Yippee it’s a new high school • Brooklyn Paper

Yippee it’s a new high school

Snip, snip hooray!: Staff and friends gather to cut the ribbon on the new location, from left, Brad Mulder, Lara Holliday, Dr. Larry Weiss, Sidney Bridges, and Ali Esmaeilzadeh.


Standing O has put out the welcome mat for the new high school location of Brooklyn Friends School.

Head of School Dr. Larry Weiss cut the ribbon on Sept. 8 with the help of Brad Mulder, Lara Holliday, Sidney Bridges, and Ali Esmaeilzadeh, along with more than three hundred guests representing the school’s past, present, and future.

The 40,000-square-foot facility houses classes for the ninth through 12th grades.

“This project is more than just a building,” said Dr. Weiss, in announcing the opening of the new high school. “It’s a successful venture between a school with an enduring imprint on the borough of Brooklyn, and one of our country’s leading real-estate businesses. We are grateful that Forest City Ratner’s creative, forward-thinking acumen brought the company and our school together in this enterprise.”

Weiss added: “Having a new high school facility for Brooklyn Friends School is a long-held dream which is finally being realized thanks to the enormous efforts of our school’s board of trustees, and to many other friends and supporters. That we were able to secure the space in MetroTech — a thriving center for commerce, academia, and government — brings all of us joy beyond measure.”

The new space boasts more than 40 classrooms, seminar rooms, and faculty offices, as well as four visual-art studios, three music-studio classrooms, four science laboratories, a black-box theater classroom, a wet darkroom and digital-media center, a dance studio, a fully equipped fitness center, a high-tech library, and a café which can double as a community meeting space for almost 300 people. The entire space is wired for the internet and every classroom has been designed with the latest-generation technology for teaching and learning.

Brooklyn Friends School [116 Lawrence St. between Willoughby Street and MetroTech Roadway in Downtown, (718) 852–1029].

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