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Re: Exploring the 6th floor at P.S. 217

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Posted by Flatbush Kid on Sunday, September 24th 2017:

In Reply to: Exploring the 6th floor at P.S. 217 posted by Nate on Saturday, September 23rd 2017:

Nate, I never knew about the sixth floor at 217. I was there from September, 1956, until Spring break of 1957 when Ditmas JHS opened up for business at 700 Cortelyou Road. About half the students were at 217 and the other half at 179.

I remember my homeroom number: 512. Harry Shapiro was our homeroom and math teacher. Usually nice, but had his moments of explosive anger. Ethel Wengraf was our Social Studies/English teacher in Room 412.

Mrs. Wengraf was terrific! As the years have gone by, I think of her with growing appreciation. She was a wonderful, dedicated, caring, tough-as-appropriate teacher; and, as I can well appreciate now a wonderful human being. May she rest in peace! But, I digress..

So, one day, after school let out, I realized I left my hat in the classroom. So, I shlepped up the five flights of stairs to retrieve it and then leave. When I first went from the stairwell into Room 512, there was not a soul in sight; the fifth floor was eerily quiet and devoid of any other people.

But, when I left to go back down the stairwell, I saw a certain male teacher and a certain female teacher, no more than two classrooms down the hall (toward the east), laughing and playfully touching/patting one another. The male teacher said something to the effect "hey, what are you doing here?" I told him, without stopping, "I just forgot my hat" as I zipped down the stairs lickity-split!

The female teacher seemed to have a look of surprise on her face but didn't say anything. They never said anything to me about it at a later time. To this day I know their name. Each one was a teacher of mine. The female teacher was single and in her early 20s. The male was, I'm sure, in his mid- to late-twenties. Don't know what his marital status was on that day... They were both good looking folks. Us boys would swoon over the lady teacher; she was a really good looking' gal.

So, that was my empty space story of P.S. 217, Nate. Guess I can't top yours, huh?

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