On Sunday, November 22nd, Brooklyn, New York’s famed James Madison High School held an open house for past student alumni in celebration of the school’s 90th birthday. Formers students from as far back as the 1950s have made an appearance to the school including a special almost surprise visit from Class of 1967 and current New York State Senator Chuck Schumer. Current students as well as the super seniors from the previous classes have lined up just to get a photo with the famous senator.
Upon Schumer’s entrance, he was greeted by the current student government who all took a group photo with him. He was then led to the main gymnasium, where a luncheon was held for the alumni, and for Schumer to present a small speech to the visitors who he was excited to see. HIs speech (watch the attached video), emphasized on his time growing up in Brooklyn, going to Madison and ending up in the elite Harvard University and how his local knowledge from his public school attendance helped him exceed in the world. He is quoted, “When I went to Harvard, I was scared because I was thinking how was I going to compete in those days because with all those fancy people [80% fancy private schools acceptance]. My Madison education kept me in the ball park in most areas, but here is what else I learned, I had something those fancy people didn’t have. I went to a big high school that was very diverse, where you were on your own, where you had to get along with people of all different backgrounds, and so I learned a way of how to get things done, how to make things work, how to being people together, we call it in Brooklyn, “Street Smarts” and I had that which they didn’t have.” He also named other famous former students who attended the school who included current Virginia Senator and Democratic Presidential running mate Bernie Sanders (Class of 1959), TV personality, the infamous Judge Judy Sheindlin (Class of 1960), and the legendary Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Class of 1950).
James Madison High School has a very famous Law Program in which many students have become lawyers and justices since. Additionally, the school has a very popular and strong Liberal Arts and Humanities Program. The school is also known accommodating all types of sports, which include Football, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Handball, Softball, LaCross and Swim just to name some basics. Over the years, all the teams have achieved several notable victories. That same day, the school held a football game in which the seats were packed with parents and fans.
Over the years, since James Madison High School opened it’s doors, it was educated hundreds of thousands of students, to which some became politicians, lawyers, judges, several athletes, actors and actresses, Hollywood producers, and even three Nobel Peace Prize winners. A photo is available in the gallery displays some of these famous names and faces.
The school is constantly holding special events, hosts to nearly 4000 students a year in it’s five story campus. Between it’s extensive program options from science to law and language, between the vast variety of personalities and cultures, the education in the school is strong and the opportunities are endless.
This writer is proud to be from Class of 1998.