About Us

History of FHS

Flushing High School, which was founded in 1875, is the oldest public school in the city. Feeling that the time had come for the town of Flushing to have its own high school, the Flushing Board of Education appropriated the necessary funds.

In 1841, the boundaries of School District No. 5 in the town of Flushing was determined by the citizen's commissioners. Two years later a board of trustees selected the corner of Garden and Church streets, where a school house was built.

In 1848, the Board of Education was organized. The introductory statement to the rules of the board was: "Obedience to the laws of the school lays a sure foundation of obedience to the laws of the country." An example of the laws was: "The pupils are required to clean their shoes, and go in and out with as little noise as possible. Running, loud talking scuffling, whistling, and so forth are at all times prohibited."

Flushing grew rapidly and soon the number of school children overcrowded the school. At a meeting in 1873, the people decided upon the building of another school. A short time after this, the plot of land on the corner of Sanford Avenue and Union Street was purchased. Imagine how it looked. Think of square edifice, the extreme western end of the present structure, set off by itself and surrounded by green lawns and shady trees.

The school, at first consisted of only a grammar department, but shortly after was recognized by the Board of Regents and its organization was completed. It was the pioneer in it's field, and the only public high school within the limits of the Greater New York recognized by the board for eighteen years.

By, 1891, more room was needed and the present structure was built. In 1899 there were only six graduates with a faculty of seven. Over the years, the school has won a reputation and a place of honor in the borough, the city, and state.

Getting Here

By Train: Take the #7 train (take the first few cars) to Main Street - Flushing. Upon exiting the subway, walk along Roosevelt Avenue until you arrive at the corner of Union Street. Make a left on Union Street, and walk toward Northern Boulevard. Cross Northern Boulevard, make a right and walk along Northern Boulevard. Our building is on your right. Our school's entrance is at the first opening of the gates.

By Bus: Take the Q14, Q16, Q17 or Q44 to 35th Avenue. School is on the corner.
Take the Q25/34, Q65, Q67 to Main Street. Walk along Main Street toward Northern Boulevard and then follow directions as written above.

By Car:

  • From the East: Take the Northern State Parkway to the Clearview Expressway. Take the Clearview Expressway, north, exit at 35th Avenue and make a left. Continue on 35th Avenue until Union Street. School is on your left. The school's entrance is on Northern Boulevard.
  • From the West: Take the LIE east. Exit at Van Wyck Expressway and take it North - toward Whitestone Expressway and the Whitestone Bridge. Exit at Linden Place (first exit on the Whitestone Expressway). Continue on the service road. Make a right on Linden Place. Take until 35th Avenue. Make a left unto 35th Avenue. Continue for two blocks - school will be on your right. The school's entrance is on Northern Boulevard.