Hillcrest High School (New York City)

Hillcrest High School (New York City)

Hillcrest High School is a four-year public high school located in Jamaica, in the New York City borough of Queens. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education.

As of 2005, the school principal is Mr. Stephen M. Duch, who has served in that capacity since 1996. Prior to the arrival of Mr. Duch, the school was listed as the most violent school in the city. Duch has turned the school around, significantly decreasing the number of major violent incidents at the school.

The mascot is the hawk and the school colors are violet and white.

The school's boys' soccer team became division champions in the 06/07 and also the 07/08 season, guided by coach Asqui.The school serves approximately 3,000 students and was the recent recipient of the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award from the New York State Department of Education.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of Hillcrest High School include:
* Fran Drescher, actress, best known for her role on "The Nanny". [Meisler, Andy. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02EED91F39F93BA25751C1A962958260 "TELEVISION; Mary Poppins She's Not"] , "The New York Times", December 18, 1994. Accessed November 20, 2007. "After she graduated from Hillcrest High School in Queens, where she met Mr. Jacobson, the two of them moved to Los Angeles and were married."] (Her character Fran Fine from "The Nanny" also graduated from Hillcrest)
* Ray Romano, actor, best known for his role in "Everybody Loves Raymond". Cite web|url=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800257587/bio|title=Yahoo Movies - Ray Romano|accessdate=2006-08-23]


External links

* [http://www.hillcrestweb.com/ Hillcrest High School website]
* [http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/schools/342800011505.shtml Hillcrest High School report card] published by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
* [http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2007/11/27/2007-11-27_hillcrest_high_school_says_education_dep.html/ Hillcrest High School gets Undeserved Grade on 2007 Progress Report] published by the NY Daily News (November 27, 2007)
* [http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14434157 Two Hillcrest High Students Caught Setting Fires At School] , Queens Chronicle (April 28, 2005)
* [http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov/news/newsschoolsafetynewsdayoped4505.html Public Advocate's Newsday Op-Ed on School Safety] , Public Advocate for The City of New York (April 5, 2005)
* [http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/1-04/NYDaily1-7-04.html Principal Apple of His Eye] , New York Daily news reprint (January 7, 2004)
* [http://www.hillcrestlibrary.org] , Hillcrest Highschool's library website

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