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The Bright Boys: A History of Townsend Harris High School

The Bright Boys: A History of Townsend Harris High School

by Eileen LebowEileen Lebow


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Named for the man who brought free higher education to city youths unable to afford the two local private colleges, Townsend Harris High School reminded generations of New Yorkers of the city's debt to him. Its mission was to prepare young men for success at City College, where education was free to graduates of the city's public high schools. The school's three year course was tough and rigorous. Students learned to survive and perform, or they left.

By the 1930s, Townsend Harris was synonymous for bright boys, students who scored high on the yearly Regents examinations, but whose athletic ability, hard as they tried, was something of a joke. The author traces the development of the preparatory school from the first years of its beginning in 1849 to its 1942 closing by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia amid much controversy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313314797
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2000
Series: Contributions to the Study of Education Series , #80
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 414,073
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)

About the Author

EILEEN F. LEBOW is the author of A Grandstand Seat: The American Balloon Service in World War I (Praeger, 1998), and Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight (1998). Lebow taught in the Maryland public schools for thirty years.

Table of Contents

A Look Back

Sub-Freshman Moves Up

Students and Theories

Change of Identity

Harris Observed

Perpendicular Learning

Educators' Dilemma

Ferment and Agitation

Clouds Over 23rd and Lexington

Troubles Abound

Sam's Boys

State of "Chasis"

Beginning of the End

To Plan or Not to Plan

Waiting It Out

Fatal Spring

Ave Atque Vale

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