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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:30 am

New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on Tuesday to have a public hearing on an application to designate Jamaica High School a city landmark.

No date has been set for the hearing, according to a spokeswoman for the commission.

JHS, located at 167-01 Gothic Drive, was the largest school building in the United States when it opened in 1925.

Targeted for closure by the city for poor academic performance, the building now hosts a number of specialized schools.

Famous graduates include Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola, Olympian Bob Beamon, Pulitzer Prize winners Art Buchwald, Gunther Schuller (also a Grammy winner for jazz) and Alan Dugan, Nobel Prize for Medicine winner Gertrude Elion, former Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley and infamous former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell.

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