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Brooklyn On Line - Bedford Styuvesant - Boys High Memories

For many years this school was Bedford Stuyvesant's pre-eminent liberal arts high school in academics and sports.

Originally a white Christian majority school when it was opened in 1891, in one of Bed Stuy's finest neighborhoods, it had developed in the late 1920s into a racially, religious and enthnically diverse student body.

It stressed academics but its athletic teams continued to dominate New York City high school sports. It became a school that often grandfather to grandson attended during their respective school years. Many of its sudent body went into careers in science, Wall Street, medicine, Hollywood, sports, law, Broadway, public service and the military. We have authors, politicians, jurists and general grade officers who are Red & Black Alumni.

In the early 1970s, the school was closed and the building declared a National Landmark and reverted to other city uses. Today, a combined Boys & Girls High School, occupying a full city block on Brooklyn's Fulton Street by Nostrand Avenue continues the Boys High School Tradition.

Readers of this article who are Boys High Alumni and want further information on its association should contact Moe Steinberg at


A Romanesque haunt of limestone and glass

Revered, since 1891, by boys many years past

Turreted, castle-like, scarred yet proud

Its shrill bells to these old ears still ring loud

Jews and Gentiles, 1200 each term, harmoniously mix't

On spires, red and black flags, frayed but still 'fixed

Bedford Stuyvesant's Boys High School now over all

At Putnam and Marcy, it still stands tall

George Nichols CMSgt, USAF, Retired - Former resident of 865 St. Johns Place Brooklyn 16, New York

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