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Principal's Message

Dear Fort Hamilton High School Community:

As I begin my seventh year as Principal of Fort Hamilton High School, I am excited and filled with renewed energy to ensure that the entire school community continues in its commitment to teaching and learning, and to providing students with every opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals. 

Striving for excellence is the ongoing mission of Fort Hamilton High School.  We are comprised of culturally diverse groups, with students from over 60 countries.  Our committed staff members prepare students to meet, even exceed, the academic challenges of New York City and the New York State Education Department's performance standards and assessments.  All curriculum is aligned with the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards and we set our instructional focus on literacy based on the needs of our students.  We engage them with a variety of learning choices and opportunities to guide their development as positive and productive citizens of the 21st century.

Reflecting on the 2017-2018 school year, I am proud to inform you that our seniors received in excess of $16,000,000 in scholarship monies. Our graduates go on to competitive institutions of higher learning, and we welcome them back to share their experiences with current students.  In addition to a large comprehensive athletic department, our music and performing arts department is known throughout the Bay Ridge community and around the city.  The Marching Band continues to be in demand at parades and other New York City events, and our various instrumental and vocal groups won Superior and Excellent ratings at the Music USA Festival at Universal Studios.  Our Joffrey Ballet Academy, finishing its fifth year, has gained significant audiences and opportunities for students to perform in various venues.  Our Virtual Enterprise teams competed in the Citywide Business Plan Competition, and our JROTC cadets won Distinction in both academic and physical competitions throughout the year, including a national competition in Kentucky. 

Community service remains a core value at Fort Hamilton High School, as exhibited by Leadership, the National Honor Society, JROTC, and dozens of clubs that contribute to the broader community.  In addition to academic and extra-curricular activities, students participate in a myriad of community activities that include a Senior Citizen Prom for members of the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults, and a run/walk to raise scholarship funds in the name of a student who lost his life to cancer in 2013. This is just to name a few. I am so proud of our students’ efforts to make a difference by helping others. At Fort Hamilton High School, we support activities that apply learning to real-life experiences. In combination, this helps students prepare to function productively in the post-secondary world.

In order for academic students and student activities to flourish, it is essential to maintain a healthy school tone. We are fortunate to have a security staff, comprised of an Assistant Principal, Deans, and School Safety Agents who ensure the continuation of Fort Hamilton High School’s excellent safety record, with minimum suspensions and discipline problems. Our school provides a safe learning environment, inspiring all students to have positive attitudes about themselves and their school. Each and every member of the school community is here to assist students in their endeavors and support them in achieving college and career readiness. 


Kaye Houlihan


Kaye Houlihan