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829 Belmont Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

Berriman Junior High School 64
was built at the turn of the century.

Some of its alumni include:

the actress Shelley Winters

 the basketball star Jim McMillan
(Columbia University and the Los Angeles Lakers - World Champions)

I taught at Berriman Junior High School from February of 1969 to June 1972

World Class Runner - Singer - Artist  Lillo Thomas
Lillo Thomas was a world-class sprinter at 16, setting the world record for the 200 meters at 20.8 seconds. But an automobile accident in Brazil prevented him from appearing in the 1984 Olympics, for which he had qualified. Thomas left athletics behind for music, and toured with comedian Eddie Murphy in 1985. He became a successful session vocalist, doing vocals on releases by Evelyn "Champagne" King, Kashif, James Ingram, George Benson, and Melba Moore, among others, while also writing "Mind Up Tonight" for Moore. He landed his own solo deal with Capitol, and began getting singles on the charts. "Your Love's Got a Hold on Me" was his first Top 20 R&B single in 1984, and Thomas enjoyed his biggest year in 1987 with three Top Ten R&B hits. "I'm in Love" reached number two and remains his most successful single. Thomas collaborated with Paul Laurence on songs recorded by Freddie Jackson and Moore. He has also successfully acted and painted. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide)


"There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness."
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet.


Berriman History

Brooklyn Eagle article, Sunday, November 18, 1900

"Public School No. 64, Berriman street, near Belmont avenue.
This building will have twenty-five class rooms, two kindergartens
and an assembly room, and will seat about 1,300 pupils,
in the grades of an intermediate school..."

Brooklyn Eagle article, Thursday, January 31, 1901

Room For More Pupils In Brooklyn's Schools

"...Intermediate School No. 64, corner of Belmont avenue and Berriman street.
This is a new building, with twenty-eight class rooms
and an assembly room with seats for at least 1,500 pupils."

Berriman J.H.S. 64
1972 - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Photograph by Cybrary Man

Berriman Junior High School was closed in the early 1980's and later it was torn down.
Private houses were built on the former site of Berriman J.H.S. 64.

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