History


The High School of Graphic Communication Arts (also referred to as H.S.G.C.A.) is a vocational high school located in the Hell's Kitchen (also known as Clinton) district of Manhattan. Founded in 1925 as the New York School of Printing, the school serves to educate students interesting in careers in  photography and visual arts.

The present building that now houses the school was built in 1959 by the architectural firm of Kelly & Gruzen (now known as Gruzen Samton Architects) and is one of the best known structures designed utilizing a vigorous display of the international architectural style movement in the city.It was also the first high school in the city to have escalators. The school is home to a mural located at its main entrance that was designed by Hans Hofmann, one of the leading artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement.The building is located on West 49th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, across the street from the building that once was home to the now defunct Park West High School. The current principal of the school is Brendan Lyons.

The school has allocated some of its space to the Manhattan Playhouse to serve as a community theater that showcases many local off-Broadway productions.