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40 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

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(212) 674-5000
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September 17, 2012
I graduated from WIHS way back in 1949. The graduation class, at that time, was over 700 kids,. It was an all girl HS at that time, and there was an all boys HS--Sturvesant high, 2 blocks away--every Friday night, we would have dances--sometimes the girls would host--sometimes the boys would host--but, a Great time was had by all. WIHS was "old" even then--the ony elevators in the buildings were used only by the teachers or students with "special" passes--I can remeber many times having gym class in the basement of the old school and having to climb the 11 floors to the new building and my next class--in 3 min. time The school was old, but the girls were all young and full of pep-we were anxious to let people know we were in high school our principal was strict, and there were many rules the students had to obey--and we did--we knew what would happen if we were discharged from our school. we had a great 4 years-- Anyone, who goes to high school today-no matter which school it is and says they hate it--well, you just aren't making the most of the BEST 4 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE--I am so sorry to hear about the closing of the school, but the memories will live on.

- submitted by a community member

September 07, 2012
I graduated from this school in '07 and am not sad that the school is being closed. Some, actually close to all of the worst experiences in my life have happened at this school. Most of which were caused not by the students but the staff members. This school is just an overall failure anyway you look at it. If I could go back in time and transfer out of this school, I would, in the drop of a hat. I feel bad for only a very few number of students and staff members who will be inconvenienced by the shut down.

- submitted by a community member

April 06, 2012
I hate this school and I am glad it's shutting down! I was MUGGED in broad daylight right outside the school- by some of the students! A kid grabbed my phone and ran, her friends started laughing and verbally harassing me. I did some research online, and apparently this isn't an isolated incident- it appears these kids have even beat up a pregnant woman! I say throw these obnoxious delinquents into prison now, and save the rest of us civilians from their antics. I am never walking past that school again, and no wonder they have metal detectors and an X-ray to enter, they've found kids with guns too!

- submitted by a community member

March 29, 2010
they have dedicated teachers and staff and a new website - www.washingtonirvinghigh.org

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2010
i graduated during 08 and this school has ups and downs. There is definitely some great teachers in this school especially in the Math and English department. Most of the excellent teachers left because (in my opinion) of the students. Some students just don't care about school and like to disrupt the class and argue. I also had a lot of fun from after school activities and friends.

- submitted by a student

March 01, 2009
i am a junior in wihs. it is a great school full of dedicated teachers. i have learned so much these past years and i want to thank everyone at wihs! people might say it is bad or dangerous but its not at all. we are 100 percent protected and it is a good school. i recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a student

February 28, 2009
I started studying here from September and this is my first time in an American high school. I love Washington Irving High School. The students are a bit wild but It doesn't matter as long as you stay focused. The teachers are wonderful and encouraging. I've made good friends here. The school is not as bad as people say. Infact its a wonderful school and I don't think the school is as dangerous as I'd heard before I entered school. Don't listen to people to who say bad things. Go and try to get involved in the environment. You'll make friends and you'll improve in studies, atleast I did.

- submitted by a student

December 07, 2008
I'm a former student, who was part of the Yalow house. My experience in high, I would have to say it was average. Of course there was some negative energy from people in the school, but there is so much more to this school then what people see: the teachers are dedicated and the afterschool activites are interesting.

- submitted by a student

November 29, 2006
Wow it hasn't even been a year since I graduated from Washington Irving. things could be better it could feel less like a prison. But the teachers are great especially in the Visual and Performing Ats House. The music teachers are full of energy that can light up a room and the drama teachers well they're dramatic and that person knows who I'm talking about. I made best friends in that school and discovered who i am and got over my fear of lack of confidence. I want to thank Washington Irving for making me, me.

- submitted by a student

September 22, 2006
I just came here in 9th grade as a freshman for only 2 weeks and I already hate it. the school is over crowded and the students are disrespectful. there is nothing good about it I recommend you a better school

- submitted by a student

April 13, 2006
Washington Irving, in my opinion, is a school for students who know how to navigate a large setting. There are many opportunities for students to gain professional knowledge and experience, but they have to be a 'go-getter' to receive the best that Washington Irving offers. The quality of the teachers was topnotch, but again, in a large setting with some behavioral challenges, you have to be proactive. Get to know the teachers, attend meetings, and take advantage of the programs, which are excellent! The school is in a choice location for cultural, artistic, and academic exploration. Just being in New York City is a plus! Learning opportunities abound. Parent involvement is welcome, but more parents need to get involved. My son did well at Irving. He was accepted at NYU, and currently attends Cooper Union.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2006
This school is very crowded. the students tend to come from outer lying areas and for whatever reason did not go to their local HS. some students are bright and easy-going. many are troublesome. i would strongly suggest considering other high schools before committing to this one. on a good note, there are numerous after school activities and a lot of very dedicated people work there.

- submitted by a teacher

August 13, 2005
I attended this school freshmen year. The school is okay as far as education but some of the students are out of control. If you stay in the right enviorment with the right crowd you should not have any problems.

- submitted by a student

September 20, 2004
This school is horrible! I was so glad my daughter finally graduated from there. The kids are completely out of control. The school is getting really bad reviews really fast. Send your child to this school only if you have absolutely no other choices and if it is really dire that he/she get into a school.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2004
As a former student, the only two things I were grateful were: The friends I made and leaving. Most likely, this'll get deleted, not that I care. I'm not saying the school is bad, the teachers do their best, just the overall atmosphere is really quite troublesome. And the thanks to the principal and all the god awful budget cuts, some of my favorite teachers left a year after I had them. Sad really. All the lives they could've helped. Good luck to them anyway. As for WIHS, send your kids there at your own risk.

- submitted by a student

July 24, 2004
This school is divided into houses. Some of them are pretty good, and some of them are pretty bad, to be overly simplistic. Two gems of this school are its IB program and its Yalow House program. I am a graduate of W.I.H.S. that will be attending Yale in the fall and while I can't say it was the most positive experience, it helped to mature me a bit.

- submitted by a student

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Washington Irving High School
40 Irving Place, New York, NY  10003
(212) 674-5000
Last modified Washington Irving High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Washington Irving High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top