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Forest Hills High School (FHHS) is a public secondary school in Queensmarker, New York Citymarker.

FHHS was dedicated in 1937. It educates students in grades 9-12 and is operated by the New York City Department of Education. FHHS is located near Flushing Meadow Parkmarker, site of two World's Fairs.


Forest Hills High School
Forest Hills High School is in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Queensmarker. The school is near Rego Parkmarker.

The School serves the Forest Hillsmarker and Rego Parkmarker sections of Queens. However, many students come from nearby neighborhoods such as Kew Gardens, Jackson Heights, Woodsidemarker, and parts of Jamaicamarker.

FHHS frequently has been extremely overcrowded throughout its history, sometimes running three overlapping sessions. Traditionally, a very large fraction of FHHS graduates have gone on to attend college.


In June 1998, US President Bill Clinton cited FHHS's "academic and extra-curricular excellence" - and it became one of only 124 "Blue Ribbon" schools nationwide. In 2000, US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the commencement address.. Jacob J. Lew, a 1972 graduate of FHHS, was then the Clinton administration's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, having been elevated to the post two years earlier.


Special programs offered in the school include Intel Science Talent Search, Law and Humanities Honor Program, Medical Biology (year-long program where students intern at a local hospital for one semester), Part Time Co-op (Business), Pace (Business), Academy of Public Service, Carl Sagan Advancement of Science and Math (where students also compete in Intel S. S.), Richard A. Brown Law Program, Gilder Lehrman Academy, College Now, and the Performing Arts Academy.

In the 2007-2008 school year, FHHS offered Advanced Placement classes in Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science AB, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language, Government and Politics: United States, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, United States History, and World History. As a general rule, FHHS administrators require students to take the appropriate AP exam in the course in which they've enrolled during the month of May.

Extracurricular activity

The annual theater competition known as Sing! pits seniors, juniors, and "sophmen" (freshmen and sophomores working together) against each other in a race to put on the best performance. Started in 1947 at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, Sing! is a tradition at many New York City high schools.

At Forest Hills, folk-rock legend Paul Simon participated in Sing! as a student at FHHS in the late 1950s. Leslie Urdang, now a major Hollywood producer, chaired Senior Sing! in 1972. Sing! is now a huge school-wide event — in 2005, nearly 500 students participated. The entire production is written, produced, directed and funded by students.

Forest Hills has a wide range of clubs and activities students can participate in. Everything from a Model UN club to Key Club is offered within the school. In the new 2007-2008 school year, a new COSA (Coordinator of Student Affairs) and new student body president have been working together with objective of improving student life and giving Forest Hills a new aura.

Notable alumni (graduating class year)

In fiction:

  • Peter Parker (Spider-Man), went to Forest Hills High School from 1962 to 1965; see "Amazing Fantasy" #1 and "Amazing Spiderman" #1 to #28


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