the culture or the English language. To add to that I was thrown into this school by default because there was no space left in other so called "good" high schools. I like to believe it helped me way more than I thought. The college program I am now gives tons of incentives(books stipend,tuition,priority in choosing classes, partial aid in housing and tuition, personal guidance counselor etc.) to minority students from poorly performing high schools. Though these students would have to had showed a decent high school GPA in the 85-90 range, this is not hard at all in Sheepshead, it just lies on motivation on part of the students. I strive to complete my B.S in Computer Science and have confidence of a successful future, and this is so because I know the environment of Sheepshead Bay during 2004-2008 made me strong,humble and aware of how to approach the worst kinds of people.

    I really hope it doesn't close, and it can be fixed. I was really hoping to come back one day and see it improved.

    • Beachwalker

      Isn't it nice that the college program that you are in provides you with incentives i.e books, a stipend, tuition, priority choosing classes, partial aid in housing, and a personnal guidence counselor. And your only in this country a couple of years? Wow! My family has been here for 150 years, has had and lost members in every war that has been fought and my kids get NOTHING. My husband and I work 7 days a week trying to put our kids through college. All we get is 250.00 per year for each thru TAP, and that is being reduced to 175.00 (thanks Obama!) What a crock of shit! I at least hope that you are grateful to the taxpayers who are footing the bill for you. And when you apply that job with your computer science degree you will naturally get priority over my white children just because they are white.

  • Anonymous

    they should close down shellbank…that place was a hole!!!

    i was in the "good class", i had to share my math text book in class, had to sit on the windowsills or those cubby things on the side of the room bc we never had enough chairs or desks ( i was tall), there were the MOST disgusting things in the ladies room i wont even mention and there were fights regularly, lets not discuss bugs and rodents…and id say the majority of teachers there were awefull!!!

    i did have the pleasure of going top catholic high school and could say the tuition was worth every penny my parents pinched to send me…teachers cared, no fights, clean bathroom, no roaches, i had books for every class, and a very clean cafeteria…than you mom and dad for not sending me to public high school after the horrible experience at public junior high

    • Brooklyn GirL

      shell bank is probably a terrible school but i think sheepshead bay is worse.

      i couldn't care less if they keep it open or close i hate that school from the bottom of my heart.And i just wish this school would gets act together its so rotten and disgusting

      • David

        I hated, HATED, Shellbank in 1978. I was much happier in Sheepshead. It was a breath of fresh air compared to Shellbank. I graduated from Sheepshead in 1983 and at that time there were a number of very high-quality teachers there. Thank you for your work.

        I had a blast being on the swim team.

        At that time there were kids taking the buses and trains to school from different ends of Brooklyn, but for the most part they seemed to keep to themselves. A number of my friends lived in the projects, and they came from diverse backgrounds. Some are doing well now, and others, not so much.

        I visited Sheepshead about 10 years ago and I was shocked to see metal detectors at the front doors. Not knowing anything else about what has happened to Sheepshead, that was enough to set my mind wondering about how the place had changed.

  • RY

    I used to work there on a work study program in 1995-96

    they had metal detectors back then already-probably one of the first schools in Brooklyn to have it installed.

    but what will be done with the kids from the projects around there?

    where would they go?

    • Brooklyn GirL

      The students that live in the projects don't even go to sheeps head ive only seen a few students comming out of the projects and going into sheepshead most teeangers that live in projects don't even go to sheepshead they can always go to a different near by high school.

      • D

        I found this article while doing research for paper on the advantages and disadvantages of closing schools that repeatedly fail to meet educational standards.

        In reading the comments, I find it disturbing how many people cannot voice an intelligent opinion backed up by facts, or even write a simply paragraph that inundated with misspellings and grammatical errors.

        Is this what our educational systems is coming to?

        • Bob

          You should really proofread your own writing before commenting on that of others. Or perhaps it was sarcasm? In that case, congratulations on a job well done.

  • phoebe

    i am studied at sheepshead.. this is a school make me feel so unsafe!!!~ fighting almost everyday in caf..if to shut down this school, where will the students and teachers go? i think it won't help in anything. shut down one school.. then the student go in to other school.. it will make the school grade getting lower too… are the DOE closing down that school too? i think they have to find the root and see where's the problem is.. if not shuting down school won't solve any problem!

    • PassMeOne

      I guess you didn't study hard enough or pay attention, unless of course you were taking English as a third language courses

      • barkingspider

        You write like you never received an education. Oh yeah, you go to Sheepshead! Are you one of their gifted students? Your writing skills are one of the many reasons as to why this school should be closed

        • Francais Salamalay

          Really. The girl was stating a point. She doesn’t deserve to be ridiculed. If a moron kid comes to the school fresh out of jail and brings the schools scores down them they really shouldnt be held responsible for it. Each year that school gets send hundreds of fresh outta jailers and violent transfer students because SBHS is one of the only high schools left open.

          The curriculum is only so weak because of these students. Having to dumb down an English class because half of the kids don’t know how to write a comparative essay is ridiculous.

          By the way. I graduated from Sheepshead Bay High School Class of 2010.

  • anonymous

    No child left behind is a slogan for Bush and republicans to get rid of the middle class. The idea sounds good on paper but if money doesn't come with the words it means nothing.

    These people want poor and rich, nothing in between. They try to destroy unions, individual thinking and if you disagree you are not patriotic. Stop squabbling with each other and use your political clout to get what you want and need for your kids.

    VOTE in every election.

  • Chris

    The liberals in this state and city have hurt more NYC Unions then any Republican possibly could, so please do not throw that on the Republicans.

  • Mark

    As a SBHS Alumn I is totally disgraced by the closing of MY school.

  • Da' Bay All Day

    Well, I Graduated from Sheepshead (CLASS OF '09), and let me tell you something, those teachers BUST THEIR ASSES TO MAKE SURE WE GRADUATE ON TIME. You know how in some schools teachers pass you just to pass you ; well NO , Not in sheepshead. We earned our grades. And it was really had for me to get back on task , being that i was one of the students who fell off , started cutting class, and the whole 9 yards. I was even told that the class of '09 raised Sheepshead graduation rate ; But anyways, they always said "The teacher has their diploma and eduacation, they dont care about you, only their money", i dont think theyre teachers like that in Sheepshead. Each teacher treats each student like their own. Even if they gotta stay on top of you to make sure you do your work they WILL!.. & Alot of people dont like Mr/Ms.Carter (I KNO I DONT), But she has made a BIG Change in Sheepshead, Along side Mr. Orgi!.

    I Honestly think by closing Sheepshead Bay High School Is REDICULOUS!.. & A WASTE OF F***ING TIME! =)..

  • Richard D

    As a member of the so-called Founding class of 1961, all of this comes as a shock to me. At play here undoubtedly is the mass migration of whites out of the area to be replaced by minorities. This is not an issue of race but of class and poverty. In 1961 there were two, three, at any rate less than six minority students, all African-American. (In those days "Latino" hadn't been invented yet, except for the notorious "Umbrella Man" terrorizing downtown Brooklyn where SBHSers were ill-advised to go at any rate). But the SBHSer of that day is the middle-class American of today, with probably more students "abroad" than remain in Brooklyn. With the high-speed sea change precipitated by the outrush of the middle class naturally the cultural level descended.

    If there is any one institution to blame here it is undoubtedly the proximity of the housing projects. Housing projects are now widely seen as a failed strategy. Housing projects themselves need the support of a middle-class environment. But when they dominate the immediate area of the school, it is just the bad sauce.

    In any case it is sad for the good students must be intimidated by thugs who ought by now be humbled by the presence in the Whitehouse of a man of distinction ( and I know SBHSers of all races put him there).

    As much as I hate to support the DOE I have to say that their strategy is rational if not actually hopeful. Smaller schools should be more manageable. In the age of Obama maybe the common students will be able to right-size their underground oppressors. That is to say, big stupid nitwits. I am 99% sure that bad as it has gotten life is not as hopeless in Sheepshad Bay as it is in a real Hood.

    • Richard D

      Reading other comments, reminds me about busing, a phenomenon not yet affecting SBHS in its founding years. To be bused in as an underclass is not an easy role to play. Maybe small schools with such names as Malcolm X, etc. can be a genuine leg up for these students. The task of education should be to do its best even with the worst cases but not at the expense of the majority. First priority is to secure the school and the community from hooliganism.

  • Teach

    I was in the first graduating class from SBHS and returned to teach for several yearsin the 60's. This makes me very sad. SBHS was a wonderful educational institution with a caring staff and great kids. What happened?

  • paul lee

    i went to sheepshead bay h.s. way back when it first opened……graduated 64…….the school sucked, the teachers sucked, the schedules sucked…..went on to columbia…….memories of sheepshead bay high school…..none, it really really sucked………i'm glad their closing it…..

    • Anum

      I agree this school is terrible the teachers rarely care weather teh student pays attention or learns or even studies..and they allow to much freedom to the students.The classes are super boring and the feild trips rarely ever happen and then no fun activies or no fun parties to make the school actually fun…and i lost my interest after going the very first day..it started off boring and ended off as a nightmare that i wouldnt wanna live over again ever..

      • monie

        Theres a party every week.. the teachers are crazy strick .. classes are okay; good that im learning a lot! & There are so many activites & clubs.. get with it.. this school is great :)

      • barkingspider

        It sounds to me that you just don’t want to learn. You lost interest on your first day? No Parties? You are not in school to have a party. I cannot believe that you can’t find some sport or other extracurricular activity to make you happy. You just seem to be a very dissatisfied underachiever. AND BY THE WAY, THE IS SPELLED T-H-E, NOT T-E-H. I am seeing that spelling error (and many, many other spelling and gramatical errors) way too much in this blog. People, please learn to spell!

    • Francais Salamalay

      How completely irrational. If you have an opinion of the school from more than 20 years ago, its completely null and void. You have no reasoning from within the recent changes that have occurred.

  • amanfo assibu

    I think the school should not be closed but they should cut the acceptance rate and doing so will help the school regain it reputation. I understand the reason why they accept a lot of people but some of them(i mean the students) are not really to learn, they comes to school just to have fun and do stupids stuff.And these are some of the reasons why the school is losing it repuataion and its sad to hear that they may closed the school in near future.

  • Okay im going to be a freshman inn sheapshead bay 2O1O . is it really that bad ?? i think ya over reactinggggg ! it cant be that bad . -_____-

  • Anonymous

    The first thing you should know is how to spell the name of your new school. It is Sheepshead Bay HS. Notice that it is spelled with a capital 'S'. That's because it is the name of the school, what is known as a proper noun. It will be what you make of it and please don't scribble 'Monieee x3' all over the place. Good Luck to you as well as your teachers!

  • barkingspider

    Are you people kidding? I graduated in 77 and the school was a shithole back then, and it is 1000 times worse now. Who said they are not bussing kids in from all the scummy neighborhoods? I see all the time, the animals getting off the special 44 bus that takes them right to the front door of the school. I also know people who work as teachers, and back in the day, they were horrible students. They should definitely close down this school ASAP, then get rid of the projects. Sheepshead Bay has become a real dumping ground for the undesireables, including Russians

  • barkingspider

    Oh yeah – and I forgot to mention all the kids coming in on the subways everyday, screaming at the top of their lungs while waiting for the B36 in front of Mac Donalds

    • ashley

      dude, thats in any schooll.

      KIDS WILL BE KIDS!

    • Francais Salamalay

      Yes, but you arent taking into account the actually motivated kids that are in that school. You only see and notice the noisy hooligans there. There are over 300 honors kids that are managed by a wonderful and loving woman, Sherry Satchell.

      Look beyond the reputation. Trust me. When I first arrived at Sheepshead, I hated it. But I grew to love it! I found a niche and a place where I was comfy.

  • Anonymous

    Don't close my school :E

  • HumorMe

    I went to sheepshead bay high school and found it to be better than it's standing reputation. The teachers were awsome and caring enough to prepare students for college. I had a really good experience. The folks from across the street made lots of trouble though. Once on my walk to the bus stop, there was a shooting right in front of us. The guy w the weapon did get arrested without successfully harming anyone.

  • HumorMe

    I was there 95-99 and had this really good history teacher-Mr Bourandas. He was really caring.

  • WHO DAT

    I coached Football at Sheepshead thru the 80s – with Coach Snyder when he ( and I ) were young Assistant Coach's. I live in Texas now but SBHS and the players I coached will always hold great memories for me.

    "WHO DAT SAY GONNA BEAT DA BAY"

  • BAY SHARKS

    SHEEPSHEAD BOOTY ROCK, ROCK ROCK THE BOOTY ROCK, YEAHHHHHHHHHHH

  • ashley

    Omg ; you guys really need to stop. i sware im in tears right now.. i LOVE this school with all my heart. coming from a girl that used to be SCARED to go to school from 4th grade to 8th because every school i went to i got bullied because im a "weird ugly white b*tch" :'(!!! This school & the students took me in for who i am & did not judge nor discriminate. DID YOU GUYS KNOW THAT SHEEPSHEAD BAY BEAT BROOKLYN TECH & ANOTHER SPECIALIZED H.S IN LAW!!!! but WE DONT GET CREDIT FOR THAT?? WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?! com'on you guyss!!!!!!! Like seriously this school offers so Many classes you can take.. so many programs .. so many clubs & stuff. This school has 6 GYMS!!!! Its nice and big. You have to scan to come in to the school .. this school makes me feel so safe. Yeaa SOME of the students are ghetto but everybodys so frendlly. The teachers are sweethearts.. i sware to god i love this school. im taking track.. gym .. music .. science .. social .. english .. spanish .. my classes are great. im getting 80's & 90's . the only problem is that theres a lot of kids that dont speak english that just came to this country thats why the grades are slacking!!!! THERE IS NOTHING wronge with sheepshead .. i repeat THERE IS NOTHING wronge with sheepshead .. THERE DOING GREAT & REALLY PICKING UP. the problem is you guys ASUME this school is bad .. & its NOTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At all .. you cant even cut !! Oh Yea Midwoods a Great school huh? All my friends that go there a freakin drug dealers .. theres so many fights & a lot of drama & beef in that school.. Sheepshead is such a nice place.. i feel so safe in there .. this school feels like home to me. i have freshmen .. sophmore & junior & senior friends.. everyones really cool. This year there was only 3 fights in the WHOLE school . you guys really have to stop judging the school without actually going there. This school is wonderfull man! My sister is 19 years old & went to this school 2 years ago. she is now in collage studying hard to become a lawyer. she studdied law in that school. You guys need to acutally come to the school take a look for yourself. This school is wonderfull. Thankyou sheepshead for taking me in :) I PRAY TO GOD THAT THEY DONT CLOSEE!!!!

  • John Dewey doesnt deserve to close its one of the best schools out there as for the others i couldnt care less

  • Monique!

    I graduated out of Sheepshead Bay High in 2008. My freshmen class was really out of control which led to more excessive police force and camera's put up throughout the school. Even though the school had a lot of violence problems it was still a great place to get a decent education at. All you had to do was focus, but not many students had/ has the mentality to do so. There were teachers and staff there who seriously wanted you to succeed and do well. The help is there all you had to do was seek it. If you wanted to sing, dance, play football, baseball, basketball, soccer, needed extra help in math, english, regents…anything at all it was there for you! I remember a lot of teachers who let reality sink in for me. Mr. Goldberg, Ms. Fienga (favorite english teacher). This school shouldn't close, not much can be done now for it. So long and fare well.

  • studentjus

    look here……i am goin to the school…..it a great place….teachers are nice…they teach well….im learning….i make frendz….n THERE IS NO SCHOOL OUT THERE……THAT U CAN TELL ME ABOUT THAT HAVE NO FIGHTIN…….THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTS…..NO STUDENT AT SHEEPSHEAD IS IN DANGER OF ANYTHING…..unless they put themselves there….if ur child is brought up right….taught properly then there should be any problem…..if sheepshead is closed down….then the student that you say are bad …they will jus go somewhere else n make trouble …now does that sound right…..no its doesn't…..a sheepshead there….are so many diffedrent ppl there….i couldnt list them even if i wanted to……there is no racism or nutn that i've seen or experienced….the graduations rate has gone up…i know that …it shows….sheepshead has great programs……law…nursing….medical issurance….now why in god's name would u shut down a place that offers so much…..people dont bully at the school…..they dont….fights are inevitable….ok….they are everywherre in every school……plus its not that bad…..anymore……its like 2 fights a week……think about it……where are those thousands of children gonna go when they shut it down…..hhmmm???……all of those children who are so easily terrified about change….i know alot of them are…..i know i am…..there are children on honor prgrams at sheepshead bay…children who's averages goes higher every year….what happen to those children?…..what happen to those children that have built a connection with their teacher…..that helps them academically…..now imagine a child like that goes to another school and is pushed by the way side….because of that change……check it from that point of view……..at sheepshead…..there are english…russian…spanish…french…haitians….domanicans……basically people from all over….because there are some from places i have never heard about…..its a wonderful school……..i go there… should know what it is like…..it is awesome….believe me….its an experience everyday…..they gonna shut it down…..because why again?????…a very stupid reason…….tell me something…this is how they are tryin to better off the country???…..by shuttin down good high school….that HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO BETTER????????………sheepshead is a nice school…its safe….its always quiet….the events are nice….the teachers are some of the best…the students aren't racist or sexcist or nothing…..i make frendz…..even for such a shy person…..why close it down?????…………….think of it….i hope it stays up….i like it so much….

  • Anonymous

    I graduated Sheepshead Bay HS in 2005. It was a nightmare. I remember walking to school every morning and praying to get to the classes safe. I was scared every day that a bunch of other girls would beat shit of me just becuase I was white and spoke with an acent. The school taught me one thing – how to survive when you are a minority.

  • Hector l Ortiz

    I took the G.E.D back in 1989 at Sheapshead bay H.S. and after leaving the State of New York i lost the original and i am requesting a new one from this school would you and or your staff help me obtain another send me a responce to my e-mail address so i can send address..
    thanking you in advance
    HECTOR ORTIZ

  • Anna

    The staff members are great but the teenagers are the worst there so disrespectful and insane you couldn’t pay me enough money to go sheepshead horrible disgusting school I hope the burn all the annoying teenagers in the there but not the staff members

  • safron

    LORDY LORD
    I WENT TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY HIGH SCHOOL IN 1996. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL, MY VERY FIRST CLASS WAS WTH MR. PETER KONDRAT AND HE IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING TEACHERS EVER FOLLOWED BY MR. KARY LUKAS. I HAD A GREAT TIME, THE GUIDENCE COUNCELLORS ARE AMAZING SPECIALLY MR.STHAL AND EVERYTHING WAS OK. IT ALL DEPENDED ON WHO WANTED TO LEARN AND WHO DID NOT WANT TO LEARN. BUT OVER ALL THIS SCHOOL SHOULD NOT BE CLOSED, ITS IN A GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD, AND ITS A GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD SCHOOL.

  • Jerry Butler

    I went to SBHS in the 80s I loved the school,I loved the Girls,So Many Hotties. Fond Memories on the stair wells and in the classrooms. I hate to see it close.

  • Graduated in 1969….saddenned by so many of the negative comments, as well as the news of the school’s closing. Personally, I shall always cherish my fondest memories as a former student. Thank you S.B.H.S. for the teaching, discipline, competitive spirit, morals, ethics, principles,code of conduct, self-esteem that you bestowed upon me. ( and thanks for the memories. )

  • Jeanne

    Kids were cruel (graduated 64)

    Junkie next door killed my mother – not gonna miss that school!

  • KM

    I graduated in 97… I came form a private school that my parents could not longer afford and I was tired of commuting almost an hour each way .The school was OK. my sister graduated in 2003 it got much worst when she went there but it’s not that bad over all, I have seen worst… I have since went on to college and graduated and now have a successful career in the corporate world. If you want to learn you will learn anywhere, but yes a good school environment does make it easier to achieve that. I went there and the diversity within that school made me what I am today, I had black, white, Spanish, Italian, Russian , Chinese friends and yes it’s not like I was best friends with everyone and I did have my own group that I was closer to as I am sure everyone has. I still live in sheepshead, allot of the friends I had have gone onto be successful professionals (accountants, lawyers, one is even a doctor, and executives like myself) I still see some of the people I went to school with and they are doing OK I guess. It saddens me to see this school close (or even reopen as charter schools) but that is life. I will not however miss any of the rowdy kids on the trains in the morning or on the buses, or on my days off when I have to go about my business with my kids and the “Students” are the most disrespectful things out there. But that has nothing to do with school its more of an upbringing and parenting issue…

    I am a bit sad though because was hoping my son would go there but I guess he will not, and the fact that I pay over 40K in taxes on top of the real-estate school tax and my child will not be able to take advantage of that also saddens me, he will either have to commute over 40 minutes to another school or I will have to foot the bill for a private school .. ?

  • Dmitry

    I’m a SBHS alum, went there from 96-00. This my first day at Sheepshead(true story):

    I walk down Batchelder Str. from my new home, which is 5 minutes away, with a backpack, pens, paper, $1.50 and a bright outlook on my future in this new school/neighborhood. Next thing I know I get approached by 3 kids and one of them asks me: “Yo son, you got a dollar?”. Me being completely ignorant of what was coming my way reply with some confusion “Yeah I have $1.50, but I need it for lunch” The friendly student says in response: “You better give that sh*t up before I snuff you” which his friends find amusing. I sense a lot of hostility emanating from these young gentlemen and try to briskly walk away, however, they follow me and from across the street about 7 more of their buddies join the fray. Next thing I know I’m being cursed out and pushed around by all of them. Then a few fists fly and I’m on the ground with blood dripping down from my lip. I realize at that point that I’m not in Kansas anymore and $1.50 isn’t exactly worth losing teeth over, so I proceed to empty out my pockets. Before I could stumble off to class I get served with a friendly reminder that I would get “stomped” if I tell anyone about this incident, so naturally I choose not to. Suffice to say I’m pretty hungry at lunch that day, but more than that I’m disheartened by the fact that I now see this is what people refer to as the “real world”.

    That’s my first day of school story and I have many other fond memories of SBHS such as two weeks later when a student got fatally shot in class next to mine after another student was “showing off some tricks” with a gun he brought to school, but why they would ever want to shut down this bastion of learning, integrity and tranquility is beyond me.

  • nigga

    close sheepshead bay hight school

  • D. Williams(Snagg)

    I graduated from Sheepshead Bay HS in 2004. I never really felt scared walking to school from the b36 bus stop except maybe on Halloween(people would talk about the kids from the housing throwing eggs but nothing ever happened to me). Sheepshead Bay is definitely a school that cares. It has gone through many changes to try and better itself. Closing down the school is pretty much washing away all the hardwork for the better.
    The teachers at that school care about the students, more so than the guidance counselors, in my opinion. I remember one day my junior year, I found out a friend from my junior high school committed suicide. I happened to be passing my previous math teacher, Ms. Bloom. She called out to me when she noticed I was in tears. She gave me some tissue and told me if I wanted to talk, I could talk to her anytime. Ms. Albanese was a great English/ Yearbook teacher also. She always put you in your place but always listened to what you had to say. Coach Snyder may not remember me but I took a weight class for gym. I was the only girl in the class(there was 3 of us including me) that actually worked out. He asked me one day why I joined the class and why was I trying so hard(most girls took this as an “easy” class and failed.) I told him I was joining the military and wanted to get in shape. From that day on, he helped me and pushed me on. I joined the navy shortly after graduating.
    Sheepshead Bay had its ups and downs while I attended for all 4 years but it has so many inspiring and good things too. Besides sports, there is the law program which I was a part of(very few high schools at the time had that program),the nursing program who I personally know about 8 females who are RN’s today, there is also the outstanding mock trial team where we rated highest amongst “better” school. Yearbook, which I was editor in chief of for the 2004 graduates. The drama department held plays, some that were written by students itself( my senior classman wrote “Green Sorrows” for the black box, and it was great). I personally took part in building, painting, glueing and sewing props for plays. The students who learn about throwing the concerts, handling the lights, when to cue in. Choreographing their own dances for themselves and other fellow students for the concerts.
    I would like to add that there are other schools that are being shut down also, yet the target on this post is at Sheepshead Bay. Is it because its across the street from the Sheepshead Bay housing? The negativity and ignorance on here towards the high school is not helping the students or faculty keep their school, with every negative thing that is written there should be a solution after.
    I am a proud alumni that attended Sheepshead Bay HS.
    **Go Sharks**

  • Irish Kevin

    Both my Son a daughter graduated from Sheepshead Bay HS.Never had a problem.I think the School is falling victim of budget cutting end of story.If anyone thinks that the Elected officials care about anyone but them selves think again.!

  • 72 graduate

    Having graduated SBHS ’72, Shellbank in ’69 & PS 286 in ’66 I witnessed the difference between bussing and non-bussing eras. Having 2 sons who just graduated from High School, I’ve witnessed the results of No Child Left Behind. Both Of these programs have succeeded in achieving the goal of greater educational equality. Make no mistake about it, the evidence is irrefutable. Now everybody has a shitty education.

  • 72 graduate

    Having graduated SBHS ’72, Shellbank in ’69 & PS 286 in ’66 I witnessed the difference between bussing and non-bussing eras. Having 2 sons who just graduated from High School, I’ve witnessed the results of No Child Left Behind. Both programs have successfully achieved the goal of greater educational equality. Make no mistake about it, the evidence is irrefutable. Now everybody has a lousy education.

  • arabic

    fort hamilton is the best school ..

  • Charon

    I graduated from Sheepshead in 1962. It was a great school then with great teachers and students.

    I am sorry to see them closing it. But, I guess the element got really bad.

    We never had fights, everyone got along… guess the bussing spoiled all that.

  • Jason

    Please remove John Dewey High School from this list, it is giving parents and every reader a bad message about Dewey—which is not the case AT ALL. I’m a little annoyed that the publisher of this post placed JDHS on the list without reliable sources or doing their research, it’s obvious John Dewey High School is not going to close considering that it is FAR better than Sheepshead, FDR and Grady.

    P.S. Yes, I am a current student and John Dewey High School.

  • Ghetto Boon

    I went to Sheepshead Bay HS from 1973-76 an it was great. Now
    it is an utter sh1thole. Well, look at the uncivilized ghetto trash that is attending there now. I say close the darn place and covert it to a prison. Prison is where a majority of the ghetto trash attending SBHS belong… SAD!!!!!

  • Ravi

    I was one of those “uncivilized ghetto trash” that graduated from SBHS in 2005. Can’t believe the amount of racist pigs that commented on this page.

    There is NO such thing as a perfect school in NYC. SBHS is a great school- its great because it has some of the best compassionate and competent teachers and staff. It has been improving and the graduation rates have been going up in the last four years- this is a school that actually has saw a lot of improvement even after being placed on the chopping block. SBHS isn’t like Madison and Midwood that receive extra funds and donations from wealthy parents.

    The problem isn’t with the teachers and staff. The BIGGEST problem is the corporate thug in city hall who wants to destroy the UFT. Instead of using a surgical scalpel to fix the issues the Bloomberg moron is going at it with an ax. This sledgehammer approach is only going to destroy the communities these high schools serve. Only way to fix our school is to get rid of leaders that run our communities like a corporate office.

    Yes the school will be here with a new name but it will lose about 50% of its staff. Its those teachers and staff that make the difference. They are the one that leave a lasting impression on the children.

    I really hope the DOE spares SBHS. I hope SBHS will continue serve the community and provide future generations the great experience and memories I had.

    THE PROBLEM AREN’T THE TEACHERS OR THE STUDENTS- ITS THE FILTHY RICH MAYOR WE HAVE WHO WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE HARDSHIPS ENDURED BY THE PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF SCHOOLS LIKE SBHS.

    LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES WE MADE- DONT VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY. THESE CORPORATE PIGS ARE GOING TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY.

  • Jake

    Sorry Ravi…one of the worst in the State.

    ? Sheepshead Bay High School has struggled for years. Graduation rates have remained in the 50% range since 2001. While the school’s four-year graduation rate has recently improved— reaching 57% (including August graduates) in 2009, it remains below the citywide 63% average.

    ? Sheepshead Bay staff and families have worked hard to improve the school. The Department of Education (DOE) also provided considerable support to Sheepshead Bay. In recent years, this has included: professional development; guidance around curriculum planning; working with teachers to better support high-need students; and strategic guidance to improve attendance. Unfortunately, our best efforts have not yet turned the school around.

    ? As you may know, the New York State Education Department named Sheepshead Bay as one of the “Persistently Lowest Achieving” (PLA) schools in the entire state.

  • BrooklynGirl

    I attended Sheepshead Bay H.S. 1985-1989.It was an excellent school.I was in law studies and I also studied marine biology, which are 2 courses that my kids high school now do not even offer.The only problem I had at SBHS was fights.I got into many of them because I always stood up for myself and others if I had to.

  • Steven Seidman

    They have been talking about closing SHBH for some time now man the fun times will surely be missed but the memories and the friendships will last forever

    Geeez time flys

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