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Re: James Madison High School 1930s through 1960s

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Posted by Barb on Monday, June 24th 2019:

In Reply to: James Madison High School 1930s through 1960s posted by dave f on Monday, June 24th 2019:

I, too, graduated from Madison during the later part of that '30s-60s era. I was aware of most of these Madisonians who became famous later, but was surprised to learn about Charles Schumer, Andrew Dice Clay, and Chris Rock. On Jewish Holidays, the school was virtually empty of students and faculty. Assembly was held on those days in the auditorium which was only 1/5-1/8 of capacity at best.

Human nature being what it is, the success of homogeneity had less benefits for those who were outside this demographic. Of Irish-German Christian ancestry and coming from a working-class, single-parent family, my sisters and I were poorer and more disadvantaged than those kids whose mothers didn't work and whose fathers were professionals. Somewhat outside of school, sororities and fraternities were in their heyday (later frowned upon). Cliques were rampant and spread to such school-related activities as SING, government, and sports activities as cheerleading and twirling, etc. My younger sister was experienced, learning this skill as part of the American Legion band and could do any trick with a baton. But she was rejected at tryouts while other girls were accepted who could barely twirl, frequently dropping the baton. I became jaded by the culture at the school, but did develop an appreciation of education and Jewish humor, learning a smattering of Yiddish along the way.

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