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George Washington High School
549 Audubon Avenue
New York City, New York 10033
School type High School
Principal Harris Marmor, Nicholas Politis, Juan Alvarez
Grades 9-12
Language English/ESL
Color(s) Black/Orange/White
Mascot Trojans
Team name Trojans, Lady Trojans

George Washington High School is a public high school located in the Fort George neighborhood of the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in New York City, New York.

The original school, which was operated by the New York City Department of Education, was built February 2, 1917.

The school's name derives from the Revolutionary War battle fought on the hill of the building site. The school was once an annex of Morris High School. George Washington High School was built and opened in 1919, and then moved into the current building at 549 Audubon Avenue in 1925.

In the school year of 1999-2000 the school was divided into 4 different academies:

  • The first floor is the High School for Media and Communications (M463)
  • The second floor houses the High School for International Business and Finance (M462)
  • The third floor houses the High School for Health Careers and Sciences (M468)
  • The fourth floor houses the High School for Law and Public Service (M467)

February 1972 was the first time ID cards where used in the school for students and staff. Currently, the building has scanning machines. In order to come in the building you must go through scanning.

New York Presbyterian Hospital has a clinic on the first floor for all 4 academies.

Murals were painted all over the school to brighten up the students while they were going to class with picture of famous people and school logos. GWHS is also home to a WPA mural, ''The Evolution of Music," painted by Lucienne Bloch in 1938. This beautiful mural was painted in a room originally used as a music room and later as a dance studio.



On November 23, 2008, the Trojan football squad defeated Far Rockaway High School (Queens), 20-14, in a thrilling overtime finish at the Midwood Athletic Complex in Brooklyn. The victory earned GW the 2008 PSAL Cup Championship, their first football title since 1988. Ironically, Far Rock beat GW 38-8 in the season opener. It was their only loss of the season. The Trojans won their next nine games; holding their last four opponents to a total of 21 points. That included knocking off previously unbeaten South Bronx HS, 24-8, to earn the trip to the championship game.

June 6, 2008, the George Washington Trojans baseball team beat the James Madison Knights, with an 11th inning finish of 4-0, to win the Division "A" City Championship at Shea Stadium. Francisco Gracesqui throwing 8 shutout innings striking out 8, Juan coming in to close the game 3 innings and 5 strikeouts. George Washington receives a clutch hit by Miguel Nunez and by Mikey Antonio and move on to an amazing[citation needed] victory.

On June 9, 2006, the George Washington Trojans (baseball team) went to the championship to play against James Monroe High School of the Bronx but lost the championship to Monroe. #1 James Monroe 4, #3 George Washington 0.

In 2004 the George Washington Trojans (baseball team) went to the championship to play against Monroe High School of the Bronx but lost the championship to Monroe.

In 2000 the baseball/football/track field was fixed by the City of New York and some players with the New York Yankees were there to help.

1983 Cross Country Division Champions 1928,1974 Baseball PSAL Champions 1973 Soccer PSAL Champions 2008 Varsity baseball team win in Shea stadium 1988, 2008 Football Champions

  • Football team 1928-present No team in the late '50s and '60'
  • Baseball 1928-present
  • Basketball-1950's-present
  • Softball team-1980's-present
  • Volleyball-1920's-present
  • Cheerleading 2006-present

In 1980 the students protested against the Board of Education because school sports were taken away in a budget cut.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of George Washington High School school include:


  1. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Obituaries of 16 May 2008
  2. ^ a b c d Leonhardt,David. "Economist’s Life, Scored With Jazz Theme", The New York Times, September 18, 2007. Accessed April 16, 2008. "He attended George Washington High School a few years behind Henry Kissinger (and a few decades before the baseball stars Rod Carew and Manny Ramirez, a historical oddity that Mr. Greenspan, who still remembers Joe DiMaggio’s 1936 batting average, probably appreciates)."
  3. ^ Faison, Seth. " John Kemeny, 66, Computer Pioneer and Educator", The New York Times, December 27, 1992. Accessed April 16, 2008. ""When he arrived with his family in New York City in 1940, Dr. Kemeny attended George Washington High School. Three years later he graduated at the top of his class."
  4. ^ Arenson, Karen W. "Commencements; Belafonte Lauds Diversity Of Baruch College Class", The New York Times, June 2, 2000. Accessed April 16, 2008. "(He said that he had not gotten past the first year at George Washington High School, and that the only college degrees he had were honorary ones.)"



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Coordinates: 40°51′21″N 73°55′37″W / 40.855819°N 73.926952°W / 40.855819; -73.926952



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