Excited alumni, educators and staff of Bay Ridge’s Fort Hamilton High School (FHHS) filtered into the massive Shore Road school building on Saturday, October 29 for a celebratory evening of fun and 75 years of memories.
Founded in 1941, the public high school – which overlooks the Narrows and Lower New York Bay – turned 75 this year and FHHS faculty and students from years past were determined to celebrate in a big way.
“I thought it was very well done,” Ted General, a columnist with this paper and the FHHS Alumni Association’s publicity coordinator, said of the event. “I thought it had a tremendous crowd of former Fort Hamilton High School graduates and others and I thought the program was well-coordinated.”
The anniversary celebration featured tours, student performances and visits from distinguished alumni.
“Tremendous celebration for a tremendous public school that has remained a stellar institution in our community for 75 years,” said Councilmember Vincent Gentile, an FHHS alumni. “It was wonderful to see former classmates as well as educators who have made FHHS a shining beacon in Bay Ridge and Brooklyn. The school’s long history was rekindled through its halls as tours of the building were held in conjunction with a special ceremony and student performances.”
“The school did a terrific job in putting it together,” added General. “They had all the yearbooks up from 1942 to the present available and both the boys’ gym and the girls’ gym were decorated and there were refreshments available in the girls’ gym, so that was a nice touch.”
Perhaps a cherry on top of the already memorable evening, a proclamation signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio was presented – officially naming Saturday, October 29, “Fort Hamilton High School Day” in New York.
Additionally, according to school Principal Kaye Houlihan, any proceeds from the event went toward scholarships for 2017’s graduating seniors.