Several hundred students, teachers, parents and advocates packed into the front yard of Sheepshead Bay High School to protest the proposed closing of the school.
The students marched and held signs, and also chanted support for the school after a cheerleading demonstration revved up the crowd.
Councilman Lew Fidler, who represents the area around the school, spoke of what he saw as a foolish decision to close a school that boasted spirit and involvement, and blasted Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education for the recent direction of the school system.
“Closing a school with the fight and the spirit that I see here today is about as mindless as appointing a chancellor that has no education experience,” he said. “Oh wait, they’re trying to do that, too.”
No final decision has been made yet about the school’s fate, and hearings must still be held. A decision is expected in mid-December.