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Sheepshead Bay High School Closing July 1, 2012

Letting the Staff Back In

Sheepshead Bay High School is 100% closing July, 1 2012 and is going to be reopening as Academy of Career Explorations. It will house 4 academies with one principal.

All current staff will have to reapply for their existing job, but the new school will only be accepting up to 50% of existing staff.

If you remember there was a Save the High School rally back in November 2010

61 comments to Sheepshead Bay High School Closing July 1, 2012

  • trainman

    First, welcome back GP.net!!!

    From some of the stories I’ve heard about Ave. X is that the storeowners will welcome this news. I also imagine the 6 to 8 police cars/buses that are stationed by the school every afternoon during the week will have to look for something else to do. A few years back I needed to visit that school to pick up some graduation information for my son and I could not believe the chaos that was going on in that lobby. I feel sad for the staff that will be losing their jobs but other than that, good riddance.

  • T

    “Good riddance?” You do realize that all of the students who get pushed out of this high school are going to be disseminated into other schools, including ones held in higher regard, right? Closing these schools doesn’t solve anything

    • trainman

      T, I understand your concern, but what would be your solution for the educators and students who need to endure the chaos that was going on at school?
      A bad teaching environment does not help anyone, especially the ones held in higher regard. It is the Board of Education that created this situation and they seem to be unwilling or unable to do a better job. All I know is when I visited that school a few years back, if my children were attending at that time I would’ve taken them out immediately and placed them in a better teaching environment.

      • trainman

        A call out to the three people who find my point of view negative:
        Would you be kind enough to give me a reason why you think Sheepshead Bay High School should stay in its present form?

        Progress report for 2010-2011
        Student progress- D
        Student performance- D
        Student environment- D
        Students closing the gap is at 2.0 out of a 14 point rating.
        Overall school grade is a 40% which equals a D, 1% more than a F grade.
        50% of students fail to graduate.
        Those are Board of Education statistics.
        Your comments are welcome.

  • Anonymous

    Well life goes on.

  • Anonymous

    The pool the students are chosen from does not change just because the name of the school has changed. It will be the same students that are there now entering that building in September.

  • Anonymous

    It does solve a problem. Smaller academies are much easier to manage. Therefore students get more attention and staff are not overwhelmed.

  • Jenn

    Where will the GB kids be zoned for High School now? My son goes to High School in September and worried now what will happen, very happy it won’t be Sheepshead!

    • mile

      You child will still be able to go to the building. the school’s name will be different, and, under this proposed restart, there will be new teachers, but many of the programs will remain intact. Indeed the administration and the teachers currrently in the school are planning for the implementation of the academies that were mentioned in the article.

  • Joe Izen

    Has anyone taken a picture of the athletic wall of fame to document it? If SBHS is losing its identity, I suspect all of its “history” will new wiped clean. . I was a tennis team co-mvp and a Hillary Kirschenbaum scholar athlete back in 1973. I know my name is on the wall outside the gym. I’m not local, but I’d love to have a picture of it before it gets wiped.

    Does anyone recall the www site that had some scanned issues for the school newspaper from back in the 1970’s? I found it about 10 years ago, but I didn’t same the article mentioning me in a story about the tennis team.

    • Myron Levine

      Joey Izen,

      It has been almost 40 years. How are you doing? I hope you are still playing tennis. It was great to see your name.

      • Hi Myron,

        Sorry for the slow reply. Guess I should check this site more often. I hit a tennis ball occasionally with a colleague. These days, I’m playing softball with one of the CERN teams in the Geneva Softball League, and am hoping to play roller hockey this fall with the UT Dallas team. The www link is a bit outdated, but a starting point. It has my email address, so we don’t have to bore everyone else. Are you still playing?


    • Cliff

      I remember that wall, I was on the basketball team in 72. When I first came to that school in 69 and saw that wall, I remember seeing Rico Petricelies name up there. I knew him fron playing with the Red Sox. And that lady from Sat Nite Fev.(Travolta girl friend). I don’t live in NY anymore, but I always talk to people from there and I was very proud to tell them I went to SBHS. Then I start hearing in later years of all the problems out there. That sucks. I was a very good school when I was there. Good Bye SBHS.

  • Ryan

    Its like closin a prison or half way home.. I hope the new school is a stand out one.. God knows that this and surrounding neighborhoods are filled with good, gifted, intelligent kids that need a school that gives em all they need to excel and really build on the foundation that they have within them already.

  • Michelle Smith

    Also wondering about the oceanography/marine biology lab — not sure if it’s still there, but it was named for my dad in 1982 or so…

  • Dr jay cohen

    Yes I was a student of mr smith and mr teret who began his program

  • Gene

    While everyone is in agreement that something drastic needs to be done with SBHS, the pactice of “closing” the school and reopening it with a different name is little more than reorganizing the deck chairs on the Titanic. That said, any improvements made will be appreciated by all.

  • Anonymous

    im sad to watch it close

  • Anonymous

    They need to close that rat hole lived there 40 years ago and the school was a jungle thanks nyps system

  • anonymous

    Can anyone explain to me why that school got so bad? My children went there 25 years ago and there were not problems like now.

    • trainman

      In a word: Busing!!!

      Bus kids across town has never been a good idea for many reasons.
      These kids need to get up very early in the morning to travel over an hour to get to this school. Psychologically they probably feel punished because their school day can be three hours longer (with traveling time) than children who attend school near their home.
      This kind of resentment usually leads to “acting out” and becoming a behavioral problem. When they become chronic behavioral problems that usually brings out the worst in teachers that have to deal with them.

      Also these traveling distances discourage parent participation and involvement.
      Without involvement from parents, children’s scores suffer.
      Ask any educator and they’ll probably tell you that almost without exception children whose parents are involved in their kid’s education always excel in school.


    It’s very disappointing to read about this, and so many very negative comments! I attended SBHS back in the late 60’s, and it was nothing like this. There was a degree of busing but I recall the overall environment… educationally,socially, and athletically as being of a very positive nature.

  • Anonymous

    I too have my name on the Wall of Fame (twice) I would love to get a picture or a piece of the wall itself…Shame this had to happen but seen it coming years ago…when I started it was 80% local kids and 20% bused…four years later when I left it was the other way around…after Bombs in mailboxes what do you expect….

  • Spencer M. Schulman

    Just as it happened in the film Carrie…. at the end the hand rises from the grave!

  • Marietta

    It’s a shame the school has to close. I graduated from there in 1997. I wonder if it will be too late to get a transcript. Oh well, I guess my son won’t get to go there after all. It’s so sad, but it’s not like they are tearing down the whole school building. Now that would be catastrofic. It seems more like they are just changing the name to something more fancy and sophisticated. But where will all the students attend in September. All children deserve an education. But, well I always did think that wearing a school uniform and paying for tuition does increase the value of an education. Although, not every parent can afford it.

  • John

    It is not the school it’s the Neighborhood. I went to this school back in the 90’s and it was as bad as now but i made it,if you looks at all the schools that are in the bad neighborhoods you will see that they are on the closing list.

  • […] may have heard rumors that Sheepshead Bay High School is closing down to be replaced by four smaller academies operating […]

  • Anonymous

    March 28th at 6pm will be the joint public hearing

  • Anonymous

    Graduated in 1973…it was a wonderful school. Sad to see the decline…..RIP SBHS

  • Andrew Nadler

    Same sh(rhymes with hit) different day. Walton HS in the Bx. closed and reopened as Four other High Schools some years back. Coincidentally the neighborhoods, going back to the 60’s here, are and were similiar and so was the student-makeup. Socio-economically speaking, that was the in-phrase back then, the closing of these two schools is not a coincidence. The more things change the more they stay the same.

  • robert kerner

    went to sbhs mid 60’s… the biggest failure pertaining to the school is the communities inability to get involved controlling the problem. the community let this happen and only said one word. waaaaaaaaaaaaaa…. take down the sec. 8 housing and build a jail and a school.

    • Suomynona

      Being that they bus students in from all over Brooklyn, how is it the neighborhoods fault and how is taking down the local housing projects going to fix the problem? Where are all the people that live there going to go? Just have them live on the streets?

  • kim

    am soo happy it coing

  • MykL

    Proud class of ’64 when the school was new, fresh and consisted of local kids….did I mention “safe” ?? Huge graduating classes including a respectable proportion who were college-bound. Like Thomas Wolfe long ago wrote: “You Can Never Go Home Again,” but nonetheless, this is damn sad!

  • Lee

    I graduated from SHBHS in 1975. It was considered a very good school. My fellow students we’re generally very well behaved and had good grades were the norm. It pains me to hear about this closure but I’m not surprised. The neighborhood will be better off without the after school police state due to the crime and vandalism. This is just one example of how our community and general society has inexorably collapsed over the past 50 to 30 years. And Political Correctness allows no one including myself the ability to even try to understand and then explain why.

  • I too…also am a SBHS alumnus, Class of 1972. I still live in the ‘Hood. Yes, it’s very sad, quite a sad commentary, but so is the closing of so many NYC public schools. I had the pleasure of being in many honor classes while attending SBHS. I’ll always look back at SBHS, ‘our alma matar,’ with fond, nostalgic memories. “Think of the children?” Right, as public education goes down the tubes.

    Mr. Mangano – my 11th Grade Creative Writing teacher, Rocks Forever!!!

    • Anonymous

      Public education didn’t go down the tubes until they gutted school budgets and made it impossible. This is all Blumbergs plan to bust the teachers union. All these closings are to simply get the older more experienced, higher paid teachers to quit/retire. It has taken him 10 years but mission accomplished. Now people take these closings in stride while the Mayor puts more people out of work and ‘saves money’. Federal taxes provide the funds to re open the schools and Bloomberg has money for all of his many pet projects.

    • Anonymous

      Do you remember sue who married Gene Bottazzi?

  • Doreen

    I graduated from SHBHS in Jan 1965. I was in all honors classes and felt that I received a wonderful education. College and graduate school were a piece of cake compared to the work we had at SHBHS. I am very sad that it is closing.

    • steven

      I graduated from Sheepshead Bay High School in June 1966.I had a
      basically negative experience during my three years at Sheepshead.
      Every time there was an open-school night that mother attended,my
      mother was told that I could do better,but I didn’t.The reason
      was I was bullied and scapegoated by a minority of my classmates.
      I survived through personal strength and sense of purpose.Some
      students that were in my position end up committing suicide,or
      ending up with PTSD. One part of myself wants the school to close
      because of what I specifically went through.The other part of myself
      believes it wouldn’t really make any difference because the students
      attending the high school or high schools currently would experience whatever they were meant to experience no matter what
      the name and location of the school.

  • Stu

    Grauated in 1971 and the school was excellent. Sad to see it go, but this was long overdue.

  • Stu

    Graduated in 1971 and the school was excellent. Sad to see it go, but this was long overdue.

  • al

    Another legacy of Mayor bloomberg. Close the school don’t fix the problem

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. But the ‘problem’ really can’t be fixed easily. The ‘problem’ starts when these kids are toddlers and they aren’t raised properly. The kids who can’t/won’t do the work that needs to be done to succeed. It isn’t the teachers fault, or a lack of money for books/supplies. It’s the kids that just waste the resources, disrupt every class they attend, never study or do homework. The polarization will become even more apparent as charter schools skim off those who are raised to take an active part in their own education and behave properly. Public schools will be left only with those who are there because they have to be by law. Sometimes they come to their senses in their late teens and sign up for college where the taxpayers then foot the bill for remedial reading and math, skills that they should have been honing since 1st grade, again taking up space, time and resources at CUNY etc. again at the expense of the taxpayer. They need to identify these kids very early on and hold their parents accountable. Send them to parenting classes if they don’t know what they are doing.

  • Gayle

    I attended SBHS back in the day, same building, same block, overcrowded, large classes. What’s different now? Back then parents made sure you attended classes, they had respect for your teachers and demanded that you had the same, you were involved in activities, you did your home work etc. Parents did not expect your teachers to raise you only to educate you. Teachers were not humiliated by having there evaluations posted in the rags we call newspapers (when did an evaluation become punitive? – I thought they were supposed to be learning tools just like tests.) What is changing the name of the school going to do for students or faculty? Hold those who are not performing accountable – if it be students, staff or parents. Let’s stop all this ridiculousness and bring up our children to know that an education is valuable, more valuable than anything they can buy – it last a lifetime!!!

  • Jeff

    I graduated in June 1964. It was a wonderful school…extremely competitive. It provided not only a great academic program, but other activities as well. It was a safe and wholesome learning environment and I am proud to be a graduate! It enabled me to segue into the Juilliard School of Music and go on to have a successful life. What more can you ask for from a high school?
    What a shame…
    I would love to find a copy of Minimum Essentials in English.

  • Marc

    you know its funny but it doesent seem to long ago but it was about 45 yrs ago when I went to SBHS the greatest times and days of my life. My childhood was fantastic. I grew up in the projects across the street from SBHS. Back then in the 50s through the 60s the projects was actually the best place for a child to grow up. all of you that grew up there will tell you the exact same thing. It was fantastic. You cant even compare today to yesterday. Sorry. A real shame never had a killing lol whats that? Drugs what was that. just fun and everything was cheap.

    • Stan

      Hi Marc,

      Not sure who you are but I grew up in the projects and graduated in 1968 as well. Also worked in the school for a few years after graduating from Brooklyn College. Great school and staff…unitl Walter Harris became principal. Quality suffered with him at the helm. Left the school and eventually moved to Florida but visited the area a couple of years ago. Walked into the projects and met some residents sitting in front of my old building. They confirmed not only did the neighborhood change, but their kids who attended SBHS were concerned about their safety due to the influx of bused kids. Not unusual to hear gunshots at night in the area. Times have changed but in this case, not for the better

  • joni christie

    loved your dad he was one of my favorite teachers

  • Diaja

    Most of this story is not true……4 schools will take over the school building but each with their own principle but all 4 schools will be run by the same compony(New visions) and their never more then 2 cars on a regular day with no fights there is 1 van and about 6 to 8 cops ishould know because i go to AMS 3 on of the 2 new charter schools in the building…….no one will ever know what school life is like in SBHS till you become a scholar there.You

  • Diaja

    Most of this story is not true……4 schools will take over the school building but each with their own principle but all 4 schools will be run by the same compony(New visions) and their never more then 2 cars on a regular day with no fights there is 1 van and about 6 to 8 cops isho uld know because i go to AMS 3 on of the 2 new charter schools in the building…….no one will ever know what school life is like in SBHS till you become a scholar there.You

  • Diaja

    Most of this story is not true……4 schools will take over the school building but each with their own principle but all 4 schools will be run by the same compony(New visions) and their never more then 2 cars on a regular day with no fights there is 1 van and about 6 to 8 cops I should know because i go to AMS 3 on of the 2 new charter schools in the building…….no one will ever know what school life is like in SBHS till you become a scholar there.You

  • Barry

    Sorry to see SBHS closing. I graduated in 1971. It is a shame how the school went downhill. I’m not a fan of charter schools however, I hope they are successful and bring the school up to speed and laying a cornerstone that will left a declining neighborhood.

  • Mack

    After reading these last few posts I now understand why they closed SBHS.

  • Anonymous

    Does any one remember sue who married Gene Bottazzi?