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 Audobon Avenue in 1925. The students arrived at the building on February 1st, Washington’s Birthday.
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 of 1972 whas the first time ID cards where used in the school for students and staff.
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.
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 came up short and 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 came up short and 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 Baseball PSAL Champions
George Washington sports entered a new atmosphere of promise this year with the assembling of the first football team since
1940. Every member of the squad worked together to start what was once called “school spirit” and they worked wonders. It was
about time for some promise in GW and the football team symbolized it.
Football team 1928-present Baseball 1928-present Basketball-1950′s-present Softball team-1940′s-present
In 1980 the students protested against the Board of Education because school sports were taken away in a budget cut.
Notable alumni of George Washington High School school include:
Harry Belafonte, actor and singer
- Rod Carew, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer
- Gene Colan, Marvel and DC Comics artist, Comic Book Hall of Famer
- Alan Greenspan, economist, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
- Jacob Javits , senator and state attorney general
- , atomic scientist
- Henry Kissinger, 1973 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
- Manny Ramírez, Major League Baseball player
- Leonel Fernandez , President of the Dominican Republic