William J. Gaynor Junior High School – Brooklyn NY


William J. Gaynor Junior High School, I.S. 49, in Brooklyn, New York, was constructed during the 1930s with Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA docket number was NY 1075R. The building is still in use today.

Source notes

National Archives Record Group 135-SAR:
Prints: Photographs rejected for use in the Photographic Report to the President:
“Survey of the Architecture of Completed Projects of the PWA, 1939”
Box 14: New York State, Schools folder, William J. Gaynor Junior High School file

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on July 28, 2014.

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Location Info

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223 Graham Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Coordinates: 40.709743, -73.944460

9 comments on “William J. Gaynor Junior High School – Brooklyn NY

  1. Gloria Blount

    I went to William J Gaynor when it was an elementary school. I did kindergarten, first and second grade there. Was the school first constructed as an elementary school and then changed to a jhs? Or did it just revert back to a jhs? What year did it change from a elementary school to a jhs?
    Thank you.

  2. P. Albro

    Hola. I am trying to locate former classmates for a friend of mine. She and they attended William J.Gaynor JHS in the years 1961-1965. Their names are: Raul Bonillo, Raymond Velez, Migdalia and Ruben Ramos, Carmen and Estrella Rodriguez – sisters, Margarita Nieves, Margarita Rosado, and Lurdes Colon.
    If anyone knows these people please contact me. Thank you.

    • I was just speaking with my brother about 49 and decided to look up any info on 49.
      Saw your question. My brother graduated in 1964 and I graduated in 1968.
      He believes Migdalia died over 20 years ago. I tried to confirm online but could not find her. Most, from that time, have no online info.

  3. Veronica Frazier

    I was a student at this school and I’d like to know how to get a copy of the 1964 yearbook. Thanks.


    I was a 9th grade student at this school from 1952 to 1953. Mr. Shapiro was the science teacher, Mr. Seligman was the english teacher. Is there anyone out there from those days? How can I get a copy of the 1953 yearbook?
    The school is closed and I do not know how to get info.
    Antonio Crespo


    Hi Antonio,
    I finished 9th grade June of ’54. I remember Mr. Seligman but not Mr. Shapiro. Other names I recall are
    Ms. Twigg, and Mr. Davis. Both were math teachers. Ms. Maguire and of course Mr. McBeath
    Tony A.


    I went to William J. Gaynor Junior High School 49K in 1959 in the First Grade and Second Grade. My teacher was Mrs. Silva Edget. Mr. Valentine was my Second Grade teacher. Back then it was divided into two different schools. Elementary and Junior High. I then went to PS 36 for the Third Grade with Mr. Stern as my teacher. My Fourth , fifth and sixth grade was in PS 196. For my Seventh. Eighth was in William J Gaynor Junior High School

    I remember The Assistant Principal Miss McCarsey and the Dean Mr. Zucker. The Principal was Dr. James E. Devine. Mr. Leon Nelson was the Music Teacher with Mr. Blitzer. Greenwich. Fleetwood. Grace and Miss Thompson.
    I was in the Assistant Principal office when President Kennedy got shot and saw the news bulletin over the Teletype in Mr. Monty Banks office.
    The school Secretary was Mrs. Evelyn Pennyfeather and Mrs. Silva Rose. Mrs. Hearsh was my Typing teacher. Oh how I remember those Underwood Typewriters. Mr. Pearlman was one of the Gym Teachers.
    After graduation I went to the old Long Island City High School then onward to Stoneybrook and the United States Navy.
    I remember how rich you were with just a DOLLAR.
    15 to 35 cents for a gallon of gas. 5 cents for a candy bar. 15 cents for a pizza and small soda.
    Upon my retirement I moved to Puerto Rico and bought a farm and a small house.
    No grandchildren yet. That’s up to the kids.

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