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The Document Archive of John Dewey High School

The Experimental High School in Brooklyn New York est. 1969

John Dewey High School in Brooklyn New York, celebrated it's 40th Anniversary in September of 2009. In the Fall of 2014, and celebrated it's 45th in June of 2015.  Forty five years ago the doors of the school opened to the first class in September of 1969. Since then,  many students have attended the school and many teachers have taught at John Dewey High School.  It was a very special place where creativity  thrived, students learned to think independently and took an active role in their learning.


This site is a place where one can explore the history of John Dewey High School;  the documents that were written before it was built, the early documents pertaining to the planning and the cost of the school;  the programs and memorabilia that were donated by former students. There are videos of people who were instrumental in planning "The New School"  and those who attended in the early days of John Dewey High School. The videos provide a window to the past of a great school that we are sure will thrive again.


There are issues of many different student newspapers, photographs and other Dewey memorabilia that will spark your interest.

 Thank you to all of the people who have donated their Dewey Memorabilia, both students and teachers. This site never would have been possible without your generosity. 

The Archive will accept donations of documents or memorabilia related to John Dewey High School.  The donations  can be electronic or sent through the mail.  If you have donations, please contact me at:jdhsarchives@gmail.com.

Thank you! 

Photos of 45th Anniversary Celebration at J.D.H.S. on June 13, 2015. Thank you Terri Brennan. Click Here.

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The First "Dewey Ideals"Award Given to Jose Baez at the 2010 Graduation At John Dewey High School.

The award was also given in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 to two students each year who best exemplified the original Dewey Ideals.

The Statue - An iconic Symbol of John Dewey High School

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The Protest to save Dewey during budget cuts 1973
Mr. Sol Bruckner, S.S. Chair and later principal of Edward R. Murrow High School