Our History

The Story of Our School

Public School 108 is a historic school building located in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, New York, New York. It was designed by James W. Naughton and built in 1895. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The building continues to house an elementary school, now known as P.S. 108 Sal Abbracciamento School.

Today, the Sal Abbracciamento public school service classes from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school was renamed in honor of one its graduates, Sal Abbracciamento. During the 1960s, the city decided to close PS 108, located in what had become a lower income Hispanic and black neighborhood, part of greater East New York. Mr. Abbraciamento led a successful campaign to save the school, forming an organization of past alumni and staff; current parents, teachers and students; and local politicians, resulting in the Board of Ed changing its mind. A grateful community named the school after him for his heroic efforts.