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Here’s a First Look at the 3,000-Seat High School to Be Built on Northern Boulevard

A rendering of H.S. 472 planned for 51-30 Northern Blvd. in Woodside. The rendering fronts onto Northern Boulevard (SCA)

June 10, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Newly-released renderings of a 3,079-seat high school that will be built in Woodside give prospective students a first look at the massive building planned for Northern Boulevard.

The School Construction Authority (SCA) released the renderings for the facility at 51-30 Northern Blvd. to the Queens Post today.

The school is being built at 51-30 Northern Blvd., which incorporates the former Sports Authority and adjacent parking area (Photo: Queens Post)

The six-story building will house three high school programs, including a District 75 program for students with specialized needs, and serve Queens students in grades nine through twelve.

The school, known as H.S. 472, is set to open in September 2023 — however progress has been slowed down due to the coronavirus pandemic, a SCA spokesperson said.

The building will be 304,617 square feet when complete with the main entrance along Northern Boulevard. It will have a variety of classrooms, special education classrooms, music rooms, art rooms, science labs, exercise rooms as well as an auditorium, gymnasium, library and administrative offices.

The high school will also have a 26,911-square-foot outdoor play area.

A rendering of H.S. 472 courtyard planned for 51-30 Northern Blvd. in Woodside (SCA)


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Penitentiary High? Ridiculous! I’m imagining there is an abundance of creative architects out there that could have done so much better! Who got that contract and how are they personally connected to

LIC Direct

I like the rendering reminds me if Attica State Penitentiary, High contrete walls to keep them in class and contained, a school.resembling a prison, graduates will move up to Riker’s college. Nice rendering by he idiot’s at School Construction Authority. Build something innovative, pleasing to the eye that will stand the test of time, some greenery.


Make it a Grade 6-12 School instead of two high schools! The middle school they are building on Barnett Avenue is not big enough to fit all of the neighborhood children into! (Barnett Avenue purchase should have stopped once they got the Sports Authority Lot, which many people said should have been the middle school all along.) The City is in a financial crisis and we build a Barnett Avenue school that is too small for the # of graduates from the local elementary schools! In a few years, they will be looking for space for the extra middle school students and it will be too late. Now you are building a new school on the lot many people wanted to have the middle school and put two high schools inside! Once again, it should be a Grades 6-12 school! In a few years, they will already have the two high schools there and begin looking for new space for another middle school. Fix the foreseeable problem now.

This isn't a school...

It’s a trojan horse! De Blasio’s forcing his boro-based jails on us by prentending they are schools, until it’s too late!

Look at that drawing–why does a school need two bard-wired fences and watchtowers for snipers? We’re on to you de Blas! Maga again!

Michael J Kondrat

It looks like a prison!!!!
Is there that Little creative imagination in the world?
Do we think that little of the next generation?


With the extreme speeding traffic on Northern Blvd the students will be dropping like flies. Who came up with this 🤣

One tired person

I promised myself that I will find the positive in everything I see and hear. So, it is large. That’s the best I can do.


My God, what are they thinking? This is hideous and prisonlike. I went an ugly high school (built on the cheap in 1972) and it still depresses me to think of going in that building every day. Our kids deserve better. Please rethink this.

Bill Kearns

… What will happen to Bryant High School. aren’t they basically down tha block from each other ?


This looks like a prison. I think we can do better and I think we must do better.


Maximus, before I even saw your post i thought the same thing (prison) i showed my wife and asked her what do you think? She replied ” it looks like a prison” where do they get these architects to come up with these garbage designs.


Yes, this looks like more of a concept study with some aspects not even considered yet. I doubt this is anywhere near the final design.


With the existing very large WC Bryant H.S. just blocks away why do we need another one?
Follow the money $$$$


Because, whether you believe it or not, there is a high school shortage. Newtown High School is overflowing and the number of kids in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst are increasing.

Woodside Mom

Three schools in one building wastes space on three principals offices and other admin. Would prefer to see two high schools instead of three. Would also like to see a school that’s currently in leased space move in here – like BSGE or Bard Queens.

Fed up woodsider

How comforting for us residents. School-skipping teenagers in abundance along with teachers taking up parking. Yaaay!


I think we are all expecting this is just a first pass that was rushed thru and will be . Because it looks like a soulless prison.


Check your numbers. The outdoor space and interior space can’t be the same 304,617 square feet.

And damn, that rendering looks ugly.


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