High School of Graphic Communication Arts

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High School of Graphic Communication Arts
The High School of Graphic Communication Arts (also referred to as H.S.G.C.A.) is a vocational high school located in the Hell's Kitchen (also known as Clinton) district of Manhattan. Founded in 1925 as the New York School of Printing, the school serves to educate students interesting in careers in printing, photography, journalism, the visual arts, and law enforcement (mainly forensics drawing). The present building that now houses the school was built in 1959 by the architectural firm of Kelly & Gruzen (now known as Gruzen Samton Architects) and is one of the best known structures designed utilizing a vigorous display of the international architectural style movement in the city. It was also the first high school in the city to have escalators. The school is home to a mural located at its' main entrance that was designed by Hans Hofmann, one of the leading artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement. The building is located on West 49th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, across the street from the building that once was home to the now defunct Park West High School. The current principal of the school is Jerod Resnick. The school has allocated some of its space to the Manhattan Playhouse to serve as a community theater that showcases many local off-Broadway productions. In October 2010, it was announced that the school was on the New York City Department of Education's shortlist of schools potentially targeted for closing. It was one of two schools in Manhattan to be on the list, and the only high school in the borough scheduled to be closed due to poor academic performance.

Contact information
High School of Graphic Communication Arts 439 West 49th Street New York, NY 10019-7235 United States of America Main Telephone: +1 (212) 245-5925

SUBWAY: 1,C,E to 50 Street; N,R,Q to 49th, B,D,F,V to 47-50th street

Notable alumni
  • Carolyn Butts - journalist, literary agent, film producer, and founding publisher of African Voices literary magazine
  • David Horowitz - consumer advocate