Nazareth H.S. – Another Vestige of the Past Goes “South”.
I read the news today, oh boy!
My alma mater, Nazareth HS in Brooklyn, is closing its doors, citing poor enrollment, despite having a 99% graduation rate.
Such is the plight of Catholic school education today.
We read all the time about how parochial schools around the state are closing, so it should come as no surprise that the one I attended in Brooklyn is meeting the same fate.
Funny, because I always though it would be there.
When I went, it was an all boys school.
Since then, the school’s gone co-ed, and boasts a nationally renowned girl’s basketball team.
So one could understand how I’d look back with some sense of sadness at the loss of one of the vestiges of my past.
Which brings up the larger question. If you ever go back, either to any of the places you lived, schools you’ve attended, clubs you’ve gone to…what’s in place now?
My old house is about to become someone else’s palatial estate.
The bakery is now a fancy dress shop.
My old high school will probably get torn down and make room for one of the junkyards that surround it.
What do you find when you go back? Assuming you go back at all! Maybe “down neck”; the ‘burg, South Philly, East Flatbush…where ever?
And when you do, are you grateful you got the hell out?