Welcome to the website of the High School of Fashion Industries!


Did you know that the High School of Fashion Industries:  

  • Has a 90% graduation rate with nearly all of our graduates moving onto college

  • Dedicated to students learning the business of fashion so they are College and Career Ready

  • Has an Advisory Board of fashion industry professionals from companies IMG, Swarovski, Kleinfeld Bridal, Citizen, Ellen Tracy, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, The International Center of Photography, and Anne Klein that raise money for the school and individual student scholarships, provide work-based internships and support the school's curriculum 

The reason behind this amazing success is the dual focus on academics and our career and technical majors that include Fashion Design, Graphics & Illustration, Fashion Merchandising Management and Visual Merchandising.


People say that it takes a village to raise a child - the village at the High School of Fashion Industries is very strong with dedicated staff members, supportive parents and community support through the Advisory Board.  The key statistics of the school - Progress Report grades, Graduation Rates and College Readiness - show the impressive results of this collaboration.

Daryl Blank


High School of Fashion Industries


The Mission of the High School of Fashion Industries is to provide challenging, creative and effective career, technical and academic training for New York City students. The faculty and administration of our school, working with the cooperation of the parents and student body, seek to provide a unique learning experience and a specially tailored program for all students who have an interest in a fashion related field. Our mission has several components:

(1) To offer programs which provide every student with the opportunity to excel: academically, vocationally, technically and socially.

(2) To foster skills and work habits, enabling students to succeed academically, mature socially, and develop physically, leading to success both during and after the high school experience.

(3) To develop programs preparing students to be active and collaborative participants in a democratic multicultural society and a highly complex technological world.

(4) To provide students with applicable hands-on learning experiences, encouraging the development of skills needed to succeed in the fashion industries and/or post-secondary educational experiences. 

(5) To devise programs that create applied learning experiences that merge academic and career skills, helping students see unity within the diversity of learning.

(6) To strengthen ties with the business community, providing students access to the latest innovations and technological advances as well as to special enrichments and on-the-job training.

(7) To foster professionalism and collaboration among the entire school community, drawing upon the unique talents and expertise of that community.



Central Needle Trades High School had its origins in a garment loft on West 26th Street in 1926. Its original purpose was to provide a trained work force for the many trades in fashion related industries. Most of its students were immigrants or the children of immigrants who were trying to make new lives for themselves in a new country. As part of a Works Projects Administration (WPA) project, construction of a new school was begun in 1938. Its design called for it to be the ultimate vocational school. It’s Visitor’s Guide referred to the new school as “The Fulfillment of an Ideal in the Field of Vocational Education.” Principal Mortimer Ritter wrote:

"It is only fourteen years since the school was founded – a few classes held in a third floor loft. Today a skyscraper school proudly demonstrates the achievement of an important phase in modern vocational education, planned and fulfilled by people of vision . . . ."

The school that opened its doors in 1940 was also a fine example of the Art Deco movement, as best illustrated in the landmark status murals in the auditorium and exquisite mosaic over the main entrance to the building. 


The School Quality Snapshot provides families with a summary of each school. The data captures the schools learning environment and student performance. Snapshots from the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years are available in the links below.


The mission of the Alumni Association of the High School of Fashion Industries is to ensure that our Alumni maintain an active role in the success of the students at the High School of Fashion Industries. We also seek to provide a space for Alumni to remain connected to the institution and individuals that helped shape their lives. Our intent is to organize Alumni to support HSFI through various initiatives including but not limited to scholarship and internship opportunities.


Our alumni association continues to thrive through the unending support of our entire school community. All of our events and activities are dedicated to support the students at the High School of Fashion Industries. We are proud to have the opportunity to offer graduating students college scholarships. A total of 5 students 1 from each major; Fashion Design, Graphics Art & Illustration, Business Marketing, Visual Display and a DREAMER an undocumented student.



For Alumni inquiries please contact:

Belinda David

Alumni Director 

Judith Dahill

Alumni Assistant



The High School of Fashion Industries • 225 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011 • Phone: (212) 255-1235 Fax: (212) 255-4756 • Daryl Blank, Principal 

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