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Harriet Gibbons High School

Harriet Gibbons High School

About Harriet Gibbons High School
Harriet Gibbons High School, a learning community of Albany High School, provided alternative-education programs in the City School District of Albany in several configurations for 40 years before closing after the 2009-10 school year.


In its most recent configuration, Harriet Gibbons served as a ninth-grade academy from 2005-10. The Board of Education voted in July 2010 to close the school and relocate all students to Albany High.


The school first opened in 1970 as the independent Street Academy serving students in grades 9-12. The Street Academy became part of the district in 1973, and was renamed in 1992 after Harriet Gibbons, one of the school’s first principals (1974-77) and the first African-American woman elected to the school board. Harriet Gibbons was restructured to a ninth-grade academy in 2005 to provide added supports for small groups of freshmen with high academic needs or who preferred a small learning environment. Leading educational research shows that students who complete ninth grade successfully are significantly more likely to graduate on time.


Visit the District News section to read more about the decision to close Harriet Gibbons. You also can click here to read more about the school’s history.

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