John Adams High School (New York City)

John Adams High School (New York City)

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John Adams High School (New York City)

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For schools with similar names, see Adams High School.

John Adams High School (H.S. 480; often referred to locally as John Adams) is a public high school in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, New York City. John Adams High School, Samuel J. Tilden High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Bayside High School, and Grover Cleveland High School were all built during the Great Depression from one set of blueprints, in order to save money.

Grace Zwillenberg has been principal since 2003..

Jump-start Academy

Jump-start Academy Program which allows freshman to first attend the Annex Building (about 40 blocks away from Adams) before coming to the main building for grade 10. Programs include:
  • MSI Program (Math and Science Institute)
  • CTI Program (Computer Technology Institute)
  • Health Program (Health and related sciences)
  • Zoned Program (for students who live near the school)


John Adams has three floors and a basement. The basement contains the cafeteria, locker rooms, weight-training room, a swimming pool, and numerous classrooms. The campus of John Adams is roughly six by three city blocks, with baseball, tennis, track, and football field behind the school. The school also has three gymnasiums. There is also a library, an auditorium, a Virtual Enterprise Room which is a simulated business class, and several computer and science labs throughout all three floors.


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